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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Christopher Lloyd's television debut. See more »

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Version of John Adams: Peacefield (2008) See more »

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Best mini series on the beginning of America
8 November 2002 | by 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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