The Kennedys

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  • TV-14
  • 2011
  • 1 Season
  • 7.6  (7,661)

The Kennedys is a historical drama series that premiered on ReelzChannel in 2011. The show features a star-studded cast, including Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy, Barry Pepper as Robert F. Kennedy, Katie Holmes as Jacqueline Kennedy, and Tom Wilkinson as Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.

Set against the backdrop of the Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement, The Kennedys explores the personal and political lives of one of America's most famous and controversial families. The show delves into the Kennedys' rise to power, their glamorous public image, and their private struggles.

At the center of the show is John F. Kennedy, the charismatic and ambitious young senator from Massachusetts who becomes the youngest person ever elected to the presidency. Kinnear brings depth and nuance to the role of JFK, portraying him as a complex figure who is at once charming and enigmatic, idealistic and flawed.

Pepper's portrayal of Robert F. Kennedy is no less impressive, capturing the younger brother's intense loyalty to JFK and his fierce determination to carry on his brother's legacy after his tragic assassination. In many ways, the show is as much about RFK as it is about JFK, exploring the personal journey of a man who became one of America's most beloved political figures in his own right.

Holmes, meanwhile, delivers a standout performance as Jacqueline Kennedy, the fashionable and elegant First Lady whose grace and poise in the face of adversity won the hearts of Americans. Her relationship with JFK is depicted with sensitivity and depth, exploring the complexities of a marriage that was both passionate and fraught with tension.

Wilkinson rounds out the cast with a powerful portrayal of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., the patriarch of the Kennedy family whose ambition and drive helped propel his sons to political success. Diana Hardcastle and Kristin Booth also give memorable performances as Rose Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy, respectively, adding depth and complexity to the show's portrayal of the Kennedy family.

In addition to its talented cast, The Kennedys boasts first-rate production values, with lavish sets and costumes that capture the glamour and sophistication of the Kennedy era. The show's attention to detail is particularly impressive, as it incorporates historical events and figures into its narrative in a seamless and compelling way.

Overall, The Kennedys is a gripping, emotionally resonant drama that offers a fascinating glimpse into one of America's most iconic families. Its excellent performances, compelling storyline, and high production values make it a must-watch for fans of historical dramas and political thrillers alike.

The Kennedys is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on April 3, 2011.

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The Aftermath: A Family's Curse of Misfortune and Heartbreak
8. The Aftermath: A Family's Curse of Misfortune and Heartbreak
April 10, 2011
Bobby blames himself for his brother's death. Five years later, tragedy strikes again.
The Countdown to Tragedy
7. The Countdown to Tragedy
April 10, 2011
Jack and Jackie suffer the loss of their newborn child; she and JFK are in Dallas on that fateful day in November.
On the Brink of War
6. On the Brink of War
April 8, 2011
The Cuban Missile Crisis brings America and Russia to the brink of war. Jackie leaves JFK after one infidelity too many.
Moral Issues and Inner Turmoil
5. Moral Issues and Inner Turmoil
April 7, 2011
Riots over desegregation in the South force JFK to action. Jackie's use of amphetamines continues. Joe Sr. suffers a stroke.
Broken Promises and Deadly Barriers
4. Broken Promises and Deadly Barriers
April 6, 2011
The Russians build a wall separating East and West Berlin while Bobby prepares to go after Sam Giancana.
Failed Invasion, Failed Fidelity
3. Failed Invasion, Failed Fidelity
April 5, 2011
When the Bay of Pigs invasion proves disastrous, JFK makes a difficult decision he will pay for later.
Shared Victories, Private Struggles
2. Shared Victories, Private Struggles
April 3, 2011
The Presidential election comes down to the wire. Bobby announces he's leaving politics.
A Father's Great Expectations
1. A Father's Great Expectations
April 3, 2011
In the series premiere of The Kennedys, Bobby tells Joe Sr. he's leaving politics while everyone rallies to get Jack in the White House, but their difficult past illuminates a deeper struggle.
Where to Watch The Kennedys
The Kennedys is available for streaming on the ReelzChannel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Kennedys on demand at Amazon Prime, History Vault and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 3, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (7,661)