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The Presidents (2005– )

TV Series | 45 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A historical compendium of the 42 men who have served as the chief executive of the United States taking us from George Washington to George W. Bush. Each segment discusses the highlights and often lowlights of the men who have served.
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Updated Jan 30, 2005

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2005 (United States)

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Edward Herrmann
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H.W. Brands
Himself - Author, 'TR: The Last Romantic' / Himself - Author, 'Woodrow Wilson' / Himself - Professor of History, University of Texas, Austin Himself - Author, 'TR: The Last Romantic' / Himself - Author, 'Woodrow Wilson' / Himself - Professor of History, University of Texas, Austin   See fewer
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Douglas Brinkley
Director, 'Eisenhower Center' / Himself - Author, 'The Unfinished Presidency' / Himself - Director of Eisenhower Center / Himself - Director of Eisenhower Center for American Studies Director, 'Eisenhower Center' / Himself - Author, 'The Unfinished Presidency' / Himself - Director of Eisenhower Center / Himself - Director of Eisenhower Center for American Studies   See fewer
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Richard Brookhiser
Himself - Author, Founding Fathers / Himself - Senior Editor, National Review Himself - Author, Founding Fathers / Himself - Senior Editor, National Review   See fewer
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Walter Cronkite
Himself - Journalist Himself - Journalist   See fewer
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Jimmy Carter
Himself - US President (1977-1981) Himself - US President (1977-1981)   See fewer
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James Chace
Himself - Author, '1912: The Election That Changed the Country' / Himself: Author - '1912: The Election That Changed the Country' Himself - Author, '1912: The Election That Changed the Country' / Himself: Author - '1912: The Election That Changed the Country'   See fewer
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Robert Dallek
Himself - Presidential Historian Himself - Presidential Historian   See fewer
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Mel Elfin
Himself - Washington Bureau Chief for Newsweek (1965-1985) Himself - Washington Bureau Chief for Newsweek (1965-1985)   See fewer
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Eric Foner
Himself - Professor of History, Columbia University Himself - Professor of History, Columbia University   See fewer
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William M. Fowler Jr.
Himself - Director of Massachusetts Historical Society Himself - Director of Massachusetts Historical Society   See fewer
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David Gergen
Himself - Former Presidential Advisor Himself - Former Presidential Advisor   See fewer
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John Robert Greene
Himself - Professor at Cazenovia College / Author, 'The Presidency of George Bush' Himself - Professor at Cazenovia College / Author, 'The Presidency of George Bush'   See fewer
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Walter Isaacson
Himself - President, The Aspen Institute Himself - President, The Aspen Institute   See fewer
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Zachary Karabell
Himself - Author, 'Chester Alan Arthur' / Himself - Author, 'The Last Campaign' Himself - Author, 'Chester Alan Arthur' / Himself - Author, 'The Last Campaign'   See fewer
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Thomas J. Knock
Himself - Author, 'To End All Wars' Himself - Author, 'To End All Wars'   See fewer
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James M. McPherson
Himself - Editor, 'To the Best of My Ability' Himself - Editor, 'To the Best of My Ability'   See fewer
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Hugh Sidey
Author, 'Hugh Sidney's Portraits of the Presidents' / Himself - Author, 'Hugh Sidney's Portraits of the Presidents' / Himself - Time Magazine Author, 'Hugh Sidney's Portraits of the Presidents' / Himself - Author, 'Hugh Sidney's Portraits of the Presidents' / Himself - Time Magazine   See fewer
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Richard Norton Smith
Himself - Presidential Historian Himself - Presidential Historian   See fewer
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Ken Ackerman
Himself - Author, 'Dark Horse' Himself - Author, 'Dark Horse'   See fewer
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Judith Anderson
Herself - Author, 'Taft: An Intimate History' Herself - Author, 'Taft: An Intimate History'   See fewer
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James A. Baker
Himself - White House Chief of Staff (1981-1985) / Secretary of State (1989-1992) Himself - White House Chief of Staff (1981-1985) / Secretary of State (1989-1992)   See fewer
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Jean Baker
Herself - Professor of History, Goucher College Herself - Professor of History, Goucher College   See fewer
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Paul Bergeron
Himself - Editor, 'The Papers of Andrew Johnson' Himself - Editor, 'The Papers of Andrew Johnson'   See fewer
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Carol Berkin
Herself - Author, A Brilliant Solution Herself - Author, A Brilliant Solution   See fewer
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Larry Berman
Himself - Professor, UC Davis Himself - Professor, UC Davis   See fewer
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Alan Brinkley
Himself - Provost, Columbia University Himself - Provost, Columbia University   See fewer
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Michael L. Bromley
Himself - Author, 'William Howard Taft and the First Motoring Presidency' Himself - Author, 'William Howard Taft and the First Motoring Presidency'   See fewer
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Charles Calhoun
Himself - Author, 'Benjamin Harrison' Himself - Author, 'Benjamin Harrison'   See fewer
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Thomas Y. Cartwright
Himself - Director, Carter House Museum Himself - Director, Carter House Museum   See fewer
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Wesley Clark
Himself - U.S. Army Himself - U.S. Army   See fewer
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Catherine Clinton
Herself - Gilder Lehrman Center, Yale University Herself - Gilder Lehrman Center, Yale University   See fewer
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John Milton Cooper
