The BEST Episodes of Deadwood

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 2, 2020

Network: HBO

In the Black Hills Indian Cession, the town of Deadwood is a settlement violating treaty obligations; a violent and uncivilized outpost that attracts outlaws and entrepreneurs, ex-soldiers and racketeers, Chinese laborers, prostitutes, city slickers and gunfighters.

Sold Under Sin

#1 - Sold Under Sin

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 13, 2004

The U.S. Army--under General Crook a.k.a. "Custer's Avengers"--rolls into Deadwood, prompting a parade...and business solicitations from Farnum and Tolliver. Swearengen delivers a tortured soul from suffering; Bullock reacts decisively to Russell's intentions regarding Alma; Con Stapleton's new commission proves short-lived; Adams shows Clagett where his loyalties lie; and Bullock and Alma have a late-night meeting.

star 8.19
1,592 votes
Writers: Ted Mann
Boy-The-Earth-Talks-To

#2 - Boy-The-Earth-Talks-To

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired May 22, 2005

Swearengen's shrewd manipulation of the rumor mill pays off in a Yankton counter-offer that requires only slight amending. Meanwhile, George Hearst's arrival in Deadwood has shaken up the camp's status quo from Wu to Farnum to Wolcott. Tolliver, for his part, seeks to avoid marginalization by offering the tycoon damning nuggets about his engineer's nasty habits.

star 8.06
1,672 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: Ted Mann
A Two-Headed Beast

#3 - A Two-Headed Beast

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 9, 2006

As Tolliver tries to find a respectable employee suitable to be his liaison with Hearst, Swearengen tries to understand the reasoning behind Hearst's actions. The conflict becomes more tense as Dority and Captain Turner violently settle their differences. Bullock tries to finally settle the dispute between Steve and Hostetler and another murder brings Bullock once more face to face with Hearst, forcing him to take action. Trixie becomes suspicious of Alma's odd behaviour at the bank. Ellsworth and Alma have a close encounter that alters their relationship. Langrishe welcomes more arrivals from his theater troupe.

star 7.97
1,500 votes
Directors: Dan Minahan
Writers: David Milch
A Constant Throb

#4 - A Constant Throb

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 13, 2006

With the Sheriff out of camp, Alma is assailed by Hearst's men and as she never would have expected, shelter comes form Swearengen. Barrett is sent to the Gem, but Al resorts to old fashion methods of enquiring to his employers plans. Meanwhile, Langrishe recruits a new actor.

star 7.93
1,439 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: W. Earl Brown
Amalgamation and Capital

#5 - Amalgamation and Capital

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired May 1, 2005

Eagar for the latest news from Yankton, Swearengen enlists Farnum to keep tabs on Blazanov and his telegrams, and admonishes Merrick for over-hyping the Montana rumors in his paper. Wolcott gets a new moniker; Jane and Joanie continue their unlikely alliance; Sweargengen strikes a departure deal with Miss Isringhausen; and Fields and Hostetler attempt to tame a wild horse for the cavalry with damaging results.

star 7.92
1,755 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: Elizabeth Sarnoff
The Catbird Seat

#6 - The Catbird Seat

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 20, 2006

Bullock holds an impromptu morning meeting to determine which emergencies warrant wiring him in Sturgis, where he and Harry are delivering campaign pitches. The first summons doesn't take long, as Hearst follows up Alma's close call with one that's decidedly more on-target. In the aftermath, Alma takes refuge at the Gem, again, while Trixie decides to take matters into her own hands. Langrishe has a falling out with Hearst, giving him little time to huddle with his new lineup of actors. Dismissing the likelihood of ever seeing 23 mercenaries promised by Hawkeye, Swearengen turns to Wu to deliver more reliable, if not quite weapons-tested, reinforcements from Custer City.

star 7.88
1,430 votes
Directors: Gregg Fienberg
Writers: Bernadette McNamara
Mister Wu

#7 - Mister Wu

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired May 23, 2004

An opium theft leaves Swearengen trying to find common language with his supplier, as well as navigating tricky waters to deal with the mess. Meanwhile, Silas Adams, bagman for the magistrate from Yankton, arrives with bad news for Swearengen; Bullock regrets having raised his hand at the government meeting; Merrick proposes Deadwood's first "club"; and an unwelcome Rev. Smith gravitates to the Gem and its new piano.

star 7.88
1,690 votes
Directors: Dan Minahan
Writers: Bryan McDonald
A Lie Agreed Upon (1)

#8 - A Lie Agreed Upon (1)

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 6, 2005

Swearengen and Bullock have a violent confrontation; Bullock and Utter discover that mistaken identity led to a fatal shooting at Nuttall's.

