John Adams: Miniseries (2008)


Miniseries
John Adams

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Elegantly shot and relatively educational, John Adams is a worthy addition to the genre -- though its casting leaves something to be desired.

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Episodes

Air date: Mar 16, 2008

After the Boston Massacre, John Adams agrees to serve as defense attorney for the accused British soldiers; several years later, he joins the Continental Congress.

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Air date: Mar 16, 2008

Adams nominates George Washington to lead the newly formed Continental Army; Thomas Jefferson drafts the Declaration of Independence; Congress votes to declare independence from England.

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Air date: Mar 23, 2008

Adams and Jefferson visit France to gain financial and military support for America's Revolutionary War effort; Adams falls victim to an illness.

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Air date: Mar 30, 2008

John and Abigail reunite in Paris; he goes to London as America's first minister to Britain, then must deal with family concerns upon his return to Boston.

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Air date: Apr 6, 2008

Adams becomes the country's first vice president; the ongoing conflict between the British and the French strains Adams' friendship with Jefferson; Adams is elected president in 1796.

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Air date: Apr 13, 2008

President Adams tries desperately to keep the nation out of war; Adams disowns his alcoholic son, Charles; Jefferson claims the presidency after Adams fails to win a second term.

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Air date: Apr 20, 2008

While in retirement, Adams begins to write his memoirs, corresponds with Jefferson after a series of personal tragedies, and lives to see his son John Quincy become president.

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Cast & Crew

Paul Giamatti
John Adams

Actor
Laura Linney
Abigail Adams

Actor
Stephen Dillane
Thomas Jefferson

Actor
Danny Huston
Samuel Adams

Actor
Tom Wilkinson
Benjamin Franklin

Actor
Sarah Polley
Abigail Adams Smith

Actor
David Morse
George Washington

Actor
Rufus Sewell
Alexander Hamilton

Guest Star
Justin Theroux
John Hancock

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John Dossett
Benjamin Rush

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Judith Magre
Madame Helvétius

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Ebon Moss-Bachrach
John Quincy Adams

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Samuel Barnett
Thomas Adams

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Steven Hinkle
Young John Quincy Adams

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Andrew Scott
Colonel William Smith

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Madeline Taylor
Young Nabby Adams

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Mamie Gummer
Sally Smith Adams

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Kevin Trainor
Charles Adams

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Brennan Brown
Robert Treat Paine

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Tom Beckett
Elbridge Gerry

Guest Star
Tom Hanks
Executive Producer
Gary Goetzman
Executive Producer
Kirk Ellis
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for John Adams: Miniseries

Audience Reviews for John Adams: Miniseries

  • 5d ago
    This is a masterpiece of film making. My family including my 5th and 6th Grandfathers fought at Breeds Hill mostly in hand to hand combat at the point of bayonet that day and throughout the Revolutionary War. It's very humbling to see what the men of that age went through to fight for something and rather die than to not be able to live free. This country has a brave and bloody history I respect all those men for having the courage to take a stand for their convictions.
  • Nov 15, 2021
    Worst movie I've ever seen -- such a drag.
  • Sep 06, 2021
    This series is excellent in almost every way. It could have been enhanced with more war scenes showing fighting during the Revolutionary War. Although I wasn't ecstatic to find out Paul Giamatti was the lead, he did a fine job.
  • Aug 24, 2021
    It's really good if you don't mind the two leads. Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti are not fir for the roles, especially given their slipping accents. It's distracting how often they change or revert back to modern American. Their dialogue is delivered in a stilted and unnatural way. While I can't say for certain how the real life Adamses would have talked, I'm sure it would have been slightly less stiff than that presented by these two actors. Giamatti acts rather like an angry buffoon than the statesman, and Linney's go-to style of acting is "look like I'm going to cry" and/or crying. The rest of the cast is really pretty good, and the costumes, set pieces, and music are really good. I'm not sure why they employed so many dutch angles... Instead of adding something to the scenes, they were oddly placed.
  • May 19, 2021
    I'm sorry, "elegantly shot"? I just had to comment on this statement in Rotten Tomatoes' summary. The excessive use of extreme dutch angles is only distracting and too frequent to have the desired impact on any scene which might have benefited from the technique if done elegantly. This blurb is all backwards. The acting was actually very good, especially Laura Linney.
  • Apr 24, 2021
    The key character was Thomas Jefferson who wrote the Declaration of Independence, although this is not apparent in this series. Benjamin Franklin takes much credit for things he didn't do. His personality made him too untrustworthy to be allowed to write the Declaration of Independence. This series could have been shorter as it seemed like a soap opera at times. John Adams turned out to be a very boring character. Abigail Adam's character does much to make up for this. Their bedroom scene lacks authenticity as they were shown naked instead of in nightgown & nightshirt which would be accurate for that era.
  • Dec 29, 2020
    An accurate and entertaining miniseries that covers the life of John Adams
  • Nov 21, 2018
    This is a wonderful Mini Series! Very well acted & fantastic writing, this series will definitely keep you entertained. Each actor is perfect for their roles. I recommend this Mini Series if youre looking for something to binge watch & especially if youre a history lover like myself! It says A LOT for me to give a 5 Stars for a rating!
  • Aug 06, 2018
    A must have atch for any american. GReat mini series

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