Angels In America, a two-part play by playwright Tony Kushner, had already won several awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as the Tony Award for Best Play, and was considered one of the best pieces of theatre ever made, and that was before it was adapted into an HBO miniseries. The miniseries, of course, was critically acclaimed and stands among the best miniseries of all time.
Adapted by the playwright himself and helmed by legendary director Mike Nichols, Angels In America was the most watched made for cable film in 2003. Like the play, it follows the intersecting lives of several New Yorkers in 1985 as they deal with Reagan era politics, the AIDS epidemic, and changing political and social mores. Angels In America is the most star-studded miniseries of all time, featuring both Meryl Streep and Al Pacino, as well as Emma Thompson and other solid character actors. It was unheard of for huge movie stars to be on TV at the time, which made Angels In America a huge event, and deservedly so, thanks to its faithful adaptation of the milestone play. The miniseries went on to receive widespread critical acclaim and dominate the Golden Globes and Primetime Emmy Awards.

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