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6 September 1977 (USA) See more »
The story of a power-hungry U.S. President, and the men he surrounds himself with in order to keep his hold on power. Based on John Ehrlichman's book about the Nixon administration.
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 8 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 37 of 38)

Cliff Robertson ... William Martin (6 episodes, 1977)

Jason Robards ... President Richard Monckton (6 episodes, 1977)

Stefanie Powers ... Sally Whalen (6 episodes, 1977)

Robert Vaughn ... Frank Flaherty (6 episodes, 1977)

Lois Nettleton ... Linda Martin (6 episodes, 1977)

Barry Nelson ... Bob Bailey (6 episodes, 1977)

Harold Gould ... Carl Tessler (6 episodes, 1977)

Tony Bill ... Adam Gardiner (6 episodes, 1977)

Andy Griffith ... Esker Scott Anderson (6 episodes, 1977)

John Houseman ... Myron Dunn (6 episodes, 1977)

David Selby ... Roger Castle (6 episodes, 1977)

Meg Foster ... Jennie Jamison (6 episodes, 1977)
Peter Coffield ... Eli McGinn (6 episodes, 1977)

Frances Lee McCain ... Paula Stoner Gardiner (6 episodes, 1977)
Barry Primus ... Joe Wisnovsky (6 episodes, 1977)

Diana Ewing ... Kathy Ferris (6 episodes, 1977)

Lara Parker ... Wanda Elliott (6 episodes, 1977)
John Lehne ... Tucker Tallford (6 episodes, 1977)

Alan Oppenheimer ... Simon Cappell (6 episodes, 1977)

Nicholas Pryor ... Hank Ferris (6 episodes, 1977)
Frank Marth ... Lawrence Allison (5 episodes, 1977)

Thayer David ... Elmer Morse (4 episodes, 1977)

George Gaynes ... Brewster Perry (4 episodes, 1977)
Phillip R. Allen ... Walter Tulloch (4 episodes, 1977)

Joseph Hacker ... Jimmy Bird (4 episodes, 1977)
June Dayton ... Mrs. Monckton (4 episodes, 1977)
Jean Howell ... Dorothy Kemp (4 episodes, 1977)
Linden Chiles ... Jack Atherton (3 episodes, 1977)
Skip Homeier ... Lars Haglund (3 episodes, 1977)
Borah Silver ... Burt Saraceni (3 episodes, 1977)
Regis Cordic ... TV Anchorman (3 episodes, 1977)

John Randolph ... Bennett Lowman (2 episodes, 1977)

Joseph Sirola ... Ozymandias (2 episodes, 1977)
Madison Arnold ... Harvey Bass (2 episodes, 1977)
James Ray ... Al Donnally / ... (2 episodes, 1977)
Richard Gates ... Bernie Tibbetts / ... (2 episodes, 1977)

Bonnie Bartlett ... Joan Bailey / ... (2 episodes, 1977)

Series Directed by
Gary Nelson (6 episodes, 1977)
Series Writing credits
Eric Bercovici (6 episodes, 1977)
John Ehrlichman (6 episodes, 1977)
David W. Rintels (6 episodes, 1977)

Series Produced by
Eric Bercovici .... supervising producer (6 episodes, 1977)
Frank Cardea .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1977)
Stanley Kallis .... executive producer (6 episodes, 1977)
Norman S. Powell .... producer (6 episodes, 1977)
David W. Rintels .... supervising producer (6 episodes, 1977)
Series Original Music by
Dominic Frontiere (5 episodes, 1977)
Series Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc (6 episodes, 1977)
Jack Swain (5 episodes, 1977)
Series Film Editing by
Gerard Wilson (6 episodes, 1977)
Harry Kaye (3 episodes, 1977)
Series Casting by
Ramsay King (6 episodes, 1977)
Series Production Design by
Jack De Shields (6 episodes, 1977)
Series Art Direction by
James F. Claytor Sr. (5 episodes, 1977)
Series Set Decoration by
Barbara Krieger (6 episodes, 1977)
Series Makeup Department
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1977)
Mary Keats .... hair stylist (6 episodes, 1977)
Gary Morris .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1977)
Series Production Management
Ben Chapman .... unit production manager (6 episodes, 1977)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lloyd Allen .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1977)
Jack Oliver .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 1977)

