Band of Brothers

Release: September 9, 2001

Budget: 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, averaging on a whopping $12.5 million per episode.

Band of Brothers is a TV mini-series that was originally released September 9 – November 4, 2001.

Band of Brothers is the  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. To keep the 10 part mini-series real it was based on interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as the soldiers’ journals and letters.

Band of Brothers received universal critical acclaim.

CNN’s Paul Clinton: “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:  “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”


Richard “Dick” Winters (Damien Lewis) is show’s main character. He leads the cast for most of the episodes.

Captain Lewis Nixon (Ron Livingston) is Major Winters’ best friend and confidant.

Awards & Nominations

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Tony To, Stephen E. Ambrose, Eric Bork, Eric Jendresen, Mary Richards

“The Breaking Point” Episode – Anthony Pratt, Dom Dossett, Alan Tomkins, Kevin Philpps, Desmond Crowe, Malcolm Stone

Meg Liberman, Camille H. Patton, Angela Terry, Gary Davy, Suzanne M. Smith

“The Last Patrol” Episode – Remi Adefarasin

David Frankel, Tom Hanks, David Nutter, David Leland, Richard Loncraine, Phil Alden Robinson, Mikael Salomon, Tony To

I want to know:

It seems like an unusually large amount of pyrotechnics were used in Band of Brothers.

That is true, in fact by the end of the shooting of the third episode the production team had used more pyrotechnics than the amount that had been used in the film Saving Private Ryan.