John Adams: Miniseries (2008)

John Adams

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 37

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Mar 16, 2008
Air date: Mar 16, 2008
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Air date: Mar 30, 2008
Air date: Apr 6, 2008
Air date: Apr 13, 2008
Air date: Apr 20, 2008

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Paul Giamatti
as John Adams
Laura Linney
as Abigail Adams
David Morse
as George Washington
Sarah Polley
as Abigail 'Nabby' Adams
Rufus Sewell
as Alexander Hamilton
Justin Theroux
as John Hancock
Tom Wilkinson
as Benjamin Franklin
Danny Huston
as Samuel Adams
Clancy O'Connor
as Edward Rutledge
Ebon Moss-Bachrach
as John Quincy Adams
Stephen Dillane
as Thomas Jefferson
Kevin Trainor
as Charles Adams (Adult)
Samuel Barnett
as Thomas Adams (Adult)
Andrew Scott
as Col. William Smith
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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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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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