I am not a big fan of costume dramas, but I gotta say the first episode of "John Adams" on HBO last night was pretty terrific. Amazingly, Paul Giamotti is actually too handsome to give a true to life portrayal of good old JA, but when he got up in the pulpit and speechified about natural rights and liberties I actually got choked up a bit.
Laura Linney seems like she's going to be good as Abigail. Linney gave a great performance in "The Savages" last year opposite Phillip Seymor Hoffman.
There's a long way to go, and the other characters so far (Sam Adams, John Hancock, the Attorney General) are just crude caricatures, but I think the whole thing might be good.
Feast your eyes on the real McCoy people; some forefathers eye-candy for ya: