Deadwood

Dutch network Talpa have recently started airing HBO's Deadwood. I'm usually not a big fan of western type movies, but this show's quite different. I'm hooked.

Season 1 DVD cover
Set in an ungoverned stretch of South Dakota soon after the 1876 Custer massacre, Deadwood concerns a lawless, evolving town attracting fortune-seekers, drifters, tyrants, and burned-out adventurers searching for a card game and a place to die. Others, particularly women trapped in prostitution, sundry do-gooders, and hangers-on have nowhere else to go. Into this pool of aspiration and nightmare arrive former Montana lawman Seth Bullock and his friend Sol Starr, determined to open a lucrative hardware business. Over time, their paths cross with a weary but still formidable Wild Bill Hickok and his doting companion, the coarse angel Calamity Jane; an aristocratic, drug-addicted widow trying to salvage a gold mining claim; and a despondent hooker who cares, briefly, for an orphaned girl. Casting a giant shadow over all is a blood-soaked king, Gem Saloon owner Al Swearengen, possibly the best, most complex, and mesmerizing villain seen on TV in years.