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Writers:
Sam Hall (written by)
Virginia Kassel (created by)
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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
20 January 1976 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Ambitious multipart PBS production that brings to life five generations of one of America's leading political and historical families... See more »
Awards:
Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 18 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
PBS's Bicentennial gift to America See more (8 total) »

Cast

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David Elliott ... George Washington Adams / ... (4 episodes, 1976)
Albert Stratton ... Thomas Jefferson (4 episodes, 1976)

Michael Tolan ... 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)

Tom Aldredge ... 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)

Ken Kercheval ... James Madison (2 episodes, 1976)
Robert Phalen ... John C. Calhoun (2 episodes, 1976)
J.C. Powell ... Charles Adams (2 episodes, 1976)

Nicholas Pryor ... 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)

Tom Tammi ... Thomas Adams (2 episodes, 1976)
Charles Tenney ... Brooks Adams (2 episodes, 1976)
Mark Winkworth ... John Quincy Adams (2 episodes, 1976)
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Series Directed by
Fred Coe (1 episode, 1976)
Bill Glenn (1 episode, 1976)
Anthony Page (1 episode, 1976)

Paul Bogart (unknown episodes)
James Cellan Jones (unknown episodes)
Barry Davis (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Virginia Kassel (13 episodes, 1976)

Lionel Chetwynd (unknown episodes)
Sam Hall (unknown episodes)
Tad Mosel (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Virginia Kassel .... series producer (13 episodes, 1976)

Paul Bogart .... producer (unknown episodes)
James Cellan Jones .... producer (unknown episodes)
Robert Costello .... producer (unknown episodes)
Jac Venza .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Girish Bhargava (1 episode, 1976)
Manford Schorn (1 episode, 1976)
 
Series Production Design by
Ed Wittstein (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume Design by
Alvin Colt (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Joe Cranzano .... makeup designer (unknown episodes)
Max Henriquez .... makeup designer (unknown episodes)
Margaret Sunshine .... makeup designer (unknown episodes)
Joe Tubens .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Emil Neroda .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
William C. Knight .... lighting director (1 episode, 1976)
Dick Weiss .... lighting director (1 episode, 1976)

George Riesenberger .... lighting director (unknown episodes)
Carl Samrock .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Newman .... wardrobe (13 episodes, 1976)
Marilyn Putnam .... wardrobe (13 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Music Department
John Adams .... music producer (13 episodes, 1976)
Sybil Weinberger .... music supervisor (13 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Other crew
Ellen Barrett .... production assistant (13 episodes, 1976)

Anne Howard Bailey .... story editor (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
50 min (13 episodes)
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Trivia:
William Daniels, who plays the elder John Quincy Adams in this series, first created the role of his father, John Adams, in both the Broadway and movie versions of the musical "1776."See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
PBS's Bicentennial gift to America, 19 July 2012
Author: dolytuov from United States

For those of us who fondly remember the bicentennial celebrations that took place in 1976, will probably also remember watching the 13 episodes of Adams Chronicles.

They followed the British miniseries format by using actors who had done stage work, lavish costumes, studio sets and exterior shots at locations that fit the scene.

The story revolves around John and Abigail Adams in the first five episodes; their son and his wife John Quincy and Louisa Catherine in four episodes; and grandson Charles Frances and both of his sons Henry and Brooke each have an episode.

John Adams was an important figure in the founding of our country, but he got lost in the shuffle because he was outshone by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, and even his cousin Sam Adams. But his contributions may have even been greater because he got financial help from Holland during the latter part of the Revolution; helped Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence; through the groaning of Congress set up protocol such as how to address the President; and kept us out of war when everyone was screaming to get involved in the European mess in the final two years of the 18th century.

John's son and grandson also played important roles in helping this country to become the power that it became. But one has to remember there is always personal costs when you are in that position.

Fortunately Acorn Media has release the miniseries on DVD and it is a pleasure to see it again after so many years.

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