George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation TV Series Overview


George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation is a 1986 television film, and was the sequel to the 1984 miniseries George Washington.

The life of George Washington as the first President of the United States of America and his 8 years running his country. The trials he faces dealing with mobs and riots while keeping the country together.

George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation is based on the biography by James Thomas Flexner.


The 4-hour TV movie George Washington: The Forging of a Nation was a follow-up to the successful 1984 miniseries George Washington.

Barry Bostwick is back as Washington, as is Patty Duke as Martha. Whereas the first film covered the years 1743 through 1783, The Forging of the Nation concerns itself with the events of 1788 through 1797.

The film begins with the ratification of the Constitution, and concludes with Washington ending his second term as the first President of the United States.

The drama intensifies as Washington tries to handle the often diametrically opposed viewpoints of such firebrands as Thomas Jefferson (Jeffrey Jones), Alexander Hamilton (Richard Bekins) and John Adams (Paul Collins).


  • Barry Bostwick as George Washington – Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, and later first President of the United States.
  • Patty Duke Astin as Martha Washington – Wife of George Washington.
  • Jeffrey Jones as Thomas Jefferson.
  • Richard Bekins as Alexander Hamilton.
  • Penny Fuller as Eliza Powel.
  • Marcia Cross as Anne Bingham.
  • Guy Paul as James Madison.
  • Norman Snow as Edmund Randolph.
  • Lise Hilboldt as Maria Reynolds.
  • Haviland Morris as Henrietta Liston.
  • Daniel Davis as Patrick Henry.
  • Richard Fancy as William Duer.
  • Farnham Scott as Henry Knox.
  • Nicholas Kepros as John Jay.


  • Filmed on location in the New England locales where the story originally took place.
  • Barry Bostwick, Patty Duke, Leo Burmester, and Farnham Scott are the only actors from the original mini-series to reprise their roles in this mini-series.
  • Richard Fancy played Samuel Adams in the original Washington Series.
  • As a young man, Henry Knox wounded himself in firing a shotgun, losing two fingers on his left hand.
    • That is why Farnham Scott wears a handkerchief around his hand in all of his scenes portraying General Knox.

George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation Series

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): William A. Graham.
  • Producer(s): David Gerber, Richard Fielder, and Robert Hargrove.
  • Writer(s): Richard Fielder.
  • Music: Bruce Broughton.
  • Cinematography: James Crabe.
  • Editor(s): Ronald J. Fagan and William B. Stich.
  • Production: David Gerber Productions and MGM/UA Television.
  • Distributor(s): CBS.
  • Original Network: CBS.
  • Release Date: 21 September 1986 to 22 September 1986.
  • Running time: 190 minutes (total running time).
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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