Band of Brothers: Based on the bestseller by Stephen E. Ambrose, the epic 10-part HBO miniseries tells the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as soldiers’ journals and letters, Band of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men.
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who first collaborated on Saving Private Ryan (1998), serve as executive producers.The unsentimental, near-documentary Band of Brothers is created with meticulous attention to detail and brought to life by a carefully chosen team of producers, directors and actors.
The cast includes Scott Grimes, Matthew Leitch, Damian Lewis, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Fassbender, Frank John Hughes, Tom Hardy, Simon Pegg, Jimmy Fallon, James McAvoy, and Tom Hanks.
Among the directors are: Tom Hanks, David Frankel, Mikael Salomon, and Richard Loncraine.
At a budget of $125 million, it is the most expensive television miniseries made by HBO or any other television network at the time.
Band of Brothers premieres on September 9, 2001, drawing 10 million viewers. Two days later, the September 11 attacks occur, and HBO immediately ceases its marketing campaign. Nevertheless, Band of Brothers does well compared with other HBO original programs.
The series is well-received by audiences and critics and wins the 2001 Emmy and Golden Globe awards for best miniseries.
Caryn James of The New York Times calls Band of Brothers “an extraordinary 10-part series that masters its greatest challenge: it balances the ideal of heroism with the violence and terror of battle, reflecting what is both civilized and savage about war.”