Jack & Bobby 1 Season 2004

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Season 1
(9) IMDb 8.7/10

9. Chess Lessons TV-NR

Grace promises to be on her best behavior when she and Jack go to Missy's (recurring guest star KERI LYNN PRATT) house for dinner but loses her temper after Missy's father, Reverend Belknap (recurring guest star ED BEGLEY, JR.), attacks her ideals.

Starring:
Christine Lahti, Matt Long
Runtime:
44 minutes
Original air date:
November 10, 2004

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Season 1
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    1. Pilot In flash-forwards to the year 2049, White House staffers and the First Lady are interviewed, giving a midcentury perspective on the man who beat the odds and became one of the greatest leaders of his time.

    TV-NR 47min September 12, 2004
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    2. Better Days Jack angrily explodes after catching his mother, Grace, smoking pot again and gives her an ultimatum. However, after a particularly trying day, Grace seeks refuge in her old habit and is unprepared for the price she must pay.

    TV-NR 44min September 19, 2004
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    3. The Kindness of Strangers Bobby joins the "challenge program" at school and learns a powerful lesson. Meanwhile, Grace is startled by news that Bobby's teacher gives her regarding Jack.

    TV-NR 45min September 26, 2004
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    4. A Man of Faith Grace is accused by Hebba (LINA PATEL), a female Arab-American student, of letting her individual beliefs about religion influence her lectures.

    TV-NR 44min October 3, 2004
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    5. The First Lady The future reveals a dark secret about the First Lady. In the present, Jack offers to escort a depressed Courtney to her father's work fund-raiser--leading to an unexpected confession and kiss.

    TV-NR 44min October 10, 2004
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    6. An Innocent Man Grace is stunned after Peter informs her that her colleague and good friend has been accused of sexually harassing a student. Grace immediately defends her co-worker but must rethink her loyalty when new evidence arises.

    TV-NR 44min October 17, 2004
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    7. Valentino Bobby's relationship with Dex (recurring guest star JEANETTE BROX) continues to grow until Grace walks in on them kissing. After failing to convince Bobby to end his relationship with Dex, Grace and Jack take matters into their own hands.

    TV-NR 45min October 27, 2004
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    8. Election Night Heartbroken after his relationship with Dex (recurring guest star JEANETTE BROX) ends, Bobby decides to retaliate against Jack when he learns his brother is responsible for their breakup.

    TV-NR 44min November 3, 2004
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    9. Chess Lessons Grace promises to be on her best behavior when she and Jack go to Missy's (recurring guest star KERI LYNN PRATT) house for dinner but loses her temper after Missy's father, Reverend Belknap (recurring guest star ED BEGLEY, JR.), attacks her ideals.

    TV-NR 44min November 10, 2004
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    10. Lost Boys After the suicide of a friend, Jack is haunted by the thought that he should have done more to help. Meanwhile, Grace's warm, intelligent, gay younger brother, Jimmy (recurring guest star TOM CAVANAGH - "Ed"), makes a surprise visit for Thanksgiving.

    TV-NR 45min November 17, 2004
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    11. Today I Am a Man Jack is mortified after Grace catches him buying condoms in preparation for his big night with Missy (recurring guest star KERI LYNN PRATT).

    TV-NR 44min December 1, 2004
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    12. Running Scared Jack tries to resume a sense of normalcy after a brutal attack but finds that the injury may keep him from returning to his old life. Grace is blackmailed by a student who caught her leaving Tom's (recurring guest star BRADLEY COOPER) room.

    TV-NR 44min January 26, 2005
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    13. A New Frontier Bobby becomes suspicious of Grace's relationship with Tom (recurring guest star BRADLEY COOPER) after Tom coincidentally shows up during a camping trip.

    TV-NR 43min February 2, 2005
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    14. Into the Woods Jack catches Grace and Tom (recurring guest star BRADLEY COOPER) in a compromising situation and tells Grace he disapproves of her romance.

    TV-NR 44min February 9, 2005
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    15. Time Out of Life Grace and Tom's (recurring guest star BRADLEY COOPER) relationship is exposed when a fellow professor catches them kissing in Grace's office.

    TV-NR 44min February 16, 2005
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    16. And Justice for All Peter is forced to take action after learning about the relationship between Grace and Tom (recurring guest star BRADLEY COOPER). Meanwhile, Bobby and Warren decide to make some cash by doing yard work in their neighborhood.

    TV-NR 44min February 23, 2005
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    17. Querida Grace Jack and Katie's (recurring guest star KATE MARA) relationship progresses, while Courtney's comes to a screeching halt after Jack discovers Nate (recurring guest star MIKE ERWIN) is cheating on her with another girl.

    TV-NR 44min March 2, 2005
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    18. Friends with Benefits Jack finds out that Bobby has secretly decided to try out for the track team, and Jack instantly shows his disapproval. Later, Jack realizes that his relationship with Katie (recurring guest star KATE MARA) isn't what he thought it was.

    TV-NR 45min April 13, 2005
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    19. Child of God Missy (recurring guest star KERI LYNN PRATT) reveals a secret to Jack that could change their lives forever.

