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Want a few business pointers? Mosey on over to <i>Deadwood</i>.

By Steve Cooper • May 5, 2006 Originally published Nov 11, 2004

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As Al Swearengen sips his morning coffee, looking over the dustytown of Deadwood from the balcony of his saloon, one thingis certain: He means business. Swearengen, played by Ian McShane,is a ruthless small-business owner in HBO's Deadwood-aseries based on the real-life South Dakota town, circa 1876.Entrepreneurs, take note: You can learn a thing or two.

"Deadwood is the single best source of economic andbusiness thinking that has ever hit popular media," says DavidTufte, associate professor at Southern Utah University'sbusiness school in Cedar City, Utah. But extracting businesslessons from TV is nothing new. In fact, there are several booksbased on lessons from HBO's other hit drama, TheSopranos, while Six Feet Under features anentrepreneurial family. So what makes Deadwood so good?

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