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Gritty, '70s-set ‘The Deuce’ could be HBO's next great series

Gritty, '70s-set ‘The Deuce’ could be HBO's next great series

“The Sopranos” had the Bada Bing strip club.

“Game of Thrones” frequented Littlefinger’s brothel.

And now in “The Deuce,” it’s the peep shows, porn shoots and by-the-hour motel rooms of pre-Giuliani Manhattan.

Though female characters increasingly drive the narratives of premiere HBO series such as “Big Little Lies,” Westworld” and even “GoT,” their employment options are still limited. “Must show skin” appears to be a requisite for the fictional jobs they’re placed in, jobs that have little if nothing to do with advancing the narrative.

Yet in “The Deuce,” the exploitation of women isn’t just a titillating side-story to the plot, it is the plot.

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