The BEST episodes of Benjamin Franklin (2022)

Every episode of Benjamin Franklin (2022) ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Benjamin Franklin (2022)!

Ken Burns's two-part, four-hour documentary, Benjamin Franklin, explores the revolutionary life of one of the 18th century's most consequential and compelling personalities, whose work and words unlocked the mystery of electricity and helped create the United States. Franklin's 84 years (1706-1790) spanned an epoch of momentous change in science, technology, literature, politics, and government — fields he himself advanced through a lifelong commitment to societal and self-improvement.

Last Updated: 11/7/2023Network: PBSStatus: Ended
An American (1775–1790)
45 votes

#1 - An American (1775–1790)

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/5/2022

Benjamin Franklin leaves London and returns to wartime Philadelphia where he joins Congress and helps Thomas Jefferson craft the Declaration of Independence. In Paris, he wins French support for the American Revolution then negotiates a peace treaty with Britain. He spends his last years in the new United States, working on the Constitution and unsuccessfully promoting the abolition of slavery.

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Join or Die (1706–1774)
61 votes

#2 - Join or Die (1706–1774)

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/4/2022

Leaving behind his Boston childhood, Benjamin Franklin reinvents himself in Philadelphia where he builds a printing empire and a new life with his wife, Deborah. Turning to science, Franklin's lightning rod and experiments in electricity earn him worldwide fame. After entering politics, he spends years in London trying to keep Britain and America together as his own family starts to come apart.

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