Olive Kitteridge (2014– )
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Math teacher Olive Kitteridge attempts to help Kevin, a smart but timid student whose mother is suffering from depression. Her son Christopher isn't happy though. Henry goes on a hunting trip that concludes with a tragedy.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nancy E. Carroll ...
Marianna Bassham ...
Christopher (Age 13) (as Devin McKenzie Druid)
Henry Thibodeau
Jerry McCarthy
Doyle Larkin (as Adam Freeman)
Kevin (Age 13) (as John Mullen)
Louise Larkin
Jim O'Casey
Mrs. Howe
Mrs. Merriman


Olive Kitteridge is a no-nonsense high school math teacher who doesn't stand fools gladly and never hesitates to express an opinion, no matter how much hurt she might cause. She treats her husband Henry with indifference and is downright nasty to her son Christopher who can never please her. Henry is the local pharmacist and after his long-time assistant dies from a stroke he hires a quiet young woman, Denise Thibodeau, whose husband is also called Henry. The two Henrys go hunting with a third man but tragedy strikes. The only person Olive can seemingly be nice to is Kevin Coulson, whose mother Rachel suffers from bipolar disorder. Written by garykmcd

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2 November 2014 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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In the opening scene when olive is loading the revolver it appears that the primer on the cartridge has already been fired. This would render the ammunition useless. See more »


[first lines]
Henry Kitteridge: Happy Valentine's Day, Olive!
Olive Kitteridge: Yeah, you too, Henry.
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Written by John Farrar
Performed by Martha Wainwright
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25 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It starts off slowly and is somewhat moody throughout due to the subject matter and the fact that the film is slow moving and especially depressing, especially with all the deaths that are occurring.

This episode spans 35 years and introduces us to Olive, a stern teacher with quite a reputation. Married to pharmacist Richard Jenkins, the two lead a very drab life along with their son.

Tragedies abound here and we see people change here as the years go on. The town seems ripe for depression with suicides discussed.

There is frustration here from Olive to the English teacher she secretly loved and spreading to various town members.

On the day of her son's wedding, Olive is obnoxious as ever.

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