Season 1, Episode 1 Let the Experiment Be Made
First Aired: November 19, 2002
Chronicling the life and achievements of America's revolutionary genius in his own words (plus those of a parade of historians). Part 1: “Let the Experiment Be Made,” charts Franklin's first 47 years (he was born in 1706), a period that saw the birth of the Enlightenment. Franklin took it to heart, writing aphorisms based on it in his “Poor Richard's Almanack” and making life easier for his fellow Philadelphians by thinking up such things as public libraries and a volunteer fire department. Then there was electricity. Richard Easton plays Franklin (Dylan Baker plays a younger Franklin).
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- Premiered: November 19, 2002
- Rating: TV-G
- Premise: The life and achievements of America's revolutionary genius are chronciled in his own words (plus those of a parade of historians). Produced by the production team responsible for the 1997 PBS series `Liberty! The American Revolution.' (more)