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Inspired by one of the world’s most iconic families, the eight-hour scripted drama/miniseries, as seen on REELZCHANNEL, ventures upstairs at the White House to chronicle the saga of America’s first “royal” family during the 1960s. Through exhaustive research, The Kennedys provides an intimate look at how Joseph Kennedy Sr. shaped his sons, John and Robert, to become two of the most influential men in the country’s history. With political events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, Bay of Pigs and the civil rights movement playing background to the personal stories of the relationships between brother and brother and father and son, The Kennedys details how the two men handled their father, whose ambition exceeded their own, and ultimately made them who they were. Told by Joe Kennedy, an ambitious and egocentric father, The Kennedys recounts the scandal, tragedy, public greatness and private frailty of our nation’s most fabled political family during one of the most momentous decades in history.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoA Father’s Great Expectations||It is the eve of the 1960 presidential election, and John F. Kennedy is poised to become the youngest man ever elected to office. While he and a heavily pregnant Jackie are forefront in the media spotlight, behind the scenes Kennedy family patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. works furiously to ensure his son's victory over Richard Nixon, pouring $10 million of his own money into the campaign. Joe Sr.'s lust for power runs deep - a recurring theme illuminated in flashback scenes that show Joe's own presidential aspirations shattered, the priming of his eldest son, Joe Jr., to pursue public office, Joe Sr.'s devastation over Joe. Jr.'s tragic death, and the consequent passing of the torch to Jack, an inveterate ladies man who has no interest in politics, and no choice but to do what his father couldn't: carry the Kennedy name to national prominence.||43:29||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoShared Victories, Private Struggles||On the morning of the 1960 presidential election, Joe Sr. continues to pull out all the stops to guarantee Jack's victory. Bobby Kennedy, who has been drafted by his father to serve as Jack's campaign manager, suffers the slings and arrows of Joe Sr.'s wrath as the returns take a turn against them. Bobby tells his wife Ethel that after the election – win or lose - he's out of politics for good. A trip back in time reveals Jack's lack of enthusiasm for politics, his father's fraudulent efforts to ensure his son's election to Congress in 1946, the congressman's introduction to Jacqueline Bouvier five years later, and their eventual marriage, despite Jack's reputation as a ladies' man with a penchant for wooing women. Fast forward to November 9, 1960 - and it's official; John F. Kennedy is the new president - by the closest margin in U.S. history. In a private moment, Jackie tells Jack she won't tolerate any more of his affairs. "I've had my private humiliations. I won't have them in front of the American people," she says.||44:28||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoFailed Invasion, Failed Fidelity||Shortly after JFK's inauguration speech, in which he called upon the American public to "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country," Jack is told of an Eisenhower-approved plan to train guerrillas in Nicaragua for an assault on Fidel Castro's Cuba. Against his better judgement, he gives the order to send the guerrillas in, and his worst fears about the Bay of Pigs operation come true. When the smoke clears, 114 guerrillas are dead and 1189 taken prisoner. At Joe Sr.'s insistence, Bobby -who JFK deliberately kept out of the initial discussions - goes to see Jack and offers whatever help he can. He suggests that Jack publicly admit his mistake about his handling of the Bay of Pigs incident. It's risky, but in the end it pays off; the public admires Jack's honesty. And Jack realizes that Bobby must be involved in every major decision he makes - from this moment on. Meanwhile, in Hyannis Port, Jackie bonds with her mother-in-law Rose Kennedy over the one thing they have in common: philandering husbands.||44:30||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBroken Promises and Deadly Barriers||Bobby announces the formation of the Organized Crime Division, making a virulent enemy in Sam Giancana, who was assured by Frank Sinatra that a Kennedy administration would give the mob a free ride in return for its support. Jackie becomes increasingly busy as First Lady, forcing her to spend more time away from the kids; the time away from her family is taking its toll. Suffering from severe back pain and debilitating fatigue brought on by the chemical cocktail of legitimate medications he's taking for a variety of illnesses, Jack calls in New York physician Max Jacobson, whose elixir (essentially amphetamines) instantly energizes the president. Meanwhile, reports are emerging of Khruschev's intentions to build a wall between East and West Germany. John knows it would be disastrous for East Germans, but isn't prepared to step in and fight a war he may not be able to win. He decides to release footage of the killings of East Berliners trying to cross the barrier to the media, but his advisors want him to do more.