Synopses & Reviews
is a sprawling HBO miniseries event that depicts the extraordinary life and times of one of America's least understood and most underestimated founding fathers: the second President of the United States.
Starring Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Cinderella Man, American Spendor) in the title role and Laura Linney (You Can Count on Me, Kinsey) as Adams' devoted wife Abigail, John Adams chronicles the extraordinary life journey of one of the primary shapers of our independence and government, whose legacy has often been eclipsed by more flamboyant contemporaries like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and Benjamin Franklin.
Set against the backdrop of a nation's stormy birth, this sweeping miniseries is a moving love story, a gripping narrative, and a fascinating study of human nature. Above all, at a time when the nation is increasingly polarized politically, this story celebrates the shared values of liberty and freedom upon which this country was built.
"John Adams is the kind of classily intelligent production that can be happily recommended to everybody. The filmmakers, including executive producer Tom Hanks, have attempted to re-create and enliven history and they succeed grandly." Tom Shales, The Washington Post
"John Adams, a $100 million-plus production about the life and times of America's second president, is one of the most compelling miniseries of the decade." The Baltimore Sun
"A rich, intelligent and often moving miniseries." LA Weekly
"Who says TV doesn't make history thought-provokingly exciting?" Entertainment Weekly
"It manages to be a rousing piece of filmmaking, a fascinating character study and a largely accurate presentation of the time when America was born." San Jose Mercury News