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What to Watch for May 2024


A new Apple TV+ series dramatizes the years Benjamin Franklin spent in France, leveraging diplomacy and guile to secure his nascent country’s future.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Stacy Schiff, “A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America,” Franklin explores the thrilling story of the greatest gamble of Benjamin Franklin’s career. In December 1776, Franklin is world famous for his electrical experiments, but his passion and power are put to the test when — as the fate of American independence hangs in the balance — he embarks on a secret mission to France.

Starring and executive produced by Academy, Emmy, and AFI Lifetime Achievement Award winner Michael Douglas. Streaming on Apple TV+