Bestselling author Stephen King likes to put his stamp on films and series via Twitter: If something is “Stephen King-approved”, fans of the horror pope are of course immediately curious as to what the master of storytelling has done so much. King’s latest recommendation: The limited series “Memorial Hospital – The Days After Hurricane Katrina”, originally “Five Days At Memorial”.
Stephen King even announced on the short message service that “Memorial Hospital” is the best mini-series he’s seen this year. His verdict: “Heartbreaking.”
You’ve never heard of “Memorial Hospital”? Then it’s not because the series hasn’t yet been released in this country, which can still sometimes be the case even in times of globally coordinated starts, for example if there is no broadcaster or streaming service in your own country. But “Memorial Hospital – The Days After Hurricane Katrina” runs on Apple TV +, and also in Germany. The eight-part mini-series started there on August 12, 2022, and the finale ran on September 16 – so you can now stream the entire series in one fell swoop.
Despite epic sci-fi productions like “Foundation” and critics’ favorites like “For All Mankind”, Apple TV+ is simply not as well-known a service as Netflix and Disney+, for example. So far, “Memorial Hospital” has received little attention in the media in this country, although the series started with good reviews: 90 percent of the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes are positive, and on Metacritic there is an average of 74/100 points for 19 evaluated reviews.
As the title suggests, “Memorial Hospital – The Days After Hurricane Katrina” is about the effects of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated large parts of the southeastern United States in 2005 and cost the lives of more than 1800 people. The series tells events primarily from the perspective of the staff at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans, in which the power goes out and thousands of people have to be cared for after the disaster. It doesn’t take long before terrible decisions have to be made.
The leading roles include “Conjuring” star Vera Farmiga as Dr. Anna Pou, Cherry Jones, Cornelius Smith Jr., Julie Ann Emery, Robert Pine, Adepero Aduye and Michael Gaston. You can watch the trailer for Memorial Hospital: The Days After Hurricane Katrina below. And by the way: The survival mystery series “Yellowjackets” mentioned at the beginning and also praised by Stephen King is currently available on WOW (formerly Sky Ticket).