Tiny Beautiful Things
Promotional poster
GenreComedy drama
Created byLiz Tigelaar
Based onTiny Beautiful Things
by Cheryl Strayed
Starring
Music by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Vail Romeyn
  • Todd Leykamp
  • Jocelyn Bioh
CinematographyTobias Datum
Editors
  • Garret Price
  • Phyllis Housen
  • Rebekah Fridman
  • Katie Wedemeyer
Running time26–32 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkHulu
ReleaseApril 7, 2023 (2023-04-07)

Tiny Beautiful Things is an American comedy drama television miniseries that premiered on Hulu on April 7, 2023. It is based on the 2012 book of the same name by Cheryl Strayed. It has been adapted by Liz Tigelaar and produced by Best Day Ever Productions, Jaywalker Pictures, Hello Sunshine, and ABC Signature. It received generally positive reviews from critics.

The show received two Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for Kathryn Hahn and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for Merritt Wever.

Synopsis

The show centers on Clare, a writer who reluctantly becomes a popular advice columnist during a period of turmoil in her life.[1]

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [3]
1"Pilot"Rachel Lee GoldenbergLiz TigelaarApril 7, 2023 (2023-04-07)
2"Yours Sugar"Rachel Lee GoldenbergNancy WonApril 7, 2023 (2023-04-07)
3"The Ghost Ship"Desiree AkhavanEllen FaireyApril 7, 2023 (2023-04-07)
4"Under the Stars"Desiree AkhavanJocelyn BiohApril 7, 2023 (2023-04-07)
5"The Nose"Stacie PassonDes MoranApril 7, 2023 (2023-04-07)
6"Broken Things"Stacie PassonNaomi IwamotoApril 7, 2023 (2023-04-07)
7"Go"Desiree AkhavanDeirdre ShawApril 7, 2023 (2023-04-07)
8"Love"Desiree AkhavanKaitlyn FaheyApril 7, 2023 (2023-04-07)

Production

Cheryl Strayed had discussed adapting her book of essays Tiny Beautiful Things with Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon while they worked together making the 2014 film Wild, adapted from Strayed's memoir.[4]

Liz Tigelaar serves as series creator and writer on the project which is being produced by ABC Signature and Hello Sunshine. Tigelaar is also executive producer, alongside Witherspoon, Dern, Lauren Neustadter, Stacey Silverman, Jayme Lemons, Cheryl Strayed, and Kathryn Hahn.[5] Tigelaar described the show as depicting an alternate version of Strayed "that hadn't hiked the Pacific Crest Trail" in Wild.[6]

Hahn was revealed to be playing the role of Clare when it was announced for Hulu in June 2022.[7] In August 2022, Sarah Pidgeon and Tanzyn Crawford were added to the cast.[8]

Release

The series was released on Hulu on April 7, 2023.[6] It also premiered on the same day on Star+ in Latin America and on Disney+ in international territories.[9][10] In India, the series premiered on Disney+ Hotstar on April 9, 2023.

Reception

Critical response

Kathryn Hahn's performance garnered critical acclaim and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 85% approval rating with an average rating of 7.6/10, based on 40 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Tiny Beautiful Things is littered with cumbersome narrative choices, but Kathryn Hahn's soulful performance is one big plus that keeps this adaptation firmly compelling."[11] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 73 out of 100 based on 14 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[12]

Joel Keller of Decider asserted, "Kathryn Hahn makes Tiny Beautiful Things a compelling watch, mainly because she’s so good at playing someone barely holding things together. But the rest of the series, especially the flashback sequences, give us a pretty full picture of why her character continues to spiral."[13] Taylor Gates of Collider, gave the series a grade of A−, praised the performance of Kathryn Hahn, and complimented the humor of the series, writing, "Tiny Beautiful Things uses specificity to offer commentary on universal experiences and has the unique ability to strip the most complex topics down into their simplest, most resonant parts. And so for that, I have to say: Thank you."[14]

Accolades

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2023 Golden Trailer Awards Best Digital - Drama Tiny Beautiful Things Nominated [15][16]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Kathryn Hahn Nominated [17]
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Merritt Wever Nominated
Sentinel Awards Depiction of End of Life Tiny Beautiful Things Won [18][19]
2024 Astra Television Awards Best Streaming Limited Series Tiny Beautiful Things Nominated [20][21]
Best Actress in a Limited Series or Streaming Movie Kathryn Hahn Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Streaming Movie Sarah Pidgeon Nominated
Best Writing in a Limited Series or Streaming Movie Liz Tigelaar Nominated
Best Directing in a Limited Series or Streaming Movie Rachel Lee Goldenberg Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Miniseries and Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Tiny Beautiful Things Pending [22]
Best Actress in a Miniseries, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television Kathryn Hahn Pending
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries and Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television Merritt Wever Pending
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Kathryn Hahn Pending [23]

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