I think most of us can remember an old cranky teacher that seemed to like no one, and Olive Kitteridge is just that person. This cinema quality TV series goes through 25 years of her life, concentrating on decisive moments and manages to compress into four hours lots of insights about human life (although not always very original ones). Makes you think about the fate of all those nasty teachers you had in school.
Incredible miniseries! Frances McDormand is just out of this world and the incredible supporting cast, lead by Richard Jenkins, made all those people seem so tangible. Mrs. Kitteridge's hard, acidic, no-time-for-bullshit attitude can make you love, admire, pity and hate her throughout one single episode. The Maine landscapes and colours are so charming and the writing is also top notch. Well done, HBO!