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Mildred Pierce: Season 1 (2011)



Critic Consensus: Loyal to its source material to a fault, Mildred Pierce compensates for its familiarity with elaborate production values and a knockout lead performance.


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A five-part adaptation of James M. Cain's 1941 novel about a Depression-era housewife whose husband leaves her with two young daughters in Glendale, Cal., forcing her to start her life anew.


Kate Winslet
as Mildred Pierce
Guy Pearce
as Monty Beragon
James LeGros
as Wally Burgan
Melissa Leo
as Lucy Gessler
Brian F. O'Byrne
as Bert Pierce
Morgan Turner
as Veda Pierce (Age 11)
Murphy Guyer
as Mr. Pierce
Diane Kagan
as Mrs. Pierce
Hope Davis
as Mrs. Forrester
Quinn McColgan
as Ray Pierce
Ronald Guttman
as Carlo Treviso
Elvy Yost
as Sigrid
Laura Esterman
as Mrs. Kramer
Mark Margolis
as Mr. Chris
Leslie Lyles
as Mrs. Jaeckel
Darlene Violette
as Waitress 3
Annette Arnold
as Waitress 4
Margaret Hall
as Mrs. Floyd
Richard Easton
as Charlie Hannen
Brenda Wehle
as Mrs. Turner
Nick Westrate
as Sammy Forrester
Laura Rosenthal
as Waitress 2
Margaret Reed
as Maggie Biederhof
Victor Slezak
as Dr. Collins
Daniel London
as Mr. Levinson
Paul Sparks
as Mr. Hobey
Patrick Husted
as Mr. Eckstein
Rocco Sisto
as Mr. Rossi
Bradley Mott
as Mr. Rice
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Critic Reviews for Mildred Pierce: Season 1

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (7)

The script's psychological bearings are as nuanced as the photography.

September 2, 2014 | Full Review…

Given the leisurely pacing allowed by HBO and the fealty to the original text, the Veda who emerges in Haynes' Mildred Pierce is considerably more nuanced than Ann Blyth's irredeemable bad seed.

October 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Gorgeous and brilliantly performed as it is, Mildred Pierce's languid pacing and strict adherence to James M. Cain's novel might have been an admirable concept, but doesn't necessarily make for good cinema and possibly even worse television.

March 1, 2017 | Full Review…

This did not grab me, whereas the original did.

March 1, 2017 | Full Review…

It's not your mother's Mildred Pierce.

October 4, 2017 | Full Review…

The miniseries is far more faithful to the tawdry class shenanigans of Cain's novel than any of the author's characters are to each other.

March 1, 2017 | Full Review…

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