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Olive Kitteridge 

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (2014)
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A middle-school math teacher Olive and her marriage with Henry which spans 25 years.
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 29 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Frances McDormand ...  Olive Kitteridge 4 episodes, 2014
Richard Jenkins ...  Henry Kitteridge 4 episodes, 2014
Ken Cheeseman ...  Harmon Newton 4 episodes, 2014
Ann Dowd ...  Bonnie Newton 4 episodes, 2014
Adam J. Freeman ...  Doyle Larkin 4 episodes, 2014
Donna Mitchell ...  Louise Larkin 4 episodes, 2014
Martha Wainwright ...  Angela O'Meara 4 episodes, 2014
John Gallagher Jr. ...  Christopher Kitteridge 3 episodes, 2014
Peter Mullan ...  Jim O'Casey 3 episodes, 2014
SerahRose Roth SerahRose Roth ...  Mrs. Manhattan 2 episodes, 2014
Nancy E. Carroll Nancy E. Carroll ...  Lois Granger 2 episodes, 2014
Sean Vincent Sean Vincent ...  Manhattan Child 2 episodes, 2014
Rosemarie DeWitt ...  Rachel Coulson 2 episodes, 2014
Patrick French Patrick French ...  Mr. Manhattan 2 episodes, 2014
Marianna Bassham Marianna Bassham ...  Penny 2 episodes, 2014
Devin Druid ...  Christopher (Age 13) 2 episodes, 2014
Zoe Kazan ...  Denise Thibodeau 2 episodes, 2014
JoJo Whilden ...  Aid Rite Passerby 2 episodes, 2014
Brady Corbet ...  Henry Thibodeau 2 episodes, 2014
Calder Melvoin Calder Melvoin ...  Stan the Man 2 episodes, 2014
Bill Murray ...  Jack Kennison 2 episodes, 2014
Jesse Plemons ...  Jerry McCarthy 2 episodes, 2014
Maryann Urbano Maryann Urbano ...  Linda Kennison 2 episodes, 2014
Katie Elinoff Katie Elinoff ...  Stock Girl 2 episodes, 2014
John T. Mullen ...  Kevin (Age 13) 2 episodes, 2014
Moira Driscoll ...  Mrs. Howe 2 episodes, 2014
Amanda Good Hennessey ...  Waitress 2 episodes, 2014
Anabel Graetz Anabel Graetz ...  Mrs. Merriman 2 episodes, 2014
Amanda Collins Amanda Collins ...  Nurse Patricia 2 episodes, 2014
James McMenamin ...  Tony Kuzio 2 episodes, 2014
Patrick Carroll ...  Dr. Ted 2 episodes, 2014
Maureen Keiller ...  Irene O'Casey 2 episodes, 2014
Rhet Kidd ...  Pig Mask 2 episodes, 2014
Paul Richard Yarborough ...  Ski Mask 2 episodes, 2014
Zillah Glory ...  Marlene Kuzio 2 episodes, 2014
John Vincent Mason John Vincent Mason ...  Cop 2 episodes, 2014
Christopher Jon Gombos ...  Cop 2 episodes, 2014
Frank Ridley ...  Mr. Thibodeau 2 episodes, 2014
Dee Nelson ...  Mary Blackwell 2 episodes, 2014
Sam Pannier ...  Sister-In-Law / ... 2 episodes, 2014
Adrianne Krstansky Adrianne Krstansky ...  Cynthia Bibber 2 episodes, 2014
Lucas Caleb Rooney Lucas Caleb Rooney ...  Cooper Foster 2 episodes, 2014
Richard Snee Richard Snee ...  Robert Larkin 2 episodes, 2014
Celeste Oliva ...  Morning Aide 2 episodes, 2014
Joseph Oliveira Joseph Oliveira ...  Fisherman / ... 2 episodes, 2014


A look at a seemingly placid New England town that is actually wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, all told through the lens of Olive, whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and staunch moral center. The story spans 25 years and focuses on Olive's relationships with her husband, Henry, the good-hearted and kindly town pharmacist; their son, Christopher, who resents his mother's approach to parenting; and other members of their community. Written by HBO

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There's no such thing as a simple life.




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Release Date:

2 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Olive Kitteridge See more »

Filming Locations:

Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jane Anderson worked on the scripts for two years. See more »


Featured in 72nd Golden Globe Awards (2015) See more »

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A different take on Olive Kitteridge
10 November 2014 | by FilmNut60See all my reviews

Rather than an explicit film review, I'd like to lend some substantiation to the content of it. First, I knew little about the mini-series when I began watching but, I'll check out anything Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins are in.

After 30 minutes or so I almost changed the channel because it was all too familiar…I had already lived a similar story….so it was going to be a tough movie for me. But, I stuck it out because I guess some part of me felt that I needed to see it. I'm glad I did.

One of the very important aspects of the movie is the WAY Olive is portrayed. What I mean is that most people (incl many Doctors) remain significantly unaware of the spectrum of depression behavior. People think it only has to do with sadness, withdrawal, hopelessness, etc. But, it affects some people in mostly other ways and, therefore, is often unrealized.

I come from a family of depressed people but most of them don't know they are. We are like Olive in that we're working, functioning people but who also have very little patience, irritability, varying degrees of paranoia and anger, an overall negative outlook and quick physical fatigue. Doesn't sound like the typical descriptions of clinical depression, does it? However, read those symptoms a second time and notice that they all do have a common thread…..a feeling of futility.

My siblings and I grew up in such a competitive, negative household with only a random crumb of encouragement and plenty of verbal undercutting from every direction. There was no Henry (the buffer) in my house. Now in my 50's I understand that mental illness was the driver behind most of it. But, you know what folks? It's amazing how people adapt to their own mean-spirited, glass-half-empty attitudes and feel like it's normal (because for them and their family members, it is!). Whereas Olive had some understanding that she was depressed, she either didn't REALLY get it or thought that by sheer force of will she could manage it. She had adapted to it; it was her norm. I think that happens to lots of people. But, it is a really sad path because, like her adult son, I too have been helped *enormously* by medication. It has made all the difference and I feel so lucky to be alive in an era that these medicines are available! The symptoms I mention above in paragraph 4 are primarily gone in me now. It has been an absolute life-changer. Olive and many others never seek the help and that is SO tragic. As is the fact that people pull away when you have those difficult behaviors, like her son did. Depressed people are hard to reason with and are cloudy in general, that is why they need help. A clinically depressed person cannot WILL themselves out of it any more than someone can will away diabetes, thyroid disease, epilepsy, etc.

The reviewer below, rich muller, didn't seem to watch the mini-series very closely. Of course some of them are miserable characters! They are struggling mightily with a physical problem; their brain is not balanced right. Mr. Muller would be cranky too, if he also had this issue, left untreated.

This is a very relevant film for providing both a broader view of what clinical depression can look like and the varying life outcomes depending on choices made of how to handle the condition.

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