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Franklin OTT release date – Watch Michael Douglas as one of America’s most underrated Founding Father on THIS platform

Franklin OTT release date – Michael Douglas is Benjamin Franklin, one of the most underrated Founding Father of the United States, in this eight-part limited series that drops this summer.

Franklin OTT release date – Watch Michael Douglas as one of America’s most underrated Founding Father on THIS platform
A still from Franklin ahead of its OTT release

Last Updated: 10.04 AM, Mar 14, 2024


Franklin is an exciting new eight-part limited series on the life of Benjamin Franklin, a man of many skills and talents, ranging from scientific inventions to political diplomacy. Directed by Tim Van Patten of Game of Thrones and Black Mirror fame, the series stars Michael Douglas as the titular hero. Based on Stacy Schiff’s 2005 award-winning book A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, the show releases on OTT this summer.

Release date and trailer of Franklin


Franklin will premiere on Apple TV with 3 episodes on April 12, 2024. Subsequent episodes will be released once a week till May 17. The Apple TV original has also released a trailer on March 13, that offers a fascinating glimpse into the glamorous yet scheming world of 1770s France, America, and England. A refreshing fact about the show is that it is not going to explore Franklin’s life from birth to death. Instead, the show will explore the greatest gamble of his life.

Name of Series Franklin
Director Tim Van Patten
Number of Episodes 8
Release Date April 12, 2024
OTT Platform Apple TV+

Plot of Franklin

In 1776, an aged but full of lively vigor and charm Franklin must go on a deadly mission unlike ever before. Deadly, because the stakes were as high as the fate of his country, his own life being little compared to it. Due to the ongoing battles with Britain for independence, America was in a dire state and needed help from France to tip the scales in their favor. Now, at the age of 70, Benjamin Franklin embarks on a secret trip to France with his grandson Temple.

The trailer features amusing as well as tautly thrilling moments wrought with betrayal, deceit, lust, politics, British spies, French informers, hostile colleagues, and multiple attempts on the Franklins’ lives. But Benjamin is not so easily deterred, he has more love and vigor for his country than his lust for life. With no formal diplomatic training, armed only with charm, intelligence, street smartness, and ingenuity, Benjamin ventures forth without looking back.

And it is Benjamin’s chutzpah, bravery, and brainpower that engineers the Franco-American alliance as well as the peace treaty with Great Britain in 1783. It is ironic how a rich, old nation with little reason to associate with a stumbling new fledgling country is convinced into it solely by the bulldog tenacity of an ever patient, humorous and patriotic Benjamin Franklin, whom most remember for his scientific contributions. 

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