Series | In English | 5 seasons (56 episodes). Each episode is between 50 and 60 minutes | Original Release, 2010
The series covers the violent, crime-filled years of the Prohibition era in the U.S., between 1920 and 1931. Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, a powerful political figure in Atlantic City, becomes enormously wealthy switching from taking bribes to distributing whiskey. Atlantic City is an ideal location for smuggling whiskey: it has access to the ocean, the bay, and to the major population centers of the country. Nucky masterfully juggles his personal and business lives while dealing with the mobsters who want to muscle in on his territory. Nucky fights viciously to protect his turf. Soon the Feds start investigating the bootlegging and other crimes being committed in the city. Nucky painfully realizes that with the Feds closing in and the imminent end of prohibition, his Empire will soon come to an end.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 92%
- Metacritic Score: 83
American Film Institute (AFI): One of the ten best television shows of the year
Writers Guild of America: Winner, Best New Series
Golden Globe Awards: Winner, Best Television Series (Drama); Best Actor (Steve Buscemi)
Screen Actors Guild: Winner, Outstanding Performances by an Ensemble; Outstanding Performance by an Actor (Steve Buscemi)
Directors Guild of America: Winner, Martin Scorsese
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Where to start with “BOARDWALK EMPIRE,” the magnificent, sweeping, wildly expressive series by way of director Martin Scorsese. How about in 1920, when series opens, an exciting postwar moment when the country was on the verge of unprecedented social change and economic prosperity, women were on the doorstep of universal suffrage, and the days of instant news via radio, were beginning? Almost every frame glows.
Extravagantly produced, shockingly violent and as cold and hard as ice, “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” brings us back to the world’s former playground at the start of Prohibition. It’s hard to imagine anyone but HBO lavishing so much money and attention on a potentially tough-sell period, or filling it with such an inspired array off top-level talent.
“BOARDWALK EMPIRE” keeps the players moving and that’s just one reason it remains a must-see television drama. Nucky Thompson stays in the center. Beyond that, it feels as if almost everyone is in play, which adds freshness while retaining the tension.
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