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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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Top Rated TV #111 | Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 45 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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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)
Judith Magre ...
 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)
James Judice ...
 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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Trivia

History buffs might recall that a British Navy surgeon shortly before 1750 concluded that sailors, by sucking on limes, could reduce the incidence of painful and debilitating scurvy. Concurrent experiments involving sailors taking vinegar or sea water failed. Eighteenth century medicine was unaware that limes contained Vitamin C (a substance not really understood until the 1930s) and also did not fully comprehend scurvy as a nutritional disease, but crews were issued limes in their rations after the field study. British sailors and later British people generally were nicknamed "limeys" shortly afterward. At the film's dock set, around a peck of sucked-on cut limes litter the ground as if discarded by sailors. See more »

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When the militia man is telling Abigail Adams about the "Battle of Bunker Hill" and when John Adams is telling of General Warren's death, both say that the battle took place on Bunker Hill. The militia man CERTAINLY would have known that the battle actually took place on Breed's Hill (adjoining Bunker Hill), and John Adams probably would have known the difference as well. However, this is a common error, not only perpetrated by books, but by spoken word recordings as well. See more »

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John Adams: I have seen a queen of France with 18 million livres of diamonds on her person, but I declare that all the charms of her face and figure added to all the glitter of her jewels did not impress me as much as that little shrub right there. Now your mother always said that I never delighted enough in the mundane, but now I find that if I look at even the smallest thing my imagination begins to roam the milky way!
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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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