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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Trivia

The sets of Adams' Netherlands apartments closely resemble the paintings by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. See more »

Goofs

In episode 5 John Adams is shown as casting the deciding vote on the Jay Treaty as the vote in Congress was tied. In reality the Jay Treaty required a 2/3 majority to pass and the efforts were headed by Alexander Hamilton. See more »

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Abigail Adams: Half-fed slaves building our nation's Capitol. What possible good can come from such a place?
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Connections

Referenced in 30 Rock: Jackie Jormp-Jomp (2009) See more »

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Historical Drama at Its Finest!
16 March 2008 | by lavatchSee all my reviews

Although the miniseries title and episodes focus on the life of John Adams, the strength of the film lies in the exceptional ensemble cast. It was impressive to see such giants as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin, as well as the lesser known individuals, truly inhabited by the actors.

The challenge of the series was to breathe life into those stories and lives we know so well. The filmmakers worked closely to David McCullough's outstanding book for the details, along with the human side of the story captured in the voluminous correspondence of John and Abigail Adams. The political, military, and personal issues were all thoughtfully brought to life. The design values of the film were also superb. Nothing looked stagy or stilted in the sets and costumes, which provided an unusual authenticity of period style for television drama. With each appearance of George Washington (David Morse), it was hard not to gasp due to the believability of his character.

The drama of America's breaking from England for independence was an improbable story and one dependent on the courage and idealism of the individuals portrayed in this film. The personalities of these great figures make this program an accessible and rewarding experience for the entire family. For the patient viewer, what emerges from the John Adams miniseries is not merely a history lesson, but a drama with great relevance today. Simply put, we need more people in our country right now just like John and Abigail Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Knox, and, above all, the ordinary human beings heroically portrayed in this fine film!


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USA

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English

Release Date:

16 March 2008 (USA) See more »

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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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