Ben Franklin Season 1 (NR) 240 minutes

Ken Burns’ new biography and documentary has 2 episodes:

1. Join or Die (1706-1774) Following his success as a printer in Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin earns worldwide fame from electricity experiments and then turns to politics.

2. An American (1775-1790) Benjamin Franklin helps Thomas Jefferson craft the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia; in Paris, Franklin wins French support for the American Revolution; Franklin works on the U.S. Constitution. With Peter Coyote as narrator, Mandy Patinkin as Ben’s voice, Carolyn McCormick as Deborah Franklin’s voice, Josh Lucas as William Franklin’s voice, Paul Giamatti as John Adams’ voice, and Liam Neeson as Alexander Wedderburn's voice.