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The television series 1600 Penn is a comedic take on a United States president and his dysfunctional family living in the White House. Bill Pullman (Independence Day) plays president Dale Gilchrist, the stern patriarch who, along with his wife Emily Nash-Gilchrist, played by Jenna Elfman (Dharma and Greg), attempts to run the country, while maintaining a normal life for his 4 charismatic children.

The show begins with the Gilchrist's oldest son Skip (Josh Gad) returning home from college after an accidental fire, and unsuccessfully trying to help his father with his presidential duties. Meanwhile, Emily attempts to make good with her step children, Marigold (Amara Miller), and Xander (Benjamin Stockham), the two youngest, and Becca (Martha MacIsaac), the eldest teenage daughter, who resent her as a step mother. The lack of communication becomes a point of contention between Emily and the kids when Marigold and Xander speak only to Becca about their problems. Becca however, overcomes her animosity towards Emily, when she reveals to her that she is pregnant.

The show is the brain child of co-star Josh Gad (Good Vibes), former White House speech writer Jon Lovett, and Jason Winer, the Emmy award winning writer and director of shows like Modern Family and Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23. The trio have experience working in television, and collaborated on this series, inspired by Lovett's time in the White House. The shows current network, NBC, green lighted the show when Gad agreed to sign on to the project.

1600 Penn, produced solely by 20th Century Fox, is NBC's attempt at producing a more family friendly comedy on its network, and has ordered 13 episodes of the series this season. The 22 minute long show fits into the 30 minute time slot allotted. Premiering mid-season in December of 2012, the pilot episode garnered 6.9 million viewers.

1600 Penn is a Comedy series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on December 17, 2012. It has moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.8.

1600 Penn is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch 1600 Penn on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes online.

1 Season, 13 Episodes
December 17, 2012
Cast: Josh Gad
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1600 Penn Full Episode Guide

  • During an interview with Larry King, President Gilchrist poses suspicions about the legitimacy of his marriage.

  • Princess Abigail of Andorra is scheduled to attend the annual peace gala at the White House and shocks everyone when she requests Skip to be her escort.

  • After a meeting with the French President and his wife, President Gilchrist and Emily decide to go on an unconventional date night to spice up their relationship.

  • After learning Skip only needs to complete one more assignment to graduate college, Emily decides to take it upon herself to make sure he gets it done. When Becca's ideas fall flat at a committee meeting, she decides to be heard differently.

  • When Skip announces his big date with Stacey, Emily decides to make sure the date goes perfectly. Meanwhile, Dale and Xander face off in a heated game of Risk.

  • Despite Marshall's disapproval, Skip hosts an official podcast of the Gilchrist White House. In the meantime, he makes an unexpected discovery that may impact his relationship with his father.

  • President Dale Gilchrist fails to decide who to nominate to the Supreme Court, so the family heads to their ranch so he can clear his head.

  • Skip offers his own special tour of the White House after witnessing one from an official tour guide.

  • President Dale Gilchrist must clean up after Skip's involvement with a group of angry protestors. Emily tries to form a closer relationship with Xander, by helping him campaign for student body President.

  • Dale exercises his presidential authority to locate someone that could affect his family forever.

  • A presidential ball is derailed momentarily when Skip brings a date.

  • When the media gets a hold of Becca's surprising news, Skip tries to distract her. Meanwhile President Gilchrist has a group therapy session with his generals.

  • In the series premiere, meet America's first family, who never have a dull moment.

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