The Adams Chronicles (1976)

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Ambitious multipart PBS production that brings to life five generations of one of America's leading political and historical families. It traces their lives from John Adams early years as a... See full summary »


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Series cast summary:
 George Washington Adams / ... (4 episodes, 1976)
Albert Stratton ...
 Thomas Jefferson (4 episodes, 1976)
 Narrator (4 episodes, 1976)
John Beal ...
 Charles Francis Adams (3 episodes, 1976)
Peter Brandon ...
 Henry Adams (3 episodes, 1976)
Henry Butler ...
 James Monroe (3 episodes, 1976)
Nancy Coleman ...
 Abigail Brooks Adams (3 episodes, 1976)
Leora Dana ...
 Abigail Smith Adams (age 44-74) (3 episodes, 1976)
Thomas A. Stewart ...
 Charles Francis Adams (3 episodes, 1976)
 James McHenry (2 episodes, 1976)
Maureen Anderman ...
 Mary Cathering Hellen (Older) (2 episodes, 1976)
Susan Bjurman ...
 Fanny Adams (2 episodes, 1976)
Peter Coffield ...
 George Washington Adams / ... (2 episodes, 1976)
Patricia Elliott ...
 Minnie Adams (2 episodes, 1976)
Paul Hecht ...
 Jay Gould (2 episodes, 1976)
 James Madison (2 episodes, 1976)
Robert Phalen ...
 John C. Calhoun (2 episodes, 1976)
J.C. Powell ...
 Charles Adams (2 episodes, 1976)
 John Quincy Adams II (2 episodes, 1976)
Reid Shelton ...
 Timothy Pickering (2 episodes, 1976)
Charles Siebert ...
 Charles Francis Adams II (2 episodes, 1976)
Jeremiah Sullivan ...
 Alexander Hamilton (2 episodes, 1976)
Robert Symonds ...
 Benjamin Franklin (2 episodes, 1976)
 Thomas Adams (2 episodes, 1976)
Charles Tenney ...
 Brooks Adams (2 episodes, 1976)
Mark Winkworth ...
 John Quincy Adams (2 episodes, 1976)


Ambitious multipart PBS production that brings to life five generations of one of America's leading political and historical families. It traces their lives from John Adams early years as a colonial Boston attorney to the rise in prominence of Brookes Adams in the fields of political and social philosophy. This mini looks into their triumphs and tragedies, exploring their genius and profound social conscience. Written by CD

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Release Date:

20 January 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De kroniek van de familie Adams  »

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(13 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


William Daniels, who plays John Quincy Adams from age 50 until his death, was probably best known at the time for playing *John* Adams in the Broadway musical "1776". He reprised his stage role in the 1972 movie based on the play. See more »


Version of John Adams: Unnecessary War (2008) See more »

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Adam's Family and Quincy MASS visit. Perfect!!
31 July 2013 | by (Cincinnati, Ohio) – See all my reviews

I bought my copy back in 2009 or 2010 I would say; 4 DVD's, from amazon; recently made it to Quincy, the first 3 disks are very interesting and were obviously a back-bone and were reviewed for the HBO Adam's mini-series; many things are factually different when we first watched, the Adam's Chronicles is more accurate depiction of John and JQA. the later un-explored years of the Adam's family is unique, to my knowledge no other documentary exists beyond the lives of the original John and John Quincy Adams. One must also note and mention HENRY ADAMS who came to the shores of America within 50 years of Columbus landing here with 8 SONS, yes 8 sons, from Great Britain and founded co-founded or founded Quincy. I visited his grave site in Hancock Cemetery in the Center of Quincy. Amazing. What disappointed me is that the houses are surrounded by suburbs, I thought there would be vast farmlands, nope, it's all city. Very nice city. The town is pleasant and I encourage people that visit to stay close. May as well. We went to Boston for as much to visit Quincy, the old houses, Braintree, the presidential tombs, Abigal's birthplace and house, Hancock Cemetery and each great Italian. There is a GREAT Italian restaurant right down the street from the old houses. If's Magnificent! You must visit Alfredo's only a block up the street! You can buy tour tickets for the house downtown, and take their trolly's to do the escorted tours of the house, then go back and do pictures and have great Italian. It's worthwhile. First ever trip to Boston and we spent at least 50% of the time in Quincy.

The Boston Musiunm of Fine Arts has an excellent collection of George Washington and Adam's family portraits. Tickets are expensive BUT good for return visit. I think we could have gone back several times. The museum is superior to any other I've seen in the states and rivals anything I've seen in 3 European Country.

After so many years since the release of the ADAMS CHRONICLES I would like to thank PBS and WNET for this production. Grab your copy of this DVD collection on amazon if you can!!!!!!!!

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