Political Animals: Season 1

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1 Jul 15
2012

Pilot

In this series opener, the US Secretary of State tries to protect a shocking family secret all the while dealing with an Iranian hostage crisis.

2 Jul 22
2012

Second Time Around

Douglas discovers Elaine has plans to run for office again as T.J. revisits his old habits and hits rock bottom. Elaine has Bud negotiate for the lives of Iranian hostages, pla…

3 Jul 29
2012

The Woman Problem

Elaine makes an announcement to her family; the Hammond men visit a pollster during an impromptu fishing trip; Garcetti enacts a plan that puts Elaine in conflict with her long…

4 Aug 05
2012

Lost Boys

T.J. recounts the events that lead up to his suicide attempt while dealing with his family’s lack of interest in his club opening. Douglas struggles to cope with his betr…

5 Aug 12
2012

16 Hours

Elaine’s attention is torn between catering to T.J. and a Chinese submarine rescue mission. She also makes a deal with Susan allowing her unlimited access to the rescue m…

6 Aug 19
2012

Resignation Day

In the Season 1 finale, Elaine’s plan to resign hits a snag and her resignation letter leaks to the press. Elsewhere, Douglas confesses his betrayal and makes a rash deci…

About Political Animals

Political Animals is a bold and significant look at a fictional former first family in turmoil. Elaine Barrish, a divorced former First Lady and current Secretary of State, struggles to keep her family together while simultaneously dealing with the crises of the State Department. She finds an unlikely ally in Susan Berg, a famous D.C. journalist who has spent her career tearing Elaine down. The provocative drama series will tap into the behind-the-scenes dynamics of a high-profile political dynasty, the dark – yet real – human side of life, and the often-disastrous effects of political ambition. Exploring themes that resonate in the current political landscape and taking viewers beyond the glossy ads and well-written public speeches, Political Animals will reveal a vulnerable family on the verge of falling apart.

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