Boardwalk Empire: Season 1

Boardwalk Empire: Season 1


HBO's lavish crime-drama from the creator of The Sopranos, set in 1920s prohibition-era Atlantic City following the exploits of politician/gangster Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi). Exective-produced by Martin Scorsese and Mark Wahlberg. 12 episodes.... More

The first episode, directed by Scorsese, was the most expensive pilot show ever made - costing $US 18 million. The series is inspired by real-life gangster/policitian Nucky Johnson and the non-fiction book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johns.

"When alcohol was outlawed, outlaws became kings. Boardwalk Empire chronicles the life and times of Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, Atlantic City’s undisputed czar at a time when Prohibition proved to be a major catalyst in the rise of organized crime in America. Nucky and his lieutenants ruled during a time when illegal alcohol opened up highly lucrative opportunities for bootleggers and distributers." (Official Synopsis)Hide

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  • The characters are unforgettable, and the history, of course, is more entertaining than fiction. The filming of Boardwalk Empire just may be more decadent than the decadence it's celebrating. It's not TV, and it's not really HBO. It's an event, not to be missed. Full Review

  • The series gets better and more engrossing with time, but it takes more than a few episodes for it to clear its throat, establish its bona fides and fall into storytelling stride. Full Review

  • Expectations were certainly sky-high for Boardwalk, but the producers have risen to meet them--in a series that grows richer, deeper and more absorbing with each of the six episodes previewed. Full Review