Empire Falls

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  • TV-14
  • 2005
  • 1 Season
  • 7.2  (6,286)

Empire Falls is a 2005 HBO miniseries based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Richard Russo. The show stars a talented cast, including Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Helen Hunt, Paul Newman, and Robin Wright, among others. It spans over two periods, chronicling the life journeys of the people of Empire Falls and their interrelationships.

The plot is centered around the small, declining mill town of Empire Falls, located in Maine. Miles Roby (played by Ed Harris) is the show's protagonist, who runs the Empire Grill, a local diner. He is an honest and hardworking man who is constantly trying to keep his life together as he deals with a failing business, a rocky marriage, and a teenage daughter that he struggles to connect with.

Miles' life becomes increasingly complicated when his former high school classmate, and now a wealthy businessman, Walt Comeau (played by Newman), buys the mill that employs most of the town's residents. Walt also happens to be the father of Miles' ex-girlfriend, and he exerts his power over Miles by forcing him to do odd jobs for him. This situation puts Miles in a bind, as he must continue working for Walt while taking care of his own business and family.

Meanwhile, Miles' wife, Janine (played by Hunt), is unhappy with her life in Empire Falls and desires to leave the town. This puts a strain on their marriage, which is already on the rocks due to Janine's infidelity. Miles' daughter, Tick (played by Wright), is also dealing with her own issues as she becomes involved with a local bad boy and struggles with her identity.

The show also features Philip Seymour Hoffman as Miles' best friend, who is dealing with his own personal demons. Hoffman's character, a high school English teacher, is in love with a student, and this is causing him emotional distress. The story examines the various relationships between these characters and how they intersect and impact each other's lives in ways they do not always anticipate.

The miniseries showcases the harsh reality of life in a declining town and how people try to make the most of what they have. The show also explores the idea of class and social power, as the wealthy businessman Walt Comeau exerts his influence and control over the working-class residents of Empire Falls.

Overall, Empire Falls is a well-acted and well-produced show that depicts life in a small town in a realistic and engaging way. It is a character-driven story that delves into the emotional complexity of its characters, and the relationships they have with one another, making for a fascinating and compelling viewing experience. The show offers a nuanced portrayal of the human experience, highlighting both the joys and the struggles of everyday life.

Empire Falls is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (2 episodes). The series first aired on May 27, 2005.

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Empire Falls (Part 2)
2. Empire Falls (Part 2)
May 29, 2005
Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Helen Hunt and Paul Newman lead an all-star cast in this two-part miniseries event based on Richard Russo's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
1. Empire Falls (Part 1)
1. 1. Empire Falls (Part 1)
May 27, 2005
Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Helen Hunt and Paul Newman lead an all-star cast in this two-part miniseries event based on Richard Russo's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
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Empire Falls is available for streaming on the HBO website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Empire Falls on demand at Max, Amazon, HBO NOW and Google Play.
  • Premiere Date
    May 27, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (6,286)