Mr. President (TV series)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mr. President
Carlin Glynn and George C. Scott
Created byEd. Weinberger
Johnny Carson
Written byDavid Lloyd
Johnny Carson
Gene Reynolds
Ed. Weinberger
Directed byMarc Daniels
StarringGeorge C. Scott
Theme music composerPatrick Williams
ComposerBill Maxwell
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes24
Executive producerGene Reynolds
Running time30 min.
Production companyCarson Productions
Original release
ReleaseMay 3, 1987 (1987-05-03) –
February 13, 1988 (1988-02-13)

Mr. President is an American sitcom created by Johnny Carson's company, Carson Productions, that starred George C. Scott and premiered on May 3, 1987. It was part of the Fox Broadcasting Company's premiere season of prime time entertainment, alongside Married... with Children, The Tracey Ullman Show, and Duet.[1]


The series centered around newly elected President Samuel Arthur Tresch, the former governor of Wisconsin. Others in the cast were Meg Tresch, Samuel's wife, who left him at the start of the second season, and Samuel's children, 16-year-old Cynthia and 12-year-old Nick. Charlie Ross was the Chief of Staff.


  • George C. Scott ... President Samuel Arthur Tresch
  • Conrad Bain ... Charlie Ross, the President's Chief of Staff
  • Carlin Glynn ... First Lady Meg Tresch; she leaves the President at the beginning of the second season
  • Maddie Corman ... Cynthia Tresch, the President's youngest daughter
  • Susan Wheeler Duff ... Jennifer, the President's eldest daughter (married)
  • Andre Gower ... Nick Tresch, the President's son
  • Madeline Kahn ... Lois Gullickson, the President's sister-in-law; after the President's wife leaves him, she moves into the White House to help care for the children
  • Earl Boen ... Dave
  • Allen Williams ... Daniel Cummings


In the summer of 1986, Johnny Carson went to the residence of George C. Scott to propose starring in a half-hour sitcom involving the day-to-day life of a man who "just happened to be the President of the United States", complete with 13 episodes as a premiere show for the upstart Fox Broadcasting Company, which had started in April. Scott found it an alluring challenge and chance to make a show better than the status quo type of programming. The result was a show that saw Scott butt heads with the attempts to emphasize gags and topical humor to go with shtick despite taking the time out of his Connecticut home to go to the West Coast (complete with a request for a motor home near the shooting stage) to volunteer services for story conferences. Scott came up with an idea for an episode where his character must appoint a Vice President and he picks a highly qualified black woman that sees repercussions ensue. However, the concept was rejected despite Scott paying a writer for a first draft, with Scott quoting the executive producer as saying, "I don't know how to do a story like that." In the buildup to the premiere, Carson described it as “not a situation comedy...I would call it more of a drama – with humor and with comedy and all the other emotions people have within a family", while Scott cited the talent alongside the chance to ensure his retirement with money.[2]

The show was cancelled in the winter of 1987. Scott, describing the working situation as "positively Byzantine", wrote an article to the Los Angeles Times relating his experience with the show within a sardonic conversation between himself and his conscience (named Sam Tresch) after he had dealt with an acute myocardial infarction in January 1988; he stated that the show had managed to succeed only in "trivializing the presidency."[3]

Episode list[edit]

Season 1 (1987)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Pilot"UnknownUnknownMay 3, 1987 (1987-05-03)
22"The Magnetic Presidency"UnknownUnknownMay 10, 1987 (1987-05-10)
33"Cabin Fever"UnknownUnknownMay 17, 1987 (1987-05-17)
44"Freedom of Speech"UnknownUnknownMay 31, 1987 (1987-05-31)
55"Meet the People"UnknownUnknownJune 7, 1987 (1987-06-07)
66"Private Moments"UnknownUnknownJune 21, 1987 (1987-06-21)
77"The First Son-in-Law"UnknownUnknownJune 28, 1987 (1987-06-28)
88"Uncle Sam"Burt BrinckerhoffBruce FeirsteinJuly 12, 1987 (1987-07-12)
99"Strange Bedfellows"UnknownUnknownJuly 19, 1987 (1987-07-19)
1010"Love's Labor Last"UnknownUnknownJuly 26, 1987 (1987-07-26)

Season 2 (1987–1988)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
111"Dear Sam: Part 1"Greg AntonacciPeter NoahSeptember 27, 1987 (1987-09-27)
122"Dear Sam: Part 2"Greg AntonacciPeter NoahOctober 4, 1987 (1987-10-04)
133"Armageddon Kinda Sore"Marc DanielsDavid Cohen & Roger S.H. SchulmanOctober 11, 1987 (1987-10-11)
144"He'll Have to Go"UnknownSybil Adelman & Martin SageOctober 18, 1987 (1987-10-18)
155"The Language Barrier"Marc DanielsDavid LloydOctober 24, 1987 (1987-10-24)
166"Loisgate"UnknownUnknownOctober 31, 1987 (1987-10-31)
177"Yes, Mr. President"Marc DanielsChristian WilliamsNovember 7, 1987 (1987-11-07)
188"Lois Gets Lucky"UnknownSybil Adelman & Martin SageNovember 14, 1987 (1987-11-14)
199"The President's Brother"UnknownUnknownNovember 21, 1987 (1987-11-21)
2010"The Christmas Story"UnknownUnknownDecember 26, 1987 (1987-12-26)
2111"Insecurity"UnknownUnknownJanuary 2, 1988 (1988-01-02)
2212"A Royal Send Off"UnknownSybil Adelman & Martin SageJanuary 16, 1988 (1988-01-16)
2313"All About Jean"UnknownUnknownFebruary 6, 1988 (1988-02-06)
2414"Get a Job"UnknownUnknownFebruary 13, 1988 (1988-02-13)


  1. ^ Keith Olbermann (2007-04-05). Countdown with Keith Olbermann (2007-04-05) (Television). MSNBC.
  2. ^ "CARSON'S 'MR. PRESIDENT' STARS GEORGE C. SCOTT". Sun Sentinel. 1987-05-01. Retrieved 2023-11-15.
  3. ^ Scott, George C. (1988-04-03). "The Casual Assassination of 'Mr. President'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2023-11-15.

External links[edit]