Olive Kitteridge
Olive Kitteridge poster.jpg
Based onOlive Kitteridge
by Elizabeth Strout
Screenplay byJane Anderson
Directed byLisa Cholodenko
Theme music composerCarter Burwell
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes4
CinematographyFrederick Elmes
EditorJeffrey M. Werner
Running time233 minutes
Production companiesHBO Miniseries
As Is
Original networkHBO

Olive Kitteridge is an American television miniseries based on Elizabeth Strout's 2008 novel Olive Kitteridge. Set in Maine,[1] the HBO miniseries features Frances McDormand as the title character, Richard Jenkins as Olive's loving husband Henry Kitteridge, Zoe Kazan as Denise Thibodeau, and Bill Murray as Jack Kennison.[2] The show is divided into four parts, each depicting a certain point of time in the novel.[1]

The miniseries debuted in the United States on November 2, 2014, on the American premium TV network HBO, which aired the show's first two episodes back-to-back that evening; the third and fourth episodes aired back-to-back the following evening. It was shown in a similar format in the United Kingdom on Sky Atlantic, on December 14 and December 15, 2014.[3] It premiered in Australia on showcase from 13 January 2015.[4] At the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, the miniseries won eight awards including Outstanding Limited Series.


Olive Kitteridge is a misanthropic and strict, but well-meaning, retired schoolteacher who lives in the fictional seaside town of Crosby, Maine. She is married to Henry Kitteridge, a kind, considerate man who runs a pharmacy downtown, and has a troubled son named Christopher, who grows up to be a podiatrist. For 25 years, Olive has experienced problems of depression, bereavement, jealousy, and friction with family members and friends.



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Pharmacy"Lisa CholodenkoJane Anderson2 November 2014 (2014-11-02)
Maine, 1980. 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.
2"Incoming Tide"Lisa CholodenkoJane Anderson2 November 2014 (2014-11-02)
The years have passed and Kevin Coulson, now studying to be a psychiatrist, returns to town. He still has issues over his mother Rachel's suicide and has his own mental health issues to deal with. Olive's son Christopher is about to marry and she invites Kevin to attend the rehearsal dinner they're having that night. Not surprisingly, Olive dislikes her future daughter-in-law, Suzanne, as well as her prospective in-laws. She invites Kevin to stay with them and invite him to the wedding the next day which has a few problems of its own.
3"A Different Road"Lisa CholodenkoJane Anderson3 November 2014 (2014-11-03)
Both Olive and Henry are saddened when they receive a call from Christopher, now living in California, to say that he and Suzanne are getting a divorce. He also makes it clear that he won't be coming home anytime soon. The need for an urgent trip to bathroom find Olive stopping in at the local hospital to use their facilities but leads to something far more serious when two gun-toting addicts arrive looking for drugs. It leads to Olive and Henry having a major argument, blaming each other for Christopher having left home. She also reveals that she was once going to leave him. Christopher suggests they have counseling after their ordeal but Olive won't hear of it. After Henry suffers a stroke some months later, he is in home care. Christopher tells his mother just what he thinks of his childhood.
4"Security"Lisa CholodenkoJane Anderson3 November 2014 (2014-11-03)
Olive visits Christopher and his new wife Ann in New York City but relations continue to be strained. She likes Ann more than she liked Christopher's first wife but is still at her judgmental worse when it comes to Ann's two children from previous relationships or her housekeeping skills. When she decides to leave and he doesn't try to stop her she accuses him of forcing her out. It leads to another bout of accusations all around with Olive refusing to understand just how horrible a mother she was. She returns home to bad news. Some 6 months later the widowed Olive meets Jack Kennison, a widower, and they find a way to go forward together.


Critical response

Olive Kitteridge received widespread critical acclaim for its writing, directing, cinematography, and Frances McDormand's central performance as well as those of Jenkins, Murray and Gallagher. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the show has an approval rating of 95% based on 63 reviews, with an average rating of 8.68/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Olive Kitteridge's narrative slow burn enhances fascinating performances – and a story worthy of its source material."[5] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 89 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[6]


Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
Venice Film Festival Silver Mouse Lisa Cholodenko Won [7]
American Cinema Editors Awards Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Television Jeffrey M. Werner (for "A Different Road") Nominated [8]
Costume Designers Guild Awards Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Miniseries Jenny Eagan Nominated [9]
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Limited Series Won [10]
Best Actor in a Movie or Limited Series Richard Jenkins Nominated
Best Actress in a Movie or Limited Series Frances McDormand Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Limited Series Bill Murray Won
Cory Michael Smith Nominated
Directors Guild of America Awards Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Miniseries Lisa Cholodenko Won [11]
Dorian Awards TV Performance of the Year – Actress Frances McDormand Nominated [12]
TV Director of the Year Lisa Cholodenko Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Miniseries or Television Film Nominated [13]
Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Frances McDormand Nominated
Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Bill Murray Nominated
Gracie Awards Outstanding Producer – Entertainment Jane Anderson Won [14]
Hollywood Post Alliance Awards Outstanding Color Grading – Television Pankaj Bajpai Nominated [15]
Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Best Period and/or Character Hair Styling –
Television Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Cydney Cornell Nominated [16]
Best Period and/or Character Makeup –
Television Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Christien Tinsley, Gerald Quist, and Liz Bernstrom Nominated
Best Special Makeup Effects –
Television Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Christien Tinsley, Gerald Quist, and Hiro Yada Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Miniseries Nominated [17]
Best Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Richard Jenkins Nominated
Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Frances McDormand Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries John Gallagher Jr. Nominated
Bill Murray Won
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Rosemarie DeWitt Nominated
Best Direction of a Motion Picture or Miniseries Lisa Cholodenko Won
Best Writing of a Motion Picture or Miniseries Jane Anderson Won
Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Won
Best Cinematography in a Non-Series Won
Best Costume Design in a Non-Series Nominated
Best Editing in a Non-Series Won
Best Makeup/Hairstyling in a Non-Series Nominated
Best Music in a Non-Series Nominated
Best New Theme Song in a Series Nominated
Best Production Design in a Non-Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Limited Series Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Jane Anderson,
Frances McDormand, Steven Shareshian, and
David Coatsworth
Won [18]
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie Richard Jenkins Won
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie Frances McDormand Won
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie Bill Murray Won
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie Zoe Kazan Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special Lisa Cholodenko Won
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special Jane Anderson Won
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or a Special Laura Rosenthal and Carolyn Pickman Won
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Limited Series or a Movie Cydney Cornell Nominated
Outstanding Main Title Design Garson Yu, Synderela Peng,
Michael Lane Parks, Alex Pollini, and
John Robson
Outstanding Costumes for a Contemporary Series, Limited Series or Movie Jenny Eagan and Debbie Holbrook Nominated
Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series or a Movie (Non-Prosthetic) Christien Tinsley, Gerald Quist, and
Liz Bernstrom
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or a Movie Jeffrey M. Werner Won
Satellite Awards Best Miniseries Made for Television Won [19]
Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Richard Jenkins Nominated
Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Frances McDormand Won
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or
Motion Picture Made for Television
Zoe Kazan Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Richard Jenkins Nominated [20]
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Frances McDormand Won
Television Critics Association Awards Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials Nominated [21]
Writers Guild of America Awards Long Form – Adapted Jane Anderson;
Based on the novel by Elizabeth Strout
Won [22]
Artios Awards Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Television Movie or Mini Series Laura Rosenthal, Carolyn Pickman,
Maribeth Fox, and Jodi Angstreich
Won [23]

Home media

Olive Kitteridge was released by HBO on DVD and Blu-ray on February 10, 2015.[24]


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