- Whoever decided to hire Walter Cronkite to do Benjamin Franklin and decided to open each episode ([the PBS airings, at least) with something very similar to Cronkite's famous role as anchorman of The CBS Evening News.
- The "give me liberty or give me death" speech was a Real Life one for Patrick Henry, but the passion with which Michael Douglas plays it makes it one for him as well.
- In "The Intolerable Acts", Ben Franklin standing up at his own trial in London to thank his prosecutor for one thing: reaffirming his faith to fledgling America. Ben then declares himself an American citizen in front of the British elite.
- In the same episode, Phyllis Wheatley giving the redcoats a literal poetry slam.
- In "Honor and Compromise", George Washington marches into the Battle of Monmouth just in time to find Major General Charles Lee's troops in retreat, and immediately rips into the pompous officer for jeopardizing the entire engagement. When Lee refuses to back down, insulting Washington and even worse, insulting his troops, Washington immediately ejects him from the field and rallies his men, as James and Henri look on in nothing less but pure amazement.
- Even better when you realize this really did happen in the real-life engagement; the real-life General Lee's reputation for arrogance certainly earned him everything he had coming to him.
- John Paul Jones in "I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight" rips into Sarah's viewpoint of the world.
Sarah: [Reacting to Jones' decision to fight the Royal Navy] But you were born British!
Jones: I was born a Scot, Ms. Phillips! No British man e'er showed mercy tae me!
- Let's consider how Sara was first introduced in the very first episode of the show— calmly writing a letter to her mother in the midst of a ferocious storm at sea, even while the lantern over her head is swinging back and forth dangerously and her inkwell is sliding across the table. Screw the storm, she's got a letter to write.