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North and South, Book I

Episode #1.1 (Season 1, Episode 1)
TV Episode | 93 min | Drama, History, Romance

1842, Orry Main leaves Mont Royal, the cotton plantation near Charleston (South Carolina) he's heir to, on his way to West Point for two years of officer's training. On the way he stops a runaway carriage, meets and falls in love with ...See more1842, Orry Main leaves Mont Royal, the cotton plantation near Charleston (South Carolina) he's heir to, on his way to West Point for two years of officer's training. On the way he stops a runaway carriage, meets and falls in love with Madeline Fabray, who agrees to write to him. However she is moving from Atlanta with her father, Nicholas Fabray, who needs her to wed his rude neighbor, rich Resolute plantation owner Justin LaMotte. Fighting off scum trying to extort exorbitant porters wages, Orry meets fellow cadet George Hazard, son of a Pennsylvania machines manufacturer. The hazing lives up to its reputation, not in the least due to drill master Elkanah Bent. Georgian drillmaster Bent takes particular pleasure in humbling Ohio cadet Ned Fiske at sword-practice but is humiliatingly defeated by Carolinian Orry. Madeline no longer receives Orry's letters, so she become susceptible to Justin's generous courting. George and Orry decide to share their allowances with Fisk so he must not resign to run his sick dad's farm. Bent is so hell-bent on revenge that even saving his life during a demerit points-chase is cruelly 'rewarded'. Eighteen months later George introduces Orry to his Pennsylvania family, which takes to him, and their iron factory, run by dad William Hazard and eldest son Stanley. George's sister Virgilia is instantly hostile to the slave-holder, yet also attracted. Orry stops overseer Salem Jones happily whipping slave Priam, but father Tillet refuses either to sack the sadist or consider mechanizing, without which the plantation is doing badly. Written by KGF Vissers See less
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Writers
John Jakes (from the novel by) | Douglas Heyes (developed for television by) (written for television by)
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Archie J. Bacon (as Arch Bacon)
Status
Edit Released
Updated Nov 3, 1985

Release date
Nov 3, 1985 (United States)

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Kirstie Alley
Virgilia Hazard Virgilia Hazard   See fewer
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Georg Stanford Brown
Garrison Grady Garrison Grady   See fewer
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David Carradine
Justin LaMotte Justin LaMotte   See fewer
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Philip Casnoff
Elkanah Bent Elkanah Bent   See fewer
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Lesley-Anne Down
Madeline Fabray LaMotte Madeline Fabray LaMotte   See fewer
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Genie Francis
Brett Main (credit only) Brett Main (credit only)   See fewer
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Terri Garber
Ashton Main (credit only) Ashton Main (credit only)   See fewer
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Wendy Kilbourne
Constance Flynn (credit only) Constance Flynn (credit only)   See fewer
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Jim Metzler
James Huntoon (credit only) James Huntoon (credit only)   See fewer
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James Read
George Hazard George Hazard   See fewer
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Lewis Smith
Charles Main (credit only) Charles Main (credit only)   See fewer
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John Stockwell
Billy Hazard (credit only) Billy Hazard (credit only)   See fewer
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Patrick Swayze
Orry Main Orry Main   See fewer
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Johnny Cash
John Brown (credit only) John Brown (credit only)   See fewer
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Olivia Cole
Maum Sally Maum Sally   See fewer
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Morgan Fairchild
Burdetta Halloran (credit only) Burdetta Halloran (credit only)   See fewer
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Robert Guillaume
Frederick Douglass (credit only) Frederick Douglass (credit only)   See fewer
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Hal Holbrook
Abraham Lincoln (credit only) Abraham Lincoln (credit only)   See fewer
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Gene Kelly
Sen. Charles Edwards (credit only) Sen. Charles Edwards (credit only)   See fewer
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Robert Mitchum
Patrick Flynn (credit only) Patrick Flynn (credit only)   See fewer
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Jean Simmons
Clarissa Main Clarissa Main   See fewer
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David Ogden Stiers
Congressman Sam Greene (credit only) Congressman Sam Greene (credit only)   See fewer
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Inga Swenson
Maude Hazard Maude Hazard   See fewer
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Elizabeth Taylor
Madam Conti (credit only) Madam Conti (credit only)   See fewer
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John Anderson
William Hazard William Hazard   See fewer
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Lee Bergere
Nicholas Fabray Nicholas Fabray   See fewer
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Jonathan Frakes
Stanley Hazard Stanley Hazard   See fewer
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Wendy Fulton
Isabel Truscott Hazard Isabel Truscott Hazard   See fewer
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Mitchell Ryan
Tillet Main Tillet Main   See fewer
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Tony Frank
Salem Jones Salem Jones   See fewer
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Erica Gimpel
Semiramis Semiramis   See fewer
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Walter Barnes
Benny Haven Benny Haven   See fewer
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Nikki Creswell
Young Brett Main Young Brett Main   See fewer
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Chris Douridas
George McClellan George McClellan   See fewer
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Temi Epstein
Young Ashton Main (as Temi Le Anne Epstein) Young Ashton Main (as Temi Le Anne Epstein)   See fewer
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Bill Eudaly
Tom 'Stonewall' Jackson (as William Preston EuDaly) Tom 'Stonewall' Jackson (as William Preston EuDaly)   See fewer
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Arthur Gilliard
Nathaniel Nathaniel   See fewer
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Cary Guffey
Young Billy Hazard Young Billy Hazard   See fewer
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Cody W. Hampton
George Pickett George Pickett   See fewer
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Barton Heyman
West Point Instructor West Point Instructor   See fewer
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Mark Moses
Ulysses S. Grant Ulysses S. Grant   See fewer
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Andy Stahl
Cadet Ned Fisk (as Andrew Stahl) Cadet Ned Fisk (as Andrew Stahl)   See fewer
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Michael McClendon
Corporal Owens Corporal Owens   See fewer
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Vince Deadrick Sr.
Greyhaired Fighting Man at Station (uncredited) Greyhaired Fighting Man at Station (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bob Hoy
Fighting Man at Station (uncredited) Fighting Man at Station (uncredited)   See fewer
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Fred Lerner
Fighting Man with Cap at Station (uncredited) Fighting Man with Cap at Station (uncredited)   See fewer
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Walter Robles
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8 / 10 | 166 votes