GenreBiographical drama
Based onA Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America
by Stacy Schiff
Written byKirk Ellis and Howard Korder
Directed byTim Van Patten
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
Production companies
Original release
NetworkApple TV+

Franklin is an upcoming biographical drama miniseries about the United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, based on Stacy Schiff's 2005 book A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America. It is scheduled to be released on Apple TV+ on April 12, 2024.[1]


Depicts the eight years Benjamin Franklin spent in France to convince the country to underwrite America's democracy.



No.TitleDirected byWritten by [3]Original release date [4]
1"A Troublesome Visitor"Tim Van Patten[4]Kirk Ellis and Howard KorderApril 12, 2024 (2024-04-12)
2TBATBAKirk Ellis and Howard KorderApril 12, 2024 (2024-04-12)
3TBATBAKirk Ellis and Howard KorderApril 12, 2024 (2024-04-12)
4TBATBAKirk Ellis and Howard KorderApril 19, 2024 (2024-04-19)
5TBATBAKirk Ellis and Howard KorderApril 26, 2024 (2024-04-26)
6TBATBAKirk Ellis and Howard KorderMay 3, 2024 (2024-05-03)
7TBATBAKirk Ellis and Howard KorderMay 10, 2024 (2024-05-10)
8TBATBAKirk Ellis and Howard KorderMay 17, 2024 (2024-05-17)


It was announced in February 2022 that Michael Douglas would star in the series as Benjamin Franklin for Apple TV+, with Kirk Ellis writing the series and Tim Van Patten directing.[5] In June 2022, it was announced that Howard Korder had joined the production as a writer and executive producer.[6]

Filming began in June 2022 in Versailles, with Noah Jupe, Ludivine Sagnier, Daniel Mays, Assaad Bouab and Eddie Marsan amongst additional casting announced.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (February 5, 2024). "Apple Sets Dates for Jake Gyllenhaal's Presumed Innocent Remake, Michael Douglas' Franklin and 10 Others (Watch)". TVLine. Retrieved February 5, 2024.
  2. ^ IMDb
  3. ^ "Franklin". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved September 1, 2023.
  4. ^ a b "Shows A-Z - franklin on apple tv plus". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 5, 2024.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (February 28, 2022). "Michael Douglas To Star As Benjamin Franklin in Apple TV+ Limited Series From Kirk Ellis, Tim Van Patten, Tony Krantz & Richard Plepler". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 28 February 2022.
  6. ^ a b Wiseman, Andreas (8 June 2022). "Apple's Benjamin Franklin Series Starring Michael Douglas Adds Noah Jupe, Ludivine Sagnier, Daniel Mays, Assaad Bouab, More; Filming Starts In Paris". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 8 June 2022.