Today I'd like to talk about one of my favorite mini-series of all time, North and South. They've been playing it every Sunday night for the last few weeks and I admit, it drew me again like it always does.
It's about a man from South Carolina who meets a man from Pennsylvania at West Point and they become best friends. The story follows them and their families through the years of the Civil War and it is so incredibly well done.
Patrick Swazye is Orry Main, the southern gentleman who is struggling with some of the aspects of slavery and honoring his heritage. James Read is George Hazard, a man from Pennsylvania whose family owns an iron works that employs a lot of Irish immigrants. He also has a sister who is an abolitionist (played by Kirstie Alley). It is so interesting how the miniseries explores issues from both sides. The south did have some valid political points, but I am glad the north prevailed and the union was preserved. But, oh, what a cost!
The cast of North and South is incredible, with lots of big names, including Jimmy Stewart, Hal Holbrook, Johnny Cash, Robert Guillame, Elizabeth Taylor, Gene Kelly, Genie Francis, David Carradine, Terri Garber, and Forrest Whitaker to name a few. There are some really strong female characters, which I love. The history is also articulated so well, it's hard for people who love history not to be drawn in.
I love the lush settings of North and South, the family drama, and the deep enduring friendship between George and Orry. That seems hard to find on shows done nowadays, especially one where it is so well done. There's also something about the Civil War era that fascinates me. Maybe someday I'll write a book about that.
Here's a promo that was done for Book II
Do you have a mini-series you love? Have you ever seen North and South?