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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 9, 2001
  • Season #: 1

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  • Starring: Kirk Acevedo, Scott Grimes, Matthew Settle
  • Summary: Band of Brothers is a 10-part miniseries produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks for HBO. The miniseries follows Easy Company, an army unit during World War II, from their initial training at Camp Toccoa to the conclusion of the war.

    The series is based on the book written by the late
    Stephen E Ambrose. Tom Hanks approached Steven Spielberg, who just finished production of Saving Private Ryan. Together they approached HBO with their idea. The station was willing to spend a industry record sum of $120m to realize the project. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: M.S. Mason
    Aug 15, 2013
    An amazing accomplishment. It refrains from emotional manipulation (unlike Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan"). All 10 parts portray human nature as it is - mixed motives, conflicting impulses. It earns every emotion it inspires in us. If it is heartening, it's because it defies cynicism and reveals the realities of courage, compassion, and brotherhood as real men in a horrendous war practiced it. [7 Sept 2001, p.15]
  2. Reviewed by: Adam Buckman
    Aug 15, 2013
    After watching the 10-hour Band of Brothers, I'm so drained by the intensity of what I have just beheld that I'm ready to declare this World War II miniseries the finest piece of work ever produced for television. [7 Sept 2001, p.117]
  3. Reviewed by: Barry Garron
    Aug 15, 2013
    It is doubtful that any war movie on the large or small screen has captured the varied experiences of ordinary soldiers better than Band of Brothers. Whether it's the sheer terror of facing an unseen enemy or the momentary joy following a successful mission, the mini eschews the typical movie cliches while revealing and reveling in the humanity within each member of Easy Company. It explains in large measure why this group of regular guys and others like them have come to be called the Greatest Generation. [5 Sept 2001]
  4. Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Aug 15, 2013
    It doesn't even look like a TV miniseries -- it's more like 10 theatrical films that do an amazing job re-creating battles. [7 Sept 2001, p.W01]
  5. Reviewed by: Marisa Guthrie
    Aug 14, 2013
    Band of Brothers stands as a very satisfying adaptation of Ambrose's meticulous and engrossing account. [9 Sept 2001, p.61]
  6. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Aug 14, 2013
    The production is so technically expert that it's agonizing to watch. And with the emphasis on authenticity, there's almost none of the tension that usually moves drama along. To get through it all, viewers will need to be almost as committed to Band of Brothers as the soldiers were to fighting the war. [9 Sept 2001, p.H01]
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Aug 15, 2013
    A glorious bungle. It has been produced on a dauntingly massive scale (by no less than Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, those old war hands) and is at times visually astonishing...Unfortunately it also suffers from disorganization, muddled thinking and a sense of redundancy. [8 Sept 2001, p.C01]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Jul 16, 2014
    Band of Brothers is the bar against which all other media about war in general, and World War II in particular, are measured. The miniseries is nothing short of spectacular. It is one of those rare adaptations that outclasses its source material (though no offense is intended to Stephen Ambrose and his wonderful book about Easy Company).

    From the first episode about the original men of Easy Company being trained by the ruthless and inept Captain Sobel to the finale, spelling out the post-war lives of these men we've just spent 10 hours watching live through hell on earth, the miniseries never fails to captivate. HBO's second WWII miniseries, The Pacific, seems to have taken to heart criticism of BoB that its cast was too large and the series too short to establish character development. I disagree, seeing the large cast of BoB as one of its strengths. The Pacific felt disjointed, transitioning between three main characters and their own supporting casts, leaving the viewer to wonder who we were with in each episode.

    Band of Brothers is a must-see for anyone who considers themselves a history buff, WWII enthusiast, or simply an American who cares about the sacrifices previous generations have made to enable us to live the lives we have today.
  2. Feb 9, 2014
    This is hands down the best series i've ever seen. Band of Brothers tells a deep story of real members of the 101st Airborne Division, and trust me. It tells that story good. Expand
  3. Nov 21, 2011
    An excellent achievement in television storytelling. The amount of time and dedication put into this show by the team at Dreamworks and HBO is stunning. Expand
  4. Nov 27, 2010
    A great movie that followed the story of one of the greatest divisions in American history, the 101 st Airborne paratroopers. It was probably my favorite war movie(s) that I have seen. Also, it was one of the few modern WW2 military movies about the European Theatre that didn't focus around the Battle of the Bulge, Holocaust, or D-Day. Expand
  5. Feb 28, 2013
    I finally just finished watching Band of Brothers´╗┐ from beginning to end and what an incredible mini-series. From the battle sequences of the earlier and middle episodes to the emotional episodes in the end (especially the impact of the 9th episode), this is a true must watch for Americans in order to better appreciate the sacrifice so many young men made for our freedom. God bless America! Expand
  6. Jul 3, 2013
    Band of Brothers is definitely the best HBO and TV-miniseries ever. The acting is brilliant, and so is the character development and the battle scenes are extremely enjoyable. Expand
  7. Jul 6, 2014
    Band of Brothers is an excellent achievement for the television medium. Mixing some of the most terrifying events in human history, as well as providing a deft undertone of courage and heroic triumph all around, Band of Brothers is a visually-stunning and emotionally compelling series from start to finish. Expand

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