John Adams (2008)
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Unnecessary War 

After Adams becomes President continues Washington's policy of neutrality between England and France despite opposition inside his own cabinet.


Tom Hooper


Kirk Ellis, David McCullough (book)




Episode credited cast:
Paul Giamatti ... John Adams
Laura Linney ... Abigail Adams
Stephen Dillane ... Thomas Jefferson
Rufus Sewell ... Alexander Hamilton
Sarah Polley ... Nabby Adams
John Dossett ... Benjamin Rush
Samuel Barnett ... Thomas Adams
Kevin Trainor ... Charles Adams
Mamie Gummer ... Sally Smith Adams
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Curran ... White House Construction Foreman
Lucas N. Hall ... Continental Army Officer
Charisse Matthews ... White House Servant


Following the peace treaty with England President Adams struggles to avoid war with France despite pressure from his Federalist cabinet and French provocation. John finds the price of peace to his career and the price of his long career of public service to his family is indeed high. Written by David Foss

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13 April 2008 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Although the Undeclared War with France, or Quasi-War, the Alien and Sedition Acts, and the XYZ Affair are part of the plot, they are not named as such. See more »


The Executive Mansion, as it was known then, is shown as painted white. It was not painted white until after the War of 1812 when the British burned the building. To cover the scorch marks, it was decided that the building be painted white and from that point it became known as "The White House." See more »


[John and Abigail Adams arrive at the unfinished White House for the first time and see that the workers ther consists of slaves]
Abigail Adams: Half-fed slaves building our nation's capitol. What possible good can come from such a place?
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Version of John Adams: Peacefield (2008) See more »


Piano Trio in E Flat, Opus 100 (second movement)
Composed by Franz Schubert
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