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Kennedy (miniseries)

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Written byReg Gadney
Directed byJim Goddard
StarringMartin Sheen
Blair Brown
John Shea
E. G. Marshall
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Vincent Gardenia
Kelsey Grammer
Music byRichard Hartley
Country of originUnited States
United Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Alan Landsburg
Margaret Matheson
Producer(s)Andrew Brown
CinematographyErnest Vincze
Editor(s)Andrew Nelson
Ralph Sheldon
Running time311 minutes
Production company(s)Alan Landsburg Productions
Central Independent Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseNovember 20–22, 1983

Kennedy is a 1983 American-British five-hour television miniseries written by Reg Gadney and directed by Jim Goddard.[1] The miniseries is a biography of the 1961-1963 presidency of John F. Kennedy. It was co-produced by Alan Landsburg Productions and Central Independent Television and originally aired in the United States starting on 20 November 1983, and concluding on November 22, the 20th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination.

The miniseries stars Martin Sheen as President John F. Kennedy, Blair Brown as Jacqueline Kennedy, John Shea as Robert F. Kennedy, E. G. Marshall as Joseph P. Kennedy, Geraldine Fitzgerald as Rose Kennedy, Vincent Gardenia as J. Edgar Hoover, and Kelsey Grammer as Stephen Smith amongst many others.

The series was originally broadcast on NBC, and was also sold to 50 countries, with 27 of them broadcasting the series simultaneously.[2]



The series was nominated for 3 Golden Globes and 4 BAFTA Awards, and won the latter for Best Drama Series and Best Make Up.[3]

Nielsen Ratings

Part 1 averaged a 12.0/17, against The Day After, and ranked 54th out of 64 programs the week of November 14-20, 1983 [4]. However, Parts 2 and 3 both ranked in the Top 10 for the week, with Part 2 averaging a 22.3/34 and Part 3 averaging a 24.3/37. Out of 64 programs airing the week of November 21-27, 1983, Part 2 ranked 6th for the week, and Part 3 ranked 4th for the week [5].

See also


  1. ^ Kennedy: The Complete Series (1983), ASIN B001KGDNAW
  2. ^ Central. The Times, Tuesday, April 21, 1987; pg. 30
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