11.22.63: Miniseries (2016)


Miniseries
11.22.63

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Though the execution feels almost as dated as the period it represents, 11.22.63 gradually reveals a compelling, well-performed series of events.

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Episodes

Air date: Feb 15, 2016

Jake discovers that altering the past is more dangerous than he anticipated in the series premiere of a drama about an English teacher who travels back in time to stop JFK's assassination.

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Air date: Feb 22, 2016

Jake heads to Kentucky to prevent the murder of Harry's family on Halloween.

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Air date: Feb 29, 2016

Jake constructs a new life in a small town and spends his nights spying on Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas. Before long, his snooping leads him to realize that additional threats to JFK may exist.

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Air date: Mar 7, 2016

Bill and Jake clash over how to deal with the frantic Lee Harvey Oswald, and Bill secretly keeps an eye on Marina, Lee's wife. Meanwhile, Sadie and Jake grow closer, but this puts her in peril.

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Air date: Mar 14, 2016

Jake feels torn between his life as a teacher and his journey as a time traveler. Meanwhile, the attempt on General Walker's life looms, and Jake must make a choice about whom to save.

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Air date: Mar 21, 2016

Jake travels through time in an attempt to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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Air date: Mar 28, 2016

Lee Harvey Oswald is hired to work at the Texas School Book Depository and tries to get Marina back home. Meanwhile, Sadie has trouble assisting Jack, who wonders if he's done enough to alter the path he set out to change.

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Air date: Apr 4, 2016

In the finale, the fateful day Jake set out to change finally arrives.

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Tv Season Info

In this miniseries, English teacher Jake Epping travels back in time to stop JFK's assassination, but many elements threaten his mission.

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Critic Reviews for 11.22.63 Miniseries

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (25)

A Hulu winner.

Feb 15, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

A clean, direct adaptation of King's novel, in all the best ways.

Feb 15, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The eight-part miniseries, which begins streaming Monday, immaculately recreates the era - but it's also, at its beating heart, an exquisite romance about sacrifice and the perils of optimism.

Feb 15, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Hulu's most ambitious original project... a well-crafted period look and an engaging leading man in Franco. But that slow pace makes it tough for viewers to stick around long enough to learn if Jake ever becomes the hero he's striving to be.

Feb 15, 2016 | Full Review…
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That the limited series squeaks by as just entertaining enough is a disappointment considering the pedigree of everyone involved and the reputation of its source material. Time travel and Dealey Plaza deserve better.

Feb 15, 2016 | Full Review…
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Despite its flaws, 11.22.63 ends up closing the deal in a way that for the most part makes it a long, strange time travel worth taking.

Feb 15, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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While "11.22.53" never really reaches the level of craftsmanship of "House of Cards" or "The Man In the High Castle," it makes up for it in it's immense "can't stop watching" entertainment value.

Jan 15, 2020 | Full Review…

The pilot was an absolute home run, setting up a slate of fascinating characters with complex dynamics and a world of opportunity.

Jan 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Despite its occasional clumsiness, 11.22.63 is an entertaining effort.

Jan 15, 2020 | Full Review…

There is still so much story to tell in 11.22.63, so many triumphs and mischances awaiting, but "The Rabbit Hole" started on such strong footing that the rest of the journey feels like it's in the bag.

Jan 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Overall, however, the series makes for decent passive television, something that can be consumed while simultaneously preoccupied with another passive activity.

Jan 15, 2020 | Full Review…

This is a good old-fashioned (by which I mean 1990s) quirky thriller for which Franco is perfectly cast.

