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 #134 | 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)
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 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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Ironically, Paul Giamatti claimed that his first reaction to reading the script was that John Adams seemed like "a pain in the ass," and that he accepted the role partly out of an acting challenge to play such an unpleasant (to him) character in the lead. See more »

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Thomas Jefferson's last words were "Is it the Fourth?" to which the reply was actually more along the lines of "Not yet, Mr. President, but it soon will be." His last words were uttered not on July 4th, but the waning hours of July 3rd. He died unconscious on the Fourth. See more »

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Abigail Adams: Half-fed slaves building our nation's Capitol. What possible good can come from such a place?
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.86 (2010) See more »

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Historical Drama at Its Finest!
16 March 2008 | by (Twin Cities, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Although the miniseries title and episodes focus on the life of John Adams, the strength of the film lies in the exceptional ensemble cast. It was impressive to see such giants as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin, as well as the lesser known individuals, truly inhabited by the actors.

The challenge of the series was to breathe life into those stories and lives we know so well. The filmmakers worked closely to David McCullough's outstanding book for the details, along with the human side of the story captured in the voluminous correspondence of John and Abigail Adams. The political, military, and personal issues were all thoughtfully brought to life. The design values of the film were also superb. Nothing looked stagy or stilted in the sets and costumes, which provided an unusual authenticity of period style for television drama. With each appearance of George Washington (David Morse), it was hard not to gasp due to the believability of his character.

The drama of America's breaking from England for independence was an improbable story and one dependent on the courage and idealism of the individuals portrayed in this film. The personalities of these great figures make this program an accessible and rewarding experience for the entire family. For the patient viewer, what emerges from the John Adams miniseries is not merely a history lesson, but a drama with great relevance today. Simply put, we need more people in our country right now just like John and Abigail Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Knox, and, above all, the ordinary human beings heroically portrayed in this fine film!


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