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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Critic Ratings: 37

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User Ratings: 21

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Air date: Mar 16, 2008

The aftermath of the Boston Massacre in 1770 cements John Adams' reputation as a crusader for justice, and he is invited to join the Continental Congress in Philadelphia.

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Air date: Mar 16, 2008

British attacks on Lexington and Concord in 1775 spur debate among the Continental Congress, but Adams' arguments on behalf of Massachusetts---and independence---are met with skepticism by some of his colleagues.

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Air date: Mar 23, 2008

John Adams and Benjamin Franklin travel to France to land support for the colonists' revolt against England. But after mixed results in Paris, Adams continues on to Holland on a similar mission.

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Air date: Mar 30, 2008

In 1781, while recovering from an illness in Holland, Adams is informed of Cornwallis's surrender to Washington and is eventually reunited with Abigail in Paris. Later, Adams meets King George III while serving as ambassador to England, finally returns home to Boston and his now-grown children, and considers a position in the new government.

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Air date: Apr 6, 2008

Now serving as vice president, Adams is dismayed by his inconsequential role in the government, and finds his friendship with Jefferson suffering as a result of the conflict between England and France. In 1797, Adams succeeds Washington as president, but needs Abigail's help to make sense of this important position and the future of the country.

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Air date: Apr 13, 2008

As president, Adams tries to keep the U.S. out of war with France. But his retention of Washington's cabinet and his support for the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 cause much controversy and effectively end his bond with Jefferson; Adams is bitter after the death of one of his sons, but sets his sights on reelection after moving to the country's new capital city.

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Air date: Apr 20, 2008

In the series finale, a retired Adams begins work on his memoirs. Despite several family tragedies, he also embarks on mending his friendship with Jefferson through a series of letters and lives long enough to see his son John Quincy become president.

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Critic Reviews for John Adams Miniseries

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (27)

Quite simply, as good as TV gets.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

John Adams succeeds... as a compelling drama built largely on big ideas and bold assertions of same. But its heart and soul come from the steadfast and timeless love of an oft-absent husband and a stalwart wife.

May 21, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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There are moments when John Adams stirs up the passion its author clearly had for the subject... but too often it's just as muddy and dull as its subject was accused of being.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Wife Abigail emerges as the more riveting figure, thanks to Laura Linney's lovely, thoughtful performance.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

So much more than dress-up portraiture... Conveys a daunting, haunting sense of personal risks taken and disaster averted.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

This Franklin enlivens the painterly prettiness and dutiful solemnity of John Adams with a healthy sense of the vulgar, as in the vernacular, as in the native voice of America.

Apr 24, 2018 | Full Review…
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With Paul Giamatti filling John Adams' shoes, this seven-episode miniseries did wonders to increase our understanding of this crucial period in western history.

Aug 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Giamatti is absolutely sensational as Adams.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Even for history buffs who know the broad strokes of Adams' story, HBO's miniseries manages to create tension even in talky scenes that, if they occurred today, would air live on C-SPAN.

May 21, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Bursting with one surprise after another.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Once the required establishment of the particulars and key players of the era are out of the way, John Adams takes on a life of its own and ceases to be a stuffy, chest thumping biopic.

May 21, 2018 | Rating: 8.4/10 | Full Review…

It is a character-driven tour through over 50 years of crucial American history, told with style and intelligence.

May 21, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for John Adams: Miniseries

  • 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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