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A washed-up actor, a sleazy director and an underage wannabe startlet deal with the harsh realities of the illegal 70s porn business, when two FBI agents go deep undercover to root out the mafia, whose money financed an entire industry.An HBO-styleMoreA washed-up actor, a sleazy director and an underage wannabe startlet deal with the harsh realities of the illegal 70s porn business, when two FBI agents go deep undercover to root out the mafia, whose money financed an entire industry.An HBO-style drama based on true events.Its the late-70s, the Golden Age of Porn, in an America still deeply wounded by the quagmire of Vietnam and the relative failure of the hippie movement. Rock & roll is dead. Jordache jeans, feathered hair and leisure suits dominate the dance floors, shakin it to solid gold disco hits. Cocaine use is at an all-time high, and pornographic movies like Misty Beethoven and Deep Throat draw crowds to theaters in city centers like pre-Giuliani Times Square, respected critics using phrases like artistic merit in describing them. This happens in the days before VHS. Before condoms. Before HIV. Smut is protested as much as its celebrated, and many believe porn and legitimate film will soon become indistinguishable. But due to an inconceivable legal hypocrisy, producing, acting in, even transporting these films across state lines is illegal.Watching porn is chic. Making it is a crime.In 1977, the FBI and the Dade County sheriffs department join in an undercover operation referred to as MiPorn (short for Miami Porn), which will eventually lead to indictments for racketeering, arms possession, interstate transport of prurient materials, and child pornography. The Valley is a fictionalized account of these events, in the vein of HBO dramas Boardwalk Empire and Deadwood, following the lives of the two undercover FBI agents working the case, and the people caught up in their investigation. This true event is a backdrop for stories of daily human struggles, of finding love and family wherever its available, of sexual exploitation and violence and mafia monsters, of fame and excess, of the lives ruined and the legends created in that Golden Age in the San Fernando Valley.