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John Adams 

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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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Top Rated TV #143 | Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 45 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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...  John Adams 7 episodes, 2008
...  Abigail Adams 7 episodes, 2008
...  Benjamin Rush 6 episodes, 2008
...  Thomas Jefferson 6 episodes, 2008
...  Nabby Adams / ... 4 episodes, 2008
...  Thomas Adams 4 episodes, 2008
...  George Washington 4 episodes, 2008
...  Colonel William Smith 4 episodes, 2008
...  Samuel Adams 3 episodes, 2008
...  John Quincy Adams 3 episodes, 2008
...  Young John Quincy Adams 3 episodes, 2008
...  Young Nabby Adams 3 episodes, 2008
...  Sally Smith Adams 3 episodes, 2008
Kevin Trainor ...  Charles Adams 3 episodes, 2008
...  Benjamin Franklin 3 episodes, 2008
...  Young Charles Adams 3 episodes, 2008
...  Alexander Hamilton 2 episodes, 2008
...  John Hancock 2 episodes, 2008
...  Madame Helvétius 2 episodes, 2008
...  Robert Treat Paine 2 episodes, 2008
...  Elbridge Gerry 2 episodes, 2008
Jules Croiset ...  Second Dutch Banker 2 episodes, 2008
...  Dutch Man 2 episodes, 2008
Lex van Delden ...  First Dutch Banker 2 episodes, 2008
...  John Dickinson 2 episodes, 2008
...  Timothy Pickering 2 episodes, 2008
Thomas Langston ...  Young Thomas Adams 2 episodes, 2008
Timmy Sherrill ...  Attorney General Charles Lee / ... 2 episodes, 2008
...  Bostonian Townsperson / ... 2 episodes, 2008
...  Boston Citizen / ... 2 episodes, 2008
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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When David McCullough met Paul Giamatti for the first time out of character, he did not recognize him as the actor who played John Adams. See more »

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When arriving at St. James's Palace in 1785, John Adams and the audience glance up to see the Union Flag (same as the Union Jack, but on land). As a royal palace, the Union Flag would not have flown there before 1997. As His Majesty was present, the Royal Standard would have flown; in his absence, the flagstaff would have been bare. Prompted by the controversy over the propriety of showing remorse over the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, British royal vexillological protocol was altered in 1997 such that the Union Flag now flies over royal residences when the monarch is absent; however, the Royal Standard still flies in place of the Union Flag when the sovereign is present. See more »

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John Dickinson: One colony cannot be allowed to take its sister colonies headlong into the maelstrom of war. Parliament will be eager to call a halt to hostilities, as are we. They will seek conciliation. We must offer them an olive branch. I move this assembly consider a humble and dutiful petition be dispatched to his Majesty, one that includes a plain statement that the colony desires immediate negotiation and accommodation of these unhappy disputes, and that we are willing to enter into measures to achieve...
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Brilliant
20 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

"John Adams", the HBO series is by far the best Colonial film or series I have ever seen.

Paul Giamatti captivates viewers with a super performance. He has really given me a new respect for John Adams. Laura Linney plays Abigail Adams beautifully. She is wise and kind, but also is franc and honest.

The first two episodes are so incredibly accurate and indulging, that I feel like I am in the center of the American Revolution.

The script is brilliant. People speak the way colonials spoke. Adams lines just get better as the show goes on. HBO has truly made a brilliant masterpiece. A must watch for any history buff.


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