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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Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 17 nominations. See more awards »

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 John Adams II - younger (7 episodes, 1976)
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 Richard Cranch (6 episodes, 1976)
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 Andrew Jackson (6 episodes, 1976)
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 John Quincy Adams (6 episodes, 1976)
W.B. Brydon ...
 Samuel Adams (6 episodes, 1976)
Allan Carlsen ...
 John Adams II (6 episodes, 1976)
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 John Quincy Adams (6 episodes, 1976)
Curt Dawson ...
 John Hancock (6 episodes, 1976)
M'el Dowd ...
 Madame Brillon (6 episodes, 1976)
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 John Adams (6 episodes, 1976)
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 Henry Clay (6 episodes, 1976)
Patrick Horgan ...
 Lord Howe (6 episodes, 1976)
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 Nabby (6 episodes, 1976)
(6 episodes, 1976)
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 Fanny (6 episodes, 1976)
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 Abigail 'Nabby' Adams II (6 episodes, 1976)
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 Mrs. Smith (6 episodes, 1976)
Pamela Payton-Wright ...
 Louisa Catherine Adams (6 episodes, 1976)
William Shust ...
 Patrick Henry (6 episodes, 1976)
Jean-Pierre Stewart ...
 Alexis de Toqueville (6 episodes, 1976)
John Tillinger ...
 King George III (6 episodes, 1976)
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 Abigail Smith Adams (6 episodes, 1976)
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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)
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 Charles Francis Adams (3 episodes, 1976)
Peter Brandon ...
 Henry Adams (3 episodes, 1976)
Henry Butler ...
 James Monroe (3 episodes, 1976)
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 Abigail Brooks Adams (3 episodes, 1976)
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 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)
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 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)
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 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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20 January 1976 (USA)  »

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De kroniek van de familie Adams  »

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(13 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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The first television appearance of actor Michael O'Hare, probably best known for playing Commander (later Ambassador) Jeffery Sinclair on the SF TV show "Babylon 5". He also originated what became the Jack Nicholson role in the movie "A Few Good Men" when he starred in the original play on Broadway. See more »

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

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Best mini series on the beginning of America
8 November 2002 | by (Lexington, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

I saw the series when first televised on PBS (in the days before affordable VCR's) To my knowledge it has been televised one or twice since and I missed a few episodes each time. I really wish PBS would televise it again or at least offer it for sale. This is the best mini series on the beginning of America as an independent nation that has ever been made. It would be a success in any year, 1976 or 2076. I would like to purchase the series on vhs if it were available however, the copyright owner could make a fortune by remastering the sound/video for sale on DVD


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