John Steinbeck's "East of Eden" | 1980
This three-part, eight-hour exploration of the John Steinbeck novel about the Trask family and the women who haunted their lives for two generations covered far more ground than did the 1955 feature film that starred James Dean, Julie Harris and Raymond Massey. Timothy Bottoms and Bruce Boxleitner are the two half-brothers vying for the attention of their father, lettuce farmer Warren Oates, and Jane Seymour is the vixenous Cathy who seduces both brothers and marries Bottoms, bearing him two sons (Sam Bottoms and Hart Bochner) before leaving to become a whore. The production won two Emmy Awards: for art direction (Part 3) and set decoration. It also received nominations as Outstanding Limited Series and for photography (Part 2).