The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
Part 1 - Get Action (1858-1901)
Join Ken Burns to examine the early lives of Theodore Roosevelt and his younger cousin, Franklin.
Airs Tuesday, May 5 at 8 p.m.
Part 2- In The Arena (1901-1910)
Follow Ken Burns’s account of Theodore’s presidency and FDR and Eleanor’s courtship and marriage.
Airs Tuesday, May 12 at 8 p.m.
Part 3 - The Fire of Life (1910-1919)
Join Ken Burns as he traces the effects of WWI on the lives of the Roosevelts.
Airs Tuesday, May 19 at 8 p.m.
Part 4 - The Storm (1920-1933)
Witness Ken Burns’s coverage of FDR’s battle with polio and his response to the Great Depression.
Airs Tuesday, May 26 at 8 p.m.
Part 5 - The Rising Road (1933-1939)
Join Ken Burns to examine FDR’s New Deal and Eleanor’s growing political activism.
Airs Tuesday, June 2 at 8 p.m.
Part 6 - The Common Cause (1939-1944)
Follow Ken Burns to survey FDR’s leadership during WWII, while Eleanor tends to wounded servicemen.
Airs Tuesday, June 9 at 8 p.m.
Part 7 - A Strong Active Faith (1944-1962)
Join Ken Burns to examine Eleanor’s role as civil rights and U.N champion after FDR’s death.
Airs Tuesday, June 16 at 8 p.m.
About The Film:
THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. It is the first time in a major documentary television series that their individual stories have been interwoven into a single narrative.
THE ROOSEVELTS follows the family’s story for more than a century, from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962. Over the course of those years, Theodore would become the 26th president of the United States, and his beloved niece, Eleanor, would marry his fifth cousin, Franklin, who became the 32nd president. Together, they redefined the relationship Americans had with their government and with each other, and redefined, as well, the role of the United States within the wider world.
The series encompasses all the history the Roosevelts helped to make — the creation of National Parks and the digging of the Panama Canal, the New Deal and the defeat of Hitler, and the postwar struggles for civil rights at home and human rights around the world in which Eleanor Roosevelt played a central role. But it is also an intimate human story about love and betrayal, family feeling and personal courage and the conquest of fear.
A film by Ken Burns; Written by Geoffrey C. Ward; Produced by Paul Barnes, Pam Tubridy Baucom and Ken Burns; Edited by Paul Barnes, Tricia Reidy, Erik Ewers and Daniel J. White. Narrated by Peter Coyote. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History is a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington, DC.
Meryl Streep is the voice of Eleanor Roosevelt, Edward Herrman the voice of Franklin Roosevelt, and Paul Giamatti the voice of Theodore Roosevelt. Patricia Clarkson is the voice of FDR’s devoted cousin, Margaret “Daisy” Suckley. Other voices include Adam Arkin, Keith Carradine, Kevin Conway, Ed Harris, John Lithgow, Josh Lucas, Carl Lumbly, Amy Madigan, Carolyn McCormick, Pamela Reed, Billy Bob Thornton and Eli Wallach.
Funding is provided by Bank of America; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; Mr. Jack C. Taylor; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; National Endowment for the Humanities; Rosalind P. Walter; Public Broadcasting Service and members of The Better Angels Society, including Jessica & John Fullerton; The Pfeil Foundation; Joan Wellhouse Newton; Bonnie & Tom McCloskey and The Golkin Family.
Ken Burns and Beau Willimon talk the similarities between The Roosevelts & The Underwoods.
Timeline Clip - James and Sara marry
Would America elect a Roosevelt today?