There’s no hiding from the glitz and glamour of the casino. They’ve been favourite spots for film and television, and with no surprise. Given the industry’s implicit connection to organised crime, and the inevitable crippling losses that are involved with habitual gaming, there’s every reason to give an audience a taste of the good time. We’re going to take a quick look at some of the best TV shows featuring games of skill and luck.
This HBO masterpiece took place in the town of Deadwood during the later days of the wild West. Featuring a fantastic, believable cast, amazing writing and stunning set pieces, the show ran for two epic seasons. Key to the town was Al Swearingen’s bar, a hive of scum and villainy, with some fantastic table games. Epitomising the spit and sawdust feel of Deadwood, the bar played host to a number of murders, double crossings and general violence. By the end of the second season, it was as much a character as its owner.
- Miami Vice
The 1980’s classic redefined style, and cemented in people’s minds an idea of Miami as the epitome of 80’s aesthetics. The show was replete with pastel colours, loafers and cocaine. But it also featured more than its fair share of casinos. Naturally a number of episodes involved illegal casinos being shut down, but there were also a few episodes where Crockett and Tubbs enjoy some down time, losing their wages and sipping on mojitos. A classic show, with some classic casino episodes. Check our PartyCasino online review to find out more about classic gaming.
- The Simpsons
For a number of episodes, gambling actually came to the forefrront of the plot. Most notable, the episode where Bart decides to open up a casino in his treehouse, making a fortune from fleecing sucker kids. There was also the episode where Mr. Burns opens up a massive boardwalk casino, a la Atlantic City. Marge falls for the allure of the slots, and gradually develops a dangerous gambling addiction. A fantastic episode of a fantastic show.
- The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
It may not have been a casino, but the pool hall episode features some fantastic gaming and wagering. Will fancies himself as a pool player, but falls victim to a shark and gets deep into debt. He is rescued by Uncle Phil, who lures the shark into a false sense of security, raises the stakes, and finally instructs Jeffrey to ‘Break out Marlene’, his personal pool cue. Phil then beats the shark and wins back all losses. A top episode of an all time classic show.
So there you are. Some of the all time favourite casino episodes of some fantastic TV shows. We’re yet to see a show that features nothing but gambling, except for those live roulette things, but it can surely only be just around the corner. And then you’ll be able to enjoy:
- Table games