Band of Brothers (2001)

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Band of Brothers (TV Series 2001–2001)

This is the story of "E" Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division from their initial training starting in 1942 to the end of World War II. They parachuted behind enemy lines in the early hours of D-Day in support of the landings at Utah beach, participated in the liberation of Carentan and again parachuted into action during Operation Market Garden. They also liberated a concentration camp and were the first to enter Hitler's mountain retreat in Berchtesgaden. A fascinating tale of comradeship that is, in the end, a tale of ordinary men who did extraordinary things.
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IMDb   9.4 /10
TheMovieDb    8.4 /10
RottenTomatoes  97 %
FilmAffinity   8.5 /10
Creators
Creator David Frankel
Creator Mikael Salomon
Creator Stephen Ambrose
Creator Erik Bork
Information
Release Date2001-09-09
Runtime9h 54min
GenreAction, Drama, History
Content RatingTV-MA (TV-MA)
AwardsTop rated TV #4 | Won 6 Primetime Emmys34 wins & 26 nominations total
CompanyDreamWorks, DreamWorks Television, HBO Films
CountryUSA, UK
LanguageEnglish, Dutch, French, German, Lithuanian
Donald G. Malarkeyas Donald G. Malarkey
Richard D. Wintersas Richard D. Winters
Lewis Nixonas Lewis Nixon
Eugene G. Roeas Eugene G. Roe
C. Carwood Liptonas C. Carwood Lipton
Darrell C. (Shifty) Powersas Darrell C. (Shifty) Powers
Floyd M. (Tab) Talbertas Floyd M. (Tab) Talbert
Robert E. (Popeye) Wynnas Robert E. (Popeye) Wynn
Wayne A. (Skinny) Siskas Wayne A. (Skinny) Sisk
Denver (Bull) Randlemanas Denver (Bull) Randleman
John W. Martinas John W. Martin
George Luzas George Luz
Frank J. Perconteas Frank J. Perconte
Joseph D. Liebgottas Joseph D. Liebgott
Alton M. Moreas Alton M. More
James H. (Mo) Alley Jr.as James H. (Mo) Alley Jr.
Charles E. (Chuck) Grantas Charles E. (Chuck) Grant
Edward J. (Babe) Heffronas Edward J. (Babe) Heffron

Band of Brothers (miniseries)

Band of Brothers is a 2001 American war drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 non-fiction book of the same name. It was created by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who also served as executive producers, and who had collaborated on the 1998 World War II film Saving Private Ryan. Episodes first aired on HBO, starting on September 9, 2001. The series won Emmy and Golden Globe awards in 2001 for best miniseries.

The series dramatizes the history of "Easy" Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, of the 101st Airborne Division, from jump training in the United States through its participation in major actions in Europe, up until Japan's capitulation and the end of World War II. The events are based on Ambrose's research and recorded interviews with Easy Company veterans. The series took some literary license, adapting history for dramatic effect and series structure. The characters portrayed are based on members of Easy Company. Excerpts from interviews with some of the survivors are used as preludes to the episodes, but they are not identified by name until the end of the finale.

The title of the book and series comes from the St Crispin's Day Speech in William Shakespeare's play Henry V, delivered by King Henry before the Battle of Agincourt. Ambrose quotes a passage from the speech on his book's first page; this passage is spoken by Carwood Lipton in the series finale.


Plot

Band of Brothers is a dramatized account of "Easy Company" (part of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment), assigned to the United States Army's 101st Airborne Division during World War II. Over ten episodes the series details the company's exploits during the war. Starting with jump training at Camp Toccoa, Georgia, Band of Brothers follows the unit through the American airborne landings in Normandy, Operation Market Garden, the Siege of Bastogne, and on to the war's end. It includes the taking of the Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle's Nest) at Obersalzberg in Berchtesgaden and refers to the surrender of Japan. Major Richard Winters (1918–2011) is the central character, shown working to accomplish the company's missions and keep his men together and safe. While the series features a large ensemble cast, each episode generally focuses on a single character, following his action.

