Unlike founding fathers Washington, Jefferson and Hamilton, Adams is not pictured or celebrated on American currency ... except for the back of the $2 bill, Trumbell's offending portrait.
TV Guide recently gave a Jeer to the HBO miniseries:
Jeers to HBO for declaring its independence too strongly with John Adams. As a pay-cable outlet, the net isn't subject to the same censorship standards as broadcast or basic-cable channels. But that doesn't mean all of its productions must include graphic content. The superb Adams would make perfect viewing for history buffs of all ages, were it not for the nudity (did we really need to see the full monty during the tar-and-feather sequence?), sex scenes between John and Abigail and gory depictions of various 18th-century diseases. I know — it's not TV, it's HBO. But it's also not necessary.Maybe this is just me, but Americans need to know the miseries of disease in the "pre-Nasonex" and "pre-Ambien" period, and that Jefferson, Adams and Washington didn't have access to tooth whitener.