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Writers:
Sam Hall (written by)
Tad Mosel
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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:
Winner of Four Emmys, It brought history to vivid life 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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50 min (13 episodes)
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Winner of Four Emmys, It brought history to vivid life, 9 October 2006
Author: GreenGreen-1 from United States

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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