John Adams (2008– )
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Firebrand Sam Adams tries to dissuade cousin John from defending redcoats in the Boston Massacre, but later John changes his mind and joins the revolutionary cause.

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Richard Palmes
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John Hancock
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Captain Preston
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Jonathan Sewall
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Young John Quincy Adams
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Young Nabby Adams
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Robert Treat Paine
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Robert Goddard
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Elbridge Gerry
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Andrew Holmes
Melissa Blue ...
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In an emotionally charged trial John Adams defends the British sentries involved in the Boston Massacre who contend they were provoked into firing on the assembled crowd. John's success brings him offers of positions in the Massachusetts government. But after John Hancock rouses a crowd to tar and feather a representative of the British East India Tea Company and the British respond to the growing unrest with oppressive measures, John instead speaks against the British policies and chooses to represent Massachusetts in the Continental Congress. Written by David Foss

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16 March 2008 (USA)  »

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Trivia

This series marked the second time that Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney played an on-screen husband and wife. They appeared a year previously as a married couple in The Nanny Diaries. See more »

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The hymn tune that is sung, "Chester," was not written until 1778. See more »

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John Adams: [to Sam adams] I am for the law, cousin. Is there another side?
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Written by Rob Lane
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