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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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2008  
Top Rated TV #144 | Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 45 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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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 6 episodes, 2008
Sarah Polley ...  Nabby Adams / ... 4 episodes, 2008
Samuel Barnett ...  Thomas Adams 4 episodes, 2008
David Morse ...  George Washington 4 episodes, 2008
Andrew Scott ...  Colonel William Smith 4 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 2 episodes, 2008
John Keating ...  Timothy Pickering 2 episodes, 2008
Thomas Langston Thomas Langston ...  Young Thomas Adams 2 episodes, 2008
Timmy Sherrill Timmy Sherrill ...  Attorney General Charles Lee / ... 2 episodes, 2008
Lucas N. Hall ...  Bostonian Townsperson / ... 2 episodes, 2008
James Judice ...  Boston Citizen / ... 2 episodes, 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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He United the States of America. See more »


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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 »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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| (Entire show)

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

During George Washington's inauguration, the apparent cheering crowd of thousands was actually filmed with only around 80 people. They would stand in a square formation - edged by green screen cloth (the material TV weathermen use as backdrops because it turns invisible on camera so that digital backgrounds can be added). After filming a few seconds of giddy flag-waving, the 80 would switch positions, trade flags and buntings around, pick up different things (pitchforks, tankards, children, etc) and move over thirty feet. More cheering. More filming. Repeat. By day's end there were enough squares of different-looking crowd activity to stitch the lot together digitally and make it look like a seamless mob of thousands. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

John Adams: My thoughts are so clear to me... each one takes perfect shape within my mind. But when I speak, when I offer them to others, they seem to lose all definition.
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Chester
By William Billings
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Poignant and gritty!
18 March 2008 | by cbaker03See all my reviews

As fine a political documentary as I have ever seen! Understated, yet amazing in its depth. Even the exhilarating music portends the events to come. A must see for those interested in how the nation they live in came to be. This film may upset some with its frankness of the times in which the characters lived, that said, I applaud that very frankness that allows us to see the people that supported and opposed our becoming a nation. A very "well done" to all those involved with the making of this ode to a time long gone. May we as a nation once more learn the lessons that came to be so well known by the majority of our "Founding Fathers"... AND Mothers.


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