As the series is based on historic events, the fates of the characters reflect those of the persons on which they are based. Many either die or sustain serious wounds which lead to their being sent home. Other soldiers recover after treatment in field hospitals and rejoin their units on the front line. Their experiences, and the moral, mental, and physical hurdles they must overcome, are central to the story's narrative.


Production

The series was developed chiefly by Tom Hanks and Erik Jendresen, who spent months detailing the plot outline and individual episodes. Steven Spielberg served as "the final eye" and used Saving Private Ryan, the film on which he and Hanks had collaborated, to inform the series. Accounts of Easy Company veterans, such as Donald Malarkey, were incorporated into production to add historic detail.

Budget and promotion

Band of Brothers was at the time the most expensive TV miniseries ever to have been made by any network. Its budget was about $125 million, or an average of $12.5 million per episode.

An additional $15 million was allocated for a promotional campaign, which included screenings for World War II veterans. One was held at Utah Beach, Normandy, where U.S. troops had landed on June 6, 1944. On June 7, 2001, 47 Easy Company veterans were flown to Paris and then traveled by chartered train to the site, where the series premiered. Also sponsoring was Chrysler, as its Jeeps were used in the series. Chrysler spent $5 million to $15 million on its advertising campaign, using footage from Band of Brothers. Each of the spots was reviewed and approved by the co-executive producers Hanks and Spielberg.

The BBC paid £7 million ($10.1 million) as co-production partner, the most it had ever paid for a bought-in program, and screened it on BBC Two. Originally, it was to have aired on BBC One but was moved to allow an "uninterrupted ten-week run", with the BBC denying that this was because the series was not sufficiently mainstream. Negotiations were monitored by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who spoke personally to Spielberg.

Location

The series was shot over eight to ten months on Ellenbrooke Fields, at Hatfield Aerodrome in Hertfordshire, England. Various sets, including replicas of European towns, were built. This location had also been used to shoot the film Saving Private Ryan. Replicas were constructed on the large open field to represent twelve different towns, among them Bastogne, Belgium; Eindhoven, Netherlands; and Carentan, France. North Weald Airfield in Essex was also used for location shots depicting the take-off sequences before the D-Day Normandy landings.

The village of Hambleden, in Buckinghamshire, England, was used as a location extensively in the early episodes to depict the company's training in England, as well as in later scenes. The scenes set in Germany and Austria were shot in Switzerland, in and near the village of Brienz in the Bernese Oberland, and at the nearby Hotel Giessbach.

Historical accuracy

To preserve historical accuracy, the writers conducted additional research. One source was the memoir of Easy Company soldier David Kenyon Webster, Parachute Infantry: An American Paratrooper's Memoir of D-Day and the Fall of the Third Reich (1994). This was published by LSU Press, following renewed interest in World War II and more than 30 years after his death in a boating accident. In Band of Brothers Ambrose quoted liberally from Webster's unpublished diary entries, with permission from his estate.

The production team consulted Dale Dye, a retired United States Marine Corps captain and consultant on Saving Private Ryan, as well as with most of the surviving Easy Company veterans, including Richard Winters, Bill Guarnere, Frank Perconte, Ed Heffron, and Amos Taylor. Dye (who portrays Colonel Robert Sink) instructed the actors in a 10-day boot camp.

The production aimed for accuracy in the detail of weapons and costumes. Simon Atherton, the weapons master, corresponded with veterans to match weapons to scenes, and assistant costume designer Joe Hobbs used photos and veteran accounts.

Most actors had contact with the individuals they were to portray before filming, often by telephone. Several veterans came to the production site. Hanks acknowledged that alterations were needed to create the series: "We've made history fit onto our screens. We had to condense down a vast number of characters, fold other people's experiences into 10 or 15 people, have people saying and doing things others said or did. We had people take off their helmets to identify them, when they would never have done so in combat. But I still think it is three or four times more accurate than most films like this." As a final accuracy check, the veterans saw previews of the series and approved the episodes before they were aired.

Shortly after the premiere of the series, Tom Hanks asked Major Winters what he thought of Band of Brothers. The major responded, "I wish that it would have been more authentic. I was hoping for an 80 percent solution." Hanks responded, "Look, Major, this is Hollywood. At the end of the day we will be hailed as geniuses if we get this 12 percent right. We are going to shoot for 17 percent."

