So, I watched the entire HBO miniseries John Adams Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I enjoyed it immensely but then I'm a nut for history, and an avid fan of the Founding Fathers, so my opinion on this matter is probably not common, but no matter. Paul Giamatti gives a finely-tuned performance that may admittedly occasionally find itself playing the same beats at fairly regular intervals but it should be remembered that this highly ambitious miniseries begins in 1770 and concludes on July 4, 1826 (the date of the second president's death, along with the third president's, Thomas Jefferson).
Laura Linney is quietly powerful as Abigail Adams, even if, like Giamatti, she sometimes finds herself playing nearly identical kinds of scenes in the miniseries because of the turbulent, repetitious existence that is known as life. Tom Wilkinson received deserved praise for his supporting turn as Benjamin Franklin, and he's definitely quite good, and Danny Huston gives a perfectly solid performance as cousin-to-John, Samuel Adams, but I actually favored most of all Stephen Dillane as Thomas Jefferson. Dillane masterfully captures Jefferson's soft-spoken demeanor, ill-suited for political confrontation, aloofness and brilliant genius, frequently all at once.
As I said over at the remarkably estimable Craig Kennedy's Living in Cinema earlier today in his Watercooler section, I found the entire enterprise very worthwhile and completely enjoyable.