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Hell on Wheels or Deadwood


I think its hard to compare since besides the obvious similarities, the styles were so different. Which one did you prefer, and why? I think I give the edge to Hell on Wheels. I just felt more involved. Plus, as extraordinary as Deadwood keeping meter akin to Shakespeare was, after a while it wears on you.


But what do I know. I'm just a girl.

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Both are splendid tv series about the rougher side of wild west. I'd still give the slight edge to Deadwood. Hell on wheel as good as it was, had plenty of filler and the plot development was kind of rough as well. I wish the writers had actually kept it more focused.

Towards the end I felt like they didn't know what the do with Bohanon character at times. The whole family plot for instance was kind forced. Not to mention dragging that pointless Swede plotline so past it's natural ending point. Deadwood on other hand didn't hold back. And I kind of liked the dialog. It was fun to listen and quite imaginitive. :)

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I like both shows, but Deadwood is way better. It almost felt like HoW had too many episodes a season and/or last for a season too long. The story could've been tighter and more compact. Deadwood didn't have filler or randomly dropped storylines.

I never saved anything for the swim back.

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I wrote the original post a few days ago when I was just beginning to watch the final half of the final season (5). Welp, having now completed the series I may have to adjust what I said. Frankly the last several episodes of HOW simply didn't didn't measure up. In fact, in retrospect the series never really regained the excellence from its first three seasons. Hence, while I really did enjoy the first few seasons of HOW as much, if not more than any of Deadwood, the latter did continue its excellent quality right up to and including the series conclusion. So all in all, I'd have to rate them fairly evenly - especially since Deadwood had considerably less episodes - and, in fact qualify it by saying that while they were similar in the most obvious ways, they were simply just so very different in many others, making it an apples and oranges debate, to some extent.


But what do I know. I'm just a girl.

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Love both equally

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Both are good, but Deadwood is head and shoulders above, just because of the big picture and wheels-inside-wheels perspective Swearingen has.

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Deadwood and Hell on Wheels were pretty close if comparing first seasons. After that Deadwood wins hands down. And Hell on Wheels became like a horror movie by making the Swede into some kind of unkillable Jason figure.

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