Les Mis

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  • TV-14
  • 2019
  • 1 Season
  • 7.8  (9,388)

Les Misérables is a riveting mini-series that aired on PBS Masterpiece in 2018 and 2019, adapted from Victor Hugo's classic novel. The six-episode series follows the lives of several characters in 19th-century France, as they navigate love, loss, and the struggle for justice in a society rife with political unrest.

The show stars Dominic West as the troubled ex-convict Jean Valjean, who seeks redemption after years of imprisonment for a minor theft. Valjean's path crosses with David Oyelowo's Javert, a staunchly principled police inspector who becomes obsessed with capturing him and bringing him to justice. Along the way, we meet Fantine (Lily Collins), a struggling single mother forced into prostitution to provide for her daughter, and Cosette (Ellie Bamber), the young girl whose fate becomes intertwined with Valjean and Javert's.

The show's central themes revolve around the struggle of the underprivileged in a society that oppresses them, and the lengths to which individuals will go to seek justice and redemption. From the beginning, the series draws us in with its visceral, authentic portrayal of 19th century France. The settings and costumes are richly detailed, and the cinematography is both sweeping and intimate, taking us from the muddy streets of a small town to the glittering halls of a grand estate.

As the story unfolds, we become deeply invested in the characters and their journeys. Dominic West delivers a powerful performance as Valjean, imbuing his character with a raw vulnerability that makes us sympathize with him, even as he struggles with his own demons. David Oyelowo's Javert is equally compelling- his unyielding sense of duty and staunch adherence to the law make him a formidable adversary for Valjean, but his own story is one rife with tragedy and heartbreak.

The female characters in the show, especially Fantine and Cosette, are also given ample space to shine. Lily Collins is phenomenal as Fantine, a woman whose tragic circumstances lead her down a path she never could have imagined. Her voice carries a haunting vulnerability that makes her story all the more heart-wrenching. Ellie Bamber's Cosette is more reserved, but her innocence and compassion draw us in nonetheless.

There are a number of standout moments throughout the series, from the sweeping, heartbreaking rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" to the tense confrontation between Valjean and Javert in the bowels of the sewers. The show does an exceptional job of maintaining tension and emotional intensity throughout, and the pacing is spot-on.

Overall, Les Misérables is a triumph of television. It captures the spirit of Hugo's novel while still taking on a life of its own, and the performances are simply phenomenal. Whether you're a fan of the original story or simply love well-crafted period dramas, this series is not to be missed.

Les Mis is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (9 episodes). The series first aired on April 14, 2019.

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Episode 6
6. Episode 6
May 19, 2019
The revolutionaries fight on. Jean Valjean is conflicted over Marius and Cosette's love and seeks Marius at the barricade. Javert confronts Valjean.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
May 12, 2019
Paris is on the brink of revolt. Javert remains obsessed by the pursuit of Jean Valjean. Anxious Valjean makes a plan. Marius makes a promise to Cosette.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
May 5, 2019
Jean Valjean worries when Cosette meets a young man in Paris. The Thenardiers plot their revenge. Javert comes closer to recapturing Valjean than ever.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
April 28, 2019
Manipulated by Javert, Jean Valjean is ready to turn himself in, but he makes a promise to Fantine that changes everything.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
April 21, 2019
Fantine leaves Paris to find work and must make a heartbreaking decision. Jean Valjean has forged a new identity, but Javert is determined to catch him in a lie.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
April 14, 2019
In war-torn France, convict Jean Valjean and seamstress Fantine must decide their futures. Valjean's past continues to haunt him. Fantine meets the love of her life.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
April 14, 2019
In war-torn France, convict Jean Valjean and seamstress Fantine must decide their futures. Valjean's past continues to haunt him. Fantine meets the love of her life.
Bonus: Battle of Waterloo
101. Bonus: Battle of Waterloo
April 15, 2019
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the opening scene of Les Miserables, from the creation of the battlefield to the extras, make-up, costumes and the special effects to create the massive scale of the Battle of Waterloo.
Bonus: Behind the Barricades
102. Bonus: Behind the Barricades
April 15, 2019
Go behind-the-scenes with cast, crew, and production designer Richard Bullock to see how they re-created the Paris barricades in a small town in northern France.
Where to Watch Les Mis
Les Mis is available for streaming on the PBS Masterpiece website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Les Mis on demand at Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 14, 2019
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (9,388)