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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 #219 | Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 47 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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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 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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Everyone should watch
20 March 2008 | by jmdsternSee all my reviews

Given the current state of affairs, everyone should make time to watch this mini-series. It's refreshing to know that people though imperfect truly cared about the true nature of freedom. The actors do an outstanding job of portraying the flavor of the times, and the souls of their characters. For most of us the Declaration of Independence is taken for granted. It's wonderful to see how many struggled to unify this country and by no means was the thinking unanimous. I love Jefferson and his quiet nature, resorting to words on paper more comfortably than speaking in public.

For as much as I thought I knew about John Adams I'm finding I didn't know him at all. Pay close attention to the courtroom scenes and thank the stars that court room behavior has evolved since then. I'd hate to have to testify in an environment like that.

Watch this series and hope that some of our politicians today are watching too. I would hope that it might spark something inside them that has been buried in todays hypocrites


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16 March 2008 (USA) See more »

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