17. ‘The Deuce’
David Simon’s most recent HBO effort is no ‘the Wire,” but it is a pretty engrossing look at the rise of the porn industry in the 1970’s. Maggie Gyllenhaal is very much this show’s secret weapon as Candy, a freelance sex worker making the leap to adult film stardom. The series also makes surprisingly strong use of James Franco in a dual role as mobbed-up twin brothers.