Tanner '88

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In 1988, renegade filmmaker Robert Altman and Pulitzer Prize–winning Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau created a presidential candidate, ran him alongside the other hopefuls during the primary season, and presented their media campaign as a cross between a soap opera and TV news. The result was the groundbreaking Tanner ’88, a piercing satire of media-age American politics.

  1. Garry Trudeau


  2. Robert Altman


Series Cast

  1. Michael Murphy

    Michael Murphy

    Jack Tanner

    12 Episodes

  2. Pamela Reed

    Pamela Reed

    T.J. Cavanaugh

    12 Episodes

  3. Cynthia Nixon

    Cynthia Nixon

    Alexandra Tanner

    12 Episodes

  4. Ilana Levine

    Andrea Spinelli

    12 Episodes

  5. Jim Fyfe

    Jim Fyfe

    Emil Berkoff

    12 Episodes

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Tanner '88

Season 1

1988 | 12 Episodes

Season 1 of Tanner '88 premiered on February 15, 1988.

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Type Miniseries

Original Language English

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