John Adams

John Adams

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He is one of America's least understood and most underestimated Founding Fathers, the second President of the United States, John Adams. This sprawling seven-part miniseries event depicts the extraordinary life of one of the primary shapers of our independence and government. Starring Paul Giamatti as Adams and Laura Linney as his wife Abigail, the miniseries chronicles the man who played a pivotal role in fostering the American Revolution and laying the building blocks of a republic--but whose legacy has often been eclipsed by more flamboyant contemporaries like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin. Also with Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Dillane, David Morse, Danny Huston, Rufus Sewell, Sarah Polley, Justin Theroux and Guy Henry.
He is one of America's least understood and most underestimated Founding Fathers, the second President of the United States, John Adams. This sprawling seven-part miniseries event depicts the extraordinary life of one of the primary shapers of our independence and government. Starring Paul Giamatti as Adams and Laura Linney as his wife Abigail, the miniseries chronicles the man who played a pivotal role in fostering the American Revolution and laying the building blocks of a republic--but whose legacy has often been eclipsed by more flamboyant contemporaries like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin. Also with Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Dillane, David Morse, Danny Huston, Rufus Sewell, Sarah Polley, Justin Theroux and Guy Henry.

Season 1 (7 episodes)

  • 1. Part 1: Join or Die

    Original air date: 03/16/2008 Runtime: 70:45 min.

    Original air date: 03/16/2008 Runtime: 70:45 min. Boston, 1770. In the aftermath of the Boston Massacre, John Adams takes an unpopular stand by defending the accused soldiers. Counseled by his beloved wife Abigail, Adams wins the case. Later, Adams is invited to join the new Continental Congress.

  • 2. Part 2: Independence

    Original air date: 03/16/2008 Runtime: 91:51 min.

    Original air date: 03/16/2008 Runtime: 91:51 min. Following a fruitless session of the Continental Congress, a sabbatical at Adams' Braintree farm is disrupted by news of the siege of Lexington and Concord. Later, he jousts with delegates on the idea of independence.

  • 3. Part 3: Don't Tread On Me

    Original air date: 03/23/2008 Runtime: 68:55 min.

    Original air date: 03/23/2008 Runtime: 68:55 min. 1777. A new period of separation from Abigail looms when Adams is appointed Minister Plenipotentiary to France along with Benjamin Franklin. Abigail insists that Adams take along their son, John Quincy.

  • 4. Part 4: Reunion

    Original air date: 03/30/2008 Runtime: 65:57 min.

    Original air date: 03/30/2008 Runtime: 65:57 min. 1781. Convalescing in Holland, Adams joyously learns the British surrendered to Washington at Yorktown; later, he and Abigail reunite in his opulent mansion in Paris.

  • 5. Part 5: Unite or Die

    Original air date: 04/06/2008 Runtime: 63:35 min.

    Original air date: 04/06/2008 Runtime: 63:35 min. Elected America's first Vice President, Adams is scolded by Abigail for his vanity, and is frustrated by his exclusion from President Washington's inner circle.

  • 6. Part 6: Unnecessary War

    Original air date: 04/13/2008 Runtime: 79:22 min.

    Original air date: 04/13/2008 Runtime: 79:22 min. Abandoned by Jefferson for retaining Washington's cabinet, President Adams holds firm on keeping the nation out of war, despite French aggression and pro-war sentiment among his advisors.

  • 7. Part 7: Peacefield

    Original air date: 04/20/2008 Runtime: 62:20 min.

    Original air date: 04/20/2008 Runtime: 62:20 min. In retirement, Adams starts writing his memoirs, then endures a series of tragedies. At the urging of Dr. Rush, Adams reports the sad news to Jefferson, with the two old friends and adversaries taking solace in a correspondence that mends old wounds.