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18
Unfinished Business
2006-06-14
When a longtime outspoken critic of the Equal Rights Amendment passes away and his wife prepares to take over his Congressional seat, Mac sees the opportunity to amend the Constitution and finally pass the ERA. Meanwhile, she prepares to participate in a previously scheduled Get Out the Vote event with Templeton, which turns into more of a presidential debate.

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17
Happy Birthday, Madam President
2006-06-07
It's Mac's birthday, but her celebrating is put on hold when Americans are taken hostage in Turkey by a militant Kurdish group. Meanwhile, Mac continues interviewing candidates for Vice President, and Dickie voices his opinion about who Mac ought to chose.

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16
The Elephant in the Room
2006-05-31
When Mac's appendix bursts on Air Force One, Templeton becomes acting President since the Vice President is not on board. Meanwhile, the airline strike is taking a toll on Memorial Day weekend air traffic, one of the busiest travel times of the year, and Templeton, viewing his unique opportunity as a test-drive for his Presidential plans, handles the situation in a unique manner.

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15
Ties That Bind
2006-04-27
Mac has her Attorney General investigate the cause of the growing urban unrest in Prince George's County, Maryland. Mac learns that the county is where Chief of Staff Jim Gardner is originally from while Gardner has an unexpected visitor from the past who tells him about the situation in Maryland.

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14
The Price You Pay
2006-04-20
Carl Brantley, Mac's nominee for Attorney General, takes a hit from the Senate during conformation hearings due to his actions towards crime, but Mac remains sure in her nominee. Meanwhile, a plane carrying weapons goes missing over Pakistan and Vice President Keaton takes charge of the situation using his military experience.

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13
State of the Unions
2006-04-13
While Mac is busy preparing for her first State of the Union Address, Rod, after drinking at a reception, finds himself in a compromising position with an intern, with cameras around him all the while. When the photos are printed in the papers the next morning, the scandal threatens to overshadow Mac's State of the Union.

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12
Wind Beneath My Wing
2006-01-24
Templeton and Mac fly out to the dedication former President Bridges Presidential Library. When they land in California, Air Force One is held hostage by a man who wants to speak to the President or he'll blow up the plane.

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11
No Nukes is Good Nukes
2006-01-17
The situation in North Korea begins to escalate and Mac's leadership tried as the country worries about a potential nuclear war. In the midst of the crisis, Templeton's leadership is shown to be contradictory to Mac's, and the nation sees how having Templeton running the country may lead them a different outcome than Mac's administration.

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10
Sub Enchanted Evening
2006-01-10
A sub disaster forces a joint rescue mission with China and North Korea.

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9
The Mom Who Came to Dinner
2005-11-29
As Thanksgiving rolls around, Kate Allen, Mac's mother, comes to the White House for the holiday. Mackenzie invites Templeton and his wife for dinner, which Kate insists on cooking.

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8
Rubie Dubidoux and the Brown Bound Express
2005-11-15
Mackenzie decides to change the direction of her administration - from reaction to action - and appoints Rod as Strategic Planning Adviser, much to the disgust of Chief of Staff Jim Gardner. Meanwhile, Vince's drug test reveals that he's HIV positive and Templeton plots to use this to his advantage.

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7
First Scandal
2005-11-08
A book is released about Mackenzie, and when confidential information is exposed, suspicions begin to arise. Warren Keaton begins his confirmation hearings, but his confirmation becomes at risk when events from his past are revealed.

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6
First Disaster
2005-11-01
A hurricane strikes the Florida coast and Mac and Templeton fly to the scene to survey the damage. In Florida, Mac learns of an emergency situation involving an oil tanker that could have potentially devastating results.

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5
First Do No Harm
2005-10-25
Mac must deal with a potentially deadly situation when she learns that terrorists have smuggled explosives across the Canadian border. Mac's course of action conflicts with the Attorney General's, and Templeton enjoys being able to publicly second guess Mac.

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4
First Dance
2005-10-18
Mackenzie hosts her first official summit with the Russian President, but Templeton's plan to force cabinet resignations threaten to overshawdow the event. Templeton goes after Mac and vows that he will win against her in the next presidential election.

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3
First Strike
2005-10-11
When Mackenzie is faced with her first crisis - the death of nine DEA agents - she is able to show her leadership and strength to the nation. Templeton meets with a congressman, Warren Keaton, who wants to damage Templeton's nomination.

