Benjamin Franklin 2002 | TV Show Watchlist

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).

Guest Cast

Blair Brown Jane Mecon