Band of Brothers

2001

Cast DAMIEN LEWIS, RON LIVINGSTON, SCOTT GRIMES, DONNIE WAHLBERG, MICHAEL CUDLITZ, RICK GOMEZ, NEAL MCDONOUGH, FRANK JOHN HUGHES

After their transformative experience on 1998’s Saving Private Ryan, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks found inspiration to continue their exploration of World War II in historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s best-selling book Band of Brothers, a recounting of the wartime experiences of the U.S. Army’s Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.

The 10 episode limited series followed young American citizen-soldiers’ headlong rush through Basic Training and into the European Theatre’s D-Day, through the Battle of the Bulge, and all the way to the Eagles’ Nest—Hitler’s mountaintop fortress, this landmark series used long-format storytelling to immerse viewers in the lives of boys forged into men through the near-unfathomable crucible of a brutal war far from home.

Much like Saving Private Ryan, the series featured an up-and-coming cast of talented young actors including Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Scott Grimes, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Cudlitz, Neal McDonough (Minority Report), Frank John Hughes (Catch Me If You Can), Michael Fassbender (The Light Between Oceans), and more.

A complimentary series set in the other key theater of WWII, The Pacific, followed Band of Brothers nearly a decade later.