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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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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 story of the most fabled political family in American history. 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)

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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (some sequences)

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Actors Barry Pepper and Tom Wilkinson later co-starred together in The Lone Ranger (2013). See more »

Goofs

When "Dr. Feelgood" is injecting Jackie Kennedy the camera shows him withdrawing the needle. As the needle exits her skin, you can see it is a flat spring loaded "Special effects" needle and not a real hypodermic needle. See more »

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Featured in The Making of the Kennedys (2011) See more »

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While not 100% accurate this is still a fantastic series full of amazing acting, a must watch even for non history buffs. I say A
15 September 2011 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"Your name is Kennedy & Kennedy's never come second." The controversial mini-series passed on by the History Channel that shows the highlights of the life of JFK (Kinnear) and RFK (Pepper). Beginning with the family preparing for election night and following them, with flashbacks, until the assassination of Bobby. Being a huge history buff, and more specifically a Kennedy buff I was very much interested in this. When I saw Greg Kinnear and Barry Pepper playing the roles of Jack and Bobby I was excited to see them in this. I was not disappointed at all. While some of the events were not exactly as they happened (Joe finding out about the assassination for one) this is still a very good account of the life of the men. Being a mini series and so much to cover almost all of the events are glossed over quickly, (the Cuban Missle Crisis is begun and finished in 42 minutes) but the important aspects are in this. The acting is fantastic from everyone, and the casting is perfect, much like Jaoquin Phoenix in "Walk The Line" no make up (besides the hair) was used and you swear that Kinnear is actually JFK. I can see why the History Channel did pass on this series though in the fact that it's not 100% accurate, but this is very much worth watching. This can easily stand up to (and in my opinion surpasses) the "John Adams" series. Overall, a fantastic award worthy series. Both for the series and the acting. Biggest problem with awards will be who to give supporting award to...Pepper or Wilkinson. Watch this! I give it an A.

Would I watch again? - I will buy this.

*Also try - Thirteen Days


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