Show Type: Sitcom
First Telecast: April
July 30, 1985
April 1985 - July 1985,
Tuesday 9:30-10:00 on ABC
Oliver Mansfield..... Ted Bessell
Dmitri Zolotov / Ivan Zolotov.....
of State LaRue Hawkes..... Glynn Turman
Luger..... Herschel Bernardi
Senator Sam Cotton.....
Ricky Paul Goldin
Billy Joe Bickerstaff.....
the Spy..... Alexa Hamilton
The President of the United States
was surrounded by a cabinet of crazies in this about life in the White House under the first
woman chief executive.
Created by the creator of Soap (Susan Harris), it used the same
type of semi-serialized story lines as the earlier hit, and even some similar
plots. Madame President was confronted by such ongoing crises as her husband Oliver's
inability to make love; a lunatic major threatening to start World War
III; an equally lunatic Russian Premier Zolotov on the hotline; the blackmailing of
her husband by KGB head Ivan (the Premier's twin brother) after
Oliver was caught in a compromising position with sexy spy Darlene; son Doug's impregnating of General Stryker's daughter; and an
attempt to impeach her by ranting Rev. Billy Joe, who maintained that
Satan had put this the White House.
Hawkes was the sensible Secretary of State,
who was often out-shouted by National Security Advisor Luger and General Stryker.
The President's three children were tennis pro Doug, Lucy (who had the hots for Raoul the Butler), and little Willy; Lenore was Julia's
bedazzled mom, and Randy her chief Secret Service agent. The whole ensemble was
voted out of TV office after only seven episodes.