John Adams (2008– )
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While in retirement in Peacefield, Adams looks back at his public life with some regrets and has to deal with tragedy in his personal life.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Abigail Adams
Thomas Jefferson
Nabby Adams
Benjamin Rush
John Quincy Adams
Thomas Adams
Colonel William Smith
Sally Smith Adams
Caroline Corrie ...
Louisa Catherine Adams
Buzz Bovshow ...
John Trumbull
Tom Mannion ...
Reverend Whitney
Lizan Mitchell ...
Sally Hemmings
Ken Peebles ...
Monticello Servant
Monticello Doctor


In retirement John Adams laments the perils of a long life; loss of loved ones and growing irrelevance. But out of tragedy John rekindles his broken friendship with Thomas Jefferson and lives to discuss John Quincy's ambitious presidential agenda with him. Written by David Foss

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20 April 2008 (USA)  »

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In real life, Adams and Jefferson had resumed their friendship through correspondence while Abigail was still alive. See more »


'Nabby' Adams was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1811 not 1803 as shown in the series and underwent a mastectomy in 1812. She died in 1814 from the rapidly spreading cancer. See more »


John Adams: Old age is dark and loveless.
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A long life
21 July 2009 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

As we meet John Adams in this final installment of the series of the same name, he has retired from public life. He is now a farmer having given his best years to the service of the country he helped to create. He is living with Abigail, his daughter Nabby, and son Thomas. He has seen the election of his son John Quincy Adams to the presidency of the new nation.

John Adams, with the help of Abigail, Nabby, Thomas and his granddaughter Sally Adams Smith, begins to collect his papers to work on his autobiography. It should have been a happy time for the Adams family, but tragedy intervenes when Nabby is diagnosed with breast cancer. She must be operated in what turns out to be a horrible procedure because of the primitive type of medicine of those years. She eventually succumbs to the disease as it spreads throughout her body.

Abigail and John are left at the farm to mourn her passing. A few years later, his wife of almost a century dies peacefully at home, devastating the great John Adams. His long feud with Thomas Jefferson comes to an end when Adams reaches out to him to tell the other man about the tragedies in his life. Just as the new nation is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary, death comes claiming John's life.

The closing part of this magnificent series leaves us saddened because of what this man achieved in his lifetime. His vision of a nation with its own magna carta about the rights of man, plus a Constitution that serves as a model for other nations, was a monumental accomplishment, indeed.

The director Tom Hooper did a marvelous job in bringing the David McCullough's novel to life in such vivid detail. The adaptation by Kirk Ellis worked well throughout the seven installments. Tak Fujimoto, the cinematographer enhanced the production and made it accessible for the average viewer to appreciate the beauty of the places where the action took place.

The success of the series owes a lot to both Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney. They were wonderful as John and Abigail. The actors show great chemistry imagining what the Adams were like. The sublime Sarah Polley is seen as Nabby, the suffering daughter. Evan Moss Bachrach plays John Quincy Adams. Mamie Gummer is Sally Smith Adams and Stephen Dillane comes again as Thomas Jefferson.

A must see series about the birth of America and the people that made it what it is.

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