Monday, March 22, 2010

Hail to the Chief (1985) TV series

Julia Mansfield is the first woman to be elected President of the United States.

Weird, ahead of it's time show with an impotent ("You're my Commander in Chief!") ex-astronaut husband played by the legendary Ted Bessell, a gay personal secretary and other quirks. Fun to hear the word "Homo" on TV, really pricks the ear. This is a Susan Harris show, similar to "Soap" or "Benson", even the theme music is the same lilting type ditty. One funny note, during the first episode the Prez (Patty) says to her husband, "I didn't intend to be President but the law says when the President can't fulfill his obligation the Vice-President takes over". Get it? She wasn't a popularly elected President, she came in through the side door. Read into that what you will. One nice touch was the artistic hand drawn frames used in the title sequence. Very classy, like they don't do no more.
Season 1, Episode 1
9 April 1985

Hail to the Chief (1985) TV series
Cast: Alexa Hamilton, Burton Gilliam, George Wyner, Glynn Turman, Herschel Bernardi, Joel Brooks, Pat Hingle, Patty Duke, Richard Paul, Ricky Paull Goldin, Rose Marie, Ted Bessell

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