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 Jack Kennedy (8 episodes, 2011)
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 Bobby Kennedy (8 episodes, 2011)
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 Jackie Kennedy (8 episodes, 2011)
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 Joe Kennedy Sr. (8 episodes, 2011)
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 Rose Kennedy (8 episodes, 2011)
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 Ethel Kennedy (8 episodes, 2011)
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 Agent Abraham Bolden (5 episodes, 2011)
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 Evelyn Lincoln (5 episodes, 2011)
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 Michelle (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Sam Giancana (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Caroline Kennedy (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Ann Gargan (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Robert McNamara (4 episodes, 2011)
Don Allison ...
 Lyndon Johnson (3 episodes, 2011)
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 General Thomas Bennett (3 episodes, 2011)
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 McGeorge Bundy (3 episodes, 2011)
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 J. Edgar Hoover (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Letitia Baldrige (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Dr. Max Jacobson (3 episodes, 2011)
Tedde Moore ...
 Mrs. Shaw (3 episodes, 2011)
Eliza Preston ...
 Caroline Kennedy (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Cynthia (2 episodes, 2011)
Glen Gaston ...
 Dean Rusk (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Judy Campbell (2 episodes, 2011)
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The story of the most fabled political family in American history, told in a manner similar to The Godfather: a manipulative, egocentric father determined to live out his own ambitions through his sons, who in turn spent their lives dancing to his tune while at the same time trying to stand on their own. This is history through personality - the tangled relationships through which paint a picture of one of the most turbulent periods of the modern age. Viewers will be upstairs at the White House, not in the Cabinet Room. Through iconic events in history - the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil rights struggle, the mob connection - viewers will learn about the lesser known, yet critical personal stories. Written by History Channel Publicity

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The TV miniseries was originally produced by the History Channel, only to be ultimately shelved due to unsuitability issues, further compounded by the Kennedy family's apparent dissatisfaction with the series. Eventually the mini-series was picked up by the Albuquerque-based ReelzChannel whose on-air personalities include movie aficionados Leonard Maltin and Richard Roeper. See more »

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When "Dr. Feelgood" is injecting Jackie Kennedy the camera shows him withdrawing the needle. As the needle exits her skin, you can see it is a flat spring loaded "Special effects" needle and not a real hypodermic needle. See more »

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While not 100% accurate this is still a fantastic series full of amazing acting, a must watch even for non history buffs. I say A
15 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Your name is Kennedy & Kennedy's never come second." The controversial mini-series passed on by the History Channel that shows the highlights of the life of JFK (Kinnear) and RFK (Pepper). Beginning with the family preparing for election night and following them, with flashbacks, until the assassination of Bobby. Being a huge history buff, and more specifically a Kennedy buff I was very much interested in this. When I saw Greg Kinnear and Barry Pepper playing the roles of Jack and Bobby I was excited to see them in this. I was not disappointed at all. While some of the events were not exactly as they happened (Joe finding out about the assassination for one) this is still a very good account of the life of the men. Being a mini series and so much to cover almost all of the events are glossed over quickly, (the Cuban Missle Crisis is begun and finished in 42 minutes) but the important aspects are in this. The acting is fantastic from everyone, and the casting is perfect, much like Jaoquin Phoenix in "Walk The Line" no make up (besides the hair) was used and you swear that Kinnear is actually JFK. I can see why the History Channel did pass on this series though in the fact that it's not 100% accurate, but this is very much worth watching. This can easily stand up to (and in my opinion surpasses) the "John Adams" series. Overall, a fantastic award worthy series. Both for the series and the acting. Biggest problem with awards will be who to give supporting award to...Pepper or Wilkinson. Watch this! I give it an A.

Would I watch again? - I will buy this.

*Also try - Thirteen Days


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