You can’t turn on the television or walk past a magazine without hearing about HBO’s newest series, Boardwalk Empire. The show which is only 5 episodes in takes place on New Jersey’s popular beach and boardwalk, Atlantic City. Starring Steve Buscemi, Shea Whigham, Michael Stuhlbarg, Anthony Laciura, it’s set in the early 1920′s when business is booming, everything is for sale, and it doesn’t require much for men to live like kings. With episodes directed by Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Jeremy Podeswa, Alan Taylor and Allen Coulter, longevity isn’t a question for this hit show. Here’s a few reasons why we love it:
1. Nucky Thompson: Played by Steve Buscemi is the man that everyone wants to be. Although he’s only the city’s elected “treasurer” he seems to have everyone in his back pocket. Including the police department, hotels, and casino’s. He pretty much runs the town. Although he’s a crook and does every illegal thing possible, he still has a good heart. You want to hate him, but he carries the show.
2. The Gangsta’s: Although the show is based in the 1920′s, it’s still very much relatable to the modern day mobsters you see on TV today. There’s shoot offs, corruption, boat overthrowing, and everything to make you cringe.
3. Gretchen Mol: Gretchen Mol. Gretchen Mol. Gretchen Mol. Need we say more? The women oozes sex appeal in every take. Mol plays a showgirl whose having an ongoing love affair with Nucky Thompson. Err, did we mention she’s practically naked in each of her scenes?
4. The Drama. The Mystery.: Not only is Boardwalk Empire a drama, it’s a mystery. Throughout the show you find yourself piecing together puzzles of an unsolved problem. Who killed who? Why? Does Nucky really care about anyone besides himself? The best part about it is every time you think you have an answer, you don’t.
5. Leaves You Wanting More: The greatest thing about the series besides the naked women, mobsters, and Nucky Thompson is that it always leaves you wanting more. I can’t recall the last time I sat on the edge of my couch waiting to see what would happen next on a fictional show. It’s been awhile since HBO has had a show this good. Perhaps The Soprano’s, The Wire, or Entourage? I don’t know, but whatever the case this show is it.