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Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2017 5:58 a.m. PST

I just started watching it on HBO last night.
It looks interesting, and I'm beginning to like that fussy guy. Abigail is adorable.

If anything, it reinforces my opinion that Cousin Sam was the perpetrator of the Boston Massacre. grin
Wow. It must have been very easy to intimidate witnesses back then.

A week ago I caught a YouTube clip of Adams presenting his credentials to George III. That caught my interest.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2017 6:28 a.m. PST

You haven't seen this before? It first aired in 2008.

historygamer30 Aug 2017 6:55 a.m. PST

It is an enjoyable show to watch.

RudyNelson30 Aug 2017 7:25 a.m. PST

My son gave me a copy for Christmas. It is interesting but can get slow at times just like any biography.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2017 7:32 a.m. PST

I didn't have HBO in 2008. grin

And I have no complaints about the uniforms of the 29th, the "Vein Openers" either. It looks like the costume designer used Revere's propaganda print. Which shows Captain Preston standing BEHIND his men!

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2017 8:03 a.m. PST

Also, seeing the TMP thread on "worst depictions" made me want to go after one that always had solid reviews.
Plus Tom Hanks was the executive producer. You can expect good stuff.

Dynaman878930 Aug 2017 9:17 a.m. PST

Read the book too! The opening couple paragraphs are simply about what John Adams was wearing, and says more about his character and temperament in those couple paragraphs then many books manage in their entirety.

bogdanwaz30 Aug 2017 9:42 a.m. PST

It's a great series and Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney are incredible as the Adams. The episodes that take place after the Revolution are a little less satisfying but it's worth watching the whole thing. Plus Thomas Jefferson is played by Stannis Baratheon

Pizzagrenadier30 Aug 2017 9:56 a.m. PST

I enjoyed it, but never finished it. This reminds me I should pick up where I left off.

I too really enjoyed the chemistry between John and Abigail. Especially the way she teases him and the way he pouts. It is a very human depiction of such a notoriously vain and stuffy character.

nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Aug 2017 9:57 a.m. PST

John, Well worth watching. I absolutely enjoyed it.


But then I love "The Patriot".

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2017 3:32 p.m. PST

"I didn't have HBO in 2008"

Welcome to HBO. Your in for a treat. "John Adams" was excellent. I saw David McCullough several years ago on Charlie Rose. McCullough said that he had several production companies which wanted to do either a movie or TV series based on his book.

He turned them all down because he could tell when meeting with them that they had not bothered to read his book. But when Tom Hanks showed up he had a copy with him and it was all dog eared with post-it notes and written notes in the margins. He asked very pointed questions. McCullough knew this was the man to do his book.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2017 4:35 p.m. PST

Benioff and Weiss famously passed the test to do Game of Thrones for HBO by answering George RR Martin's pop quiz question, "Who is Jon Snow's mother?"

When you don't need the money and want to make sure your book is treated right, that's the way to go.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2017 8:47 p.m. PST

Second episode tonight.
Stannis the Mannis is good as Jefferson.
Tom Wilkinson is great as Franklin.
David Morse as Washington was perhaps a bit too old and grey. He should have been played younger.
I wouldn't trust Sam Adams as far as I could throw him. grin

I was actually moved by all the back room politicking.
Genuinely moved when the Declaration was read aloud.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2017 8:49 p.m. PST

As you know, I sell Xfinity for a living. So I consider it incumbent upon me to be familiar with my product. Thus I have HBO for Game of Thrones, Rome, the Sopranos, and now this.

Brechtel19801 Sep 2017 3:47 a.m. PST

It is an excellent mini-series, but I do believe that William Daniels portrayal of John Adams in '1776' was more viable and believeable.

Tom Wilkinson's portrayal of Franklin was also excellent, but Howard da Silva's portrayal of Franklin in '1776' showed more of the character of Franklin as well as a sense of humor.

I did like David Morse's portrayal of Washington, though.

If you haven't seen '1776' I would highly recommend it, even though it is a musical. It puts the Founders into the human column.

Radicals such as Sam Adams and Patrick Henry were not 'involved' in the new national government when the Constitution was ratified. That also shows the wisdom of the Founders.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2017 3:12 p.m. PST

I agree with John, I thought Washington was too weak.

Okay, so you sell Xfinity for a living and you are just now getting HBO? Don't employees get a discount? By the way I need a new remote.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2017 3:54 p.m. PST

I'm a contractor. Not an employee. Free? Surely you jest.
I keep telling my accountant I should be able to write it off but he doesn't agree.

nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 12:41 p.m. PST

Wow! I actually saw "1776" on Broadway with the original cast.
My then girlfriend, got tickets as a present from a relative who worked at the theater. We were in a box, hanging right over the stage.

Just amazing!

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2017 9:46 p.m. PST

So I still have to go to the Xfinity store and switch out my remote. What a creepy place. After I have been there I feel the need to go home and shower. They treat their customers like criminals. The next house I am going to seriously consider Direct TV.

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