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The Adams Chronicles 

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Ambitious multipart PBS production that brings to life five generations of one of America's leading political and historical families. It traces their lives from John Adams early years as a... See full summary »

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Virginia Kassel
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1976  
Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Tim Wilson ...  John Adams II - younger 7 episodes, 1976
Michael O'Hare ...  Richard Cranch 6 episodes, 1976
W.B. Brydon W.B. Brydon ...  Samuel Adams 6 episodes, 1976
Allan Carlsen Allan Carlsen ...  John Adams II 6 episodes, 1976
M'el Dowd M'el Dowd ...  Madame Brillon 6 episodes, 1976
George Grizzard ...  John Adams 6 episodes, 1976
George Hearn ...  Henry Clay 6 episodes, 1976
Patrick Horgan ...  Lord Howe 6 episodes, 1976
Katharine Houghton ...  Nabby 6 episodes, 1976
Jeffrey Jones 6 episodes, 1976
K.C. Ligon ...  Fanny 6 episodes, 1976
Lisa Lucas ...  Abigail 'Nabby' Adams II 6 episodes, 1976
Nancy Marchand ...  Mrs. Smith 6 episodes, 1976
Pamela Payton-Wright Pamela Payton-Wright ...  Louisa Catherine Adams 6 episodes, 1976
Jean-Pierre Stewart Jean-Pierre Stewart ...  Alexis de Toqueville 6 episodes, 1976
Wesley Addy ...  Andrew Jackson 5 episodes, 1976
William Daniels ...  John Quincy Adams 5 episodes, 1976
Curt Dawson Curt Dawson ...  John Hancock 5 episodes, 1976
William Shust William Shust ...  Patrick Henry 5 episodes, 1976
John Tillinger John Tillinger ...  King George III 5 episodes, 1976
Michael Tolan ...  Narrator / ... 5 episodes, 1976
Kathryn Walker ...  Abigail Smith Adams 5 episodes, 1976
David Birney ...  John Quincy Adams 4 episodes, 1976
David Elliott ...  George Washington Adams / ... 4 episodes, 1976
Albert Stratton Albert Stratton ...  Thomas Jefferson 4 episodes, 1976
John Beal ...  Charles Francis Adams 3 episodes, 1976
Peter Brandon Peter Brandon ...  Henry Adams 3 episodes, 1976
Henry Butler Henry Butler ...  James Monroe 3 episodes, 1976
Nancy Coleman ...  Abigail Brooks Adams 3 episodes, 1976
Leora Dana ...  Abigail Smith Adams (age 44-74) 3 episodes, 1976
Thomas A. Stewart Thomas A. Stewart ...  Charles Francis Adams 3 episodes, 1976
Tom Aldredge ...  James McHenry 2 episodes, 1976
Maureen Anderman Maureen Anderman ...  Mary Cathering Hellen (Older) 2 episodes, 1976
Susan Bjurman Susan Bjurman ...  Fanny Adams 2 episodes, 1976
Peter Coffield ...  George Washington Adams / ... 2 episodes, 1976
Patricia Elliott ...  Minnie Adams 2 episodes, 1976
Paul Hecht Paul Hecht ...  Jay Gould 2 episodes, 1976
Ken Kercheval ...  James Madison 2 episodes, 1976
Robert Phalen ...  John C. Calhoun 2 episodes, 1976
J.C. Powell J.C. Powell ...  Charles Adams 2 episodes, 1976
Nicholas Pryor ...  John Quincy Adams II 2 episodes, 1976
Reid Shelton ...  Timothy Pickering 2 episodes, 1976
Charles Siebert ...  Charles Francis Adams II 2 episodes, 1976
Jeremiah Sullivan Jeremiah Sullivan ...  Alexander Hamilton 2 episodes, 1976
Robert Symonds ...  Benjamin Franklin 2 episodes, 1976
Tom Tammi ...  Thomas Adams 2 episodes, 1976
Charles Tenney Charles Tenney ...  Brooks Adams 2 episodes, 1976
Mark Winkworth Mark Winkworth ...  John Quincy Adams 2 episodes, 1976
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Ambitious multipart PBS production that brings to life five generations of one of America's leading political and historical families. It traces their lives from John Adams early years as a colonial Boston attorney to the rise in prominence of Brookes Adams in the fields of political and social philosophy. This mini looks into their triumphs and tragedies, exploring their genius and profound social conscience. Written by CD

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Drama | History

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Trivia

William Daniels, who plays the elder John Quincy Adams on this series, first played the role of his father, John Adams, in the Broadway and movie versions of the musical "1776". See more »

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Version of John Adams: Unnecessary War (2008) See more »

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Excellent Series, but hard-to-get
2 March 2005 | by danandersonSee all my reviews

I've also seen "The Adams Chronicles" in the mid-1970s when I was a College Student. I've skimmed through the published Adams Papers, witch lots of letters between Abigail and John Adams, and the series has captured the flavor of the Adams, with their love and intellectual exchanges with each other.

John Adams may have a lot to learn about good PR, but Abigail must have been one of the smartest and well-informed first ladies the US has ever had.

I wish I could buy the video series, but there appears to be none available. The film apparently is available in far-off university libraries throughout the country.


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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

20 January 1976 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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