Liberation of one of the Kaufering subcamps of Dachau was depicted in episode 9 ("Why We Fight"); however, the 101st Airborne Division arrived at Kaufering Lager IV subcamp on the day after it was discovered by the 134th Ordnance Maintenance Battalion of the 12th Armored Division, on April 27, 1945. German historian and Holocaust researcher Anton Posset worked with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks as a consultant, providing photographs of the liberators and documentation of the survivor's reports he had collected over the years. The camp was reconstructed in England for the miniseries.

It is uncertain which Allied unit was first to reach the Kehlsteinhaus; several claim the honor, compounded by confusion with the town of Berchtesgaden, which was taken on May 4 by forward elements of the 7th Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Infantry Division. Reputedly members of the 7th went as far as the elevator to the Kehlsteinhaus, with at least one individual claiming he and a partner continued on to the top. However, the 101st Airborne maintains it was first both to Berchtesgaden and the Kehlsteinhaus. Also, elements of the French 2nd Armored Division, Laurent Touyeras, Georges Buis and Paul Répiton-Préneuf, were present on the night of May 4 to 5, and took several photographs before leaving on May 10 at the request of US command, and this is supported by testimonies of the Spanish soldiers who went along with them. Major Dick Winters, who commanded the 2nd Battalion of the U.S. 506th PIR in May 1945, stated that they entered Berchtesgaden shortly after noon on May 5. He challenged competing claims stating, "If the 7th Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Division was first in Berchtesgaden, just where did they go? Berchtesgaden is a relatively small community. I walked into the Berchtesgaden Hof with Lieutenant Welsh and saw nobody other than some servants. Goering's Officers' Club and wine cellar certainly would have caught the attention of a French soldier from LeClerc's 2nd Armored Division, or a rifleman from the U.S. 3rd Division. I find it hard to imagine, if the 3rd Division was there first, why they left those beautiful Mercedes staff cars untouched for our men."


Cast and characters

Since Band of Brothers focuses entirely on the exploits of "E" (Easy) Company during World War II, the series features a large ensemble cast.

Main cast

  • Kirk Acevedo as Staff Sergeant Joe Toye
  • Eion Bailey as Private First Class David Kenyon Webster
  • Michael Cudlitz as Staff Sergeant Denver "Bull" Randleman
  • Dale Dye as Colonel Robert Sink
  • Rick Gomez as Technician Fourth Grade George Luz
  • Scott Grimes as Technical Sergeant Donald Malarkey
  • Frank John Hughes as Staff Sergeant William "Wild Bill" Guarnere
  • Damian Lewis as Major Richard "Dick" Winters
  • Ron Livingston as Captain Lewis Nixon
  • James Madio as Technician Fourth Grade Frank Perconte
  • Neal McDonough as First Lieutenant Lynn "Buck" Compton
  • Rene L. Moreno as Technician Fifth Grade Joseph Ramirez
  • David Schwimmer as Captain Herbert Sobel
  • Richard Speight, Jr. as Sergeant Warren "Skip" Muck
  • Donnie Wahlberg as Second Lieutenant Carwood Lipton
  • Matthew Settle as Captain Ronald Speirs
  • Douglas Spain as Technician Fifth Grade Antonio C. Garcia
  • Rick Warden as First Lieutenant Harry Welsh
  • Marc Warren as Private Albert Blithe
  • Shane Taylor as Technician Fourth Grade Eugene "Doc" Roe
  • Dexter Fletcher as Staff Sergeant John "Johnny" Martin
  • Colin Hanks as First Lieutenant Henry S. Jones
  • Ross McCall as Technician Fifth Grade Joseph Liebgott

