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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 & 22 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 triumphs and the tragedies of America's greatest dynasty. 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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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Featured in The Making of the Kennedys (2011) See more »

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A delightful miniseries, providing both entertainment, intrigue and insight to the daily life of The Kennedys.
22 June 2013 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This miniseries of the Kennedy family was a joy to watch, all the way! First of all, the series covers a lot of controversial and exciting episodes in the 1960's: The Kennedy's campaign for election, Bay of Pigs invasion, Cuba Missile Crisis, civil rights for black people, the JFK assassination and parts of RFK's political campaign for election as President. Each story is handled intriguingly and insightful, yet maintaining the golden entertainment values. Parts of which, is because that the series is handled as a regular huge Hollywood production. The patriotic music playing in the background, excellent cinematography, amazing dialog, superb direction etc.

But the series doesn't just cover what happened in The White House during all of these escapades. It rather blends in with the daily life of the Kennedy's. And that's what we see: the daily life of the Kennedy's. I, for one, now has a far greater caricature in my head, concerning the personas of that generation of Kennedy's. Almost every personal conflict inside the family is handled, and with bravour!

The acting is all top notch! Greg Kinnear is the heart and soul of this series, having the weight of this series' fate on his shoulders. If he sucked, so would the series. Luckily, Kinnear is all out brilliant in this complex and controversial role of JFK, with everything considered down to the way he walks. I thought, that Kinnear really breathed the role of John F. Kennedy, disappearing into this ambiguous and public persona. Kinnear bears a physical resemblance to JFK, and his accent was very much alike, as well. Kinnear earned a very well deserved Emmy nomination for best leading actor! Barry Pepper surprises with his revolutionary performance as Robert F. Kennedy! He may not look the part a 100 percent, but he manages to recreate his accent very well! Pepper was a joy to watch on-screen, stealing absolute every scene he was in! He handled every emotional reaction with skill and a nice sense of human subtlety to it. For his role, Pepper fairly won the Emmy award for best leading actor! Tom Wilkinson as Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. was a tour de force in it's own right! With every scene Wilkinson seemed to give his absolute best, and it shows! His performance was amusing, heartbreaking, subtle, efficient and moving! Wilkinson earned an Emmy nomination for best supporting actor. Katie Holmes wasn't as good as the three former actors mentioned, in my opinion. Still, she looked the part of Jackie Kennedy quite much, and she showed the right kind of silence to her performance!

The reason this series only gets an 8/10, is because that some odd things was left out of production. First of all, I would have liked to have Ted Kennedy included, and behold the actor who could have hopefully exemplified in the role. Instead, Ted's only appearance is in the background as a small boy hearing his name getting mentioned. Second of all, an obvious historical escapade that was left out, was the moon race with the Soviets. Not even a mention there. That would have been more interesting than an episode, partly dedicated to JFK's apparent affair with Marilyn Monroe!

Overall, I found the series to be highly enjoyable and very interesting to watch.


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