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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 John Adams (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Abigail Adams (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Benjamin Rush (6 episodes, 2008)
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 Thomas Jefferson (6 episodes, 2008)
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 Nabby Adams / ... (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Thomas Adams (4 episodes, 2008)
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 George Washington (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Colonel William Smith (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Samuel Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
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 John Quincy Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Young John Quincy Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Young Nabby Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Sally Smith Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
Kevin Trainor ...
 Charles Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Benjamin Franklin (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Young Charles Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Alexander Hamilton (2 episodes, 2008)
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 John Hancock (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Madame Helvétius (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Robert Treat Paine (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Elbridge Gerry (2 episodes, 2008)
Jules Croiset ...
 Second Dutch Banker (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Dutch Man (2 episodes, 2008)
Lex van Delden ...
 First Dutch Banker (2 episodes, 2008)
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 John Dickinson (2 episodes, 2008)
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 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)
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 Boston Citizen / ... (2 episodes, 2008)
Tim Seip ...
 Sons of Liberty (2 episodes, 2008)
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Adapted from David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, this lavish seven-part miniseries chronicles the life of Founding Father John Adams, starting with the Boston Massacre of 1770 through his years as an ambassador in Europe, then his terms as vice president and president of the United States, up to his death on July 4, 1826. Written by Jwelch5742

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Paul Giamatti got two days off in six months. He reportedly hated wearing his costume. See more »

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The "Join or Die" design used throughout the series preceded revolutionary ideals by more than two decades. It was designed and published in the Philadelphia Gazette in 1750 by Benjamin Franklin and was used in promoting the Albany Plan to form a united colonial government under British rule to counter the French. The plan was rejected in both Great Britain and the colonies. However, the cartoon was once again used during the Revolutionary War as a way of courting colonial unity against the British. See more »

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John Adams: I will not voluntarily put on the chains of France while struggling to throw off those of Great Britain!
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Brilliant
20 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"John Adams", the HBO series is by far the best Colonial film or series I have ever seen.

Paul Giamatti captivates viewers with a super performance. He has really given me a new respect for John Adams. Laura Linney plays Abigail Adams beautifully. She is wise and kind, but also is franc and honest.

The first two episodes are so incredibly accurate and indulging, that I feel like I am in the center of the American Revolution.

The script is brilliant. People speak the way colonials spoke. Adams lines just get better as the show goes on. HBO has truly made a brilliant masterpiece. A must watch for any history buff.


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