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Audience Reviews for 11.22.63: Miniseries

  • Sep 18, 2020
    James Franco was a horrible choice to play Jake Epping and really ruins the whole show he's so awkward and not true to the character in the book and the miniseries take some huge differences from the book that make no sense. There's no point in him him befriending the young boy who basically doesn't play a role in just ends up killing himself and not really affecting anything who would that person wasn't even the book at all and you can tell that they must have found a lot more because they reference things from the book but then were never shown earlier in the show and it's a pretty poor portrayal of an Incredible Book
  • Jul 11, 2020
    Wow! Captivating is an understatement. It left me with the feeling of never wanting it to end.
  • May 22, 2020
    Wonderful mini series. Enjoyed every episode, every character. Hats off to Stephen King.
  • Mar 29, 2020
    One of the better mini-series I've seen, and it has given me new respect for the acting skills of James Franco. But Sarah Gadan as Sadie steals the show. And that's hard to do with Chris Cooper in this film.
  • Feb 25, 2020
    A very well told story by stephen King, an excellent James Franco, and a very moving ending
  • Jan 31, 2020
    If you are a fan of this book and King's work, then this miniseries is NOT for you. Candidly, I didn't even make it through the first episode, so take this review for what it's worth (about 40 min of screen time). Even in that span, Abrams takes liberties with the sequence of events that does not build any suspense or intrigue and actually makes it more difficult to follow. He makes Jake seem like a profound idiot not someone you hope "saves" America. Like most King adaptations, Abrams tries to take it in his own way and out-think the King. Not good.
  • Dec 07, 2019
    Best show ever james franco did it again man! Loved everything about it love the scifi and the comedy and the horror and the love :) fav actor!
  • Dec 06, 2019
    Just like the amazing book by Stephen King, this thing keeps you on the edge of your seat, with curve balls, ideas of time travel never written before, riveting acting by Franco, and TAKE you thereby nto the early 60s, a world this generation knows little about. Wow.
  • Nov 29, 2019
    SPOILERS: Future self, don't read this review and just watch it. This is one of those shows that has you at the edge of your seat every moment with an interesting premise with a seemingly flimsy beginning execution. Once the ball starts rolling do you really see the the premise unfold into this grandeur drama. The actors in the show were extremely phenomenal as you really do become invested in them as living beings and as actual people rather than just characters. Each one has their own personalities and motives and is not afraid to follow through with them unabashedly. The great actors are complemented by the fantastic plot and writing. With each person having their own stories, progression, struggles and lives to the point where everything is so intertwined and things add up that all makes sense. I'd definitely recommend this series to anyone who loves a thriller with a time travel esque premise and a story set more so in the 1960s. Personal read: I'm not one to squirm at shows but there were some parts that constantly had me tense for the full episode near the middle of there series when you're unsure what the past may throw at you. Plenty of shocks, horrors, sad moments and surprises. For instance, (real spoilers) there was a part near the beginning when Jake messes with the past and thinks he got away with it but then a fire engulfed his residence and took the life of this innocent kid and I was just so shook by that moment. The rest of the series when Jake messes with the past I'm on edge because I'm not sure what will happen next because the show will literally throw everything and anything at you. Another sad moment (actual spoilers) was when Bill kills himself and I was literally contemplating how this came to be and how sad it was that all these small little events and triggers caused him to get with Marina, compromise the mission, get sent to the hospital and then lead to his death and it MAKE SENSE but it still leaves a scar on you because you cared for this character so much and you just want him to succeed and keep living but you know that the character does what he's thinking. Another sad moment (actual spoilers) is when you realize that Jake and Sadie can never be together even though they work so well together. At the end when Jake lets her go and has his closure do you realise the immense pain and sadness he feels that this person is truly the one but it won't work out and he can't be with her and it's better to let her have the "good life she deserves" rather than try to change the past but enjoy the good times and move on instead of being the "past spirit" and getting stuck in a loop. It kinda makes you think about how you should just enjoy the moment, and cherish the past instead of anguishing or trying to change it and moving on. I didn't think that was the message at the beginning but seeing these characters go through all this pain and suffering made me realize this.
  • Nov 23, 2019
    Performances are subpar, pacing is horrible, the characters that weren't in the book but added for the series are pointless and distracting. Overall disappointing. However compelling enough to keep me watching throughout the whole series.

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