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
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 »
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 »
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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