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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 - 2015

Genres: Crime drama

Network: HBO

  • Season 5, Ep. 8 : Eldorado Oct 26, 2014

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    Nucky plans to relocate to Manhattan; Margaret impresses Nucky and a grain company stockholder; Luciano tends to unfinished business; William shares underworld details with his boss; Nucky visits Gillian; in 1897, Nucky copes with a family crisis.

  • Season 5, Ep. 7 : Friendless Child Oct 19, 2014

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    Nucky tries to hold onto his assets in Atlantic City; Willie and Eli become involved in Nucky's war; Maranzano meets his fate; Nucky reads a letter from Gillian; in 1897, Mabel and Nucky argue.

  • Season 5, Ep. 6 : Devil You Know Oct 12, 2014

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    Chalky encounters Narcisse in Harlem; federal agents enlist the help of Eli and Van Alden to take down the Capone organization; Nucky is pained by a recent loss; in 1897, Nucky vents his frustration and roots out a young thief.

  • Season 5, Ep. 5 : King of Norway Oct 5, 2014

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    Chalky returns to Atlantic City; Nucky arranges a meeting with Maranzano; Eli's reunion with June takes an unexpected turn; Capone considers relocating his operation; Margaret completes a deal with Carolyn Rothstein; Nucky gets bad news from Cuba.

  • Season 5, Ep. 4 : Cuanto Sep 28, 2014

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    Nucky and Margaret find common ground in Atlantic City; Luciano encounters an old adversary; Sally Wheet makes a payment in Cuba; in 1884, young Nucky moves up the Commodore's ladder.

critic reviews ( 3 )
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  • Boardwalk Empire has everything you'd expect in an HBO drama--sharply drawn characters, large-scale stories intercut with intimate moments and a sense that you couldn't find something like it anywhere else on the guide. It's maybe the best new show HBO has launched in several years. show more

  • Frankly, this complex and entertaining show is the kind of things that the networks--cable and broadcast--just don't make anymore: It's a grand, handsome saga about a whole slice of society, from shop clerks and showgirls to fixers and Feds. show more

  • As with the best of these broad canvas series, the players and their allegiances become clear within an episode or two. And from that point on, Boardwalk Empire becomes everything that HBO (and I) had hoped for it. 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 mu...

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