Olive Kitteridge (miniseries)

Olive Kitteridge
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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 networkWebsite

Olive Kitteridge is a 2014 four-hour miniseries based on the 2008 novel of the same name by Elizabeth Strout. 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 miniseries is divided into four parts, each depicting a certain point of time in the novel.[3]

Olive Kitteridge 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. The miniseries was shown in a similar format in the United Kingdom on Sky Atlantic, on December 14 and December 15, 2014.[4] It premiered in Australia on showcase from 13 January 2015.[5] 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.