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    This looks to be really good.

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    • History Channel From left to right: Ryan Eggold as Dr. Joseph Warren, Michael Raymond-James as Paul Revere, Ben Barnes as Sam Adams, Rafe Spall as John Hancock, and Henry Thomas as John Adams in the History Channel miniseries "Sons of Liberty." ()
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    Benjamin Franklin's sayings have lived long after his time on earth. Every school child knows "early to bed, early to rise," etc. Many know the observation that "In this world nothing can said to be certain, except death and taxes," even if they don't know Franklin said it.
    But how many recall those truly immortal words, "That's an absolute batsó crazy idea"?
    OK, so the History Channel may take license here and there with factual accuracy: That doesn't mean "Sons of Liberty" is a flop. The fact is (so to speak), the three-night miniseries launching Sunday is both dramatically rewarding and frequently informative as it looks at the band of Boston rebels who planted the seeds of independence through their defiance of the British some 20 years before the Declaration of Independence.
    You may find it slightly ironic that so many British actors have flattened their vowels to portray American colonists. There's Ben Barnes, for example, as a swashbuckling Samuel Adams and the impatient hero of the piece. Rafe Spall plays John Hancock as a foppish, toadying merchant who becomes radicalized to the rebels' cause after his business is ruined the British and his roomy mansion is commandeered by Gen. Thomas Gage (Marton Csokas). He's not British, but Irish actor Jason O'Mara plays George Washington.

    But there are some Yanks among the cast, including Henry Thomas as Sam's cousin, John Adams, Michael Raymond-James as Paul Revere, Ryan Eggold as Dr. Joseph Warren, and Dean Norris, playing Ben Franklin as a wine-loving womanizer as well as the smartest guy in the room.
    The miniseries covers two decades of unrest in Boston, from 1765, through the Boston Massacre in 1770, to the Boston Tea Party a year later, and the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775.
    Director Kari Skogland does a masterful job giving "Sons" a compelling epic sweep. The battle scenes are powerful, explosive and properly grisly.
    The series stands back to show how disconnected the colonies were in the years leading up to the revolution. The famous colonial flag with its segmented serpent and the words "Join or Die" was a fairly accurate reflection of differing points of view on the matter of independence.
    Compressing details and modernizing the language is one thing, but writers Stephen David and David C. White take even greater license with the role of Gen. Gage's New Jersey-born wife, Margaret Kemble Gage (Emily Berrington). Some historians believe that Joseph Warren had a secret source of information in the British camp, and Margaret was at least a possibility. Other historians dispute that scenario. "Sons of Liberty" takes huge liberty in this area to spice things up, depicting Warren carrying on an actual hot and steamy affair with Margaret.
    Too much? Oh probably, but if you want a history lesson, stay in school. Otherwise, there are enough facts in "Sons of Liberty" to add some ballast to a ripping good saga.

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    "Sons of Liberty"
    When: miniseries, 9 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday
    Where: History Channel

    'Sons of Liberty' spices up history - Times Union
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    I get sucked in to those PBS docudramas so this probably right up my alley.

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    I love that Elliot from "E.T." is playing John Adams!
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