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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 George Washington Adams / ... (4 episodes, 1976)
Albert Stratton ...
 Thomas Jefferson (4 episodes, 1976)
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 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)
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 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)
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 James Madison (2 episodes, 1976)
Robert Phalen ...
 John C. Calhoun (2 episodes, 1976)
J.C. Powell ...
 Charles Adams (2 episodes, 1976)
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 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)
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 Thomas Adams (2 episodes, 1976)
Charles Tenney ...
 Brooks Adams (2 episodes, 1976)
Mark Winkworth ...
 John Quincy Adams (2 episodes, 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 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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Winner of Four Emmys, It brought history to vivid life
9 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's been a long time (30 years) since one of the best mini-series on American History has been seen, not to mention a bit difficult to remember the details.

The Chronicles, produced for WNET/PBS New York for the 200 year Centennial Celebration is sitting in the station's vault. It has not been made available for re-airing or DVD, so it's difficult to express some of the most memorable moments. Therefore, whatever is said here, won't matter much as concerns your being able to see the program (at least as of this writing). I'd like to give a tiny bit of how it is now perceived via memory.

The program was perhaps most instrumental in inspiring awe for the greatness of our founders. The costumes were meticulous, the acting superb. It made one very proud to be a part of this great American experiment of freedom.

Seeing the portrayal of the life of four generations of this great family, it was John Adams the patriarch, played by George Grizzard that was the best part of the series (perhaps a part of the first six programs?). Please pardon my memory. When this program gets aired again, I hope to be back with an updated and complete review.

You can help bring it back to life by contacting WNET /13 in New York and PBS. Please do so.


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