Based on the most praised play of the last decade by Tony Kushner, Angels in America was given the royal television treatment by HBO in 2003 with an exceptional cast that included Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Mary Louise Parker, Patrick Wilson, Emma Thompson and Jeffrey Wright.
Everything in this miniseries is perfected; from the art direction, impressive and surprising set design and costuming to the memorable and touching script – adapted by Kushner himself. It's epic, but has unforgettable small moments, for me one scene I always recall is when Jeffrey Wright discusses the color of the sky:
Belize: Look at that heavy sky out there.
Belize: Purple? What kind of a homosexual are you anyway? That's not purple, Mary, that color out there… is mauve.
It's an intense show and a deeply affecting one about the AIDs epidemic and gay life in New York in the mid 1980's. It's one of televisions finest recent achievements and you own it to yourself to see it if you missed it the first time around.