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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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 Benjamin Rush 6 episodes, 2008
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 Thomas Adams 4 episodes, 2008
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 Colonel William Smith 4 episodes, 2008
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 John Quincy Adams 3 episodes, 2008
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 Young John Quincy Adams 3 episodes, 2008
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 Young Nabby Adams 3 episodes, 2008
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 Sally Smith Adams 3 episodes, 2008
Kevin Trainor ...
 Charles Adams 3 episodes, 2008
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 Young Charles Adams 3 episodes, 2008
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 Madame Helvétius 2 episodes, 2008
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 Robert Treat Paine 2 episodes, 2008
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 Elbridge Gerry 2 episodes, 2008
Jules Croiset ...
 Second Dutch Banker 2 episodes, 2008
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 Dutch Man 2 episodes, 2008
Lex van Delden ...
 First Dutch Banker 2 episodes, 2008
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 Timothy Pickering 2 episodes, 2008
Thomas Langston ...
 Young Thomas Adams 2 episodes, 2008
Timmy Sherrill ...
 Attorney General Charles Lee / ... 2 episodes, 2008
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 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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Until 1916, presidents wrote out their 'Annual Message to Congress' and had it read into the Congressional Record. This tradition was started by Jefferson who felt that the president addressing Congress was too much like the British king addressing Parliament. Both Washington and Adams had on occasion spoken directly to Congress and Jefferson felt it showed the 'monarchical' leanings of the Federalists. See more »

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The Second Episode "Independence" of the series has the "First Congress" meeting in 1775. They actually met briefly in 1774. It was the "Second Continental Congress who met in 1775 and STAYED in session until 1781 (the end of the war). See more »

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Benjamin Franklin: You are a guest in Philadelphia. Fish, and guests, stink after three days.
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Historical Drama at Its Finest!
16 March 2008 | by See 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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