Supporting cast

Recurring

  • Matthew Leitch as Staff Sergeant Floyd Talbert
  • Peter Youngblood Hills as Staff Sergeant Darrell "Shifty" Powers
  • Nicholas Aaron as Private First Class Robert "Popeye" Wynn
  • Philip Barantini as Private Wayne A. "Skinny" Sisk
  • Doug Allen as Private Alton More
  • George Calil as Sergeant James "Moe" Alley Jr.
  • Nolan Hemmings as Staff Sergeant Chuck Grant
  • Robin Laing as Private First Class Edward "Babe" Heffron
  • Michael Fassbender as Technical Sergeant Burton Christenson
  • Tim Matthews as Private First Class Alex Penkala
  • Craig Heaney as Private Roy W. Cobb
  • Peter McCabe as Corporal Donald Hoobler
  • Jamie Bamber as Second Lieutenant Jack E. Foley
  • Ben Caplan as Corporal Walter 'Smokey' Gordon
  • Mark Huberman as Private Lester A. Hashey
  • Phil McKee as Lieutenant Colonel Robert L. Strayer
  • Mark Lawrence as Corporal William Dukeman
  • Rocky Marshall as Staff Sergeant Earl McClung

Minor

  • David Andrews as General Elbridge G. Chapman
  • Bill Armstrong as General Anthony McAuliffe
  • Jonie Broom as Hans Schmidt
  • Doug Cockle as Father John Maloney
  • Alexis Conran as George Lavenson
  • Dominic Cooper as Allington
  • Marcos D'Cruze as Joseph P. Domingus
  • Tony Devlin as Ralph R. "Doc" Spina
  • Jimmy Fallon as Lt. George C. Rice
  • Simon Fenton as Gerald J. Lorraine
  • Iain Fletcher as Bernard J. "Doc" Ryan
  • Tom George as Private White
  • Ezra Godden as Robert van Klinken
  • Stephen Graham as Sgt. Myron "Mike" Ranney
  • Luke Griffin as Terrence C. "Salty" Harris
  • Tom Hardy as Private John Janovec
  • Matt Hickey as Private Patrick O'Keefe
  • Andrew Howard as Captain Clarence Hester
  • Nigel Hoyle as Staff Sergeant Leo Boyle
  • Lucie Jeanne as Renée Lemaire
  • Corey Johnson as Major Louis Kent
  • Marc Ryan-Jordan as John T. Julian
  • Wolf Kahler as German General
  • John Light as Lieutenant Colonel O. Dobie
  • Joseph May as Edward J. Shames
  • James McAvoy as Pvt. James W. Miller
  • Stephen McCole as Frederick T. "Moose" Heyliger
  • Hugo Metsers as John van Kooijk
  • Benjamin Montague as Private Matt McDowell
  • Hans Georg Nenning as German Baker
  • David Nicolle as First Lieutenant Thomas Peacock
  • Kieran O'Brien as Private Allen Vest
  • Rebecca Okot as Anna the Nurse
  • Jason O'Mara as First Lieutenant Thomas Meehan III
  • Peter O'Meara as First Lieutenant Norman Dike
  • Oscar Pearce as Richard H. Hughes
  • Simon Pegg as First Sergeant William S. Evans
  • Ben Peyton as Warrant Officer Hill
  • Andrew Lee Potts as Eugene E. Jackson
  • Dave Power as Rudolph R. Dittrich
  • Luke Roberts as Herbert J. Suerth
  • Iain Robertson as George Smith
  • Toby Ross Bryant as Medic Paul Jones
  • Bart Ruspoli as Private Edward Tipper
  • Alex Sagba as Francis J. Mellet
  • Simon Schatzberger as Private First Class Joseph Lesniewski
  • Andrew Scott as Private John "Cowboy" Hall
  • Graham Seed as Brigadier General Red Beret
  • Adam Sims as John S. Zielinski, Jr.
  • Anatole Taubman as Otto Herzfeld
  • Stephen Walters as Technician Fifth Grade John "Jack" McGrath, Sr.
  • Paul Williams as Private Jack Olsen
  • Jonathan Young as Lieutenant John W. Kelley

