The Adams Chronicles

The Adams Chronicles

DVD - 2008
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Television mini-series that dramatizes four generations of Adamses and 150 years of American history from the birth of the Revolution through the Gilded Age. Meet John Adams, a passionate revolutionary and second president; John Quincy Adams, proud son of a famous father and sixth president; Charles Francis Adams, skillful minister to Great Britain during the Civil War; historian Henry Adams; and railroad magnate Charles Francis Adams, Jr. Going beyond politics, this mini-series portrays these men as husbands, fathers, brothers, sons, as well as leaders.
Publisher: Silver Spring, MD : Distributed by Acorn Media, [2008]
Edition: Full screen
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (ca. 780 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 program guide (12 p.)


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Jun 30, 2018

Although this mini-series, (created by PBS/WNET in New York in the 1970's), did not have the much bigger budget of HBO's later series, "John Adams", based on David McCullough's wonderful and very thorough biography of one of our founding fathers and 2nd President, this production has much to offer in spite of having a tighter budget at the time, which is why it was shot on video and not on film, not to mention why most of the actors, (some of the best New York based professional actors at the time) probably having worked for scale just to be included in what must have been a prestigious project to be involved with over 40 years ago. While I have seen it a few times, my interest in the series has always waned after the last episode featuring John Quincy Adams. The stories of the Adams clan that follows his son, Charles Adam,s and then his sons, Charles Francis and Henry Adams, for example, are not nearly as interesting or intriguing as the careers of their illustrious ancestors. It would have been better for this 13 episode series to have focused in far greater detail on the lives of John and John Quincy vs. trying to cover their descendant's lives to some degree and, subsequently, making huge leaps between years in the telling.

Interesting American history from a less familiar perspective. Acting is shallow and of course the staging/production suffers from age. It was originally broadcast in 1976 and was reformatted in 2008 so viewers should not be expecting modern technology.

catherinegoodridge Jul 07, 2014

Someone this critical should learn how to spell the word 'narrative'

Jan 28, 2014

made on the cheap on videotape, meandering, unfocused, no narritive drive.

Aug 04, 2012

This is a TV mini-series from the 1970's, back when people had more time to waste and were, perhaps, more patient than now. I think that anyone attempting to watch the whole thing runs the risk of falling into a catatonic state.


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