I’ve come to the realization that TV on DVD is one of the greatest things ever. Thanks to this awesome idea, I don’t have to wait weeks to see an entire series, I can just wait for the DVD’s and watch the whole series in a couple days, no commercials, no waiting. This was especially satisfying because I recently watched HBO’s John Adams mini-series.
HBO's John Adams
The series is 7 episodes long and follows John Adams from the time the idea of independence was conceived through the rest of his life. We’re taken along to Europe with the 2nd President during his time as a diplomat, through his time as the first Vice President, his time as President, as well as getting a look into his personal life.
I never thought of John Adams as a man who would warrant a 7-episode long series, but this series showed his complexity and his contributions to the formation of the United States.
I’m a big fan of historical series like this and John Adams is one of the best I’ve seen. The writing is fantastic, and the acting is phenomenal. Paul Giamatti’s performance at John Adams was amazing, but I thought Laura Linney’s portrayal of Abigail Adams stood out to me. I always like to see a strong female role on screen, and not only was Abigail Adams a strong woman, but she was a strong woman in a time when women are not always given their dues.
Tom Wilkinson’s portrayal of Benjamin Franklin was up there with Giamatti’s and Linney’s performances. However, every time I saw Mr. Franklin on the screen I thought of the Michael Scott quote, “So, you know who turned out to be a creep? Ben Franklin.” So true Mike, so true.
After watching the series, I wholeheartedly agree that the series deserved the gaggle of awards it received. There was no weak link, other than time restraints.
Grade: B — I would have liked to see more of John Quincy Adams and his relationship with his father.
…And a possibly a musical sequence featuring Mr. Feeny, a la the film 1776.