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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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Series cast summary:
...  Jack Kennedy 8 episodes, 2011
...  Bobby Kennedy 8 episodes, 2011
...  Jackie Kennedy 8 episodes, 2011
...  Joe Kennedy Sr. 8 episodes, 2011
...  Rose Kennedy 8 episodes, 2011
...  Ethel Kennedy 8 episodes, 2011
...  Agent Abraham Bolden 5 episodes, 2011
Janelle Hutchison ...  Evelyn Lincoln 5 episodes, 2011
...  Michelle 4 episodes, 2011
...  Sam Giancana 4 episodes, 2011
...  Caroline Kennedy 4 episodes, 2011
...  Ann Gargan 4 episodes, 2011
...  Robert McNamara 4 episodes, 2011
Don Allison ...  Lyndon Johnson 3 episodes, 2011
...  General Thomas Bennett 3 episodes, 2011
...  McGeorge Bundy 3 episodes, 2011
...  J. Edgar Hoover 3 episodes, 2011
...  Letitia Baldrige 3 episodes, 2011
...  Dr. Max Jacobson 3 episodes, 2011
Tedde Moore ...  Mrs. Shaw 3 episodes, 2011
Eliza Preston ...  Caroline Kennedy 2 episodes, 2011
...  Cynthia 2 episodes, 2011
Glen Gaston ...  Dean Rusk 2 episodes, 2011
...  Judy Campbell 2 episodes, 2011


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 »


Drama | History | Romance


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Release Date:

3 April 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Kennedys  »

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(8 parts)

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| (some sequences)

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16:9 HD
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Lead stars Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes previously guest-starred together in The Gift (2000). See more »


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 »


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Wonderful - entertaining & enjoyable
18 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

I have always been fascinated with the Kennedy family & over the years have read & seen so much about them. This series was wonderful - very entertaining & extremely well written. A lot has been said about the acting & I too was watching with a critical eye. I have to say the acting was excellent! I found myself totally engrossed in watching the story line which of course I know so well. I was captivated by how each & every actor was able to portray such a likeness to their real life character. This was indeed enhanced by the stupendous job by the make-up & costume department! Katie Holmes in particular had an extremely difficult role to play, but what an amazing job she did! I truly enjoyed this fabulous series!

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