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The Kennedys 

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The triumphs and tragedies of the most popular political family in American history.
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Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 13 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
 Rose Kennedy 8 episodes, 2011
 Ethel Kennedy 8 episodes, 2011
 Agent Abraham Bolden 5 episodes, 2011
Janelle Hutchison ...
 Evelyn Lincoln 5 episodes, 2011
 Michelle 4 episodes, 2011
 Sam Giancana 4 episodes, 2011
 Ann Gargan 4 episodes, 2011
 Robert McNamara 4 episodes, 2011
Don Allison ...
 Lyndon Johnson 3 episodes, 2011
 General Thomas Bennett 3 episodes, 2011
 McGeorge Bundy 3 episodes, 2011
 J. Edgar Hoover 3 episodes, 2011
 Letitia Baldrige 3 episodes, 2011
 Dr. Max Jacobson 3 episodes, 2011
Tedde Moore ...
 Mrs. Shaw 3 episodes, 2011
Eliza Preston ...
 Caroline Kennedy 2 episodes, 2011
Glen Gaston ...
 Dean Rusk 2 episodes, 2011
 Judy Campbell 2 episodes, 2011


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 story of the most fabled political family in American history. See more »


Drama | History | Romance


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Release Date:

3 April 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Kennedys  »

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(8 parts)

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16:9 HD
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Lead stars Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes previously guest-starred together in The Gift (2000). See more »


Throughout the mini-series, Robert, while serving as Attorney General, is addressed verbally as "General". Although Attorneys General are addressed as General, this is done only when they appear or are referred to in either a U.S. Federal Court or the U.S. Supreme Court. Outside of these courts, protocol dictates that the AG is addressed as either "Attorney General" or "Mr. Attorney General". See more »


Featured in 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (2011) See more »

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Unique Look
21 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

Finally a look at Joe Kennedy and how he influenced so much. His place in history is seen as it was for the most part. His ambition and influence used on his family to effect great events in US history is brought to life in dramatic fashion. Do not know of any other project out there that captures his Godfather like persona that he had. Very good drama. The life of the Kennedy's is unique part of history and it being captured like it was is a good look into the power and influence that existed during that time. Found it educational and entertaining. Putting history and entertainment together is difficult but this project succeeded in doing just that. Acting performances where sporadic. Some excellent and others weak. Worth seeing.

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