View Full Version : John Adams miniseries on HBO
03-24-2008, 07:20 PM
Has anyone else watched the John Adams miniseries on HBO?
I have been looking forward to it being aired since I first heard about it's production last summer, and it has definitely been worth the wait! WOW!
Some of the scenes were filmed in Colonial Williamsburg, which is somewhat my home away from home, so it is fun to watch for familiar places. :)
I thought the first two episodes aired last Sunday evening were INCREDIBLE! Just amazing! I mean the trial of the British soldiers after the Boston Massacre....I felt like I was in the room and felt the power of every word that was said. And more so in the sessions of the first Continental Congress, OMG, talk about moving!! I just love it so far!
There have to be some obsessed early American History buffs out there like me...? :D
03-24-2008, 08:10 PM
A friend of mine was an extra in the series, and sent me photos from the set last year. I don't have HBO or I'd watch it. I've heard it's good...
03-25-2008, 07:24 PM
Wow am I really the only Trot-er who watches it? I feel so alone...and like such a history buff! Jk ;)
Oh well! :D
03-25-2008, 09:00 PM
You are not alone. This is an excellent show that all who can should be watching.
As many here might note , he who is ignorant of history is condemned to repeat it.
03-25-2008, 10:57 PM
I have been meaning to watch it but other things have gotten in the way. We the John Adams book which the mini-series was based on. I hope they schedule enough repeats on HBO so I can catch up and watch it. I have heard nothing but great things about it and was wondering when someone would start a thread on Trot!
03-30-2008, 08:52 AM
I really, really wanted to be able to watch it, but we don't have HBO. I was bummed!
03-30-2008, 10:25 AM
No HBO here either, or I'd be there watching it.
02-07-2009, 04:09 PM
I have been watching this over the past two weeks and all I can say is wow. I learned so much and even makes history even more interesting. My dad let me borrow the dvd set and you had an option of having more information come on at the bottom of the screen while it was playing and I learned even more. I had no idea that John and Mr. Jefferson passed away on the same day, July 4th just hours apart and this may be really bad, but I was not away that John Quincy Adams was his son. I didn't really start having an interest in early american history until well, maybe a little over a year ago. I guess that's bad.
02-07-2009, 04:56 PM
Adams is amazing.... and if you study Jefferson you will be blown away..... the course these men set this country is what made our govenment last for this long, and why it propsepered for so many years....when you study the founding fathers, you will become apalled at what has happened recently.....we have veered off the course.....
"When all government... shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided... and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated." - Thomas Jefferson, August 1821
A good government is one "which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread that it has earned. - Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) (inaugural address)
I think, myself, that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious. - Thomas Jefferson to William Ludlow, 1824
I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple. Were we directed from Washington when to sow, when to reap, we should soon want bread. -- Thomas Jefferson
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. -- Thomas Jefferson
I think it would be well served that every single child be taught American history and that they read the works and letters of the founding fathers, they should be experts in the ideas and the men who birthed this country....
02-07-2009, 06:03 PM
Sarah, I love history, too and John Adams has always been my favorite historical character. (Ever since watching "1776" when I was really young.) I have so much respect for what he did. Without him pushing everyone along during the Second Continental Congress, being the difficult one...we probably wouldn't be a country today. He got a bad rap for it, but without his commitment so much wouldn't have happened. I have the David McCollough biography that I think the miniseries is based on. But I haven't gotten to watch it yet, though I'd like to.
02-07-2009, 07:57 PM
My dad loves the book 1776 and I am reading 1787 right now. I am so glad I took the time to sit down and watch that. What else is good to watch about our founding fathers?
02-07-2009, 09:59 PM
I thought the actors were great. I really watched each episode and anxiously awaited the next. When it was airing regularly on HBO, I would stay up late and just wait to here the music. Very inspiring. The whole thing was so well done. I hope that non-cable viewers will someday be able to see it.
02-07-2009, 10:04 PM
The series has been out on DVD for quite some time.
02-07-2009, 10:26 PM
Yes, my step mom gave it to my dad on his BD in August and he said I couldn't watch it until after he was done!
02-10-2009, 12:42 AM
My husband picked it up a few months ago at Blockbuster. He was very excited about it, I was kind of iffy on it. We ended up staying up nearly 48 hours over the next two day going back and forth returning the discs and getting the new ones. LOVED it! To be honest, I was pretty sad when it was all over.
02-10-2009, 03:33 PM
How funny! I was sad too when it was over. I am going to have to borrow it again from my dad.
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