Jul 17, 2011

The Kennedys Review

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The Kennedys is a controversial TV mini-series that ran on The History Channel in early 2011, that I'm watching via Netflix Instant Watch. Many historians didn't like the show because it was a bit too Hollywood in it's fact-telling, particularly in its exclusion of some of JFK's siblings entirely. Others rate the show very highly and call any criticisms part of a Kennedy-family conspiracy! While I wouldn't go that far, I do hold this show in high regard. It's kind of like Mad Men in the quiet, subtle drama that packs a punch at just the right moments. I'm okay with some of the facts being distorted because I'm also learning a great deal about JFK, RFK, Jackie O., and the time-period.

Final Say: The acting, the directing, the production, and the writing are all astounding. From the outside-looking-in, it seems like a boring show because there isn't a whole lot of action, but when I put it on I can't turn away. Everyone should give this show a chance, but don't go in expecting car chases, helicopter and explosions. The only thing that hurts this show is that it's only 8 episodes long. For that sole reason, I have to award the show 4 1/4 *'s out of 5, or 8 1/2 *'s out of 10.

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