HBO's John Adams

Having been responsible for perhaps the three greatest television dramas of all-time (The Wire, The Sopranos and Six Feet Under), it probably comes as little surprise that HBO continues to churn out some of the most important series' television has to offer. This afternoon I wrapped watching the seven-part miniseries, John Adams, and once again, an HBO series leaves a lasting impression.

I won't claim to know much about the folks who started this nation, which was the primary impetus for me wanting to watch this series. And now that I've learned a bit more than I already knew, John Adams, flooded my brain and spirit with the power of a people with principles, dreams and conviction. A line from George Washington to Barack Obama now looks incredibly clear. This series revealed the soul of the folks who debated where to take those colonies, ultimately deciding to vow our independence on that fateful day in July of 1776. Though the focus is on Adams, we witness Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Abigail Adams and the countless others who collectively took a stand and brought on the birth of the United States.

From the Boston Tea Party through to the deaths of Adams and Jefferson on July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years to the day following our declaration to the world, if you possess only a rudimentary knowledge of this period, this miniseries is a must see. And if you're well-versed in this period, I'd imagine that there's still a lot here to appreciate.