Miniseries produced in 1987 describing life after the United States is conquered by the Soviet Union (with the aid of a compliant and effective United Nations
). Starred, among others, Kris Kristofferson as a former Senator turned jailed dissident and Robert Urich as the president of a new puppet republic
centered around Omaha, called Heartland.
Rumours that the mini-series would be a political firebomb created massive hype, including official protests by the United Nations and the USSR. The series was budgeted for $40 million, more than most feature films. However, the rather dense political drama and deliberate pacing (the series was more than 14 hours long and was shown daily for a week) meant the series lost a multitude of viewers with each episode. While not a complete failure, Amerika
was one of the last of the heavily promoted "epic" miniseries of the American broadcast networks.
Cold War pop-culture history website CONELRAD
states that it "extended the Cold War by roughly twelve hours".