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'Boardwalk Empire' Synopsis and Essential Information


Steve Buscemi
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Travel back to the 1920s when alcohol was illegal and crime bosses such as Al Capone and Lucky Luciano were just getting started. The series follows historical crime boss and corrupt politician Nucky Johnson, who controlled Atlantic City during Prohibition, and those around him who helped contribute to making Atlantic City "The World's Playground."

Series Premiere:

September 19, 2010

When is it on?:

Sundays at 9pm ET on HBO. Episodes also available on HBO on Demand.

'Boardwalk Empire' Cast:

  • Steve Buscemi as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson
  • Shea Whigham as Elias 'Eli' Thompson
  • Michael Pitt as James 'Jimmy' Darmody
  • Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Schroeder
  • Stephen Graham as Al Capone
  • Michael Shannon as Agent Nelson Van Alden
  • Aleksa Palladino as Angela Darmody
  • Vincent Piazza as Lucky Luciano
  • Paz de la Huerta as Lucy Danziger
  • Michael K. Williams as Chalky White
  • Anthony Laciura as Eddie Kessler
  • Paul Sparks as Mickey Doyle
  • Dabney Coleman as Commodore Louis Kaestner


  • The series was renewed for a second season two days after the premiere episode.
  • Martin Scorsese directed the series premiere.
  • Series creator Terence Winter was also the writer and executive producer of The Sopranos.


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