So far so good. After i now have finished watching the first season i mostly have only good things to say about this show, but i also feel as if the show lacked a few things.
First off, while i understand this show might be threading in a gray area, i do feel that a show that is about the rise of the porn industry should show more hardcore sex imagery. I have seen thousands of porn movies, I'm not going to pretend I never had some quality time to myself, or thought about doing so, I'm definitively not going to be one of those that never liked watching porn.
What have we as a species come to when we allow killing, torture, murder, lying, betrayal and so on be shown to us, but intercourse is forbidden?. This is the doing of religious fanatics, and USA is mainly a very religious country filled with easily offended nutjobs. There, i said it.
Anyways, the show does most things right. The tone of the era it's representing is very well done. This is what we have come to expect from HBO. The clothing, the cars, the outdoor looks, the music, the politics and so on. They have nailed the feel pretty good.
The show is about the birth and the rise of the mammoth American porn industry, how it all came to be. And it's a really interesting watch. When i watched porn as i was growing up in the 80's, often i could not but help wondering who these men and women were, that i saw in these films. We memorized their names, we started buying films because certain actors and actresses were in them. They were movie stars, in their own right.
And the industry had some really big names, like Ron Jeremy, a terrific guy, often called an American icon, played in thousands of porn movies and have had sex with over 5000 women. Some say this is disgusting and filthy, others think it's awesome. I'm one of the guys that think it's awesome, the dude has done well, and had sex with so many gorgeous women.
Later in my life i started working in the porn industry myself. So i know this business from the inside. Most people have absolutely no clue, what so ever, how it's like, this show is displaying much of what happens very accurately. Simon is not fooling around here, they have done their homework. But i feel the show is lacking in nudity and taking chances, and i feel it is a bit too predictable at times.
The acting for the most part is really good, overall there are moments where each actor shines, but also times where each actor do not. But the show might need more time for the characters to unfold. And I'm eagerly awaiting season two. But for now i give this show a 8 out of 10. It's a good watch, at times even great, and i do recommend it.
Though i said it has too little nudity, it does have a lot of it. You will see plenty of penises, vaginas and boobs here. You just won't see much sex being "performed". And that is because we live in an insane world where sex is forbidden and throat slitting in perfectly okay. But for those of you that think sex is a sin, stay away from this show and watch teletubbies or something.