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Political Animals

1 Season

Season 1
4.5 out of 5 stars (116) IMDb 7.8/10

Political Animals is a bold, significant look at a fictional former First Family in turmoil. The provocative one-hour drama stars Sigourney Weaver as a divorced former First Lady and current Secretary of State trying to keep her family together while...

Starring:
Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino

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Season 1

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1. Pilot

In this new series, Sigourney Weaver stars as Elaine Barrish Hammond, a former first lady and current secretary of state, who lets a hungry journalist (Carla Gugino) follow her.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 hour, 12 minutes Release date: July 14, 2012
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2. Second Time Around

Elaine sends Bud to diffuse the Iranian hostage situation, throwing him back in the spotlight - and putting Douglas and Anne's engagement party in peril.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: July 21, 2012
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3. The Woman Problem

Threatened by Elaine's skyrocketing popularity, Garcetti (ADRIAN PASDAR) hatches a plan that finds Elaine at odds with her longtime mentor - a Supreme Court justice.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: July 28, 2012
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4. Lost Boys

After a grueling overseas tour, Elaine returns to D.C. to find the country in a diplomatic crisis, leaving her sparring with the Garcetti administration.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: August 4, 2012
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5. 16 Hours

Elaine finds herself torn between staying by T.J.'s side and handling the rescue of a Chinese submarine. Douglas may cross a boundary that could jeopardize his future.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: August 11, 2012
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6. Resignation Day

President Garcetti (ADRIAN PASDAR) throws a wrench in Elaine's plan to resign from his cabinet. An unforeseen event leaves the Hammonds - and the country - at a crossroads.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: August 18, 2012
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Political Animals follows the careers, private lives and fortunes of a former First Family transparantly based on the Clintons. Sigourney Weaver plays Elaine Barrish, the character based on Hillary Clinton and she does a wonderful job. Elaine Barrish was a former first lady who ran for the Presidential Nomination of the Democratic Party and lost to a younger, more media friendly male candidate. Elaine Barrish then campaigned for that President and was named Secretary of State, a role where she did a very good job and that increased her popularity, especially in light of the lackluster performance of the president.

Bud Hammond is the Bill Clinton character and Ciarin Hinds does a wonderful job combining both the lovable and the creepy in a man who loves his wife but is incapable of keeping his hands off other women. Political Animals is more of a family drama and soap opera than a political drama, desptie the inclusion of a plot point with hostages in Iran and the tacit permission of the POTUS for Iran to kill American hostages for political purposes, a plot that Elaine dashes rather expertly.

I enjoyed Political Animals for its soapy exuberance rather than its political acumen, but the conspiracy nut inside of me thinks that the purpose of Political Animals is to float the idea of Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, running for President again based on her performance and popularity as Secretary of State. Otherwise why make the characterizations of this political family caricatures?
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It is a shame this show ended so soon as it had a lot of promise. Of course, it is a shame to see anything with Ellen Burstyn come to an end as she is a true national treasure. Ciaran Hinds does an incredible job as a good ole boy philanderer of an ex-president. For me the one thing I couldn't get past was Sigourney Weaver in this role as a defeated presidential candidate and now Secretary of State. While she is an accomplished and talented actress, I don't think she fit the role very well. Of course, the direct parallel to a real life American Political family may have actually hampered this show, for while Hinds made a fairly decent Bill Clinton, Weaver couldn't match it with anything like Hillary Clinton.
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This isn't a show for everyone. Some will probably find it to be too soapy, others will probably find it boring, but I actually enjoyed it. The key is getting through the first episode. The first episode is a bit of a mess, but in the other five episodes the show manages to find its ground.

What surprised me the most with this show was how, even with only six episodes, I managed to come to care about the characters. By the end of the final episode, I really came to love this screwed up family. Sure, it is a political show, but there's also a family at the center of the drama.

As someone who has a loved one suffer from drug addiction, watching the scenes with T.J. (played by Sebastian Stan) really tugged at my heart strings. He was amazing in this role. The pain, the hurt, all of it? It felt real. I think his story arc was easily my favorite out of every one's because Sebastian completely owned that role. Although I loved every scene that Ellen was in.

I really enjoyed this mini-series, and I'm still bitter that we won't get to see more from these characters, especially after that ending. But even though the series ended on a cliffhanger, I would still recommend viewers check it out if only for the fantastic performances by the cast.
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I love this show. It got a little bit of a bad rap it seemed from some reviewers. It's not political enough, or if it was too political it would be more scrutinized. At its heart is the dysfunctional, political family the Hammonds. And an ambitious reporter who is trying to get the inside scoop, played by the captivating and incredible Carla Gugino. This woman is the real star here. Sigourney Weaver is amazing as Secretary of State Elaine Barrish, newly divorced from Bud Hammond, who just happens to be the former President. This show was billed as a limited series event with a six episode run. I'll admit, its started out a bid shaky, but found its footing. By episode 6, it was right where it needs to be.

The great thing about this show is it never takes itself too seriously. Its kind of winking at you the whole time. Very tongue in cheek. The whole cast is spectacular, including Ellen Burstyn, Sebastian Stan, and James Wolk. Everyone has secrets and demons. One minute its super serious, the next hilarious. Its fun, exciting, and alluring. I hope USA picks up this show for a second season. I found it to be the most entertaining series of the summer. USA is forever putting out incredible series. This one is a bit different. Its more F/X, HBO, or Showtime series TV. But not quite. Its a bold move for USA. Its nice to have something different besides lawyer and cop shows every once in awhile. Great series. I highly recommend it. Don't judge the series by the pilot. Like everything else, it needs time to grow into itself. Here's to hoping it makes it to season 2.
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Absolutely love this mini-series every sinceI found it on Netflix! Cast is amazing, drama is great, so amazing to see 'Bucky Barnes' play a convincingly heartbroken, gay addict. It's sad it never had a spin-off :/ Definitely worth the watch!
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