|The Lives of Benjamin Franklin|
|Written by||Howard Fast|
|Directed by||Glenn Jordan|
|Theme music composer||Billy Goldenberg|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||4|
|Running time||360 minutes|
|Original release||November 21, 1974|
The series was broadcast by CBS and won five Emmy Awards, including the award for Outstanding Limited Series. Howard Fast won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for the first installment (The Ambassador). Glenn Jordan was also nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for The Ambassador episode, and Loring Mandel was nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for The Whirlwind episode.
- Willie Aames as Franklin at age 12
- Beau Bridges as Franklin the young man
- Eddie Albert as Franklin the diplomat
- Richard Widmark as Franklin the rebel
- Melvyn Douglas as Franklin the elder statesman
- Scott, Vernon (20 May 1975). Mary's show most popular, Desert Sun, p. A-2 (UPI content)
- Emmys.com listings, emmys.com, Retrieved 14 September 2020
- (1 September 1974). Specials for the season, San Bernardino Sun
- O'Connor, John J. (21 November 1974). TV: Sly, Amusing Benjamin Franklin, The New York Times, p. 95.
- O'Connor, John J. (17 December 1974). TV: CBS Dramas on Ben Franklin Going Smoothly, The New York Times, p, 75.
- O'Connor, John J. (28 January 1975). TV: Enlightening Study of Franklin Ends Tonight, The New York Times, p. 67.
- Gardella, Kay (21 November 1974). Ben Franklin Star of Bicentennial Series, New York Daily News, p. 59.
- *31 July 1974). Get a Line on the Real Ben, Indianapolis News (details of upcoming series; incorrectly reports that Franklin had 13 illegitimate children, a common false tale)
- The Lives of Benjamin Franklin on IMDb
- Charles Lisanby on designing the sets for the miniseries Benjamin Franklin (video), televisionacademy.com
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