April 23, 2021

The Golden Age of HBO

Having just finished the wonderful series The Pacific and the movie Temple Grandin, I noticed that they were both HBO productions. I went to the HBO store page and noted that many of the series and movies I admire these days are from this cable station. Here are some of their short and long form shows that I have seen and enjoyed:

Band of Brothers (American GIs during WWII in Europe; a great companion piece to “The Pacific”)
Bernard and Doris (Susan Sarandon as heiress Doris Dukes with Ralph Fiennes as her butler)
Big Love (the series features a polygamous family in Utah)
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee (the famous book gets adapted to the screen, with Adam Beach, Anna Paquin and Aidan Quinn)
Deadwood (set in my home state of South Dakota; the West at its wildest)
Elizabeth I (Helen Mirren playing another Elizabeth and Jeremy Irons as the Earl of Leicester )
Entourage (Chicago actor Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold, the uber agent)
Grey Gardens (Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore as Big and Little Edie)

John Adams (Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti playing our second president and his wife Abigail)
Lackawanna Blues (Jimmy Smits, Liev Schreiber, Terrence Howard and S. Epatha Merkerson in a film adaptation of the off-Broadway play of the same name)
Normal (Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson in an inquiry into gender and marriage)
Oz (brutal prison life with star turns by many Broadway actors including Rita Moreno, Bette Buckley and Patty Lupone)
The Pacific (brilliant depiction of U. S. Marines on Pacific islands during WWII)
Recount (the events surrounding the 2000 presidential election in Florida with a star-studded cast including Kevin Spacey, Ed Begley Jr., Laura Dern, John Hurt, Denis Leary and Tom Wilkinson)
Rome (Roman history seen through a 21st century tv lens)

Sex and the City (Sarah Jessica Parker and the girls in Manhattan)
Six Feet Under (the final episode may be the greatest wrap-up of a series I have ever seen)
Something the Lord Made (fabulous story of the African-American man and white doctor who pioneered the first heart surgeries, with Alan Rickman and Mos Def )
The Sopranos (the monumental story of a Mafia family in New Jersey)
Temple Grandin (the life of autistic animal-intuitive Ms. Grandin)
True Blood (vampires and werewolves have never been this sexy)
Truman (Gary Sinise becomes the great Harry S.)
Unscripted (the viewer follows three actors as they chase the Hollywood dream)
Warm Springs (Kenneth Branagh plays a polio-stricken FDR)
The Wire (riveting 5 season series on the criminal, political and legal scene in urban Baltimore)
Wit (Emma Thompson endures cancer treatment with surprising wit)



  1. B. Sanders says

    you forgot iron jawed angels

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