The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

Series/Docudrama | English | 1 season (7 episodes) Each episode is120 minutes.


Directed and produced by Ken Burns, the series covers the lives and times of Theodore Roosevelt (26th president), Franklin D. Roosevelt (four-term president), and Eleanor Roosevelt (Franklin’s influential wife). Episodes 4 to 7 focus on  the achievements of Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was president at the height of the country’s worst depression when 25,000 workers were unemployed and 5,000 banks closed, he faced a World War on two fronts with the Japanese ruling the eastern Pacific and Germany occupying most of western Europe. He contended with getting the country back to economic health, rearming the  depleted American military, and defeating two ruthless adversaries. In doing so, Roosevelt assumed a fiercely activist role because, he said, “this was the only way to get things done.” 

Major Participants, Voices:
Narrator (Peter Coyote) / Paul Giamatti (Theodore Roosevelt) / Edward Herrmann (Franklin D. Roosevelt) / Meryl Streep (Eleanor Roosevelt)
Why Stream This Film?

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History brilliantly weaves the lives and accomplishments of the three most prominent members of the Roosevelt family, Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
  • Metacritic Score: 88
  • Primetime Emmy Awards: Winner, Outstanding Narrator (Peter Coyote); Nominated, Outstanding Documentary Series
  • Writers Guild of America: Nominated, Best Written Documentary (Geoffrey C. Ward)
  • The series received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score
Working from a superbly inclusive script by historian Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns not only charts the historic accomplishments of the three Roosevelts, he also considers how their personalities and life experiences shaped their sense of duty and determination to make their individual marks on history.
David Wiegand

San Francisco Chronicle

THE ROOSEVELTS is a pleasure to watch and the weaving of the narrative thread is  a thing of beauty.
Tim Goodman

The Hollywood Reporter

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