It looks as though they are going to be spent this way for some while to come, as the set consists of three separate issues, each one containing 4 discs, and each disc containing 3 episodes - total running time: 1819 minutes.
I had never heard of this series before, partly because we don't watch TV and partly - I guess - because the violence, sex and bad language means that it would not be shown on British TV until after midnight, if at all. I cannot imagine it being shown on U.S TV at all under any circumstances, but I guess it was - if not in Utah.
As the name tells you, it is set in 19th century Deadwood during the gold rush and before US law was imposed on the area. Deadwood is referred to as a 'camp', and this camp is surrounded by hostile Indian country and populated with desperados who are kept fed and watered by a couple of ruthless saloon-keepers who also supply whores and gambling facilities. I say 'watered', but the only water I have seen drunk so far is by a man dying of smallpox - everyone else seems to exist on lethal quantities of cheap whiskey.
A couple of big-names of the area are also in town - 'Wild' Bill Hickock and 'Calamity' Jane, but if you have an image of Doris Day in your head when I mention 'Calamity Jane', forget it. I just cannot imagine Doris Day using the sort of language that this Jane uses under any circumstances - even if you were pulling her fingernails out with a pair of rusty pliers.
Everyone refers to everyone else in town as either 'cock-sucker' or 'cunt' (including the women and children), and it is very difficult to keep up with whether these names are being used as a term of endearment, or simply for the purpose for which they were originally intended. Bill Hickock is out of the picture in about 4 episodes, being shot in the back of the head during a poker game, and as you can imagine, this has produced a few problems on it's own, never mind the Indians, land-claims and rival saloon interests.
The last American series I was addicted to was 'Dallas' back in the 80s, when we all spent about 3 months arguing about who shot J.R. - that's how long ago I last watched TV on a regular basis. I am now hooked on this series, and have many evenings ahead of me to watch it.
My poor friend, however, has seen the lot (between Christmas and now) and because they never finish one episode with a conclusion, is desperately trawling the net to see if any others have been made in the intervening period. What a clever production - get us all addicted and the market will never dry out, especially since it is shown in real time, and there have been many years between 1876 and 2011.