Vera Farmiga and Cherry Jones star in Five days at the memorial on Apple TV+, but how can viewers watch the new limited series? It depicts the true story inside a hospital during Hurricane Katrina. Directors and producers Carlton Cuse and John Ridley have stopped at nothing to recreate the harrowing scenes from Memorial Hospital during America’s most horrific natural disaster. It also stars Robert Pine, Julie Ann Emery, Cornelius Smith, Adepero Oduye, Molly Hager, Michael Gaston and W. Earl Brown.
Is ‘Five Days At Memorial’ a true story?
Yes, Five days at the memorial is based on a true story. Cuse and Ridley used Five Days at the Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Devastated Hospital, by Sherri Fink, as source for the limited series on Apple TV+.
“His book was such an impeccably researched and detailed account of the story that it was really the source material that John and I used to tell our fictionalized version of that story,” Carlton Cuse told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “For us, the challenge was not to get more information. It was really going through the book with a fine-tooth comb and figuring out what was most important and what we should or shouldn’t use.
Fink interviewed over 500 people to create his accurate account of what happened at the hospital during and after Hurricane Katrina.
“I really felt like the authenticity of the story required the audience to see, feel and understand the circumstances in and around this hospital,” Carlton Cuse explained of Five days at the memorial. “And so we did that. Luckily, we were really lucky to have the resources from Apple to make the show the way we wanted.
From piloting a US Coast Guard helicopter across the Canadian border to Toronto to building a four million gallon water reservoir. The team has made everything as accurate as possible in telling the story in Five days at the memorial.
What happened to Memorial Hospital in New Orleans?
Within the hospital, medical professionals made choices no doctor should ever have to make in the days following Hurricane Katrina. There was no evacuation plan for the hospital during the floods. Rescue efforts slowly began on the third day by boat and helicopter. However, the police department entered the building on the fifth day, forcing everyone to evacuate. But there weren’t enough boats and helicopters to get everyone out in time. Doctors insisted that “no living patient will be left behind”.
However, when a team in hazmat suits entered the premises nearly two weeks after the hurricane, they found 45 people dead. It was the largest care facility on the Gulf Coast, and the questions began.
Where can I watch “Five Days At Memorial”?
Sorry Netflix and Hulu subscribers, Five days at the memorial airs exclusively on Apple TV+ on August 12, 2022. Episodes are ready to watch at midnight ET Friday morning. As The morning show and Ted Lasso, the streaming service is dropping the first three episodes on the premiere date. Then every Friday, a new episode becomes available for streaming.
However, it’s not as complicated as viewers think to get Apple TV+ on your TV. The Apple TV app is available for download on all Apple devices and many popular smart TVs. Roku, Amazon Fire TV devices, Chromecast with Google TV, PlayStation and Xbox all support the Apple TV app. The monthly subscription costs $4.99, but customers who purchase a new Apple product (such as an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, or iPod touch) get the service free for three months.
The first three episodes of Five days at the Memorial hit AppleTV+ on August 12, 2022. The remaining episodes drop every Friday after the premiere.