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 #127 | 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)
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 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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To this date (2014), this is the most awarded Miniseries at the Emmy Awards, winning 13 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special, Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie - John Adams: Independence (2008), Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special - John Adams: Reunion (2008), Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special - John Adams: Don't Tread on Me (2008), Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie - John Adams: Don't Tread on Me (2008), Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special - John Adams: Join or Die (2008), Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - John Adams: Independence (2008), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Tom Wilkinson, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Laura Linney, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Paul Giamatti and Outstanding Miniseries. See more »

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General Knox is shown passing the Adams farmstead with the captured guns from Fort Ticonderoga. Braintree is 10 miles south and a bit east of their emplacement on Dorchester Heights overseeing Boston - -a considerable detour for vital ordinance. See more »

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John Hancock: [reluctantly] God save the King.
Samuel Adams: God damn the King!
Benjamin Franklin: [happily] God bless the King. Who else could've brought such a spirit of unity to the Congress?
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Referenced in Sleepy Hollow: The Sisters Mills (2015) See more »

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By William Billings
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Worthy of Golden Globe, Emmy
7 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The only t.v. dramas (historical or otherwise) that I would watch was Masterpiece Theatre because they were mostly British made and classy. Now we have something to rival anything that Masterpiece Theatre put out: John Adams. First, the theme music is first rate slowing building up to a quiet crescendo. Second, the photography is of a theatrical release quality. The set and production values are first rate: you feel as if you are in the scenery and living at that time of our history. The makeup and costumes are historically correct or close to it. Finally, what superb acting by Giamatti and the great Laura Linney and the supporting actors are fine. In fact, I can not find a fault with this mini-series so far.I look forward to watching every Sunday on HBO. I agree with others who say this will win Golden Globe and Emmy Awards. For anyone who says this is boring or lacking bloodshed and violence, I say: "Your ignorance is beneath my contempt" - John Adams, 1777( to Samuel Furlong who told Adams that the 'Declaration of Independency would be the death warrant of the colonies."


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