Wednesday, January 26, 2011

TV Series of the Month - Band of Brothers

This month’s series is Band of Brothers.

The HBO miniseries is about the story of Easy Company (part of the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division) and their exploits during WWII in Europe from Operation Overlord through V-J Day. The show is by creators Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg based on the novel by Stephen Ambrose.  The whole cast is fantastic (the casting director(s) did an amazingly good job finding these guys). The stand outs are Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Scott Grimes, Shane Taylor, and Frank John Hughes. There are also a few guest/cameo appearances from better known actors throughout. The aesthetics of the show are also incredible. The score, cinematography, production design, special effects, writing, everything is superb and the best of anything on TV. Every episode (though there are only 10) is great, my favorites being Day of Days, Bastogne and The Breaking Point. The show succeeds not just because of the historical implications or the very well done action sequences, it is my favorite show of all-time (making it a great series to kick off this new monthly article series) because the story is done in such a way (with tons of characters and little time) that you really get to know, like and care about every principal character, which gets you very invested in the show, characters and lives of these men. The show is a must for WWII fans and those that like outstanding television, as this is the best. Check out the series trailer.

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