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The Kennedys 

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The triumphs and tragedies of the most popular political family in American history.
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2011  
Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 13 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Greg Kinnear ...  Jack Kennedy 8 episodes, 2011
Barry Pepper ...  Bobby Kennedy 8 episodes, 2011
Katie Holmes ...  Jackie Kennedy 8 episodes, 2011
Tom Wilkinson ...  Joe Kennedy Sr. 8 episodes, 2011
Diana Hardcastle ...  Rose Kennedy 8 episodes, 2011
Kristin Booth ...  Ethel Kennedy 8 episodes, 2011
Rothaford Gray ...  Agent Abraham Bolden 5 episodes, 2011
Janelle Hutchison Janelle Hutchison ...  Evelyn Lincoln 5 episodes, 2011
Rachel Wilson ...  Michelle 4 episodes, 2011
Serge Houde ...  Sam Giancana 4 episodes, 2011
Ava Preston ...  Caroline Kennedy 4 episodes, 2011
Angela Besharah ...  Ann Gargan 4 episodes, 2011
Jonathan Whittaker ...  Robert McNamara 4 episodes, 2011
Don Allison Don Allison ...  Lyndon Johnson 3 episodes, 2011
Barry Flatman ...  General Thomas Bennett 3 episodes, 2011
Dan Lett ...  McGeorge Bundy 3 episodes, 2011
Enrico Colantoni ...  J. Edgar Hoover 3 episodes, 2011
Jane Moffat ...  Letitia Baldrige 3 episodes, 2011
John Bourgeois ...  Dr. Max Jacobson 3 episodes, 2011
Tedde Moore Tedde Moore ...  Mrs. Shaw 3 episodes, 2011
Eliza Preston Eliza Preston ...  Caroline Kennedy 2 episodes, 2011
Kristin Adams ...  Cynthia 2 episodes, 2011
Glen Gaston Glen Gaston ...  Dean Rusk 2 episodes, 2011
Megan Vincent ...  Judy Campbell 2 episodes, 2011
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The story of the most fabled political family in American history, told in a manner similar to The Godfather: a manipulative, egocentric father determined to live out his own ambitions through his sons, who in turn spent their lives dancing to his tune while at the same time trying to stand on their own. This is history through personality - the tangled relationships through which paint a picture of one of the most turbulent periods of the modern age. Viewers will be upstairs at the White House, not in the Cabinet Room. Through iconic events in history - the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil rights struggle, the mob connection - viewers will learn about the lesser known, yet critical personal stories. Written by History Channel Publicity

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The triumphs and the tragedies of America's greatest dynasty. See more »

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Drama | History | Romance

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Kennedys See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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(8 parts)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (some sequences)

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

The TV miniseries was originally produced by the History Channel, only to be ultimately shelved due to unsuitability issues, further compounded by the Kennedy family's apparent dissatisfaction with the series. Eventually the mini-series was picked up by the Albuquerque-based ReelzChannel whose on-air personalities include movie aficionados Leonard Maltin and Richard Roeper. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the mini-series, Robert, while serving as Attorney General, is addressed verbally as "General". Although Attorneys General are addressed as General, this is done only when they appear or are referred to in either a U.S. Federal Court or the U.S. Supreme Court. Outside of these courts, protocol dictates that the AG is addressed as either "Attorney General" or "Mr. Attorney General". See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.1 (2011) See more »

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An engrossing story, well told
5 September 2011 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

A dialogue-driven, eight part drama miniseries charting the rise and fall of the Kennedy family in American politics. The main draw is JFK and the story of his ascendancy and eventual downfall, but it turns out the real star of the show is his father Joe, a character exposed as an utterly ruthless manipulator as the plot unfolds.

I'll admit that the first couple of episodes left me a little cold, depicting a bunch of characters it's difficult to care about at first. Once I was hooked, though, I was hooked, and Joe's hunger for power is every bit as engaging as that of Caesar or Henry VIII. Tom Wilkinson, still best known for his cuddly roles in the likes of THE FULL MONTY, is unrecognisable and outstanding in the role, a true test of his talent as an actor.

Greg Kinnear and Barry Pepper equally shine as the Kennedy brothers, each actor bringing likability to his part without neglecting the various character defects. Katie Holmes is uncanny as Jackie. The historical backdrop is well realised, with such dramas as the Bag of Pigs fiasco, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the civil rights struggle adding plenty of meat to the storyline, and I was alternatively gripped, disgusted, moved and surprised as the story reached its culmination. THE KENNEDYS is a piece of well-made drama and TV at the top of its game.


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