Now, as a $65 million, two-part, six-hour HBO-produced epic, directed by Mike Nichols, it's set to become one of the television events of the new century.
Set in 1985 in New York, its intertwined stories feature most of the usual Reagan-era suspects: a gay couple driven apart by Aids, a Mormon couple troubled by the guilty secret (that the husband is in the closet out of shame and religious turmoil) and a renowned lawyer whose powers are fading.
Don't be put off by the cast, because let's be honest, Angels in America's three biggest stars, Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson, all fall within the love 'em or hate 'em category - this is worth watching especially if you can remember anything at all about the scary 80s.
And you thought that big TV events were merely about shifty politicians and public inquiries.
The show: Angels in America
The stars: Streep, Pacino, Thompson
The time: 7 and 8 February
The place: Channel 4