star 7.84
1,798 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: David Milch
Here Was a Man

#9 - Here Was a Man

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 11, 2004

Swearengen directs Farnum to buy back the Garret claim; Alma prevails on Calamity Jane and Hickok for help; Hickok commissions Bullock in his stead; Charlie Utter leaves the camp; an ailing colleague, Andy Cramed, rejoins the Bella Union; and Hickok's run of luck at poker yields an unexpected return.

star 7.83
2,015 votes
Directors: Alan Taylor
Writers: Elizabeth Sarnoff
Requiem for a Gleet

#10 - Requiem for a Gleet

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 27, 2005

Doc Cochran contemplates a procedure that could cure Swearengen; Bullock attempts to settle into domesticity; rumors about the camp's future begin to spread.

star 7.82
1,774 votes
Directors: Alan Taylor
Writers: Ted Mann
Full Faith and Credit

#11 - Full Faith and Credit

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 2, 2006

While Alma officially opens the bank of Deadwood, Langrishe asks Joanie whether she is willing to sell the Chez Ami, so he could make it into a theatre. Stapleton sets his eye on one of the new actresses in town and Jane receives a telegram from Fields. Hostetler and the latter arrive in camp and engage Steve with regard to the ownership of the livery, forcing Bullock to intervene. Meanwhile, Al delegates Adams to represent him in his affairs with Hearst and Tolliver.

star 7.80
1,433 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: Ted Mann
I Am Not the Man You Take Me for

#12 - I Am Not the Man You Take Me for

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 18, 2006

Captain Turner tips off Swearengen with a cryptic note to another bloody incident at the Gem; later, Hearst makes his intentions known in a more straightforward way. While Jane finds a captive audience for her oratory skills, the candidates for mayor and sheriff aren't as fortunate. Alma's health raises the issue of Sofia's stewardship and newly reformed Andy Cramed pays a visit to Tolliver, with a different agenda and outcome.

star 7.80
1,545 votes
Directors: Dan Attias
Writers: David Milch, Regina Corrado
A Lie Agreed Upon (2)

#13 - A Lie Agreed Upon (2)

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 13, 2005

Alma and Bullock face an abrupt decision about their future; Swearengen prepares for another showdown with Bullock; Calamity Jane returns to camp.

star 7.77
1,718 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: Jody Worth
Jewel's Boot Is Made for Walking

#14 - Jewel's Boot Is Made for Walking

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 6, 2004

Alma's father, Otis Russell, arrives from New York to "help" with her claim; Swearengen strikes a bargain with Adams to rid him of some legal baggage; Jewel journeys to Cochran's cabin for help with her leg; Utter hazards an opinion on the safety of Nuttal's saloon; Leon and Sawyer resume work at the Bella Union; Bullock is angered by the choice of a new sheriff; and Star winds up paying for a free service.

star 7.75
1,757 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Ricky Jay
E.B. Was Left Out

#15 - E.B. Was Left Out

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 17, 2005

Tolliver wrecked Merrick's newspaper office in retribution for not publishing the county commissioner's notice. Con Stapleton and Leon are having difficulty generating business for Tolliver's new Chinese whores. Utter learns that Wolcott is in possession of Hickok's last letter. Joanie returns to Tolliver to "turn tricks."

star 7.75
1,647 votes
Writers: Jody Worth
Complications

#16 - Complications

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 3, 2005

As a convalescing Swearengen bridles, Cochran schools Burns and Dority how best to assist his recovery. Alma is also feeling unwell, mornings. Unexpected profits at the Chez Ami lead Tolliver to an unexpected discovery about Wolcott. Merrick posts a provocative statement from Yankton on title to the claims; Bullock protects Commissioner Jarry from an angry mob, which redirects its ire. After returning a horse to Hostetler at the livery, professional go-between Samuel Fields finds a kindred spirit in Jane.

star 7.75
1,686 votes
Directors: Gregg Fienberg
Writers: Victoria Morrow
Something Very Expensive

#17 - Something Very Expensive

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 10, 2005

Alma proposes forming a bank, and looks to familiar faces to run it. To test himself, Swearengen grants audience to a long line of supplicants; talks with Farnum and Miss Isringhausen prove most illuminating. The arrival of low-priced Chinese whores begins the next phase in Tolliver and Wolcott's arrangement. Humiliated by Bullock, an angry claim owner looks to "square the scales." An enchanted Merrick tours a new schoolteacher about the camp. Wolcott's inner demons test his alliance with Tolliver, and prompt Stubbs and Utter to covert action.

