The Bastard (miniseries)

The Bastard is a 1978 American two-part, four-hour made-for-television drama film based on the historical novel, The Bastard, written by John Jakes, originally published in 1974. It is the first story in a series known as The Kent Family Chronicles or the American Bicentennial Series.[1] The novel mixes fictional characters with historical events or people, to tell the story of the United States of America in the time period leading up to the American Revolution. The novel was adapted into this four-hour television film in May 1978.[2]

The Bastard
GenreHistorical fiction
Based onThe Bastard (novel)
by John Jakes
Written byJohn Jakes
Guerdon Trueblood
Directed byLee H. Katzin
StarringAndrew Stevens
Tom Bosley
Kim Cattrall
Narrated byRaymond Burr
Theme music composerJohn Addison
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)John Wilder
Producer(s)Joe Byrne
CinematographyMichel Hugo
Editor(s)Michael Murphy
Robert F. Shugrue
Running time240 min.
Production company(s)Universal Television
DistributorOperation Prime Time
Original networkSyndication
Original releaseMay 22 
23, 1978
Followed byThe Rebels

The movie was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 1979 for Best Motion Picture Made for TV, with two Daytime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design for a Drama Special and Outstanding Art Direction for a Dramatic Special.[3]

The Bastard was followed by The Rebels, second in the series, and then The Seekers, third in the series.


Phillipe Charboneau is the illegitimate son of an English duke. When he travels from France to England to claim his inheritance, he incurs the wrath of his father's family and is forced to flee to America, where he becomes involved in the events leading to the American Revolution.



  1. Smith, Fred L. (20 May 1978). "John Jakes' Historical Drama Gets Royal Treatment On TV". The News and Courier. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  2. Buck, Jerry (May 20, 1978). "John Jakes' 'The Bastard' is latest effort from Operation Prime Time". Eugene Register-Guard. AP. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
  3. "Award Nominations". Retrieved 7 February 2014.
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