Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Season 1
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This is the definitive Pride and Prejudice and the most successful TV period drama ever. Starring Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle and a fabulous supporting cast, this BBC/A&E co-production pulsates with energy as lively, witty Elizabeth Bennet charms smouldering, haughty Darcy against a backdrop of a picture postcard countryside, small-town assembly rooms and stately English homes.
Starring
Colin FirthJennifer EhleAllison Steadman
Genres
RomanceDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Episode 1
    September 24, 1995
    53min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Two rich, eligible and handsome young bachelors gallop into Hertfordshire and the lives of every hopeful young maiden and her ambitious mama in the neighborhood. Mr Bingley has bought Netherfield Park and has brought his sisters and friend, Mr Darcy, with him. To Mrs Bennet at Longbourn House, they are the answer to her prayers. She has five daughters to marry, and their dowries are not large.
  2. 2. Episode 2
    October 1, 1995
    53min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The Bennets are expecting a visitor - Mr Bennet's clergyman cousin, who will inherit the estate in the absence of any direct male heirs. Mr Collins is coming to Longbourn with the intention of healing the rift between his branch of the family and the Bennets. Though Mrs Bennet cannot help thinking he has come to check over the place, he arrives with the best of intentions.
  3. 3. Episode 3
    October 8, 1995
    53min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Less than three days after Mr Collins' proposal to her, Elizabeth is shocked to discover that he has been accepted by her best friend, Charlotte Lucas. Elizabeth cannot believe Charlotte can demean herself so, but her friend tells her that she cannot afford to be choosy and Mr Collins is a good catch. The marriage is to be soon, but Charlotte begs her to visit them at Hunsford Parsonage in March.
  4. 4. Episode 4
    October 15, 1995
    52min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Angry and upset over his rejection, Darcy decides to defend himself. He waylays her on her morning walk, hands her a letter and leaves. The contents leave Elizabeth reeling. Darcy indeed had good cause for his behavior towards Wickham, but Elizabeth can only shake her head in sorrow and disagreement as she reads that, when he separated Bingley from Jane, he believed her to be indifferent to him.
  5. 5. Episode 5
    October 22, 1995
    49min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The following day, the Bingleys and Georgiana (Darcy's sister) arrive at Pemberley. Soon after, they call upon Elizabeth, who is staying nearby at the inn in Lambton. The visit is a success: Elizabeth immediately warms to Georgiana and Mr Bingley is clearly delighted to see Elizabeth again.
  6. 6. Episode 6
    October 29, 1995
    50min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    After Lydia is married, she and Wickham come to Longbourn for a visit before joining Wickham's new regiment in the North. She is as silly as ever and very proud of her success in catching Wickham, even offering to get husbands for her sisters. But she accidentally lets slip that Darcy was at her wedding. Elizabeth writes to Mrs Gardiner for an explanation.

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Directors
Simon Langton
Supporting actors
Julia Sawalha
Producers
Sue BirtwistleMichael Wearing
Season year
1995
Network
BBC America
Content advisory
Drug usefoul languagesexual contentviolence
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Prime Video (streaming online video)
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AngelsReviewed in the United States on December 24, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsTo be watched again and again.
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I have watched this a million times and I will watch it a million more. I always happily cheer when Jane announces her engagement to Bingley, and squeal with delight when Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are equally surprised at the others' appearance at Pemberley. Every knowing look between Jane and Elizabeth are treasured, and then the smackdown Elizabeth gives both Darcy and Lady Catherine De Bourgh is just priceless. This is the best adaptation of Pride & Prejudice ever.
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Anonymous CustomerReviewed in the United States on May 23, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsClassic
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Just to see Mr. Darcy's (Colin Firth) smoldering expression throughout the story made this adaptation of Pride and Prejudice well worth it. I can understand the occasional unfavorable review as cinematic dramas often stray from the book, but this version clearly adopts Austen's flair in the verbose dialogue. The entire cast is brilliant. The wet-shirt scene although not part of the book is very deserving of The Guardian's assertion that it is "one of the most unforgettable moments in British TV history.” With the current vulgar standard of revealing too much, this series triumphs by clearly illuminating with finesses, the repressed sexuality of the times ( late 18th century.) although both the book and series focuses on the *architecture* of marriage practiced by the landed gentry class. A series I am sure to watch again and again.
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AnandaKReviewed in the United States on December 19, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsComfort Food for the Mind and Soul
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A classic mini-series, and reasonably faithful to the book by Jane Austen. I watched this again recently because I needed to see something with a little humor, manners, and kindness. You have to pay attention because some of the conversation may seem convoluted and old-fashioned, but it's very clever.

