The Kennedys of Massachusetts

The Kennedys of Massachusetts
Directed by Lamont Johnson
Produced by Michael Barnathan
Mitch Engel
Gary Hoffman
Lynn Raynor
Edgar J. Scherick
Starring William Petersen
Annette O'Toole
Charles Durning
Tracy Pollan
Pat Hingle
Steven Weber
Campbell Scott
Madolyn Smith
Josef Sommer
Music by David Shire
Edited by Susan B. Browdy
Distributed by ABC
Running time
278 minutes
Country US

The Kennedys of Massachusetts [1] [2] is a 1990 TV miniseries that aired on ABC. Focusing mainly on the fifty-four year marriage of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Kennedy. The events depicted in the series are based upon the book by Doris Kearns Goodwin titled The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys : An American Saga. [3] The series aired across three nights, and earned an Emmy and a Golden Globe. [4]


The series begins in Boston in 1906, prior to John F. Fitzgerald being sworn in as city mayor. The Kennedys, as well as Fitzgerald's daughters, most notably Rose attend the swearing in ceremony. Joe Kennedy is shown to be smitten with Rose. The first episode covers their courtship, education, marriage and growth of their family, as well as Joe's affair with actress Gloria Swanson. Although Rose briefly leaves Joe, John persuades his daughter to return to her husband.

The second episode focuses on the eldest Kennedy children Joe Jr, Jack and Kathleen, as well Joe's appointment as Ambassador to England. Joe Jr's academic success and his father's favouritism bothers Jack, who feels he is equally as intelligent as his brother.

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