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.

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