John Adams (TV Mini-Series 2008)

TV Mini-Series   |  TV-14   |    |  Biography, Drama, History

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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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  • Paul Giamatti in John Adams (2008)
  • John Adams (2008)
  • Greg Pronko and Jeffrey Mowery in John Adams (2008)
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  • John Adams (2008)
  • Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti in John Adams (2008)

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20 March 2008 | jmdstern
| Everyone should watch
Given the current state of affairs, everyone should make time to watch this mini-series. It's refreshing to know that people though imperfect truly cared about the true nature of freedom. The actors do an outstanding job of portraying the flavor of the times, and the souls of their characters. For most of us the Declaration of Independence is taken for granted. It's wonderful to see how many struggled to unify this country and by no means was the thinking unanimous. I love Jefferson and his quiet nature, resorting to words on paper more comfortably than speaking in public.

For as much as I thought I knew about John Adams I'm finding I didn't know him at all. Pay close attention to the courtroom scenes and thank the stars that court room behavior has evolved since then. I'd hate to have to testify in an environment like that.

Watch this series and hope that some of our politicians today are watching too. I would hope that it might spark something inside them that has been buried in todays hypocrites

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To this date (2014), this is the most awarded Miniseries at the Emmy Awards, winning 13 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special, Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie - John Adams: Independence (2008), Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special - John Adams: Reunion (2008), Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special - John Adams: Don't Tread on Me (2008), Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie - John Adams: Don't Tread on Me (2008), Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special - John Adams: Join or Die (2008), Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - John Adams: Independence (2008), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Tom Wilkinson, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Laura Linney, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Paul Giamatti and Outstanding Miniseries.


John Hancock: God save the King.
Samuel Adams: God damn the King!
Benjamin Franklin: God bless the King. Who else could've brought such a spirit of unity to the Congress?


In at least two episodes the word "escalate" is used. This word was not coined until the early 20th Century, and did not see common usage until the 1960s.


By William Billings


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Biography | Drama | History

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