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Political Animals 

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A divorced, former First Lady, is currently serving as the Secretary of State. She deals with State Department issues, while trying to keep her family together.


Greg Berlanti
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
Sigourney Weaver ...  Elaine Barrish 6 episodes, 2012
Carla Gugino ...  Susan Berg 6 episodes, 2012
James Wolk ...  Douglas Hammond 6 episodes, 2012
Sebastian Stan ...  T.J. Hammond 6 episodes, 2012
Brittany Ishibashi ...  Anne Ogami 6 episodes, 2012
Ellen Burstyn ...  Margaret Barrish 6 episodes, 2012
Ciarán Hinds ...  Bud Hammond 6 episodes, 2012
Adrian Pasdar ...  President Paul Garcetti 6 episodes, 2012
Roger Bart ...  Barry Harris 6 episodes, 2012
Dylan Baker ...  Vice President Fred Collier 5 episodes, 2012
Dan Futterman ...  Alex Davies 4 episodes, 2012
Meghann Fahy ...  Georgia Gibbons 4 episodes, 2012
Linda Powell ...  Pauline Samson 4 episodes, 2012
R.J. Kelly R.J. Kelly ...  Secret Service Agent Sam 4 episodes, 2012
Griffin Newman ...  Russ 4 episodes, 2012
LaMonica Garrett ...  Agent Clark 3 episodes, 2012
Kristine Nielsen ...  Alice 3 episodes, 2012
Ming Lo ...  Ambassador Libao 2 episodes, 2012
Brent Jennings ...  Bill 2 episodes, 2012
Michael Dostillio Michael Dostillio ...  Trevor 2 episodes, 2012
Robert Heath Robert Heath ...  Admiral Taft 2 episodes, 2012
Dean Alai ...  Jamal Khabazzi 2 episodes, 2012
Stephen Hill ...  Omar 2 episodes, 2012
Nazanin Nour ...  Roxanna Seraji 2 episodes, 2012
Robert D. Heath Jr. ...  Admiral Taft 2 episodes, 2012


Divorced former First Lady Elaine Barrish is currently serving as the Secretary of State. She finds an unlikely ally in a D.C. journalist who had previously dedicated herself to tearing Barrish to pieces. Written by Belanti

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Release Date:

15 July 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Political Animals See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Carla Gugino and Sebastian Stan have worked in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe respectively with Gugino appearing in Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) as Kryptonian ship voice Kelor and in a previous DC comics film Watchmen (2009) as Sally Jupiter / Silk Spectre while Stan appears as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier in the Captain America trilogy. See more »


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Over The Top Goodness
12 August 2012 | by apples_rule_93See all my reviews

This is one of those shows that is great for the whole ensemble. It would suck without the people that are in it. Everyone does a great job for the role they have. It has apparently gotten so-so reviews, and I am not sure why. Yes, it's over-the-top, but what isn't? And that doesn't mean it is bad. It is crazy in a great way. Every character has his/her hangups. As with all TV shows, it shows everything that has happened/can go wrong, and makes it seem real. This show feels real. Maybe I am biased - I would vote for Elaine. I am sure that the creators knew that, because Secretary Clinton (inspiration for the show) is a lot like Elaine. I think that, because it is a mini-series, people are so harsh on it. It would do great as a full- series because it would give time to focus on what needs to be focused on. But hey, I love it and I think everyone will.

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