North and South

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents




North and South is the title of three American television miniseries broadcast on the ABC network in 1985, 1986, and 1994. Set before, during, and immediately after the American Civil War, they are based on the 1980s trilogy of novels North and South by John Jakes. The 1985 first installment, North and South, remains the seventh-highest rated miniseries in TV history. North and South: Book II (1986) was met with similar success, while 1994's Heaven and Hell: North and South Book III was poorly received by both critics and audiences.

 The saga tells the story of the enduring friendship between Orry Main of South Carolina (Patrick Swayze) and George Hazard of Pennsylvania (James Read), who become best friends while attending the United States Military Academy at West Point but later find themselves and their families on opposite sides of the war.[1] The slave-owning Mains are rural gentleman planters while the big-city Hazards live by manufacturing and industry, their differences reflecting the divisions between North and South that eventually led to the Civil War.

Who talked about this show

Bill Conti

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Bill Conti on composing for producer David L. Wolper's miniseries North and South; on how composing for the second and third installments differed from the first

Genie Francis

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Genie Francis on appearing in the miniseries North and South

Hal Holbrook

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Hal Holbrook on playing "Abraham Lincoln" in various projects, including North and South and Sandburg's Lincoln
Hal Holbrook on the consistency of his performance as "Abraham Lincoln" in various projects, including North and South and on Sandburg's Lincoln
Hal Holbrook on what he enjoyed about playing "Abraham Lincoln" in various projects, including North and South, and on working with Beulah Bondi in Sandburg's Lincoln

Joseph Jennings

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Joseph Jennings on being accurate with his art direction including on North and South
Joseph Jennings on doing art direction for North and South

Paul LaMastra

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Paul LaMastra on editing Heaven & Hell: North & South Book III

William Schallert

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William Schallert on playing "Robert E. Lee" on the miniseries North and South II

Dick Smith

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Dick Smith on Hal Holbrook as Abraham Lincoln in North and South

David L. Wolper

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Producer David Wolper on North and South

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