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byMain characterOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
1"Currahee"Phil Alden RobinsonTeleplay by : Erik Jendresen and Tom HanksRichard Winters and Herbert SobelSeptember 9, 20019.90
Easy Company trains at Camp Toccoa, Georgia, under First Lieutenant/Captain Herbert Sobel, a very strict disciplinarian who drives his company harder than the commanders of other companies. Sobel also goes out of his way to find fault with the men and the platoon leaders. The company is shipped to England in September 1943 to prepare for D-Day. As training progresses, Sobel's inadequacies in the field as a leader become more and more apparent. He also initiates a dispute with his executive officer, Lieutenant/First Lieutenant Richard Winters, that escalates higher than Sobel anticipated. As a result, all of the non-commissioned officers in his company decide to resign en masse. This forces Colonel Sink, the regiment's commander, to reassign Sobel to command of a jump school for essential non-infantry personnel.
2"Day of Days"Richard LoncraineJohn OrloffRichard WintersSeptember 9, 20019.90
Easy Company lands in Normandy, but is scattered all across the region and away from their designated drop zone. The company commander of Easy goes missing when his plane suffers a direct hit, so First Lieutenant Winters assumes command of Easy. With a small group of men, Winters takes out a set of German gun emplacements at Brécourt and thereby wins the respect of his fellow soldiers as a leader. Recently promoted First Lieutenant Speirs gives German prisoners of war some cigarettes; after the camera pans away, firing is heard.
3"Carentan"Mikael SalomonE. Max FryeAlbert BlitheSeptember 16, 20017.27

Easy Company fights in the Battle of Carentan, in which they lose several men. Rumors start to circulate that Lieutenant Speirs killed a group of German prisoners. The episode focuses on Private Albert Blithe, who struggles with shell shock following the battle. After he is finally spurred into action by Winters during the Battle of Bloody Gulch, Blithe overcomes his fears. Several days later, he is shot through the neck by a sniper while on patrol.

Note: The episode ends with the inaccurate statement that Blithe never recovered from his wounds and died in 1948. In reality, he recovered and continued to serve in the Army until his death in Germany as an active-duty serviceman in 1967, holding the rank of master sergeant.
4"Replacements"David NutterGraham Yost and Bruce C. McKennaDenver "Bull" RandlemanSeptember 23, 20016.29
Replacements join Easy Company, struggling to be accepted by the veterans who fought at Normandy. The company parachutes into the Netherlands as part of Operation Market Garden, where they liberate Eindhoven. During combat in Nuenen, the replacements integrate themselves with the company, but all are forced to retreat. The episode follows Sergeant Denver "Bull" Randleman, the replacements' immediate superior, as he hides from the Germans in Nuenen after being cut off from his unit.
5"Crossroads"Tom HanksErik JendresenRichard WintersSeptember 30, 20016.13
Winters, promoted to battalion executive officer, writes an after-action report on an Easy Company attack during the German counter offensive on the Nijmegen salient; he is troubled by the fact that he shot an unarmed, teenage German SS soldier during the attack. This flashback recurs in this and later episodes. Easy participates in Operation Pegasus. Easy Company is sent to Bastogne at the start of the Battle of the Bulge. At the end of the episode, Captain Winters effectively commands the whole battalion.
6"Bastogne"David LelandBruce C. McKennaEugene RoeOctober 7, 20016.42
Easy Company fights in the Battle of the Bulge, defending ground near Bastogne, while running low on ammunition and other supplies. The episode focuses on medic Eugene "Doc" Roe as he helps out his fellow soldiers where he can, while also scrounging for medical supplies when they run dangerously low. He also befriends a Belgian nurse in Bastogne; she is later killed during a German bombing raid.
7"The Breaking Point"David FrankelGraham YostCarwood LiptonOctober 14, 20016.43
Easy Company battles near Foy, Belgium, losing numerous men. Winters and the men are worried about the commitment of First Lieutenant Norman Dike, the company's commander, who is frequently absent without explanation. When Dike screws up while leading the assault on Foy, Winters sends Speirs in to relieve him on the spot. Serving as narrator is First Sergeant Carwood Lipton, who attempts to keep up the morale of the men as they fight in the forest near Foy; after the battle, he receives a field commission as a second lieutenant.
8"The Last Patrol"Tony ToErik Bork and Bruce C. McKennaDavid WebsterOctober 21, 20015.95
In Haguenau, Easy Company gives a cold welcome to new replacement Second Lieutenant Henry S. Jones, fresh from West Point, and to David Webster (who narrates), the latter because, unlike other members of the company who were wounded, he did not sneak out of the hospital early to rejoin his comrades. Jones and Webster participate in a night raid across the river to get prisoners for interrogation, which gains them some respect. Captain Winters is promoted to major, Lipton's commission becomes official, and Jones is promoted to first lieutenant and transferred to the regimental staff.
9"Why We Fight"David FrankelJohn OrloffLewis NixonOctober 28, 20016.08
As Nixon scrounges for his favored whisky, Vat 69, Easy Company enters Germany. Some of the men on patrol stumble across a concentration camp near Landsberg and free the surviving prisoners after realizing that the guards had abandoned their posts. The sight of the victims leaves the soldiers horrified and disgusted. The German locals deny knowing anything about the camp. General Taylor imposes martial law and orders that they clean up the camp, including removing the bodies. The episode closes with Nixon announcing that Hitler has committed suicide.
10"Points"Mikael SalomonErik Jendresen and Erik BorkRichard WintersNovember 4, 20015.05
The company captures the Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden. Finding a vast collection of liquor at Hermann Göring's house, Winters gives Nixon first choice and then allows the rest of the men to take what they want. The battalion heads to Austria, where the end of the war in Europe is announced; those with enough points go home. Believing that his men no longer need him, Winters applies for a transfer to the Pacific Theater, but the officer in charge tells him his men have earned the right to keep him around. If the 101st is transferred to the Pacific, he will be put in command of a battalion. Despite the peace and the relative ease of life in Salzburg, men continue to be injured and die. Over a company baseball game, Winters tells (in voice-over) the fates of some of the men playing in it. He interrupts the game to announce the surrender of Japan, which ends the war in Asia. The survivors offer some final comments, and their names are displayed.

