If you like history or historical dramas, then the HBO miniseries John Adams is a feast of historical drama. It is essentially an 8 hour movie about John Adam's life. The performance by Paul Giamatti as Adams is great, and I am delighted by the performance of Laura Linney as Abigail Adams. The supporting performances are also really good, although I wondered about some of the casting choices that didn't seem quite right to me. There is David Morse as George Washington, Danny Huston as Samuel Adams, Tom Wilkinson as Benjamin Franklin, and Rufus Sewell as Alexander Hamilton. I have seen all these actors in very different roles, usually playing villains or less than likable characters, so all of them being cast as the founding fathers of our country surprised me.Benjamin Franklin described John Adams as, "He means well for his country, is always an honest man, often a wise one, but sometimes, and in some things, absolutely out of his senses." This is the essence of John Adams; his passions got the better of him. History relegated Adams to a back seat compared to the other founding fathers, but he was one of the most passionate about Independence and a driving force behind the American Revolution. He was a very serious man, which is why his commission to France in 1777 didn't go well. Franklin arrived before Adams and knew how to fit in with the fun-loving and relaxed French aristocracy, but Adams felt completely out of place and kind of looked like a fool compared to the more suave Franklin.
I have a low tolerance for historical dramas that rewrite history. In the second episode, there is a "tar and feather" incident that is completely fictional. The scene is there to emphasize the passions of the American Colonists against the British occupying forces, but there should be no need to make up history.
Fortunately, the entire miniseries works as a great drama with much interesting history thrown in.