Bruce Hanson .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Lee Rafner .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Bud Alper .... sound mixer (6 episodes, 1977)
Howard Beals .... sound editor (6 episodes, 1977)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew Laszlo .... second unit photography (6 episodes, 1977)

Carl Boles .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Holly Bower .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betsy Cox .... wardrobe: women (6 episodes, 1977)
Bruce Walkup .... wardrobe: men (6 episodes, 1977)
Series Editorial Department
Bea Dennis .... assistant film editor (6 episodes, 1977)
Series Music Department
Chips Swanson .... music editor (6 episodes, 1977)
Bickford Webber .... music editor (6 episodes, 1977)
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (5 episodes, 1977)
Gus Levene .... orchestrator (5 episodes, 1977)
Series Other crew
Jack Clements .... location manager (6 episodes, 1977)
Kellam de Forest .... researcher (6 episodes, 1977)
Bobby Hoffman .... dialogue coach (6 episodes, 1977)
Robert L. Jackson .... technical advisor (6 episodes, 1977)
Sandy Nelson .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 1977)
Phill Norman .... title designer (6 episodes, 1977)
Ronald J. Ostrow .... technical advisor (6 episodes, 1977)
Joan Pearce .... researcher (6 episodes, 1977)

Lynn A. Aber .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)

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750 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Robert Vaughn won an Emmy for playing Frank Flaherty. In his acceptance speech, he thanked director Gary Nelson for directing twelve and a half hours of television "by himself."See more »
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Featured in The 30th Annual Emmy Awards (1978) (TV)See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Pure Pleasure, 12 January 2008
Author: Stamp-3 from London, England

I just had to put a post up about this show, which I have recently watched for about the sixth time. With all the wonderful TV that is made these days, I don't think that there has ever been a show that is more purely enjoyable (and I have been watching TV for over 50 years!).

I had actually read Erlichman's novel ("The Company") and found it a good tight little thriller, obviously using the JFK/LBJ/Nixon Presidencies as his template to tell a fictional tale.

I then saw this TV miniseries in 1977 when I was working in New York, and again back in England a year later when it was shown over here. BBC then showed it again in 1994 when I had the good sense to videotape it (good old VHS), a tape I have kept and pull out every five years or so to watch again. And I love it every time.

The brilliant stroke the writers of the show pulled was to take the book and expand it, to make a full-on comedy drama of the Nixon White House.

And the casting and the story lines are astonishingly entertaining.

Cliff Robertson (the notional hero) is OK, but he has the boring part and has to introduce "The Macguffin", which in this story is the fate of "The Primula Report".

The real fun is the political shenanigans of Senator/President Monckton (Nixon) and his appalling crew.

There are so many good performances (especially Jason Robards as Monckton, but also Andy Griffiths, John Houseman, Harold Gould etc)), but the two "tours des force" are Robert Vaughn as Flaherty and, above all, Nicholas Pryor as Hank Ferris. And the scenes between the two of them are priceless; ("Loyalty Hank, loyalty").

Pryor is amazing. Playing this frightened, ambitious, corrupt little man; the hoops he puts himself through are both hilarious and unutterably painful. The sequence where he inadvertently reveals the levels of corruption going on at The Whitehouse and is dragged over to Flaherty's office thinking he is going to be exposed is, quite simply a comic masterpiece.

And I think this is the point where I diverge from the other, very laudatory, posts on this page.

Those that remember it and have seen it, love it, but their comments are all too serious. In large part this show is a comedy. Not a comedy of jokes and "bits", but a comedy of manner, of wit. The sheer appalling behaviour of the main characters is breathtaking, but you can't help rooting for them. They are all going to get their comeuppance, but it's so much fun watching them do it.

This is a pizza and coke show, par excellence. In fact it's a soap opera, but none the worse for that. The filming technique is very dated; there are so many zoom shots and "dah dah dah" moments, it sometimes feels like an episode of Dallas, but that all adds to the fun.

In short I defy anyone who starts watching it not to be totally hooked.

I only wish they had made a sequel where we could have seen them all crash and burn (with perhaps, against all the odds, Hank actually surviving!!).

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