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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 #140 | 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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16 March 2008 (USA)  »

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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 »

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When President John Quincy Adams is discussing his goals with his father, he states that he'll outline these objectives in his State of the Union address. The term "State of the Union Address" was not in use until 1934. At that time, 1825, it was referred to as the Annual Message to Congress. See more »

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John Adams: I have seen a queen of France with 18 million livres of diamonds on her person, but I declare that all the charms of her face and figure added to all the glitter of her jewels did not impress me as much as that little shrub right there. Now your mother always said that I never delighted enough in the mundane, but now I find that if I look at even the smallest thing my imagination begins to roam the milky way!
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Magnificent in every detail
29 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

The attention to detail in this mini-series only caps off the brilliant writing and acting, top to bottom. So refreshing to see this attention in simple things like seeing the cannons fire in the distance, THEN hearing the blasts several seconds later, as it is in real life... ditto thunder and lightning... brilliant. Even more importantly, seeing how our founding fathers (and mothers!) laid it all out on the line, risking life and property for ideas and ideals. This series should be mandatory watching in high school history classes from now on. It should also be mandatory viewing for our Congress, if only to remind them of what guts, personal conviction, and personal sacrifice in service to your COUNTRY is. Maybe today's leaders wouldn't be so quick to dismantle the Constitution if they see accurately what our ancestors went through to secure it in the first place. HBO, Tom Hanks, et al ... you are to be genuinely congratulated! And special thanks to David McCullough for the book, and the writers for their screenplays.


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