Television: Viewpoints: First-Rate First Family

That genius of the vulgar, Harry Cohn, always refused to permit movies about the American Revolution to be made on his Columbia Pictures lot. He believed that men in knee breeches and powdered wigs, spouting the stilted locutions of the 18th century, looked and sounded too silly for audiences to take seriously.

He had a point, and it is probably the reason why, of all the great events in American history, the first of them has received the least attention from films and television. The mildest praise you can offer The Adams Chronicles (PBS,...

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