State of the Union

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  • TV-MA
  • 2006
  • 2 Seasons
  • 6.7  (235)

State of the Union was a political drama that aired from 2008 to 2010 starring Tracey Ullman and Peter Strauss. The show is set in Washington, D.C. and revolves around the lives of the President of the United States, his staff, and some of his closest allies. The show follows the characters as they navigate the complex world of politics, deal with crises, and try to balance their personal and professional lives.

Tracey Ullman plays Ellen Moran, the president's press secretary. She is intelligent, sharp-tongued, and fiercely loyal to the president. She is often seen fielding questions from the press and deflecting criticisms of the administration. Throughout the series, Ellen struggles to balance her demanding job with her personal life. She is married to a high-powered lawyer and they have a young daughter together. Ellen's relationships with her family members often become strained due to the demands of her job.

Peter Strauss plays President Paul Garcetti, a charismatic and idealistic leader who is determined to make a difference. He is portrayed as a strong and fair-minded leader, who is willing to make tough decisions when necessary. Throughout the series, President Garcetti grapples with issues such as terrorism, environmental problems, and economic crises. He also has to deal with political scandals and attempts at undermining his authority. Despite these challenges, he remains committed to his vision for America and strives to make the country a better place.

Other characters in the show include the president's Chief of Staff, Jim Gardner (played by James Martinez), his Deputy Chief of Staff, Kate Fletcher (played by Melinda McGraw), and his Secretary of State, Miles Hutchinson (played by Michael Gaston). Each of these characters has their own agendas and ambitions, and they are constantly jockeying for position within the administration.

The show is notable for its intelligent writing, strong performances, and attention to detail. It does an excellent job of portraying the inner workings of the White House and the political process. The dialogue is crisp and realistic, and the characters are multi-dimensional and complex. The show also does an excellent job of balancing political drama with personal stories. We see the characters dealing with issues such as infidelity, divorce, and family problems, which makes them more relatable and human.

In addition to its strong writing and acting, State of the Union is also notable for its production values. The show uses real locations in Washington, D.C., and has a polished and professional look. The cinematography is excellent, and the music is well-chosen and adds to the mood of the show.

Overall, State of the Union is a well-crafted and entertaining political drama. It is not afraid to tackle complex issues or to show the intricacies of the political process. The characters are engaging, and the performances are strong. The show is able to balance drama with humor and is an excellent example of the genre. Although it was relatively short-lived, State of the Union remains a high-water mark for political dramas and is well worth watching for anyone interested in politics or drama.

State of the Union is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (20 episodes). The series first aired on January 31, 2006.

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The Last Box
10. The Last Box
February 25, 2022
Ellen and Scott arrive for their final session and share their hopes for the future and their plans for their relationship.
Kopi Iuwak
9. Kopi Iuwak
February 24, 2022
Scott and Ellen have shared a magical night together, but their newfound intimacy hits a road bump when Ellen opens up to Scott about some dark thoughts.
Facetime TV
8. Facetime TV
January 1, 2022
Ellen sees that Scott and Jay's friendship is blossoming and that he's less afraid of intimacy.
The Road Most Travelled
7. The Road Most Travelled
January 1, 2022
Scott has made huge strides since starting personal therapy, but Ellen admits that she's keeping her options open.
Intimacy Kit
6. Intimacy Kit
January 1, 2022
After Ellen grills Scott on his understanding of intimacy, both partners are left wondering if they can give each other what they need.
Led Zeppelin's Accountant
5. Led Zeppelin's Accountant
January 1, 2022
After Scott derails their counselors' relationship, Ellen is left questioning whether she wants to continue with their own.
Prison Thoughts
4. Prison Thoughts
January 1, 2022
Ellen and Scott try to assess the pain it would cause them to break up, versus the pain of staying together.
Big Mustard
3. Big Mustard
January 1, 2022
Ellen tells Scott more about her newfound religion, and Scott is left feeling further from her than ever.
Why Quake?
2. Why Quake?
January 1, 2022
Scott and Ellen discuss past betrayals, and Ellen explains just how far apart they've grown.
The Laws of Grammar
1. The Laws of Grammar
January 1, 2022
Scott and Ellen meet for coffee to prepare for their first marital counseling session; Ellen makes a shocking announcement.
Where to Watch State of the Union
State of the Union is available for streaming on the Syndicated website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch State of the Union on demand at Apple TV Channels and NBC.
  • Premiere Date
    January 31, 2006
  • IMDB Rating
    6.7  (235)