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Hail to the Chief 

Julia Mansfield is the first woman to be elected President of the United States. In addition to dealing with the threat of nuclear war with the Soviet Union, spies in the cabinet, and ... See full summary »


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Complete series cast summary:
Patty Duke ...  President Julia Mansfield 7 episodes, 1985
Ted Bessell ...  Gen. Oliver Mansfield 7 episodes, 1985
Quinn Cummings ...  Lucy Mansfield 7 episodes, 1985
Ricky Paull Goldin ...  Doug Mansfield 7 episodes, 1985
Dick Shawn ...  Ivan Zolotov 6 episodes, 1985
Richard Paul ...  Rev. Billy Joe Bickerstaff 6 episodes, 1985
Burton Gilliam ...  Clovis Montgomery 3 episodes, 1985
Pat Hingle ...  Lamar Montgomery 3 episodes, 1985
Reuven Bar-Yotam ...  Nikita 2 episodes, 1985
Alexa Hamilton ...  Darlene Lubin 2 episodes, 1985
Rose Marie ...  Sylvia 2 episodes, 1985
John Vernon ...  Gen. Hannibal Stryker / ... 2 episodes, 1985
George Wyner ...  Irving Metzman 2 episodes, 1985


Julia Mansfield is the first woman to be elected President of the United States. In addition to dealing with the threat of nuclear war with the Soviet Union, spies in the cabinet, and personal attacks by a conservative religious leader, she also has to handle such personal problems as an impotent husband and a sex scandal involving her son. Written by Mike Konczewski

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9 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vad har hänt, fru president? See more »

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Actors who auditioned for the role of Gen. Oliver Mansfield include Dick Shawn (who was cast instead as Zolotov) and Spalding Gray. See more »

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A rare satire that actually gets better - more timely - with age
13 February 2010 | by eschetic-2See all my reviews

No, it actually wasn't all that well written, but my goodness was it prescient! Imagine if Hillary Clinton had actually won the White House in 2008, Bill in tow, but been saddled with a Cabinet and kids Nixon, Reagan or "Bush the Lesser" might have produced. Picture that and you'll have something close to what the creators of this Reagan Era satire must have had in mind in trying to apply the style (right down to the musical cues and canned laughter from the brilliant SOAP) to the world of national and international politics.

The Soviet Union was still together and the Middle East hadn't exploded yet, but everything else rings painfully true in the audio tapes I made (so recent and yet VCRs were just coming in!) of the first four episodes (of the seven shown) and recently stumbled across in the back of a drawer...so true in fact, that I dearly wish the company which put SOAP out on DVD would put the lone season of HAIL TO THE CHIEF on a DVD to be enjoyed again - for many people, for the first time. It might stun a lot of people including the original creators. Most satire (unless it's as brilliantly written as a MURPHY BROWN) ages rapidly, but this show actually seems better now than when it originally aired.

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