Season 1, Episode 1 Independence (1765-1776)

First Aired: January 12, 2003

“Independence” (Part 1 of 16) begins with the Boston Tea Party and ends in the summer of 1776, when “something happened that would change the world forever,” says narrator Katie Couric. Voices include Michael Caine (William Pitt ), John Goodman (Benjamin Harrison), Tom Hanks (Paul Revere), Anthony Hopkins (George Washington ), Kevin Kline (Thomas Jefferson), John Lithgow (Benjamin Rush), Brad Pitt (George Hewes), Martin Sheen (John Adams) and Meryl Streep (Abigail Adams).

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  • Premiered: January 12, 2003
  • Rating: TV-G
  • Premise: A 16-part history of the U.S., as told by historical figures (noted actors supply the voices), plus occasional commentary. Based on books by Joy Hakim. (more)

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