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John Adams (2008)

TV Mini-Series  |  TV-14  |   |  Biography, Drama, History
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The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.

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Series cast summary:
 John Adams (7 episodes, 2008)
 Abigail Adams (7 episodes, 2008)
 Benjamin Rush (6 episodes, 2008)
 Thomas Jefferson (6 episodes, 2008)
 Nabby Adams / ... (4 episodes, 2008)
 Thomas Adams (4 episodes, 2008)
 George Washington (4 episodes, 2008)
 Colonel William Smith (4 episodes, 2008)
 Samuel Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
 John Quincy Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
 Young John Quincy Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
 Young Nabby Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
 Sally Smith Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
Kevin Trainor ...
 Charles Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
 Benjamin Franklin (3 episodes, 2008)
 Young Charles Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
 Alexander Hamilton (2 episodes, 2008)
 John Hancock (2 episodes, 2008)
Judith Magre ...
 Madame Helvétius (2 episodes, 2008)
 Robert Treat Paine (2 episodes, 2008)
 Elbridge Gerry (2 episodes, 2008)
Jules Croiset ...
 Second Dutch Banker (2 episodes, 2008)
Sieger Sloot ...
 Dutch Man (2 episodes, 2008)
Lex van Delden ...
 First Dutch Banker (2 episodes, 2008)
 John Dickinson (2 episodes, 2008)
 Timothy Pickering (2 episodes, 2008)
Thomas Langston ...
 Young Thomas Adams (2 episodes, 2008)
Timmy Sherrill ...
 Attorney General Charles Lee / ... (2 episodes, 2008)
Lucas N. Hall ...
 Bostonian Townsperson / ... (2 episodes, 2008)
 Boston Citizen / ... (2 episodes, 2008)
Tim Seip ...
 Sons of Liberty (2 episodes, 2008)


The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.

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16 March 2008 (USA)  »

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Untitled John Adams Miniseries  »

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For a more authentic look (and smell) of a real working quay, around two truckloads of oyster shells were heaped around the set of the Dockside Welcome Home Mr Adams Scene. Also present near a fishing shanty are several large real dried fish and at least one dried skate-ray. See more »


In the series' historical era, barrel hoops were made of bent wood or of blacksmith-wrought strap iron. However, most casks and barrels pictured in the series have perfectly smooth factory-stamped strap-iron hoops (of the type made from the later 19th Century to the present). See more »


John Dickinson: One colony cannot be allowed to take its sister colonies headlong into the maelstrom of war. Parliament will be eager to call a halt to hostilities, as are we. They will seek conciliation. We must offer them an olive branch. I move this assembly consider a humble and dutiful petition be dispatched to his Majesty, one that includes a plain statement that the colony desires immediate negotiation and accommodation of these unhappy disputes, and that we are willing to enter into measures to achieve...
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A Joy And An Honour To Watch
25 April 2008 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Thank you to HBO for the making of this series. Its was a joy to watch. The last part (7th part) was perhaps the hardest to watch. More than once tears were brought to my eyes, in compassion for many of the characters and the conclusion of their life story. What can be said about the making of it? There are not enough words to praise all those involved. Paul Giamatti's and Laura Linney's performances were absolutely astonishing and by the end, had me in tears, I as a man, am not ashamed to say. They were brilliant, class and I will forever be a fan of them. The rest of the cast were like a collection of fine art. Whomever brought them all together, alone deserves an award. Great fine acting on their own and as a group. This series deserves every award possible and more. I agree totally with all the praise that has gone before and will come after. This is a TV series that does HBO and America proud. It should be shown in every class room in the states. Its a work of art...

Further comment: Such great men and equally great thinkers are lost today on many of the youth. The likes of them will perhaps be never seen again. May they rest easy within the soil of America, for the freedoms they brought to their country they loved so much.

They could teach today's politicians a lesson or two on truth, sticking to upholding true meaning of liberty and the rule of law. I fear however they would not be impressed by the actions of those that this day, April 25th 2008, that stand within the blocks of the White House. History will also be their judge and it will not treat our present day leaders so kindly and deservedly so. Those that have now gone before at the foundation of the country, were clearly better upstanding citizens.

What is now is Congress and the White House is just a bad shadow of once true and honest men (and women) that passed away with the founding of America.

May they, the founding fathers (and mothers) rest in peace.

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