The North and South
was a TV mini-series based on the 1980's trilogy of
novels, about the Civil War, written by John Jakes.
All three books were converted into a mini-series on ABC
(1985, 1986, and 1994). Although the third
installment in 1994 did not do well with critics, the
first two were very popular. The original North
and South (1985) is still ranked as the 7th highest
rated mini-series in TV history.
The series featured a
number of notable stars, such as Patrick Swayze, James
Read, Kirsty Alley, Elizabeth Taylor, David Carradine,
Robert Mitchum, Gene Kelly, Jonathan Frakes, Morgan
Fairchild, Lloyd Bridges, Jimmy Stewart, Wayne Newton,
Billy Dee Williams, and so many more.
The mini-series essentially tells about
the enduring friendship between two WestPoint
graduates on different sides of the Civil War. On
one side, there was George Hazard (played by James
Read), whose family was part of the industrialized
north, and on the South side, there was Orry Main
(played by Swayze), who family were slave owners. As
the hostilities between the North and South test the
resolve of the country, so too is their friendship