Reception

Critical reception

Band of Brothers has a 97% approval rating with an average score of 8.83/10 based on 32 reviews from Rotten Tomatoes. The website's critics consensus is, "Band of Brothers offers a visceral, intense look at the horrors of war – and the sacrifices of the millions of ordinary people who served."

CNN's Paul Clinton said that the miniseries "is a remarkable testament to that generation of citizen soldiers, who responded when called upon to save the world for democracy and then quietly returned to build the nation that we now all enjoy, and all too often take for granted". Caryn James of The New York Times called it "an extraordinary 10-part series that masters its greatest challenge: it balances the ideal of heroism with the violence and terror of battle, reflecting what is both civilized and savage about war." James also remarked on the generation gap between most viewers and characters, suggesting this was a significant hurdle. Robert Bianco of USA Today wrote that the series was "significantly flawed and yet absolutely extraordinary—just like the men it portrays," rating the series four out of four stars. He noted however that it was hard to identify with individual characters during crowded battle scenes.

Philip French of The Guardian commented that he had "seen nothing in the cinema this past year that impressed me as much as BBC2's 10-part Band of Brothers, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, and Ken Loach's The Navigators on Channel 4", and that it was "one of the best films ever made about men in war and superior in most ways to Saving Private Ryan." Matt Seaton, also in The Guardian, wrote that the film's production was "on such a scale that in an ad hoc, inadvertent way it gives one a powerful sense of what really was accomplished during the D-Day invasion - the extraordinary logistical effort of moving men and matériel in vast quantities."

Tom Shales of The Washington Post wrote that though the series is "at times visually astonishing," it suffers from "disorganization, muddled thinking and a sense of redundancy." Shales observed that the characters are hard to identify: "Few of the characters stand out strikingly against the backdrop of the war. In fact, this show is all backdrop and no frontdrop. When you watch two hours and still aren't quite sure who the main characters are, something is wrong."

Band of Brothers has become a benchmark for World War II series. The German series Generation War, for example, was characterized by critics as Band of Brüder (the German word for "Brothers").

