• Tue. Mar 28th, 2023

North and South is a television miniseries released in 1985, based on the novel of the same name by John Jakes. The series is set in the years leading up to and during the American Civil War and follows the lives of two families, the Hazards of Pennsylvania and the Mains of South Carolina.

The central characters are Orry Main, a young Southerner who befriends George Hazard, a Northerner, at West Point, and their respective families. As the tension between the North and South grows, the two friends find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict, with Orry fighting for the Confederacy and George for the Union.

The series explores a wide range of themes, including the social, political, and economic factors that led to the Civil War, the struggles of the soldiers and civilians caught up in the conflict, and the personal dramas and relationships of the main characters. It also addresses issues of race and slavery, with a number of African American characters playing prominent roles in the story.

North and South was a huge commercial and critical success, with a massive audience tuning in for each of its three parts. It spawned two sequels, North and South, Book II and Heaven and Hell: North and South, Book III, which continued the story of the main characters and their families. The series is still widely regarded as a classic of television drama and a landmark in the history of the miniseries format.

Genre Historical fiction
Created by
Based on North and South (trilogy)
by John Jakes
Story by John Jakes
Starring , , , , , , , , ,, , , , ,
Theme music composer Bill Conti
Country of origin United States
Original language English
No. of episodes Book I: 6 Book II: 6 Book III: 3
Producer Paul Freeman
Cinematography Stevan Larner, ASC
Running time 90 minutes/episode
1,342 mins. total
Production companies Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original network ABC
Picture format 480i (NTSC)
Audio format Book I & Book II: Mono
Book III: Stereo
Original release Book I: November 3, 1985 Book II: May 4, 1986 Book III: February 27, 1994

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