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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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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After the death of Abigail there is a scene where Dr. Benjamin Rush is consoling John Adams and encourages him to write to Thomas Jefferson. Benjamin Rush died 5 years before Abigail. 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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Magnificent work from HBO
16 March 2008 | by (United States) – 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.


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