Ratings

Band of Brothers' September 9, 2001 premiere drew 10 million viewers. Two days later, the September 11 attacks occurred, and HBO immediately ceased its marketing campaign. Hence, while the second episode drew 7.2 million viewers, the last episode received 5.1 million viewers, the smallest audience.

Accolades

The series was nominated for twenty Primetime Emmy Awards, and won seven, including Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, American Film Institute Award for TV Movie or Miniseries of the Year, Producers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television, and the TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries, and Specials. The show was also selected for a Peabody Award for ' ... relying on both history and memory to create a new tribute to those who fought to preserve liberty.' In September 2019, The Guardian ranked the show 68th on its list of the 100 best TV shows of the 21st century, stating that it "expanded the horizons – and budgets – of prestige TV".

Primetime Emmy Awards

CategoryNominee(s)EpisodeResult
Outstanding MiniseriesSteven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Tony To, Stephen E. Ambrose, Eric Bork, Eric Jendresen, Mary RichardsWon
Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Television ProgrammingWon
Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or MovieAnthony Pratt, Dom Dossett, Alan Tomkins, Kevin Philpps, Desmond Crowe, Malcolm Stone"The Breaking Point"Nominated
Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie, or SpecialMeg Liberman, Camille H. Patton, Angela Terry, Gary Davy, Suzanne M. SmithWon
Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or MovieRemi Adefarasin"The Last Patrol"Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic SpecialDavid Frankel, Tom Hanks, David Nutter, David Leland, Richard Loncraine, Phil Alden Robinson, Mikael Salomon, Tony ToWon
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or MovieHelen Smith & Paula Price"Crossroads"Nominated
Outstanding Main Title DesignMichael Riley, Michelle Dougherty, Jeff Miller, Jason WebNominated
Outstanding Make-up for a Miniseries or Movie (Non-Prosthetic)Liz Tagg & Nikita Rae"Why We Fight"Nominated
Outstanding Prosthetic Make-up for a Miniseries, Movie, or SpecialDaniel Parker, Matthew Smith, Duncan Jarman"Day of Days"Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or MovieFrances Parker"Day of Days"Won
Billy Fox"Replacements"Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie, or SpecialCampbell Askew, Paul Conway, James Boyle, Ross Adams, Andy Kennedy, Howard Halsall, Robert Gavin, Grahame Peters, Michael Higham, Dashiell Rae, Andie Derrick, Peter Burgis"Day of Days"Won
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or MovieColin Charles, Mike Dowson, Mark Taylor"Carentan"Won
David Stephenson, Mike Dowson, Mark Taylor"Day of Days"Nominated
Colin Charles, Keven Patrick Burns, Todd Orr"The Breaking Point"Nominated
Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie, or SpecialAngus Bickerton, John Lockwood, Ken Dailey, Joe Pavlo, Mark Nettleton, Michael Mulholland, Joss Williams, Nigel Stone"Replacements"Nominated
Angus Bickerton, Mat Beck, Cindy Jones, Louis Mackall, Nigel Stone, Karl Mooney, Laurent Hugueniot, Chas Cash"Day of Days"Nominated
Outstanding Stunt CoordinationGreg Powell"Carentan"Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic SpecialErik Bork, E. Max Frye, Tom Hanks, Erik Jendresen, Bruce C. McKenna, John Orloff, Graham YostNominated

Golden Globe Awards

CategoryNomineeOutcome
Best Miniseries or Television FilmWon
Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television FilmDamian LewisNominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Television FilmRon LivingstonNominated

Home media

All ten parts of the miniseries were released in VHS and DVD box sets on November 5, 2002. The DVD set includes five discs containing all the episodes, and a bonus disc with the behind-the-scenes documentary We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company and the video diary of actor Ron Livingston, who played Lewis Nixon. A collector's edition of the box set was also released, containing the same discs but held in a tin case. Band of Brothers is one of the best-selling TV DVD sets of all time, having sold about $250 million worth as of 2010.

The series was released as an exclusive HD DVD TV series in Japan in 2007. With the demise of the format, they are currently out of production. A Blu-ray Disc version of Band of Brothers was released on November 11, 2008, and has become a Blu-ray Disc top seller.