2. The dialogue of any given episode contains at least seven hundred uses of the words "cocksucker" and "fucking", shattering the previous record for fucks-per-minute held by Raymond Huffman of San Francisco, CA.
3. An ongoing subplot of the show involves a Chinese man who takes money from the townsfolk to dispose of corpses by feeding them to his pigs.
4. William "Larry" Sanderson plays the hotelier-mayor of deadwood, who talks like a hillbilly version of William Wordsworth.
5. Drunk-ass Calamity Jane.
Okay, maybe it's not the greatest show of all time. But man, it's got a lotta pep for such a depressing show. And what other television program has had the artistic vision to show us a middle-aged man, his face hamburgered by a savage beating, having a thumb stuck up his ass for like ten minutes, followed by the same character giving an endless pompous soliloquy while being fellated by the owner of said thumb? I mean, other than "Touched By an Angel"?