The story of the renowned American polymath.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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 Franklin as a young man (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Paul Wentworth (3 episodes, 2002)
Matthew Bentley ...
 Benjamin as a child (3 episodes, 2002)
Michael Bentley ...
 Benjamin as a child (3 episodes, 2002)
Carol Berkin ...
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 Jane Franklin Mecom (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Silence Dogood (3 episodes, 2002)
Anthony Cochrane ...
 King George III (3 episodes, 2002)
John Curless ...
 William Strahan (3 episodes, 2002)
Peter Donaldson ...
 John Adams (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Catherine Ray (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Joseph Galloway (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Joseph Priestley (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Le Comte de Vergennes (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Jonathan Austin (3 episodes, 2002)
John Christopher Jones ...
 Ephraim Eliot (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Thomas Penn (3 episodes, 2002)
Eddie Korbich ...
 Jared Ruggles (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Deborah Read Franklin (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Elkanah Watson (3 episodes, 2002)
Edmund Morgan ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Robert Whittington (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Vicomte (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Mme. Brillon de Jouy (3 episodes, 2002)
Andrew Seear ...
 British Government Official (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Cotton Mather (3 episodes, 2002)
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 William Franklin (3 episodes, 2002)
Michael Zuckerman ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 2002)
Ralph Archbold
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In American history, few people have cut a more impressive figure than Benjamin Franklin. Beginning with his successful journalism and publishing careers, Franklin began a life of extraordinary achievement and variety. This series covers the multifaceted man whose life included public service, diplomacy, science, inventing and political action that would help redefine a world. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Clever and Entertaining
20 September 2005 | by (East Coast, USA) – See all my reviews

I cannot speak to the entire series, as I saw only "The Chessmaster". However, I saw enough to get a sense of what the creators were trying to do. In addition to the period images shown with 'Ken Burns effect' and commentaries by historians, there are soundbites from the historical figures (played, of course, by actors). Some of their texts these actors speak are clearly from diary entries or letters, and others are probably built from scholarship.

It is, in my opinion, a very clever way of presenting history to people who are used to modern biopics with their interviews and all those 20th Century War shoes on the History Channel which can interview survivors. Engaging, well done, although undoubtedly too sedate for many.


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