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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. Robert Altman


  2. Garry Trudeau


Series Cast

  1. Michael Murphy as Jack Tanner

    Michael Murphy

    Jack Tanner

    12 Episodes

  2. Pamela Reed as T.J. Cavanaugh

    Pamela Reed

    T.J. Cavanaugh

    12 Episodes

  3. Cynthia Nixon as Alex Tanner

    Cynthia Nixon

    Alex Tanner

    12 Episodes

  4. Kevin J. O'Connor as Hayes Haggerty

    Kevin J. O'Connor

    Hayes Haggerty

    12 Episodes

  5. Daniel H. Jenkins as Stringer Kincaid

    Daniel H. Jenkins

    Stringer Kincaid

    12 Episodes

  6. Jim Fyfe as Emil Berkoff

    Jim Fyfe

    Emil Berkoff

    12 Episodes

  7. Matt Malloy as Deke Connors

    Matt Malloy

    Deke Connors

    12 Episodes

  8. Ilana Levine as Andrea Spinelli

    Ilana Levine

    Andrea Spinelli

    12 Episodes

  9. Veronica Cartwright as Molly Hark

    Veronica Cartwright

    Molly Hark

    12 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 1

1988 • 12 Episodes

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

The Reality Check

(1x12, August 22, 1988) Season Finale

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Tanner '88
Tanner '88


Status Ended


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Type Miniseries

Original Language English


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