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Political Animals is a USA Network original series which will consist of six, one hour long shows. Sigourney Weaver stars as Elaine Barrish, an ex-first lady who is named Secretary of State by the new President. The drama starts for her when she asks for a divorce from her husband, who is the former President, after a history of him cheating on her. With her family falling apart and her political career struggling, she finds a friend in the journalist who was previously out to destroy her career and reputation. The show focuses on Elaine and how she deals with her political career and family issues.

The main character in Political Animals contains many similarities to a real life former First Lady and Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton. However, cast members have said that any similarities are not meant to reflect the Clinton's family life and issues. Rather, the story of Political Animals is about all families who have entered the White House and the unique issues they face try and hide while in the public view. The producers wanted to show the lives of our politicians from a different angle than what the public is used to seeing and show that political families are not just smiling faces in a TV ad, they are people struggling with issues that most of the population will never face.

Political Animals will take the viewer on an emotional journey. Elaine will struggle through many issues in her political career. At the same time, she tries to keep her family together. Elaine goes from seeming like a cold, reserved First Lady to a vibrant, loving mother and dedicated Secretary of State. Most of all, Political Animals shows the difficulties of juggling a family and intense political career leading the viewer to have a new found respect for the families that enter the White House.

Political Animals is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on July 15, 2012.

Political Animals is available for streaming on the website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Political Animals on demand atiTunes online.

Sunday 10:00 PM et/pt on USA
1 Season, 6 Episodes
July 15, 2012
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino, James Wolk, Sebastian Stan, Ellen Burstyn
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  • In the first season finale, Elaine's intention to resign is put on hold, but her resignation letter leaks to the press. Elsewhere, Douglas confesses his betrayal and makes a rash decision; and an unexpected event leaves everyone at a crossroads.

  • In the aftermath of T.J.'s overdose, Elaine is torn between staying by her son's side and handling the rescue of a Chinese submarine. Bud finds out why T.J. attempted suicide last December, and takes matters into his own hands. In exchange for keeping Susan quiet on T.J.'s overdose, Elaine grants her unlimited access to the submarine rescue mission.

  • Elaine is bombarded by a diplomatic crisis upon her return from overseas. Elsewhere, T.J. remembers the events preceding his suicide attempt and deals with his family's disinterest in his club's opening; and Douglas struggles to cope with his betrayal.

  • Elaine makes an announcement to her family; the Hammond men visit a pollster during a spontaneous fishing trip; Garcetti sets in motion a plan that creates tension between Elaine and her longtime mentor; and Susan shares her top-secret story with Alex.

  • Bud is forced to diffuse the Iranian hostage dilemma, thrusting him back in the spotlight and interfering with Douglas' engagement party. Elsewhere, Douglas discovers Elaine's intentions to run for office again; T.J. turns back to old habits and hits a new low.

  • In the series premiere, secretary of state Elaine Barrish agrees to allow an assertive D.C. journalist, Susan Berg, follow her for the week in an effort to keep a family secret buried. Meanwhile, a hostage crisis in Iran drives Elaine to make a momentous decision for the future of her family and her career.

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