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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1976  
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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 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
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 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 Michael O'Hare, probably best known for playing Commander (later Ambassador) Jeffery Sinclair on the television show Babylon 5 (1994). He also originated what became the Jack Nicholson role in A Few Good Men (1992), 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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A Celebration of Genius
20 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

This Mini is by far one of the best to be produced by PBS. Its success was helped largely in part by the fact that it came out during the bicentennial year, but even had that not been the case it still would have done well. I certainly made me interested in American History, and I am sure that it probably inspired others as well.

The cast is populated by several well known Broadway and television actors (including William Daniels who does a turn this time as John Quincy rather than the role he created in "1776"), and the majority of the performances are outstanding, particularly George Grizzard, Kathryn Walker, and Pamela Payton-Wright. If you every get a chance to see this mini...DO!


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