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Franklin (miniseries)

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GenreBiographical drama
Based onA Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America
by Stacy Schiff
Written byKirk Ellis and Howard Korder
Directed byTim Van Patten
Theme music composerJay Wadley
Country of originUnited States
Original languages
  • English
  • French
No. of episodes8
Executive producers
Running time48–60 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkApple TV+
ReleaseApril 12 (2024-04-12) –
May 17, 2024 (2024-05-17)

Franklin is a biographical drama miniseries about the United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, based on Stacy Schiff's 2005 book A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America. It was released on Apple TV+ on April 12, 2024.[1] The series depicts the eight years Benjamin Franklin spent in France to convince King Louis XVI to support the burgeoning United States in the American Revolutionary War.






No.TitleDirected byWritten by [2]Original release date [3]
1"Sauce for Prayers"Tim Van PattenKirk Ellis and Howard KorderApril 12, 2024 (2024-04-12)
As the fight for independence teeters on the brink of defeat, Benjamin Franklin and his grandson plunge into a world of intrigue and deception.
2"Welcome, Mischief"Tim Van PattenKirk Ellis and Howard KorderApril 12, 2024 (2024-04-12)
An arms operation is threatened by a ruthless opponent. The Paris police watch Franklin’s every move. Temple makes a confession.
3"Pride and Gout"Tim Van PattenKirk Ellis and Howard KorderApril 12, 2024 (2024-04-12)
Bad news arrives from America. Franklin finds himself ensnared in the traps of Versailles. Temple bows down before a star.
4"Small Revenge"Tim Van PattenKirk Ellis and Howard KorderApril 19, 2024 (2024-04-19)
Franklin pays back an insult and receives the favour of a king; a new lover catches Franklin's eye and an old rival turns up to thwart him.
5"The Natural State of Man"Tim Van PattenKirk Ellis and Howard KorderApril 26, 2024 (2024-04-26)
Tensions mount between Franklin and Adams. Madame Brillon asserts her power. Temple decides to fight his own war.
6"Beauty and Folly"Tim Van PattenKirk Ellis and Howard KorderMay 3, 2024 (2024-05-03)
Franklin suspects traitors are everywhere. Vergennes makes a final offer. Jacques introduces Temple to the thrill of the hunt.
7"Begin by Creeping"Tim Van PattenKirk Ellis and Howard KorderMay 10, 2024 (2024-05-10)
After victory at Yorktown, the Americans and the French plot against each other for the upper hand. Franklin is laid low at a crucial moment.
8"Think of Three Things"Tim Van PattenKirk Ellis and Howard KorderMay 17, 2024 (2024-05-17)
The future of the United States is decided by six men in a room. Franklin and Temple face a changed world.


It was announced in February 2022 that Michael Douglas would star in the series as Benjamin Franklin for Apple TV+, with Kirk Ellis writing the series and Tim Van Patten directing.[4] In June 2022, it was announced that Howard Korder had joined the production as a writer and executive producer.[5]

Filming began in June 2022 in Versailles, with Noah Jupe, Ludivine Sagnier, Daniel Mays, Assaad Bouab and Eddie Marsan amongst additional casting announced.[5]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 64% of 28 critics gave the series a positive review, with an average rating of 6.5/10. The critical consensus reads, "Franklin's unhurried retelling of revolutionary history can be dry as parchment, but Michael Douglas' sly performance as the founding father gives it a compelling jolt."[6] On Metacritic, the series holds a weighted average score of 57 out of 100 based on 21 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7]

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  1. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (February 5, 2024). "Apple Sets Dates for Jake Gyllenhaal's Presumed Innocent Remake, Michael Douglas' Franklin and 10 Others (Watch)". TVLine. Retrieved February 5, 2024.
  2. ^ "Franklin". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved September 1, 2023.
  3. ^ "Shows A-Z - franklin on apple tv plus". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 5, 2024.
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (February 28, 2022). "Michael Douglas To Star As Benjamin Franklin in Apple TV+ Limited Series From Kirk Ellis, Tim Van Patten, Tony Krantz & Richard Plepler". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 28 February 2022.
  5. ^ a b Wiseman, Andreas (8 June 2022). "Apple's Benjamin Franklin Series Starring Michael Douglas Adds Noah Jupe, Ludivine Sagnier, Daniel Mays, Assaad Bouab, More; Filming Starts In Paris". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Franklin: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved April 19, 2024.
  7. ^ "Franklin: Season 1". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved April 19, 2024.

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