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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. This seven-part, fourteen hour film follows the Roosevelts for more than a century, from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962.

Series Cast

  1. Peter Coyote as Narrator (voice)

    Peter Coyote

    Narrator (voice)

    7 Episodes

  2. David McCullough as Himself - Historian

    David McCullough

    Himself - Historian

    7 Episodes

  3. Meryl Streep as Eleanor Roosevelt (voice)

    Meryl Streep

    Eleanor Roosevelt (voice)

    7 Episodes

  4. Edward Herrmann as Franklin Roosevelt (voice)

    Edward Herrmann

    Franklin Roosevelt (voice)

    7 Episodes

  5. Paul Giamatti as Theodore Roosevelt (voice)

    Paul Giamatti

    Theodore Roosevelt (voice)

    7 Episodes

  6. Theodore Roosevelt as Himself (archive footage)

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Himself (archive footage)

    7 Episodes

  7. Doris Kearns Goodwin as Herself - Historian

    Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Herself - Historian

    7 Episodes

  8. Franklin D. Roosevelt as Himself (archive footage)

    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Himself (archive footage)

    7 Episodes

  9. John Lithgow as James Roosevelt (voice)

    John Lithgow

    James Roosevelt (voice)

    7 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 1

2014 • 7 Episodes

Season 1 of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History premiered on September 14, 2014.

A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962)

(1x7, September 20, 2014) Season Finale

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The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History


Status Ended


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Type Miniseries

Original Language English


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