The Kennedys, an eight episode miniseries, uses public events as a background to tell the intimate story of this iconic family. The series is about epic achievements and private failures, about loyalty and love, resentment and betrayal, about people imbued with great gifts and burdened by great flaws, about success of Biblical proportions and tragedy worthy of the Greeks.
The story begins on November 8, 1960 – Election Day – with America choosing between the charismatic Senator John F. Kennedy and his far more experienced opponent, Vice President Richard M. Nixon. Through flashbacks to the 1930s and 1940s we see Joe Sr.’s ambition to be president himself, his appointment by Franklin Roosevelt as Ambassador to Great Britain as the first step toward that goal, and a disastrous tenure in London in which his pro-Nazi sentiments lead to his dismissal. Joe then makes a solemn oath to himself and to his wife Rose: if he can’t be the first Catholic President of the United States, he’ll make sure that their eldest son, Joe Jr., will make it to the White House. For Joe Sr, his second son – Jack – is an afterthought.
– CAST –
Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy
Barry Pepper as Robert F. Kennedy
Katie Holmes as Jacqueline Kennedy
Diana Hardcastle as Rose Kennedy
Kristin Booth as Ethel Kennedy
Tom Wilkinson as Joseph Kennedy Sr.
– EPISODE GUIDE –
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 11pm ET/8 PT.
The Kennedys rally to put Jack in the White House, but their difficult past illuminates a deeper struggle.
The First Campaign
Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 11pm ET/8 PT
The Presidential election comes down to the wire; Bobby tells Joe Sr. he’s leaving politics.
Bay of Pigs
Monday, June 26, 2017 at 11pm ET/8 PT.
When the Bay of Pigs invasion proves disastrous, JFK makes a difficult decision he must later atone for.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 11pm ET/8 PT.
The Russians build a wall separating East and West Berlin, while Bobby prepares to go after Sam Giancana.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 11pm ET/8 PT.
Riots over desegregation in the South force JFK to act. Jackie’s use of amphetamines continues. Meanwhile, Joe Sr. suffers a stroke.
Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 11pm ET/8 PT.
The Cuban Missile Crisis brings America and Russia to the brink of war. Jackie leaves JFK after one infidelity too many.
Lancer and Lace
Monday, July 3, 2017 at 11pm ET/8 PT.
Jack and Jackie suffer the loss of their newborn child; she and JFK are in Dallas on that fateful day in November.
My Brother’s Keeper
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 11pm ET/8 PT.
Bobby blames himself for his brother’s death. Five years later, tragedy strikes again.