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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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Excellent thinly-disguised Watergate drama See more (7 total) »


 (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
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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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Excellent thinly-disguised Watergate drama, 5 November 2011
Author: andrew-lyall from Ireland

This is the Nixon Whitehouse with the expletives deleted, but somehow manages to be just as menacing and obscene, thanks to the acting of Jason Robarts and Robert Vaughn and other excellent actors. But Nicholas Pyor (Hank Ferris) as the weak, ambitious, amoral, eternally scared director of communications is a masterful piece of acting. He is alternately scared, full of hubris and fragile self-confidence, willing to do anything to please his bosses,then self-doubting. He deserved an Oscar. It is indeed a comic performance and a comedy of manners as another reviewer rightly pointed out. One blemish is that the women all seem hopelessly weak and fickle. Sally Whalen breaks her own rule about not getting involved with a married man and then lives to regret it. The girl with the strangely intense blue eyes (whose name I forget) falls hopelessly for the philandering Roger Castle and seems unable for far too long to see him for what he is. Again, Hank Ferris's inept attempts emulate Castle are wonderfully realized. The real Nixon was somewhat more complex than the TV drama manages to portray. For example, the scene where President Monkton goes out the talk to the Vietnam War protesters is portrayed as a scheme got up by the Pryor character as a cynical ploy, whereas in reality it was Nixon's own idea, it took place at night when he was unable to sleep and obviously, within his own rather severe limitations, sincere. Perhaps it was thought that to portray that would obscure the main theme of the drama. Truth often does. Not much to put against the tens of thousands of deaths in Vietnam and Cambodia, but he was not quite as one-sided as the fictional version. And at last the series is available on DVD, via

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