    TV-NR 44min April 20, 2005
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    20. Under The Influence Jack, Courtney, Marcus, Missy (recurring guest star KERI LYNN PRATT) and Randy (recurring guest star CAM GIGANDET) leave a boring school dance and drive to an after-hours party, but a deadly car accident prevents them from making it to their destination.

    TV-NR 45min April 27, 2005
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    21. Stand By Me To protect Marcus, Jack tells the police that he was driving the car the night Missy died. The guilt becomes too much for Marcus, and he confesses to his dad, who immediately calls Grace.

    TV-NR 44min May 4, 2005
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    22. Legacy In the season finale, Jack and Bobby discover that Grace plans to visit their father, Juan (LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS - "La Bamba," "Hollywood Homicide"), in a Texas prison.

    TV-NR 44min May 11, 2005

Product Details

Genres Drama
Director David Petrarca
Starring Christine Lahti, Matt Long
Supporting actors Logan Lerman, Jessica Paré, Edwin Hodge, John Slattery, Bradley Cooper, Hector Elizondo, Sam Horrigan, Steven Nelson, Adam Hendershott, Ed Begley Jr., Henry Farnam, Adam McArthur, Keri Lynn Pratt, Samantha Quan, Jonathan Redford, Pamela Roylance, Rich Fancher
Season year 2005
Network Warner Bros.
Executive Producer Mickey Liddell
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Please give it a try!
L. Garber
The storylines feel real and I love how interconnected the writers made the past and the present storylines.
Nicole Rega
The cast is fantastic!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Garber on May 21, 2012
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I don't think many people watched this series (obviously not since it only lasted one season). But it quickly became one of my favorite shows. Top-notch writing and wonderful, nuanced acting by a great cast. This was my introduction to Logan Lerman, who was all of 11 or 12 when the show aired. Phenomenal actor, especially for one so young! I've been following him ever since. The series centers around the McAllister family: single mother Grace (Christine Lahti), older brother Jack (Matt Long), and younger brother Bobby (Lerman). Grace is an overbearing, weed-smoking, super-liberal, hot mess. But she has a good heart and you end up rooting for her. Bobby will grow up to be President, although in their younger years it's Jack who seems more destined for greatness. You have to pay attention to Bobby and get past his awkwardness and by-the-book rigidity to appreciate the quiet strength and compassion inside. Both young actors do a wonderful job in their roles.

An interesting feature of the show is that it's actually set in the future, when Bobby is President, and his childhood - which is the bulk of the show - is essentially a series of flashbacks. This show was funny, poignant, and realistic in its portrayal of flawed people and the love that holds them together as a family. I loved these characters. I've been looking for it to come out on DVD since the very minute I found out the show was canceled. Finally, 7 years later, I can download it! Happy birthday to me!!

By the way, I think the writers knew the end was coming and did an amazing job of bringing closure in the final episode. So while I would've loved for the show to continue, it's a nicely contained show with just one season. If you haven't seen the series before, don't worry about there being some unresolved cliffhanger at the end. Please give it a try!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Rega on August 28, 2013
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Several years have passed since "Jack & Bobby" first premiered in 2004 on the now defunct WB network. However, I find "Jack & Bobby" to be one of the few shows that never gets old to me. It starred Christine Lahti ("Chicago Fire"), Logan Lerman ("Perks of Being a Wallflower"), and Matt Long ("Mad Men"). Long and Lerman played "Jack" and "Bobby" respectively, two brothers growing up with their single mom (Lahti) in Hart, Missouri. The interesting twist about "Jack and Booby" is that one of the two boys will grow to be president of the United States of America. The show skillfully mixes a traditional high school family drama with flash forwards to the future all while showing how events shown on the show will help shape one of the boy's presidency.

The show is also sustained by supporting cast members such as a pre "Mad Men" John Slattery and Jessica Paré, Edwin Hodge, Keri Lynn Pratt and a pre "Silver Lining Playbook" Bradley Cooper.

It's hard to explain just how much I love this show. The storylines feel real and I love how interconnected the writers made the past and the present storylines. If you're worried about starting a show that was cancelled after one season, please don't be. "Jack & Bobby" has a great, satisfying ending that won't leave you hanging. Please consider this amazing, cancelled-to-soon TV show. I'm so happy that I can download the whole season!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Wilson on June 30, 2013
I watched this show when it first aired and quickly got hooked. I loved how the writers told the story as if narrated from the future and talking about our present. Great acting. Likeable characters. Intelligent stories (I think that is what killed the show, U.S. television audiences tend to not like shows that require much thinking, thus, the run of all the reality shows). I consider this show to be one of the best I have ever seen, and that goes back to the 1960's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spyderdrvr on September 29, 2012
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This was a wonderful series that used an interesting platform to talk to democratic family values with a sense of maturity and equality. Why it never made it to dvd is a mystery. I'm thankful for the download.
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I know it came out when pushing the wrong buttons could get you flamed quickly. Now, everyone flames everyone so much we should be realising what we are presenting internationally. Returning or recasting might just work...
I liked this series because it wove together some hard issues and looked at them from pretty realistic points of view, exploring ideas that many found taboo, and many still pretend aren't issues at all. The casting was excellent in my opinion. The characters were developed diversely enough to allow most sides of an issue to be represented, and no one seemed to always get to be 'the good guy'.
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