Faux documentary series from 2049 about Bobby McCallister, the US president elected eight years earlier, and his older brother Jack. Talking head interviews with Bobby's staff are combined ... See full summary »
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 Grace McCallister (22 episodes, 2004-2005)
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 Jack McCallister (22 episodes, 2004-2005)
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 Bobby McCallister (22 episodes, 2004-2005)
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 Courtney Benedict (21 episodes, 2004-2005)
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 Peter Benedict (22 episodes, 2004-2005)
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 Marcus Ride (20 episodes, 2004-2005)
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 Missy Belknap (18 episodes, 2004-2005)
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 Tom Wexler Graham (14 episodes, 2004-2005)
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 Warren Feide (11 episodes, 2004-2005)
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Faux documentary series from 2049 about Bobby McCallister, the US president elected eight years earlier, and his older brother Jack. Talking head interviews with Bobby's staff are combined with reenactment footage of the McCallisters' teenage years, dealing with a pot smoking mother and typical high school drama. Also explored is Jack's tentative romance with Courtney Benedict. Written by rmlohner

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The music played during the opening credits is score music from The Patriot (2000), which featured ?Logan Lerman?. See more »

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During the first half of the season, Bobby is referred to as being 13 years old, but beginning in episode 1x11 they began referring to him as being 12 years old, which he remains for the rest of the season. See more »

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Madison Skutcher: [about a poem she saw in the Oval Office after interviewing Bobby] It seemed like total gibberish to me. I asked him what he liked about it. He replied 'The title.'. It was called 'The Great Believer'. So that's what I titled the article. Anyway, the nickname stuck.
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Featured in The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2005) See more »

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The seeds have been sown for greatness...
20 September 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was really drawn by the premise of this show, as well as by its loose allusions to the Kennedys, and funny, even though the acting leaves a bit to be desired and the dialogue sometimes approaches the Dawson's Creek zone. We've seen these situations before on the WB -- check out, for instance, one of Courtney's first lines when Jack tries to pick her up in the opener -- "you don't know anything about me" -- obviously implying she has some deeply-buried skeletons in the closet that will be uncovered in a later episode; very much like Andie McPhee's introduction to Pacey in Dawson's ... recycled material. However, unlike Dawson's Creek, which I watched religiously for three-plus years out pure amusement (you knew you couldn't take a show seriously in which every other line was some long-winded diatribe), there's something deeper, something more fascinating about "Jack and Bobby" that makes me keep coming back.

I believe that lies in the actual characters -- in some weird way, you really care about them. Maybe part of that has to do with the relationships -- they just seem so real. Jack has a strange love-hate relationship with his brother that actually reminds me very much of the relationship between my own brothers. Jack wants to push Bobby away because he's sick of being trailed by his annoying little brother, but at the same time subconsciously longs for his company, though denyingly embarrassed to say so. Grace is fighting to find the balance between smothering her sons and letting them do what they want. Some of the previous reviewers have criticised the show for not being explicit enough -- that Jack continuously refers to Bobby being "weird" but Bobby's actions don't support the accusation -- but they should look twice. How many of the outcasts in high school were truly those one-dimensional freaks you see portrayed too frequently in bad sitcoms? More often, the line between fitting in and being "different" is all too subtle -- I find it most interesting that Bobby is such a naive do-gooder at this point, he can't even internally comprehend what makes him so "different"... and because he can't see it, you can bet that it'll take time for the casual viewer to see it, too.

Another reason may be the flash-forwards -- you know this is not just some cheesy drama focusing on teens because they won't stay eternally young; everything they do in the here and now influences the people they will someday become, and the pieces are slowly and subtly being exposed, one by one. My greatest fear for the show is that, because we're learning about the future as we're learning about the present, the writers don't eventually get too boxed in, reveal too much about the future, and have to go back and "change" characters or take certain liberties in plot and time frame. If the writers can avoid such a pitfall week after week, there's little doubt in my mind that "Jack and Bobby" the show will be destined for greatness.

Seriously worth a watch. I can't wait for episode three.


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