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John Adams

A seven-part adaptation of David McCullough's biography of Founding Father and second U.S. president, John Adams.

Premiered: March 16, 2008

Rating: TV-PG

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In retirement, Adams starts writing his memoirs, then endures a series of tragedies when his daughter Nabby dies of cancer and, a few years later, Abigail succumbs to typhoid fever. At the urging of Dr. Rush, Adams reports the sad news to Jefferson, with the two old friends and adversaries taking solace in a correspondence that mends old wounds and lasts the rest of their lives. On July 4, 1826, having lived to see his son John Quincy become President, 90-year-old John Adams dies on the 50th anniversary of the ratification of the Declaration of Independence--and on the very same day as Jefferson. On his deathbed, Adams utters, 'Thomas Jefferson survives.'

Part 6: Unnecessary War Season 1, Episode 6 Apr 13, 2008 Subscription

Abandoned by Jefferson for retaining Washington's cabinet, President Adams holds firm on keeping the nation out of war, despite French aggression and pro-war sentiment among his advisors.

Part 5: Unite or Die Season 1, Episode 5 Apr 6, 2008 Subscription

Elected America's first Vice President, Adams is scolded by Abigail for his vanity, and is frustrated by his exclusion from President Washington's inner circle.

Reunion Season 1, Episode 4 Mar 30, 2008 Paid

1781. Convalescing in Holland, Adams joyously learns the British surrendered to Washington at Yorktown. The Dutch now generously open their pockets to Adams and America. Returning to France to secure commerce with other nations, Adams sends for Abigail, and the two reunite in his opulent mansion in Paris. Also arriving is Jefferson, who suffered a catastrophic loss with the deaths of his wife and daughter in the same year. Both Jefferson and Abigail fall under Paris' healing spell. But a missive from America sends Adams to London as the nation's first Ambassador to Britain, while Jefferson replaces Franklin in Paris. In London, Adams has a memorable meeting with King George III. With a new federal government about to be elected in America, Adams and Abigail finally return to Boston, where Adams is given a hero's welcome. Though he vows to remain providentially unemployed, Adams soon realizes that he and Abigail weren't meant to sit in the shade of life.

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