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Boardwalk Empire

Series Summary
Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition is a place where the rules don't apply. And the man who runs things -- legally and otherwise -- is the town's treasurer, Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, who is equal parts politician and gangster. Side by side with his brother Elias, Atlantic City's sheriff, and a crew of ward bosses and local tough guys, Nucky gains a reputation as the man to see for illegal alcohol. He does business with all the top gangsters -- Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, "Big Jim" Colosimo -- and he does it well ... until a former protégé takes matters into his own hands, setting the Feds on Nucky's tail.

Air Dates: 2010 - Present

Genres: Crime drama

Network: HBO

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Season 5, Ep. 3 : What Jesus Said Sep 21, 2014

Chalky heads in a new direction; Margaret finds herself in a quandary; Nucky hosts a prospective partner from Boston; Luciano and Siegel meet with Narcisse in Harlem; in 1884, young Nucky flirts with a girl.

  • Season 5, Ep. 2 : The Good Listener Sep 14, 2014

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    Nucky pays a visit to Johnny Torrio; Eli and Van Alden must recoup money lost during a federal raid by Eliot Ness; Willie has a job interview; in 1884, young Nucky deals with the death of his sister.

  • Season 5, Ep. 1 : Golden Days for Boys and Girls Sep 7, 2014

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    Nucky reminisces about catching the Commodore's eye; Nucky joins Sally Wheet in Cuba; Margaret finds herself in the hot seat; Chalky tries to extricate himself from a difficult situation; Lucky Luciano sets a bold plan in motion.

  • Season 4, Ep. 12 : Farewell Daddy Blues Nov 24, 2013

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    Agent Knox launches his plan targeting Nucky; Capone and Torrio reach an agreement; Chalky looks to settle scores; Richard steps forward to save Tommy.

  • Season 4, Ep. 11 : Havre de Grace Nov 17, 2013

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    A warning prompts Nucky to take inventory; Chalky and daughter take refuge with his former mentor; Gillian considers starting a new life with Roy Phillips.

  • Season 4, Ep. 10 : White Horse Pike Nov 10, 2013

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    Nucky enlists Eli and Agent Knox to check the cargo in the Florida shipments; Margaret considers making a deal with Rothstein; Capone grows suspicious of Torrio; Nucky faces a dilemma.

critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( )
  • Nucky has long been the king in this regard, but for once his throne seems like it's in real jeopardy, and it's a joy to watch him squirm. show more

  • There's a lot of slow exposition here, requiring patience for new characters (like Ron Livingston as wealthy playboy Roy Phillips). But the body count builds by the time the credits roll, so those quiet rooms won't stay quiet for long. [6 Sep 2013, p.71] show more

  • The new season relies heavily on the show’s rich mood and atmosphere, inasmuch as series creator Terence Winter and his crew appear content to ease back into the proceedings while hitting the reset button. show more

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'Boardwalk Empire' Teaser: Can Nucky Stay Alive Long Enough to Cash Out?

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Kelly Woo on Jul 1st, 2014 2:00PM

All empires fall. That's the message in the brief teaser for the fifth and final season of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," which is very concerning for Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi). There isn't...

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