What is Franklin (TV) About?
Franklin is a biographical drama miniseries that delves into the pivotal role of Benjamin Franklin, one of the United States' most influential Founding Fathers, during a critical period of the American Revolution. The series begins in December 1776, capturing Franklin at a time when his reputation as a scientist and intellectual is renowned across continents. Tasked with a clandestine objective, Franklin travels to France with the daunting goal of persuading the French to financially and militarily support the fledgling American nation in its fight for independence from British rule. Over the course of the miniseries, viewers are immersed in the political and social complexities of 18th century France, witnessing the statesmanship and persuasive prowess of Franklin as he navigates alliances, friendships, and opposition. The personal sacrifices and intricate diplomacy of his eight-year mission bring to life the behind-the-scenes negotiations that were paramount to securing French support, a key turning point in the quest for American independence. Boasting a cast that includes Michael Douglas as Benjamin Franklin alongside a roster of international talent, Franklin dramatizes historical events with a focus on the interpersonal dynamics that influenced the birth of a nation.
The first episode of Franklin aired on April 11, 2024 and the most recent episode to air was on May 16, 2024.