||44:30||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMoral Issues and Inner Turmoil||Joe Sr. suffers a stroke from which he may never fully recover. When Joe is sent home, Rose tries to care for him, but he only responds to Michelle, his secretary (and former lover). Amid flashbacks involving their severely learning-disabled daughter, Rosemary, it is revealed that in 1941 Joe had secretly ordered a lobotomy to be performed on Rosemary, leaving her catatonic for life. Fast-forward 20 years later, and Rose fires Michelle. Though it's never spoken, her intent to punish Joe for what he did to Rosemary is clear. Meanwhile civil rights demonstrators are protesting in the South, where black student James Meredith is attempting to gain admission to the University of Mississippi. JFK declares that the White House will enforce the desegregation order of the court. Governor Ross Barnett concedes, but riots ensue and JFK sends in the National Guard. The next day, Meredith is admitted; Jack recognizes that civil rights are a moral issue for which his administration must stand. At home he fights another battle: Jackie's use of amphetamines.||44:11||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoOn the Brink of War||During a classical concert in the East Room, Jack tells Jackie he's needed in the Oval Office. Instead, he heads to the White House theatre for a tryst with Mary Meyer, his on-again, off-again lover. Jackie finds out. Furious and humiliated, she leaves with the children. With his marriage in shambles, Jack has to deal with an impending crisis – the Soviet Union has placed nuclear missiles in Cuba. When Jack and his advisors learn that even more weapons are being sent to Cuba, JFK institutes a naval quarantine of the island and tells Khrushchev that any Russian ships that cross the blockade line will be fired upon. An encouraging message from Khrushchev guarantees that no additional missiles will be sent to Cuba. But then the White House receives another, more belligerent message from the Soviet leader, in which he threatens the U.S. with a full-scale attack. The question for Jack becomes: to which message will he respond? Jackie eventually returns to Washington with the children, though she hasn't completely forgiven Jack.||44:00||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Countdown to Tragedy||November 22, 1963. JFK is in Texas to mend fences between the liberal and conservative wings of the state's Democratic Party prior to beginning his re-election campaign. Lee Harvey Oswald assembles a rifle in his Dallas home. All that follows plays out against the backdrop of this, the last day of Jack's life. A flashback to three months earlier reveals Jack and Jackie bonding in a way they never have before, united by mutual grief over the loss of their newborn child. Meanwhile, Bobby is informed of evidence romantically linking Jack to the late Marilyn Monroe who, a year earlier, sung JFK "Happy Birthday" at Madison Square Garden, then told Bobby she wanted to have John's baby. Now it's up to Bobby to deal with the incriminating evidence - which prompts a heated argument between him and Ethel. As we return to present day, the countdown to tragedy continues. Jack and Jackie depart Fort Worth for Dallas, while Oswald quietly hides the rifle on the sixth floor of the Texas Schoolbook Depository, overlooking Dealey Plaza.||44:06||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoAftermath: A Family’s Curse of Misfortune and Heartbreak||November 25, 1963. The nation watches as John F. Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Bobby sinks into a deep, debilitating depression born out of the suspicion that it was his actions that might have caused Jack's assassination. With Lyndon Johnson now in office, Jackie prepares to leave the White House. Memories of Jack come flooding back as she abandons her old life. Bobby spends more time with her, leaving Ethel feeling jealous and abandoned. Bobby seeks solace from Jackie, and their relationship becomes more and more intense. Ultimately, though, he realizes his life is with Ethel and his children. Jackie urges him to make his return to public life – for the good of the country. A year later, he wins the NY Senate race and begins his bid for the presidency. In 1968, after winning the decisive California primary, Robert Kennedy is shot and killed. Standing in Arlington, Jackie remembers better days when the family was inseparable. In Hyannis Port, Joe and Rose are alone, their family's greatest triumph to carry on after such tragedy.||44:00||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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Katie Holmes' portrayal of Jackie Kennedy was phenomenal!!! So glad I bought this!!! Arranged very nicely as well:-) Everyone should watch the entire series at least once!!! However I was a bit disappointed in the portrayal of R.S. McNamara- overall definitely worth 5 stars!!!
i had never heard of the channel REELZ, much less the show "TheKennedy's." It was addictive. It had all the aspects of great TV; Drama, seriously talented actors, beautiful styling, with a flair of historical story telling. Its made up of eight one hour parts, each better than the next. its cast was remarkable, with Katie Holmes and Greg Kinear to name two of many. This is the type of show that gets overlooked, and isn't publicized. In fact, I think you have to have one of the higher channel packages to get the station I caught it on.( REELZ) its definitely worth the purchase to buy and then pass along to family. Its the kind of Drama that is great for all ages. From children to seniors, Its one of those "best kept secrets." Shows like this make me wonder how many other awesome TV shows I've missed !!