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A SpiritualSuccessor to ''Series/{{Vikings}}'', with its entertaining-but-not-always-accurate take on history and its slightly gritty visual style. Not to be confused with ''Film/SonsOfLiberty'', a 1939 film about Patriot financier Haym Salomon.

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A SpiritualSuccessor to ''Series/{{Vikings}}'', with its entertaining-but-not-always-accurate take on history and its slightly gritty visual style. Not to be confused with ''Film/SonsOfLiberty'', a 1939 film about Patriot financier Haym Salomon.
Salomon--or to the [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty 2nd installation]] of the ''[[VideoGame/MetalGear Metal Gear Solid]]'' series.


''Sons Of Liberty'' is a 2015 American miniseries, part of Creator/TheHistoryChannel's foray into scripted programming. It is a three-part, six-hour miniseries depicting the events that led up to UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution. The show's protagonist is Sam Adams, second cousin to UsefulNotes/JohnAdams, and focuses on the growing unrest among the colonists and backlash against their treatment as second-class citizens by the "real" British.

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''Sons Of of Liberty'' is a 2015 American miniseries, part of Creator/TheHistoryChannel's foray into scripted programming. It is a three-part, six-hour miniseries depicting the events that led up to UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution. The show's protagonist is Sam Adams, second cousin to UsefulNotes/JohnAdams, and focuses on the growing unrest among the colonists and backlash against their treatment as second-class citizens by the "real" British.


A SpiritualSuccessor to ''Series/{{Vikings}}'', with its entertaining-but-not-always-accurate take on history and its slightly gritty visual style.

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A SpiritualSuccessor to ''Series/{{Vikings}}'', with its entertaining-but-not-always-accurate take on history and its slightly gritty visual style.
style. Not to be confused with ''Film/SonsOfLiberty'', a 1939 film about Patriot financier Haym Salomon.


Like many series based on historical events, the miniseries does [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory take some liberties with actual events]], compressing historical events, ramping up conflict, and emphasizing personal relationships alongside the prelude to war. Reviews also criticized the HistoricalBeautyUpdate given to many of the Founding Fathers, who, contrary to what the show portrays, were mostly married, philosophical fathers in their forties and fifties, not dashing young bachelors with [[{{Badass}} serious fighting skills]].

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Like many series based on historical events, the miniseries does [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory take some liberties with actual events]], compressing historical events, ramping up conflict, and emphasizing personal relationships alongside the prelude to war. Reviews also criticized the HistoricalBeautyUpdate given to many of the Founding Fathers, who, contrary to what the show portrays, were mostly married, philosophical fathers in their forties and fifties, not dashing young bachelors with [[{{Badass}} serious fighting skills]].
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* TheAmericanRevolution: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The whole point of the series]]


* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: At first it seems that Major John Pitcairn of the Royal Marines will be treated this way, but he is quickly shown to be the TokenGoodTeammate and OnlySaneMan of General Gage's staff. His only real KickTheDog moment is actually a MercyKill, since [[spoiler: Kelly's]] wounds wounds would have been slowly and excruciatingly fatal with the medicine of the time. In real life, American historians remember Pitcairn as [[NobleDemon "a good man serving a bad cause."]]

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: At first it seems that Major John Pitcairn of the Royal Marines will be treated this way, but he is quickly shown to be the TokenGoodTeammate and OnlySaneMan of General Gage's staff. His only real KickTheDog moment is actually a MercyKill, since [[spoiler: Kelly's]] wounds wounds would have been slowly and excruciatingly fatal with the medicine of the time. In real life, American historians remember Pitcairn as [[NobleDemon "a good man serving a bad cause."]]



* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Joseph Warren]]'s death serves this purpose in-universe for the other rebels.

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* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Joseph Warren]]'s death serves this purpose in-universe for the other rebels. [[spoiler: Major Pitcairn]] could be seen this way as well.


* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: At first it seems that Major John Pitcairn of the Royal Marines will be treated this way, but he is quickly shown to be the TokenGoodTeammate and OnlySaneMan of General Gage's staff. His only real KickTheDog moment is actually a MercyKill, since [[Kelly's]] wounds wounds would have been slowly and excruciatingly fatal with the medicine of the time. In real life, American historians remember Pitcairn as [[NobleDemon "a good man serving a bad cause."]]

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: At first it seems that Major John Pitcairn of the Royal Marines will be treated this way, but he is quickly shown to be the TokenGoodTeammate and OnlySaneMan of General Gage's staff. His only real KickTheDog moment is actually a MercyKill, since [[Kelly's]] [[spoiler: Kelly's]] wounds wounds would have been slowly and excruciatingly fatal with the medicine of the time. In real life, American historians remember Pitcairn as [[NobleDemon "a good man serving a bad cause."]]

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: At first it seems that Major John Pitcairn of the Royal Marines will be treated this way, but he is quickly shown to be the TokenGoodTeammate and OnlySaneMan of General Gage's staff. His only real KickTheDog moment is actually a MercyKill, since [[Kelly's]] wounds wounds would have been slowly and excruciatingly fatal with the medicine of the time. In real life, American historians remember Pitcairn as [[NobleDemon "a good man serving a bad cause."]]

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** Averted with Benjamin Franklin. Creator/DeanNorris bears a strong resemblance to the real Franklin, and his rendition of Franklin as a wise, erudite, DirtyOldMan is historically spot on.


[[caption-width-right:350:The Founding Fathers. Hint: they didn't actually look much like this.]]

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[[caption-width-right:440:The Founding Fathers. Hint: they didn't actually look much like this.]]

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* RousingSpeech: Washington turns the Declaration of Independence into one.


* TookALevelInBadass: Both Joseph Warren and John Hancock start out considerably less action-oriented than there peers. By the final episode, Warren is leading a battle and Hancock [[spoiler: shoots a soldier who is about to kill Sam and Revere]].

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* TookALevelInBadass: Both Joseph Warren and John Hancock start out considerably less action-oriented than there their peers. By the final episode, Warren is leading a battle and Hancock [[spoiler: shoots a soldier who is about to kill Sam and Revere]].


Like many series based on historical events, the miniseries does [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory take some liberties with actual events]], compressing historical events, ramping up conflict, and emphasizing personal relationships alongside the prelude to war. Reviews also criticized the HistoricalBeautyUpdate given to many of the Founding Fathers, who, contrary to what the show portrays, were mostly married, philosophical fathers in their forties and fifties, not dashing young bachelors with [[Badass serious fighting skills]].

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Like many series based on historical events, the miniseries does [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory take some liberties with actual events]], compressing historical events, ramping up conflict, and emphasizing personal relationships alongside the prelude to war. Reviews also criticized the HistoricalBeautyUpdate given to many of the Founding Fathers, who, contrary to what the show portrays, were mostly married, philosophical fathers in their forties and fifties, not dashing young bachelors with [[Badass [[{{Badass}} serious fighting skills]].


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* FiveManBand: Among the core revolutionaries:
** TheLeader: Sam Adams
** TheLancer: Joseph Warren
** TheSmartGuy: Paul Revere
** TheBigGuy: Tim Kelly
** TheChick: John Hancock

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* BandOfBrothers: The rebels, with Sam Adams, John Hancock, Joseph Warren, and Paul Revere at the core.
* FireForgedFriends: Most of the revolutionaries don't particularly like Hancock at first, until he starts getting his hands dirty alongside them.


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* RebelLeader: Sam Adams, at least in this telling.

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