The Rebels (miniseries)

The Rebels is a 1979 American made-for-television drama film based on the historical novel, The Rebels, written by John Jakes, originally published in 1975. It is second in a series known as The Kent Family Chronicles or the American Bicentennial Series.

The Rebels
GenreHistorical fiction
Based onThe Rebels (novel)
by John Jakes
Written byJohn Jakes
Robert A. Cinader
Sean Bain
Directed byRuss Mayberry
StarringAndrew Stevens
Don Johnson
Doug McClure
Narrated byWilliam Conrad
Theme music composerGerald Fried
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Robert A. Cinader
Producer(s)Gino Grimaldi
Bernadette Joyce (associate producer)
Hannah Louise Shearer
CinematographyFrank Thackery
Editor(s)John Kaufman
Skip Lusk
Running time240 min.
Production company(s)MCA-Universal TV
DistributorOperation Prime Time
Original networkSyndication
Original releaseMay 13 
14, 1979
Preceded byThe Bastard
Followed byThe Seekers

The story mixes fictional characters with historical events and figures, to narrate the nascent United States of America during the time of the American Revolution. While it continues the story of Philip Kent, started in The Bastard, a large portion focuses on Judson Fletcher (Don Johnson), a newly introduced character, as a different rebel. In 1979, the novel was made into this television film by Operation Prime Time.[1]

The Rebels was preceded by The Bastard, first in the series, and followed by The Seekers, third in the series.


Philip Kent takes part in the American Revolution and the newly formed congress.



  1. "'Rebels' Continues Kent Family Saga". The Pittsburg Press. May 13, 1979. p. TV5. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
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