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In 'The Deuce,' Sex Isn't Titillating — It's Business

David Simon's gritty new drama follows pornography's transition from back-alley pursuit to billion-dollar industry. The sex scenes are transactional, but also explicit, with equal opportunity nudity.
Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Candy, a prostitute who begins to see a way off the street, in HBO's The Deuce. Source: Paul Schiraldi

Journalist-turned-TV producer David Simon is particularly good at two things: exposing the mindless, brutal institutions and systems that grind many Americans down, and humanizing people who normally exist at the margins of polite conversation.

When Simon tackled those subjects in HBO's , he created one of the best series on television. Now he's created the best new show of the 2017 fall season in HBO's (debuting Sunday), a gritty, urban drama about the moment pornography became "street legal" in New York City, and the

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