TV Adams Chronicles, The (PBS 1976, William Daniels, David Birney) Published 2 years ago on September 3, 2017 In the 1970’s the burgeoning PBS’s output was made up of low budget public access shows and British imports but in 1976, to coincide with America’s bicentennial, they pulled out all the stops with a lavish 13 episode mini series (made by WNET), detailing 150 years of the John Adams family and how they influenced American history in a big way, two members of the family becoming US presidents of course , John Adams being the second president and John Quincy Adams the sixth. Mixing in key moments from history from history such as the revolution, the civil war, the coming of the railroads etc with the personal lives of the men too showing glimpses of their real character behind the public face. Shot on videotape, giving it an almost British look and a brilliant vintage vibe, the series was a major critical and popular success winning itself a stack of Emmy awards along the way and actually becoming a study guide in schools and colleges across the states. The series is full of high quality performances by notable talent of the likes of the venerable John Houseman, George Grizzard, William Daniels, Emmy winning Kathryn Walker and Nancy Coleman to name just a few of the key members of the mammoth cast (over 1000 actors were credited over the course of the series). cast Tim Wilson as John Adams II – younger Michael O’Hare as Richard Cranch Wesley Addy as Andrew Jackson David Birney as John Quincy Adams W.B. Brydon as Samuel Adams Allan Carlsen as John Adams II William Daniels as John Quincy Adams Curt Dawson as John Hancock M’el Dowd as Madame Brillon George Grizzard as John Adams George Hearn as Henry Clay Patrick Horgan as Lord Howe Katharine Houghton as Nabby Jeffrey Jones as None K.C. Ligon as Fanny Lisa Lucas as Abigail ‘Nabby’ Adams II Nancy Marchand as Mrs. Smith Pamela Payton-Wright as Louisa Catherine Adams William Shust as Patrick Henry Jean-Pierre Stewart as Alexis de Toqueville John Tillinger as King George III Kathryn Walker as Abigail Smith Adams David Elliott as George Washington Adams Albert Stratton as Thomas Jefferson Michael Tolan as Narrator John Beal as Charles Francis Adams Peter Brandon as Henry Adams Henry Butler as James Monroe Nancy Coleman as Abigail Brooks Adams Leora Dana as Abigail Smith Adams Thomas A. Stewart as Charles Francis Adams Tom Aldredge as James McHenry Maureen Anderman as Mary Cathering Hellen Susan Bjurman as Fanny Adams Peter Coffield as George Washington Adams Patricia Elliott as Minnie Adams Paul Hecht as Jay Gould Ken Kercheval as James Madison Robert Phalen as John C. Calhoun J.C. Powell as Charles Adams Nicholas Pryor as John Quincy Adams II Reid Shelton as Timothy Pickering Charles Siebert as Charles Francis Adams II Jeremiah Sullivan as Alexander Hamilton Robert Symonds as Benjamin Franklin Tom Tammi as Thomas Adams Charles Tenney as Brooks Adams Mark Winkworth as John Quincy Adams crew details Creator: Virginia Kassel production details Country: USA Network: PBS Duration: 13×60 minute episodes Aired From: 1976 BiographyDavid BirneyDramaHistoryPBSWilliam Daniels Advertisement advertisement and this just in TV15 hours ago Cutting It (BBC-1 2002-2005, Amanda Holden, Sarah Parish) Comedy drama series. 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