Stephen King names the best miniseries he’s seen this year


It’s an all-too-familiar question: what should I watch tonight?

legendary author Stephen King has a suggestion.

“FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL (Apple+) is the best limited series I’ve seen this year”, King tweeted Last week. “Heartbreaking. All episodes are now streaming.”

Five Days at Memorial is an eight-part drama about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on a hospital in New Orleans. It adapts a documentary book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheri Fink. The cast includes Vera Farmiga, who played a paranormal investigator in the Conjuring movies. The latest episode of Five Days at Memorial became available last week.

The miniseries is among the shows of 2022 on Apple TV Plus with “generally favorable reviews” on CNET’s sister site Metacritic, a list that also includes Bad Sisters, Black Bird, The Essex Serpent and Shining Girls.

King, the author of ubiquitous novels like The Shining, Carrie and Misery, often weighs in on streaming service offers via Twitter. In September alone, he also tweeted about Hulu’s Patient and Netflix titles I came and Devil in Ohio.

“I’ve enjoyed it so far,” King wrote of Devil in Ohio, “with one exception: Suzanne (a psychiatrist!) Simply throwing a traumatized and abused girl on her husband and daughters without discussion or preliminary preparation seems to me authoritarian and your tone deaf.”

Actress Emily Deschanel, who plays the psychiatrist in question, responded.

“Valid review! But it is based on/inspired by real events,” Deschanel wrote. “My first job was in a Stephen King mini-series where I got to meet you when you were making an appearance as a pizza delivery guy! So glad to have met you all those years ago and flattered that you watched #DevilInOhio.”


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