Benjamin Franklin (miniseries)

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Benjamin Franklin
Also known asThe Lives of Benjamin Franklin
Written byHoward Fast
Loring Mandel
Directed byGlenn Jordan
StarringWillie Aames
Eddie Albert
Beau Bridges
Melvyn Douglas
Richard Widmark
Theme music composerBilly Goldenberg
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes4
Executive producerLewis Freedman
ProducersGlenn Jordan
George Lefferts
Running time360 minutes
Original release
ReleaseNovember 21, 1974 (1974-11-21)

The Lives of Benjamin Franklin is a 1974 American television miniseries that chronicles the life of Benjamin Franklin.

The series was broadcast by CBS and won five Emmy Awards, including the award for Outstanding Limited Series.[1] Howard Fast won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for the first installment (The Ambassador). Glenn Jordan was also nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for The Ambassador episode, and Loring Mandel was nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for The Whirlwind episode.[2]

The four 90-minute episodes[3] debuted on November 21 and December 17, 1974, and January 9 and 28, 1975.[4][5][6][7][8]



  1. ^ Scott, Vernon (20 May 1975). Mary's show most popular, Desert Sun, p. A-2 (UPI content)
  2. ^ listings,, Retrieved 14 September 2020
  3. ^ (1 September 1974). Specials for the season, San Bernardino Sun
  4. ^ O'Connor, John J. (21 November 1974). TV: Sly, Amusing Benjamin Franklin, The New York Times, p. 95.
  5. ^ O'Connor, John J. (17 December 1974). TV: CBS Dramas on Ben Franklin Going Smoothly, The New York Times, p, 75.
  6. ^ O'Connor, John J. (28 January 1975). TV: Enlightening Study of Franklin Ends Tonight, The New York Times, p. 67.
  7. ^ Gardella, Kay (21 November 1974). Ben Franklin Star of Bicentennial Series, New York Daily News, p. 59.
  8. ^ *31 July 1974). Get a Line on the Real Ben, Indianapolis News (details of upcoming series; incorrectly reports that Franklin had 13 illegitimate children, a common false tale)

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