‘The Deuce’ is the worst new show on TV

By JOHN E. BIALAS
Broadmoor Bureau Chief

“The Deuce,” the much-publicized and much-lauded HBO series about the sleazy side of New York City in 1971, is the worst new show on TV.

I watched the premiere Sunday night after watching Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys beat Eli Manning and the New York Giants 19-3 in an NFL season opener on NBC, and I couldn’t make it beyond the first half of “The Deuce’s” 80-minute first episode of pimps, prostitutes and johns.

It’s a crushing disappointment. It’s a bore.

It lacks focus. It’s all over the place. It introduces too many characters.

James Franco is a joke.

This tweet is so good, I wish I could steal it and make it my own.

Maggie Gyllenhaal is a bigger joke. Gyllenhaal gives me the giggles, and they are intentional.

This tweet is so good, I wish I could steal it and make it my own.

The show’s dialogue makes me cringe. Scenes make me cringe.

Bring back “Vinyl.” Hell, bring back “Public Morals.”

I watched all of “Vinyl,” the HBO series canceled after just one season, and there was never a dull moment. Bobby Cannavale and the rest of the cast were quite good and they played believable characters.

I watched a few episodes of “Public Morals,” the canceled TNT series that deserved more than just one season. Edward Burns and the rest of the cast were quite good and they played believable characters.

No one in “The Deuce” is believable, and that makes it bad. I hope it doesn’t get a second season.

I’m done with it. HBO might as well cancel the rest of the first season.

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