You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.


‘We Hate Paul Revere’: The sitcom is coming! The sitcom is coming!

istock photo

Fans of Paul Revere are spreading the alarm about a potential new television show with the provocative title “We Hate Paul Revere.” According to Deadline Hollywood, the network AMC is working on a comedy about “two brothers living in colonial Boston who are not fans of local industrialist and activist Paul Revere.”

“I hate this idea,” tweeted @PaulRevere1734, an account associated with the North End landmark Paul Revere House.

Continue reading below

Given the idiosyncracies of television production, the show may never air. But if it does, Bostonians should keep an open mind. Colonial-era Boston was the birthplace of independence, but it doesn’t need to be kept behind glass like an antique. As it is now, the city then was a contentious environment full of bumptious characters. If Revere can be brought to life in a Twitter feed, putting his enemies in a sitcom isn’t much of a stretch.

If anything, the way colonial-era Bostonians like Revere and Samuel Adams are often flattened out into two-dimensional heroes in popular culture does history the greater disservice. “We Hate Paul Revere” might be great television, or it might be terrible. But if it breathes life into colonial Boston, what’s to hate about that?

Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of