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Benjamin Franklin

Ken Burns's two-part, four-hour documentary, Benjamin Franklin, explores the revolutionary life of one of the 18th Century's most consequential and compelling personalities, whose work and words unlocked the mystery of electricity and helped create the United States. Franklin's 84 years (1706-1790) spanned an epoch of momentous change in science, technology, literature, politics, and government — fields he himself advanced through a lifelong commitment to societal and self-improvement.

Show Info

Network: United States PBS (2022 - 2022)
Schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays at 20:00 (120 min)
Status: Ended
Show Type: Documentary
Genres: History
Episodes ordered: 2 episodes

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Previous Episode

Part 2: "An American" (1775-1790)

Episode 1x02; Apr 5, 2022

Benjamin Franklin leaves London and returns to wartime Philadelphia, where he joins Congress and helps Thomas Jefferson craft the Declaration of Independence. In Paris, he wins French support for the American Revolution and then negotiates a peace tr

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x02: Part 2: "An American" (1775-1790)Apr 5, 2022
1x01: Part 1: "Join or Die" (1706-1774)Apr 4, 2022
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