Tanner '88 (1988– )

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A behind-the-scenes look at a former Michigan U.S. representative's campaign as he vies for his party's Presidential nomination.

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Series cast summary:
 Jack Tanner (11 episodes, 1988)
 T.J. Cavanaugh (11 episodes, 1988)
Daniel Jenkins ...
 Stringer Kincaid (11 episodes, 1988)
 Deke Connors (11 episodes, 1988)
 Andrea Spinelli (11 episodes, 1988)
 Alex Tanner (10 episodes, 1988)
Jim Fyfe ...
 Emile Berkoff (10 episodes, 1988)
 Molly Hark (10 episodes, 1988)
Frank Barhydt ...
 Frank Gatling (9 episodes, 1988)
Sandra Bowie ...
 Stevie Chevalier (8 episodes, 1988)
 Joanna Buckley (8 episodes, 1988)
 Hayes Taggerty (7 episodes, 1988)
 David Seidelman (7 episodes, 1988)
Greg Procaccino ...
 Barney Kittman (7 episodes, 1988)


A behind-the-scenes look at a former Michigan U.S. representative's campaign as he vies for his party's Presidential nomination.

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15 February 1988 (USA)  »

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Tanner: A Political Fable  »

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Jack Tanner: [writing in his diary] March 11, 1988. I've spent the day talking with contributors. Even after a year of such calls, it still amazes me how many ordinary citizens feel strongly enough about an election's outcome to give. Their faith lends much dignity to the whole process by which we choose our country's ...
[Alex knocks]
Alex Tanner: Dad? USA Today is on the other line. They want to know, if you were a fruit or a vegetable, which one would you be?
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Why isn't Maverick Altman running for President !!
31 October 2004 | by (amsterdam) – See all my reviews

Where the whole world is holding its breath because of the upcoming 2004 election, it is refreshing to watch this TV series. Not only because of the superb acting of Pamela Reed & Michael Murphy and each and every one of the ensemble (something we almost take for granted with Altman pictures, which always give sublime acting) and the great writing, but also because it gives non-Americans some insight in Political USA.

Inspiring and clarifying, it makes one wonder first of all why it's always the wrong movie people that get elected in politics. Wouldn't we all be much more relaxed if USA politics had a bit of the Altman-touch to it...

Unfortunately, the inspiration of this Maverick doesn't seem to reach the oligarchy in power. Altman DOES show us that TV can be fascinating and uplifting, even though he got curtailed, which will keep us wondering how that 12th episode that was never shot would be like.

Does this TV-series, which is over before one knows it and doesn't seem to take the 12x 30 minutes it says on the DVD jewelbox, draw a true picture of political USA ? Being from Europe I sincerely hope not, but I'm afraid it is even worse than Tanner is showing us. 'Let's not tell too much and focus on the face'.

And even worse, after globalization and sugarfrosted horrors for breakfast, the 'old world' is quickly picking up on this terrible excrescence too...

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