Friday, February 23, 2018
Favorite Television Productions Set During the U.S. CIVIL WAR
Below is a list of my favorite television productions set during the U.S. Civil War:
FAVORITE TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS SET DURING THE U.S. CIVIL WAR
1. "The Blue and the Gray" (1982) - This three-part CBS miniseries focused on the experiences of two families linked by two sisters - the Geysers of Virginia and the Hales of Pennsylvania - during the U.S. Civil War. John Hammond and Stacy Keach starred.
2. "Copper" (2012-2013) - Tom Fontana and Will Rokos created this BBC America series about an Irish immigrant policeman/war veteran who patrols and resides in New York City's Five Points neighborhood during the last year of the U.S. Civil War. Tom Weston-Jones, Kyle Schmid and Ato Essandoh starred.
3. "North and South: Book II" (1986) - James Read and Patrick Swayze starred in this six-part television adaptation of John Jakes's 1984 novel, "Love and War", the second one in John Jakes' "North and South" Trilogy. David L. Wolper produced and Kevin Connor directed.
4. "Gore Vidal's Lincoln" (1988) - Sam Waterston and Mary Tyler Moore starred in this two-part miniseries adaptation of Gore Vidal's 1984 novel about the 16th U.S. President during the U.S. Civil War. Lamont Johnson directed.
5. "The Young Riders" (1989-1992) - Ed Spielman created this ABC television series about six riders who rode for the Pony Express between 1860 and 1861. Ty Miller, Josh Brolin and Anthony Zerbe starred.
6. "Class of '61" (1993) - Steven Spielberg produced this ABC television movie about a few West Point graduates who found themselves on opposite sides of the U.S. Civil War. Dan Futterman, Clive Owen and Andre Braugher starred.
7. "Mercy Street" (2016-2017) - Lisa Wolfinger and David Zabel created this PBS series that followed two hospital nurses on opposite sides, at the Mansion House Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia during the U.S. Civil War. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Hannah James and Josh Radnor starred.
8. "Lincoln" (1974-1976) - Hal Holbrook and Sara Thompson starred in this NBC six-part miniseries about the life of the 16th U.S. President. George Schaefer directed.
9. "The Million Dollar Dixie Deliverance" (1978) - Brock Peters starred in this Disney television movie about an escaped Union soldier who flees to the Union lines with five Northern children who had been snatched and held as hostages by Confederate soldiers during the war. Russ Mayberry directed.
10. "For Love and Glory" (1993) - Roger Young directed this failed CBS pilot about a wealthy Virginia family disrupted by the older son's marriage to a young working-class woman and the outbreak of the U.S. Civil War. Daniel Markel, Tracy Griffith, Kate Mulgrew and Robert Foxworth starred.