'Five Days at Memorial' examines the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.

"Five Days at Memorial" captures the personal toll and terrible choices made under the most adverse of conditions

serving as a grim reminder of the catastrophic institutional failures associated with Hurricane Katrina.

Working backward from the 45 bodies discovered in Memorial Hospital,

it's an engrossing fact-based look at those five days and their aftermath.

Despite the title, "Five Days" (which devotes each of the first instalments to a different day) actually consists of eight parts

The series, which is based on Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink's nonfiction book and was adapted by Carlton Cuse