star 7.74
1,734 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Steve Shill
New Money

#18 - New Money

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 20, 2005

A scout for a powerful mining operation arrives; an ailing Swearengen refuses visitors and medical attention; Farnum finds someone to buy the Hickok letter.

star 7.73
1,708 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Elizabeth Sarnoff
Amateur Night

#19 - Amateur Night

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 6, 2006

As Deadwood is overrun by Hearst's men, Bullock issues contingency plans to Martha. Wu is caught in a Pinkerton stampede and delivers a cryptic message to Swearengen that is solved by the unlikeliest person. Barrett makes Merrick pay for embarrassing Hearst in The Pioneer while Morgan Earp calls out one of the "Pistoleros." As night falls, Langrishe mines Deadwood's talent pool with an amateur-night performance in front of his future theater, financed in part by a "loan" from Alma's bank.

star 7.73
1,474 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Zack Whedon, Nick Towne
Advances, None Miraculous

#20 - Advances, None Miraculous

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired May 8, 2005

The camp waits vigil for Doc Cochran's prognosis of William Bullock. Martha regrets her move to Deadwood after her son is severely injured. Commisioner Jarry returns to Deadwood to discuss possible annexation with Swearengen, who then asks Sol Star to school Silas Adams on Montana policy. Trixie forces Alma to make a decision on Ellsworth's proposal.

star 7.69
1,582 votes
Directors: Gregg Fienberg
Writers: Sara Hess
Tell Your God to Ready for Blood

#21 - Tell Your God to Ready for Blood

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 11, 2006

Deadwood's first true elections are nearly here, with the offices of sheriff and mayor to be decided. Tonight, the candidates will state their cases to the townspeople. One of Hearst's Cornish workers is killed at the Gem, leading Swearengen to suspect that the incident was a staged Hearst power play. Ellsworth and Doc Cochran are alarmed by complications involving Alma's pregnancy. Star gains a new home from Adams' orchestrated foreclosure. Jane prepares to tell the camp's children about her experiences scouting for General Custer. Shocked by her inability to make a clean break from the gut-stabbed Tolliver, Joanie considers taking the easy way out. Hearst will give Bullock his political backing if Bullock promises to exert influence over certain areas of the camp.

star 7.68
1,536 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: David Milch, Ted Mann
Unauthorized Cinnamon

#22 - Unauthorized Cinnamon

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 23, 2006

Bullock's proposal carries the day during a meeting held at the Gem to discuss the Hearst conundrum; Aunt Lou fears for Odell's well-being after his latest gambit; Fields is skeptical of Steve's offer to remain in camp; Cochran finds other uses for a tailor's swatches; Chesterton's illness postpones Langrishe's theater plans.

star 7.66
1,466 votes
Directors: Regina Corrado
Writers: Mark Tinker
Bullock Returns to the Camp

#23 - Bullock Returns to the Camp

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 2, 2004

After tracking down a murderer, Bullock returns to Deadwood a changed man--and a marked one--while Utter must pay final respects to a fallen friend. Dority and Stubbs both take special interest when teenagers Miles and Flora Anderson arrive in camp in search of their father, each finding work at a rival saloon; Calamity Jane earns her moniker in the Pest Tent; Swearengen sees through Trixie's latest subterfuge; and Alma remains cold on Farnum's inappropriately advanced bid on her claim.

star 7.66
1,840 votes
Directors: Michael Engler
Writers: Jody Worth
Plague

#24 - Plague

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 25, 2004

Bullock encounters native resistance in his quest to bring a murderer to justice. Swearengen presses a resentful Farnum to keep tabs on Alma and Trixie; the camp fathers pool their resources to dispatch riders after precious vaccine and build a sick tent; Cochran enlists Jane as a nurse; and Swearengen collaborates on an article appearing in the Deadwood Pioneer.

star 7.66
1,819 votes
Writers: Malcolm MacRury
True Colors

#25 - True Colors

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 25, 2006

New arrivals on the stagecoach usher into Deadwood: Jack Langrishe, a stage promoter and friend of Al Swearengen, and Aunt Lou Marchbanks, Hearst's longtime cook. Also returning to town is a newly westernized Wu, with news for "Swegin" about a soon-to-arrive group of imported Hearst workers. Recovered from her ailments, Alma decides to approach Hearst with a claim deal, despite Ellsworth's adamant objections. Bullock uncovers the truth about the Gem killings, and vows to put Hearst on notice. Hearst calls Tolliver's bluff, then offers him a "fresh start."

star 7.65
1,425 votes
Directors: Gregg Fienberg
Writers: Ted Mann, Regina Corrado