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John Adams 

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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 #222 | Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 47 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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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 6 episodes, 2008
Sarah Polley ...  Nabby Adams / ... 4 episodes, 2008
Samuel Barnett ...  Thomas Adams 4 episodes, 2008
David Morse ...  George Washington 4 episodes, 2008
Andrew Scott ...  Colonel William Smith 4 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 2 episodes, 2008
John Keating ...  Timothy Pickering 2 episodes, 2008
Thomas Langston Thomas Langston ...  Young Thomas Adams 2 episodes, 2008
Timmy Sherrill Timmy Sherrill ...  Attorney General Charles Lee / ... 2 episodes, 2008
Lucas N. Hall ...  Bostonian Townsperson / ... 2 episodes, 2008
James Judice ...  Boston Citizen / ... 2 episodes, 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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In his 2016 book "Hamilton: The Revolution," Lin-Manuel Miranda writes that the scene in this movie in which Adams meets King George III was an inspiration for the character of King George III in his musical Hamilton--and especially an inspiration for some lyrics in King George's third song, "I Know Him": "John Adams!? / I know him / That can't be / That's that little guy who spoke to me / All those years ago / What was it, eighty-five?" Regarding these lyrics, Miranda writes in "Hamilton: The Revolution," "I'm just taking it as a given that everyone watched the John Adams miniseries on HBO. The scene between Adams and King George in that film is my favorite scene in the whole series." See more »

Goofs

In episode #4, Adams returns home to the U.S and to his new house, Peacefield, from his stint as Foreign Minister to Great Britain. At Peacefield his daughter, Nabby, is courted by Colonel Smith. In reality, they met in England and were married there during John Adams's time as Foreign Minister. Nabby and Smith were married in 1786 and Adams returned from England in 1788. 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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Worthy of Golden Globe, Emmy
7 April 2008 | by helmuthwilliamSee all my reviews

The only t.v. dramas (historical or otherwise) that I would watch was Masterpiece Theatre because they were mostly British made and classy. Now we have something to rival anything that Masterpiece Theatre put out: John Adams. First, the theme music is first rate slowing building up to a quiet crescendo. Second, the photography is of a theatrical release quality. The set and production values are first rate: you feel as if you are in the scenery and living at that time of our history. The makeup and costumes are historically correct or close to it. Finally, what superb acting by Giamatti and the great Laura Linney and the supporting actors are fine. In fact, I can not find a fault with this mini-series so far.I look forward to watching every Sunday on HBO. I agree with others who say this will win Golden Globe and Emmy Awards. For anyone who says this is boring or lacking bloodshed and violence, I say: "Your ignorance is beneath my contempt" - John Adams, 1777( to Samuel Furlong who told Adams that the 'Declaration of Independency would be the death warrant of the colonies."


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Джон Адамс See more »

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Hungary See more »

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