Himself - Author, 'Breaking the Heart of the World' Himself - Author, 'Breaking the Heart of the World'   See fewer
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Tom Culbertson
Himself - Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Himself - Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center   See fewer
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Thomas J. DiLorenzo
Himself - Author, 'The Real Lincoln' Himself - Author, 'The Real Lincoln'   See fewer
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Bob Dole
Himself - Former U.S. Senator Himself - Former U.S. Senator   See fewer
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Sam Donaldson
Himself - White House Correspondent Himself - White House Correspondent   See fewer
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Robert Ferrell
Himself - Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University Himself - Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University   See fewer
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Annette Gordon-Reed
Herself - Author, An American Controversy Herself - Author, An American Controversy   See fewer
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David Greenberg
Himself - Author, 'Nixon's Shadow: The History of an Image' Himself - Author, 'Nixon's Shadow: The History of an Image'   See fewer
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Warren G. Harding III
Himself - Grandnephew of President Warren G. Harding Himself - Grandnephew of President Warren G. Harding   See fewer
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Sam W. Haynes
Himself - Author, James K. Polk and the Expansionist Impulse Himself - Author, James K. Polk and the Expansionist Impulse   See fewer
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Harold Holzer
Himself - Author, 'Lincoln at Cooper Union' Himself - Author, 'Lincoln at Cooper Union'   See fewer
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Daniel Walker Howe
Himself - Author, Making the American Self Himself - Author, Making the American Self   See fewer
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Morton Keller
Himself - Professor Emeritus of History at Brandeis University Himself - Professor Emeritus of History at Brandeis University   See fewer
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David M. Kennedy
Himself - Professor of History at Stanford University Himself - Professor of History at Stanford University   See fewer
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Marvin Kitman
Himself - Author, Making of the President Himself - Author, Making of the President   See fewer
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Roger McGrath
Himself - Author / Historian Himself - Author / Historian   See fewer
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Roy Morris
Himself - Author, 'Fraud of the Century' Himself - Author, 'Fraud of the Century'   See fewer
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Michael Nelson
Himself - Author, The Evolving Presidency Himself - Author, The Evolving Presidency   See fewer
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Leon Panetta
Himself - U.S. Congressman (1977-1993) Himself - U.S. Congressman (1977-1993)   See fewer
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James Rees
Himself - Executive Director, Historic Mount Vernon Himself - Executive Director, Historic Mount Vernon   See fewer
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Richard Reeves
Himself - Author / Presidential Historian Himself - Author / Presidential Historian   See fewer
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John Seigenthaler Sr.
Himself - Author, James K. Polk Himself - Author, James K. Polk   See fewer
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Samuel C. Slaymaker
Himself - Executive Director, James Buchanan Foundation Himself - Executive Director, James Buchanan Foundation   See fewer
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Theodore Sorensen
Himself - Former Special Counsel to President Kennedy Himself - Former Special Counsel to President Kennedy   See fewer
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Allan Spetter
Himself - Author, 'The Presidency of Benjamin Harrison' Himself - Author, 'The Presidency of Benjamin Harrison'   See fewer
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Mark Summers
Himself - Author, 'Rum, Romanism & Rebellion' Himself - Author, 'Rum, Romanism & Rebellion'   See fewer
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Evan Thomas
Himself - Newsweek Himself - Newsweek   See fewer
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Hans L. Trefousse
Himself - Author, 'Andrew Johnson: A Biography' Himself - Author, 'Andrew Johnson: A Biography'   See fewer
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Timothy Walch
Himself - Director of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum Himself - Director of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum   See fewer
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Peter A. Wallner
Himself - Author, 'Franklin Pierce: N.H.'s Favorite Son' Himself - Author, 'Franklin Pierce: N.H.'s Favorite Son'   See fewer
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Susan Ware
Herself - Historian, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Herself - Historian, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study   See fewer
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Harry Watson
Himself - Author, Andrew Jackson vs. Henry Clay Himself - Author, Andrew Jackson vs. Henry Clay   See fewer
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George Bush
Himself Himself   See fewer
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George W. Bush
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Bill Clinton
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Calvin Coolidge
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Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Gerald Ford
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Warren G. Harding
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Benjamin Harrison
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Rutherford B. Hayes
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Lyndon B. Johnson
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John F. Kennedy
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William McKinley
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Richard Nixon
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Ronald Reagan
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Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Theodore Roosevelt
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William Howard Taft
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Harry S. Truman
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8.6 / 10 | 232 votes