Also, Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth in the lead roles--a brilliant combination. He is young in this film, and he looks the part of Darcy, so brooding and remote, but obviously struggling with his feelings.

I could say much more, but simply want to say I recommend this. Especially now, with the many changes the world is going through. Occasionally it's good to have a little rest, and it's a great escape to watch something like this.
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DLGReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsMy very favorite version of Pride and Prejudice
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This 8 hour version is an accurate rendering of the Jane Austen novel down to the exact dialog. And no one expresses the dialog better than Austen does. Not sure why it is called Season 1 when the story is complete and there are no other seasons to this story. I like the casting in this version the best. In addition, the dresses in this version are prettier than the dowdy 2 hour version with Kiera Knightley. This miniseries is like a piece of art, beautiful clothes, beautiful sets and landscapes along with wonderful acting. There is only one thing i did not like and that is the squawking mother- a little over exaggerated. Fortunately, she is not a prime character in the film.
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MonshineReviewed in the United States on June 29, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsSecond to NONE
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This is the best adaptation of P & P. Yes, it is time consuming, but that is precisely why this version is better than a 2 hour movie. The character development and situations are beautifully presented, and the love in Colin Firth’s eyes for Elizabeth as she shields his sister (at the piano) at the mention of Mr. Wickman’s name makes beautifully clear that Mr. Darcy cherishes her. It is a turning point for the viewer that no other actor has been able to capture as Mr. Darcy, and it’s in his EYES. :). So simple and so effective. Jennifer Ehle also makes the transition from dislike to love very clear and convincing. Worth your time and money!
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BrunhildeReviewed in the United States on December 25, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL
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As a pretty strict rule if I love a book I have read, I will not watch the movie version of it. I read Pride and Prejudice many, many years ago as a young teenager while in my Jane Austen stage. I loved it and I dreamed of Mr. Darcy.
When the original of this 1995 mini series was about to be released my sister told me about it and of course I firmly stated that I would never watch it because I could not bear to have any tampering with my very personal visions of all of the characters. After much prodding and the reminder that I could turn it off within two (2) minutes if I felt it was causing me trauma, I begrudgingly did consent to at least turn it on.
Miraculously, there before me, in color, on my own television, were MY Elizabeth and MY Mr. Darcy! If possible, they were even better than I had imagined them so many years before. Furthermore so many of the interrelationships are actually almost more obvious/poignant and perhaps better expressed ( e.g. a raised eyebrow, a half smile, a kiss on the head ) than I remember them in the novel because of the superb acting skills of the entire cast together with wonderful casting by the BBC.
All in all it made me think that Wolfe may have been incorrect and you really can go home again.
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Debra SmithReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2015
5.0 out of 5 starsThis is my all time favorite adaptation of any of the book
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This is my all time favorite adaptation of any of the book. I love it and watch it about every month. The acting is superb. When I think of Mr. Darcy I see Colin Firth. I on this on VHS,DVD, And Blu-Ray. I have it on Kindle. If you like good acting and Jane Austen's work, then this is a must have.
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anna russianReviewed in the United States on December 31, 2013
5.0 out of 5 starsBest version, ever.
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I watch this production several times a year, when I need a spiritual lift. 5-stars just doesn't go high enough for me on the scale of how I feel about this movie. I laugh out loud, I tear up, I sigh, and I love, love, love the ending!
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