Ambitious multipart PBS production that brings to life five generations of one of America's leading political and historical families. It traces their lives from John Adams early years as a... See full summary »

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1976  
Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 17 nominations. See more awards »

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...  John Adams II - younger 7 episodes, 1976
...  Richard Cranch 6 episodes, 1976
...  Andrew Jackson 6 episodes, 1976
...  John Quincy Adams 6 episodes, 1976
W.B. Brydon ...  Samuel Adams 6 episodes, 1976
Allan Carlsen ...  John Adams II 6 episodes, 1976
...  John Quincy Adams 6 episodes, 1976
Curt Dawson ...  John Hancock 6 episodes, 1976
M'el Dowd ...  Madame Brillon 6 episodes, 1976
...  John Adams 6 episodes, 1976
...  Henry Clay 6 episodes, 1976
Patrick Horgan ...  Lord Howe 6 episodes, 1976
...  Nabby 6 episodes, 1976
6 episodes, 1976
...  Fanny 6 episodes, 1976
...  Abigail 'Nabby' Adams II 6 episodes, 1976
...  Mrs. Smith 6 episodes, 1976
Pamela Payton-Wright ...  Louisa Catherine Adams 6 episodes, 1976
William Shust ...  Patrick Henry 6 episodes, 1976
Jean-Pierre Stewart ...  Alexis de Toqueville 6 episodes, 1976
John Tillinger ...  King George III 6 episodes, 1976
...  Abigail Smith Adams 6 episodes, 1976
...  George Washington Adams / ... 4 episodes, 1976
Albert Stratton ...  Thomas Jefferson 4 episodes, 1976
...  Narrator 4 episodes, 1976
...  Charles Francis Adams 3 episodes, 1976
Peter Brandon ...  Henry Adams 3 episodes, 1976
Henry Butler ...  James Monroe 3 episodes, 1976
...  Abigail Brooks Adams 3 episodes, 1976
...  Abigail Smith Adams (age 44-74) 3 episodes, 1976
Thomas A. Stewart ...  Charles Francis Adams 3 episodes, 1976
...  James McHenry 2 episodes, 1976
Maureen Anderman ...  Mary Cathering Hellen (Older) 2 episodes, 1976
Susan Bjurman ...  Fanny Adams 2 episodes, 1976
Peter Coffield ...  George Washington Adams / ... 2 episodes, 1976
...  Minnie Adams 2 episodes, 1976
Paul Hecht ...  Jay Gould 2 episodes, 1976
...  James Madison 2 episodes, 1976
Robert Phalen ...  John C. Calhoun 2 episodes, 1976
J.C. Powell ...  Charles Adams 2 episodes, 1976
...  John Quincy Adams II 2 episodes, 1976
...  Timothy Pickering 2 episodes, 1976
Charles Siebert ...  Charles Francis Adams II 2 episodes, 1976
Jeremiah Sullivan ...  Alexander Hamilton 2 episodes, 1976
...  Benjamin Franklin 2 episodes, 1976
...  Thomas Adams 2 episodes, 1976
Charles Tenney ...  Brooks Adams 2 episodes, 1976
Mark Winkworth ...  John Quincy Adams 2 episodes, 1976
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Ambitious multipart PBS production that brings to life five generations of one of America's leading political and historical families. It traces their lives from John Adams early years as a colonial Boston attorney to the rise in prominence of Brookes Adams in the fields of political and social philosophy. This mini looks into their triumphs and tragedies, exploring their genius and profound social conscience. Written by CD

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20 January 1976 (USA)  »

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De kroniek van de familie Adams  »

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Christopher Lloyd's television debut. See more »

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Version of John Adams: Unnecessary War (2008) See more »

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Winner of Four Emmys, It brought history to vivid life
9 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

It's been a long time (30 years) since one of the best mini-series on American History has been seen, not to mention a bit difficult to remember the details.

The Chronicles, produced for WNET/PBS New York for the 200 year Centennial Celebration is sitting in the station's vault. It has not been made available for re-airing or DVD, so it's difficult to express some of the most memorable moments. Therefore, whatever is said here, won't matter much as concerns your being able to see the program (at least as of this writing). I'd like to give a tiny bit of how it is now perceived via memory.

The program was perhaps most instrumental in inspiring awe for the greatness of our founders. The costumes were meticulous, the acting superb. It made one very proud to be a part of this great American experiment of freedom.

Seeing the portrayal of the life of four generations of this great family, it was John Adams the patriarch, played by George Grizzard that was the best part of the series (perhaps a part of the first six programs?). Please pardon my memory. When this program gets aired again, I hope to be back with an updated and complete review.

You can help bring it back to life by contacting WNET /13 in New York and PBS. Please do so.


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