The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.
Reviews
Popularity
1,258 ( 55)

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
2008  
Top Rated TV #138 | Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 45 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
...
...
 Benjamin Rush 6 episodes, 2008
...
...
...
 Thomas Adams 4 episodes, 2008
...
...
 Colonel William Smith 4 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
...
...
 Young Charles Adams 3 episodes, 2008
...
...
...
 Madame Helvétius 2 episodes, 2008
...
 Robert Treat Paine 2 episodes, 2008
...
 Elbridge Gerry 2 episodes, 2008
Jules Croiset ...
 Second Dutch Banker 2 episodes, 2008
...
 Dutch Man 2 episodes, 2008
Lex van Delden ...
 First Dutch Banker 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 ...
...
 Boston Citizen / ... 2 episodes, 2008
Tim Seip ...
 Sons of Liberty 2 episodes, 2008
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

He United the States of America. See more »


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 March 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled John Adams Miniseries  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Entire show)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Some of the US military uniform costumes have cast replicas of period "USA" buttons rather than generic plain buttons. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

John Adams: Mr. Duane well knows that reconciliation would be as agreeable to my inclinations, and as advantageous to my interests as to any man's! But, I see no prospect for it, no probability, no possibility! And I cannot abide the hypocritical heart that pretends to expect peace when in truth it does not.
James Duane: This congress has no more right to pass such a resolution than parliament has! We must beware of overreaching!
John Adams: When Demosthenes... When Demosthenes traveled as ambassador through Greece, to incite a ...
[...]
See more »


Soundtracks

Chester
By William Billings
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Magnificent work from HBO
16 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

The first two episodes of this mini series have captivated me like very few things have. It is interesting to see a detailed look at the foundation of this great nation come to life instead of merely being read on page.

The cast is stellar. Giamatti is a great actor and he brings John Adams to life. Wilkinson as Benjamin Franklin is one of the highlights. The realism of the time frame is brought to life like few movies have done; accuracy in costumes, to architecture, and locational shots.

This is a truly moving piece, and a must watch for fans of history, and those with a appreciation of great cinema regardless.


106 of 119 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 98 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page