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2
First Choice
2005-10-04
Mackenzie Allen begins her transition into the office of the President. Her first order of duty is to select a Vice President and Nathan Templeton tries to use the situation to his advantage.

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1
Pilot
2005-09-27
Mackenzie Allen, the 45 year-old Vice President, has to chose whether or not to grant the final wish of the dying President: step down and let someone else take office when he passes. Mac's entire party agrees with the President, but Mac is determined to be President despite the obstacles and judgment she'll face.

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Commander In Chief is a political drama series that aired on ABC network from 2005 to 2006. The series was developed by Rod Lurie, who is best known for creating politically charged dramas. The show stars Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis as Mackenzie Allen, the first female President of the United States. Despite being a relatively short-lived series, with only one season of 18 episodes, Commander In Chief made an indelible impact and continues to spark conversations about gender roles in politics.

The series begins with Davis' character, Mackenzie Allen, serving as the Vice President of the United States under the leadership of President Teddy Bridges. When the President suddenly falls ill and later dies, Allen, despite pressure from her colleagues to step down, decides to assume the responsibility of leading the nation. This decision, while constitutionally correct, creates intense conflict within the ranks of the predominantly male political landscape.

The series is as much about Allen's struggle to win acceptance as the nation’s President as it is about her ability to maintain authority in personal and political matters. Beyond the Oval Office, Mackenzie Allen is also depicted as a caring mother of three children and a dedicated wife to her husband, played by Kyle Secor. This dynamic provides an interesting and unique layer to the narrative, exploring the juggling act that many women face in balancing their professional lives with their family responsibilities.

A substantial component of the series focuses on Allen's efforts to reject and navigate the traditional ‘old boys’ club’ mentality that remains deeply ingrained within the world of politics, and her fight against gender bias is a central theme flowing throughout the series. The scriptwriters weave in elements of sexism, political bias, and power dynamics skillfully, making Commander In Chief a rich and engaging viewing experience.

The supporting cast is equally fascinating, including Donald Sutherland as Speaker of the House Nathan Templeton. Sutherland delivers a strong performance, employing his tremendous acting chops to play a seasoned politician who is not particularly thrilled with the idea of a woman President. His antagonism towards Allen is delivered in civilized yet determined political jousting, often resulting in razor-sharp dialogue that elevates the show’s dramatic tension.

Geena Davis’ performance as the witty, dynamic, yet compassionate Mackenzie Allen earned her a Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Drama Series. Apart from Davis and Sutherland, the talented cast includes names such as Kyle Secor, who plays First Gentleman Rod Calloway, Ever Carradine as Press Secretary Kelly Ludlow, Harry Lennix as Chief of Staff Jim Gardner, and Matt Lanter as Horace Calloway, the Allen’s teenage son. These characters all have their own story arcs and contribute to the complex and often fraught world of White House politics.

Commander In Chief offers a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of the White House, akin to other political dramas like The West Wing, although in this case with a distinctive female touch, offering counterpoints to the predominantly male-led narratives in the genre. The series presents Mackenzie Allen as a role model, a trailblazing woman who is unafraid to break glass ceilings, indicative of what future political landscapes could potentially look like.

The series has its share of melodrama but remains grounded in reality, often focusing on relevant and valid political scenarios that reflect real-world dilemmas faced by politicians. It is not just a drama about a woman trying to function in a man’s world; it’s also about the clashing of ideologies, power struggles, appointments and decision-making – all while engaging the viewers in a thought-provoking dialogue about American society and the state of its politics.

In conclusion, Commander In Chief is a thought-provoking political drama that centers around the life of Mackenzie Allen, the first female President of the United States. It explores the challenges she faces in asserting her authority in the face of institutionalized sexism while also balancing the roles of a mother and wife. All these aspects come together to produce a compelling narrative that is both enjoyable and memorable to watch, offering an optimistic glimpse into the possibilities that lie on the horizon for modern leadership.

Commander In Chief is a series categorized as a canceled. Spanning 1 seasons with a total of 18 episodes, the show debuted on 2005. The series has earned a moderate reviews from both critics and viewers. The IMDb score stands at 6.8.

Channel
ABC
Rating
6.8/10
Cast
Geena Davis, Donald Sutherland, Harry J. Lennix, Kyle Secor, Ever Carradine, Caitlin Wachs, Jasmine Jessica Anthony, Anthony Azizi, Matt Lanter, Natasha Henstridge, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Polly Bergen, Samantha Eggar, Pamela Dunlap, Andrew James Allen, Julie Ann Emery
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