The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.
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Series cast summary:
Paul Giamatti ...  John Adams 7 episodes, 2008
Laura Linney ...  Abigail Adams 7 episodes, 2008
John Dossett ...  Benjamin Rush 6 episodes, 2008
Stephen Dillane ...  Thomas Jefferson 5 episodes, 2008
Sarah Polley ...  Nabby Adams / ... 4 episodes, 2008
Samuel Barnett ...  Thomas Adams 4 episodes, 2008
David Morse ...  George Washington 3 episodes, 2008
Andrew Scott ...  Colonel William Smith 3 episodes, 2008
Danny Huston ...  Samuel Adams 3 episodes, 2008
Ebon Moss-Bachrach ...  John Quincy Adams 3 episodes, 2008
Steven Hinkle ...  Young John Quincy Adams 3 episodes, 2008
Madeline Taylor ...  Young Nabby Adams 3 episodes, 2008
Mamie Gummer ...  Sally Smith Adams 3 episodes, 2008
Kevin Trainor ...  Charles Adams 3 episodes, 2008
Tom Wilkinson ...  Benjamin Franklin 3 episodes, 2008
Michael Hall D'Addario ...  Young Charles Adams 3 episodes, 2008
Rufus Sewell ...  Alexander Hamilton 2 episodes, 2008
Justin Theroux ...  John Hancock 2 episodes, 2008
Judith Magre ...  Madame Helvétius 2 episodes, 2008
Brennan Brown ...  Robert Treat Paine 2 episodes, 2008
Tom Beckett ...  Elbridge Gerry 2 episodes, 2008
Jules Croiset Jules Croiset ...  Second Dutch Banker 2 episodes, 2008
Sieger Sloot ...  Dutch Man 2 episodes, 2008
Lex van Delden Lex van Delden ...  First Dutch Banker 2 episodes, 2008
Zeljko Ivanek ...  John Dickinson 1 episode, 2008
John Keating ...  Timothy Pickering 1 episode, 2008
Thomas Langston Thomas Langston ...  Young Thomas Adams 1 episode, 2008
Timmy Sherrill ...  Attorney General Charles Lee / ... 1 episode, 2008
Lucas N. Hall ...  Bostonian Townsperson / ... 1 episode, 2008
James Judice ...  Boston Citizen / ... 1 episode, 2008
Tim Seip Tim Seip ...  Sons of Liberty 2 episodes, 2008
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Adapted from David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, this lavish seven-part miniseries chronicles the life of Founding Father John Adams, starting with the Boston Massacre of 1770 through his years as an ambassador in Europe, then his terms as vice president and president of the United States, up to his death on July 4, 1826. Written by Jwelch5742

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During the scene in which Nabby has her surgery and John Adams is nervously pacing downstairs, Abigail says to him, "For god's sake, John, sit down." This is a particularly memorable line from the first song in the musical "1776" (music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and book by Peter Stone), about the writing and signing of the Declaration of Independence. In his 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning "Hamilton: An American Musical," Lin-Manuel Miranda also paraphrased this line from 1776 in the song "The Adams Administration" by having Alexander Hamilton sing, "Sit down, John, you fat motherfucker!" See more »

Goofs

The First Continental Congress which occurred in 1774, actually met in Carpenter's Hall, about one block away from Independence Hall. It was not held in Independence Hall as the series suggests. It was held here because they could not meet in Independence Hall due to the number of Tories who were in the Hall. The sessions of the First Continental Congress were also held in secret. See more »

Quotes

John Hancock: [reluctantly] God save the King.
Samuel Adams: God damn the King!
Benjamin Franklin: [happily] God bless the King. Who else could've brought such a spirit of unity to the Congress?
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Connections

Featured in Moviemaking in Virginia: Take 3 (2008) See more »

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Chester
By William Billings
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A wonderful, wonderful series!
19 March 2008 | by operamartycSee all my reviews

The production values are extremely high with excellent acting, design and costumes and I've only seen the first two episodes. The writing is wonderful! The series inspires me to read the book. The "making of" information was fascinating and the visual effects technology amazing! I've always loved your original movies with "My House in Umbria" my favorite until now - John Adams is your best offering yet! Thanks so much HBO and to all the cast and crew of the movie!!! The Los Angeles' Times review was wrong in its assessment of the series. I find every aspect of the series interesting and moving and of the highest quality! Looking forward to the DVD!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled John Adams Miniseries See more »

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Hungary See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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