Benjamin Franklin (film)

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Benjamin Franklin
Written byDayton Duncan
Directed byKen Burns
Narrated byPeter Coyote
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes2
ProducersKen Burns
David Schmidt
Running time230 minutes
Production companiesFlorentine Films
Original release
ReleaseApril 4 (2022-04-04) –
April 5, 2022 (2022-04-05)

Benjamin Franklin is a 2022 two-part American documentary film directed and produced by Ken Burns that first aired on PBS on April 4 and 5, 2022.[1] The film chronicles the life of Benjamin Franklin, a polymath and Founding Father of the United States. The film is narrated by Peter Coyote and Mandy Patinkin stars as the voice of Franklin. Other voice actors starring in the film include Josh Lucas, Liam Neeson, and Paul Giamatti; Giamatti reprises his role as John Adams from the eponymous HBO miniseries.[2]


  • Episode One: "Join or Die" (1706–1774)
  • Episode Two: "An American" (1775-1790)



  1. ^ "Benjamin Franklin - A Ken Burns Film". PBS. Retrieved 6 April 2022.
  2. ^ Ingram, Hunter (4 April 2022). "Ken Burns explores the virtues, vices of Benjamin Franklin in his latest PBS documentary". USA Today. Gannett. Retrieved 6 April 2022.

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