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The Adams Chronicles 

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

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Series cast summary:
Tim Wilson ...  John Adams II - younger 7 episodes, 1976
Michael O'Hare ...  Richard Cranch 6 episodes, 1976
Wesley Addy ...  Andrew Jackson 6 episodes, 1976
David Birney ...  John Quincy Adams 6 episodes, 1976
W.B. Brydon W.B. Brydon ...  Samuel Adams 6 episodes, 1976
Allan Carlsen Allan Carlsen ...  John Adams II 6 episodes, 1976
William Daniels ...  John Quincy Adams 6 episodes, 1976
Curt Dawson Curt Dawson ...  John Hancock 6 episodes, 1976
M'el Dowd M'el Dowd ...  Madame Brillon 6 episodes, 1976
George Grizzard ...  John Adams 6 episodes, 1976
George Hearn ...  Henry Clay 6 episodes, 1976
Patrick Horgan Patrick Horgan ...  Lord Howe 6 episodes, 1976
Katharine Houghton ...  Nabby 6 episodes, 1976
Jeffrey Jones 6 episodes, 1976
K.C. Ligon ...  Fanny 6 episodes, 1976
Lisa Lucas ...  Abigail 'Nabby' Adams II 6 episodes, 1976
Nancy Marchand ...  Mrs. Smith 6 episodes, 1976
Pamela Payton-Wright Pamela Payton-Wright ...  Louisa Catherine Adams 6 episodes, 1976
William Shust William Shust ...  Patrick Henry 6 episodes, 1976
Jean-Pierre Stewart Jean-Pierre Stewart ...  Alexis de Toqueville 6 episodes, 1976
John Tillinger John Tillinger ...  King George III 6 episodes, 1976
Kathryn Walker ...  Abigail Smith Adams 6 episodes, 1976
Michael Tolan ...  Narrator / ... 5 episodes, 1976
David Elliott ...  George Washington Adams / ... 4 episodes, 1976
Albert Stratton Albert Stratton ...  Thomas Jefferson 4 episodes, 1976
John Beal ...  Charles Francis Adams 3 episodes, 1976
Peter Brandon Peter Brandon ...  Henry Adams 3 episodes, 1976
Henry Butler Henry Butler ...  James Monroe 3 episodes, 1976
Nancy Coleman ...  Abigail Brooks Adams 3 episodes, 1976
Leora Dana ...  Abigail Smith Adams (age 44-74) 3 episodes, 1976
Thomas A. Stewart Thomas A. Stewart ...  Charles Francis Adams 3 episodes, 1976
Tom Aldredge ...  James McHenry 2 episodes, 1976
Maureen Anderman Maureen Anderman ...  Mary Cathering Hellen (Older) 2 episodes, 1976
Susan Bjurman Susan Bjurman ...  Fanny Adams 2 episodes, 1976
Peter Coffield Peter Coffield ...  George Washington Adams / ... 2 episodes, 1976
Patricia Elliott ...  Minnie Adams 2 episodes, 1976
Paul Hecht Paul Hecht ...  Jay Gould 2 episodes, 1976
Ken Kercheval ...  James Madison 2 episodes, 1976
Robert Phalen Robert Phalen ...  John C. Calhoun 2 episodes, 1976
J.C. Powell J.C. Powell ...  Charles Adams 2 episodes, 1976
Nicholas Pryor ...  John Quincy Adams II 2 episodes, 1976
Reid Shelton ...  Timothy Pickering 2 episodes, 1976
Charles Siebert ...  Charles Francis Adams II 2 episodes, 1976
Jeremiah Sullivan Jeremiah Sullivan ...  Alexander Hamilton 2 episodes, 1976
Robert Symonds ...  Benjamin Franklin 2 episodes, 1976
Tom Tammi ...  Thomas Adams 2 episodes, 1976
Charles Tenney Charles Tenney ...  Brooks Adams 2 episodes, 1976
Mark Winkworth 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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Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adams Chronicles See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

George Grizzard, who played John Adams, was one year younger than William Daniels, who played John Quincy Adams from age fifty onward. See more »

Connections

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

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A Celebration of Genius
20 March 2001 | by suessisSee all my reviews

This Mini is by far one of the best to be produced by PBS. Its success was helped largely in part by the fact that it came out during the bicentennial year, but even had that not been the case it still would have done well. I certainly made me interested in American History, and I am sure that it probably inspired others as well.

The cast is populated by several well known Broadway and television actors (including William Daniels who does a turn this time as John Quincy rather than the role he created in "1776"), and the majority of the performances are outstanding, particularly George Grizzard, Kathryn Walker, and Pamela Payton-Wright. If you every get a chance to see this mini...DO!


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