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.



(based on the novel by), (teleplay by)




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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There is not only Stephen King in Maine (rental)
29 June 2015 | by (PariS) – See all my reviews

I have learned my lesson well : in the past because of a favorite actress, i would have buy this mini show in DVD. But as i was so disappointed with my last tries involving Kate Winsley and Holly Hunter, now it's better than I rent them ! This one starring Frances is however excellent, even if it's particularly sad.

It's an accurate portrayal of a country, hardworking couple. The stories aren't spectacular but comes from the daily life. We can't say that the couple is dysfunctional but they are at least opposite : Frances is stern, cold as his husband is warm and helpful. So if it's a bit unfortunate that Frances plays this old witch, her partner also delivers an amazing characterization. Indeed, as the show expands 40 years, you can watch the meaning of life : a community, kids, wedding, old age, all the essential stuff than actual shows (except « shameless ») keep away ! In addition to the splendid natural location of this state, the show is truly spectacular by its cinematography : it's ages that we don't have seen such beautiful, natural, full range colors and it's not a surprise to see that it was Lynch's operator from « blue velvet » ! Just compare today movies and shows that uses only blue and orange and you'll see what I mean ! To follow my habit to pick the best episode, i take this first one. It's maybe the one which is the more fun, thanks to great energy of the « mouse ». The last one with usual grumpy Bill brings also hope and joy in a rather gloom setting.

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