Greg, I think both. The good thing about the series, and what we are not taught in school, is that the Founding Fathers are portrayed as more human rather than the near saints history would make of them. You may have dimly known that John Hancock was a smuggler, for instance, but the series is built on that premise.
You can watch the entire series commercial free online at the above link, Greg. Regardless of the authenticity- it will help a person appreciate what the colonists endured under the tyrannical British Empire. Big Government is never the answer.