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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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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 ...  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 »

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Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Dolby Digital



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1.78 : 1
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Actors Sebastian Stan and Dylan Baker also starred together in cancelled TV series, Kings (2009), where Stan also played a gay character. See more »


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White House or bust!
16 July 2012 | by hittocereSee all my reviews

Political Animals is a political drama based around a family that has been in the White House and a former first lady that wants to take the seat of Commander in Chief for herself. It is an easy series to follow, holds the audience's attention well, and it is full of characters that you'll want to either want to love, hate, or just plain slap.

If you ask my honest opinion of a summary for the series based off the first episode, its like watching a brilliant rendition of what it would have been like watching Secretary of State/Former First Lady Hilary Clinton run for the office of President of the United States from behind the scenes. Family scandals, adultery, nosy journalists, and backstabbing/lying politicians.

Great show, and waiting impatiently for a second episode. Great moments like the scene below. (not word for word, but you'll get the picture...)

"I didn't read your columns, but I did read your book. It was good by the way," Elaine. "...No one read my book." Female Journalist following Elaine "It may have had something to do with the title. Us Bi---es don't like to be called bi---es," Elaine with a knowing smile.

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