John Adams

Season 1 Episode 2


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 16, 2008 on HBO
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Episode Summary

After witnessing a bloody battle, John Adams heads back to Philadelphia, where he begins debating the good and bad points of an independent country; Adams nominates George Washington to lead the Continental Army; and Congress votes to declare their independence from England.

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    It had wonderful storyline and cinematography. Because that how they made The declaration of independence.
  • This episode takes the viewers once again to the historic signing of the Declaration of Independence, while also showing us the life taken by Abigale Adams on the farm while raising her children alone.moreless

    The tales of the Second Continental Congress are deeply held in the mind of many students and those fascinated with history. "John Adams" takes us there once again in what is perhaps a more realistic account of the atmosphere at the time. While the highlights of the episode are the scenes we know and love about America's history, one is not but compelled to admire the tenacity and dedication that Laura Linney brings to the character of Abigale Adams. A women in those times were not thought of much and the series admirably portrays Abigale as the spirit of women in those times. Dealing with weather, the threat of a march of British soldiers, and the pox she fiercely continues on to raise her family. Meanwhile in Philadelphia John Adams is the loudest voice to call for separation from England. Amongst a bevy of familiar characters i.e. Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, and even Dickinson. Though we know what happens from history texts and media, you cannot help but be mesmerized and enchanted by the scenes that play out before you as men, create a government of their own. The attention to detail of costumes, language and dialects of the men of the day, receives high praise from me. Also the performances by Giamatti and Linney truly deserve awards for their portrayal of these characters hopefully come around award season these two are not overlooked for their accomplishment. Overall in this episode the greatest moments are when Adams makes his final case for independence, which if you aren't moved filled with pride in that speech, than your deaf, and turn on the captioning option so that you can appreciate it. (mind you readers that was a joke and obviously meant in jest) The other great moment is when Abigale sits her children down and is administered an 18th Century inoculation procedure, than asks her children who will be next. Fall in love with history again with this series.

    Thank you for your time and reading this review.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Benjamin Franklin: And I think you'd find despite their recent vote, that they are of your opinion.
      John Adams: And of your opinion, sir.
      Benjamin Franklin: My opinion is that I have no opinion. (laughs) But I'll gladly come with you, to find out what my opinion might be.

    • Mr. Dickinson: Gentlemen, Dr. Franklin knows England better than any man here. Can we not yet hope to see a clearer sky?
      Benjamin Franklin: Well, if my long residence in London as this colony's agent to the court has taught me anything, Mr. Dickinson, it has taught me this: that given the choice between doing what is right and doing what is not right, His Majesty's government will take the latter course every time.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: December 3 and 10, 2008 on HBO 2

    • This episode was nominated for multiple Emmy awards, including "Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score)", "Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or Movie" and "Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special". This episode won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Cinematography For a Miniseries or a Movie and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special.

    • Runtime: 1 hour and 32 minutes.