Olive Kitteridge (miniseries)

Olive Kitteridge is an American television miniseries based on Elizabeth Strout's 2008 novel Olive Kitteridge. Set in Maine,[1] the HBO miniseries features Frances McDormand as the title character, Richard Jenkins as Olive's loving husband Henry Kitteridge, Zoe Kazan as Denise Thibodeau, and Bill Murray as Jack Kennison.[2] The show is divided into four parts, each depicting a certain point of time in the novel.[1]

Olive Kitteridge
Based onOlive Kitteridge
by Elizabeth Strout
Screenplay byJane Anderson
Directed byLisa Cholodenko
StarringFrances McDormand
Richard Jenkins
Zoe Kazan
Rosemarie DeWitt
Martha Wainwright
John Gallagher Jr.
Devin Druid
Jesse Plemons
Bill Murray
Peter Mullan
Theme music composerCarter Burwell
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes4
Producer(s)Gary Goetzman
Tom Hanks
Frances McDormand
Jane Anderson
Steve Shareshian
David Coatsworth
CinematographyFrederick Elmes
Editor(s)Jeffrey M. Werner
Running time233 minutes
Production company(s)HBO Miniseries
As Is
Original networkHBO
External links

The miniseries debuted in the United States on November 2, 2014, on the American premium TV network HBO, which aired the show's first two episodes back-to-back that evening; the third and fourth episodes aired back-to-back the following evening. It was shown in a similar format in the United Kingdom on Sky Atlantic, on December 14 and December 15, 2014.[3] It premiered in Australia on showcase from 13 January 2015.[4] At the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, the miniseries won eight awards including Outstanding Limited Series.


Olive Kitteridge is a misanthropic and strict, but well-meaning, retired schoolteacher who lives in the fictional seaside town of Crosby, Maine. She is married to Henry Kitteridge, a kind, considerate man who runs a pharmacy downtown, and has a troubled son named Christopher, who grows up to be a podiatrist. For 25 years, Olive has experienced problems of depression, bereavement, jealousy, and friction with family members and friends.



Critical response

Olive Kitteridge was praised for its writing, direction, cinematography, and Frances McDormand's central performance as well as those of Jenkins, Murray and Gallagher. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 95% "fresh" rating, based on 65 reviews with an average score of 8.68 out of 10. The critical consensus reads: "Olive Kitteridge's narrative slow burn enhances fascinating performances—and a story worthy of its source material."[5] On Metacritic, the show has a score of 89 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[6]


The miniseries received nominations at several awards ceremonies including the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, where the series was nominated for Best Miniseries or Television Film, Frances McDormand was nominated for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film and Bill Murray was nominated for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film.[7] Frances McDormand was also nominated at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie and Richard Jenkins was nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie.[8] McDormand and Jenkins were also nominated in equivalent categories at the 19th Satellite Awards, where Zoe Kazan was also nominated Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film and the series was nominated Best Miniseries or Television Film.

2015 American Cinema Editors Awards Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Jeffrey M. Werner Nominated
Directors Guild of America Awards Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Television Film Lisa Cholodenko Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Frances McDormand Nominated
Best Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Bill Murray Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Richard Jenkins Nominated
Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Frances McDormand Won
Best Miniseries or Television Film Won
Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Zoe Kazan Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Frances McDormand Won
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Richard Jenkins Nominated
Writers Guild of America Awards Long Form – Adapted Jane Anderson Won
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Limited Series Won
Best Actress – Movie or Limited Miniseries Frances McDormand Won
Best Actor – Movie or Limited Miniseries Richard Jenkins Nominated
Best Supporting Actor – Movie/Miniseries Bill Murray Won
Cory Michael Smith Nominated
TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Limited Series Won
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie Richard Jenkins Won
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie Frances McDormand Won
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie Bill Murray Won
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie Zoe Kazan Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special Lisa Cholodenko Won
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special Jane Anderson Won
Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or a Special Laura Rosenthal & Carolyn Pickman Won
Outstanding Costumes for a Contemporary Series, Limited Series or Movie Jenny Eagan & Debbie Holbrook Nominated
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Limited Series or a Movie Cydney Cornell Nominated
Outstanding Main Title Design Garson Yu, Synderela Peng, Michael Lane Parks & Alex Pollini Nominated
Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series or a Movie Christien Tinsley, Gerald Quist & Liz Bernstrom Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or a Movie Jeffrey M. Werner Won

Home media

Olive Kitteridge was released by HBO on DVD and Blu-ray on February 10, 2015.[9]


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  2. "The Official Website for the HBO Series Olive Kitteridge". Hbo.com. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  3. "Olive Kitteridge". Find and Watch. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  4. Knox, David (26 December 2014). "Airdate: Olive Kitteridge". TV Tonight. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  5. "Olive Kittridge". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  6. "Olive Kittridge". Metacritic. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  7. "Golden Globe Nominations 2015 – - TVLine". TVLine. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  8. "The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Sagawards.org. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  9. "Olive Kitteridge DVD Release Date". DVDs Release Dates.
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