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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 Location Management
Jack Clements .... location manager (6 episodes, 1977)
Stuart Neumann .... location manager: Washington, D.C. (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
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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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A True Portrait of Nixon, 7 June 2001
Author: consortpinguin from NH -- the First primary State

I enjoyed "Washington: Behind Closed Doors." This mini-series aired in 1977, not long after Watergate and Vietnam made this country distrustful of its Federal Government.

The thinly-veiled plot line follows the Nixon Administration's rise and fall with uncanny accuracy. The writers must have known someone on the inside. Jason Robards stood out as always playing President "Richard M. Monckton" and he did not rely on caricature like David Frye, Rich Little, and other comedians of them time. He had just the right mix of pragmatism, enthusiasm, and two-faced deceit. Robert Vaughn made a perfect Haldeman / Ehrichman type, openly manipulative and arrogant. William Daniels also brought the "Plumber" character to life, with traces of Chuck Colson and G. Gordon Liddy.

I don't believe this series has ever been repeated. I think enough time has passed to give the American people some perspective on Nixon, who spent his last years trying to repair his legacy. A lot of new evidence has come out since then, confirming the worst about Nixon and his whole administration, as well as the Johnson White House.

This show should be required viewing for every new U.S. President. I think that the lesson learned is that the president will not get away with lying to the American people for very long. Because we have a free press and a two-party government, somebody eventually will spill the beans. "The Pentagon Papers," "All The President's Men," "The Final Days," and "Dereliction of Duty" come to mind as exposes of lies from the White House. And...I won't mention any names, but... there was a recent president who found out that the cover-up was worse than the fun and games in the Oval Office.

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