Tanner '88

Tanner '88 (1988)

  • Genre: Comedy, Documentary, News, Reality, War & Politics
  • Creator: Robert Altman, Garry Trudeau
  • First Air Date: 1988-02-15
  • Last Air Date: 1988-08-22
  • Total Seasons: 1
  • Total Episodes: 12
  • Status: Ended
  • Networks: HBO
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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.

  • Keywords: politics, mockumentary, miniseries, usa politics
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    Tanner '88 Seasons

    Season 0

    First Air Date:
    1 Episodes

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 1988-02-15
    12 Episodes

    Tanner '88 Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1The Dark Horse30 min
    Season 1Episode 2For Real30 min
    Season 1Episode 3The Night of the Twinkies30 min
    Season 1Episode 4Moonwalker and Bookbag30 min
    Season 1Episode 5Bagels with Bruce30 min
    Season 1Episode 6Child's Play30 min
    Season 1Episode 7The Great Escape30 min
    Season 1Episode 8The Girlfriend Factor30 min
    Season 1Episode 9Something Borrowed, Something New30 min
    Season 1Episode 10The Boiler Room30 min
    Season 1Episode 11The Reality Check30 min
    Season 2Episode 1Dinner at Elaine's30 min
    Season 2Episode 2Boston or Bust30 min
    Season 2Episode 3Alex in Wonderland30 min
    Season 2Episode 4The Awful Truth30 min
    • Michael Murphy

      as Jack Tanner
    • Pamela Reed

      as T.J. Cavanaugh
    • Cynthia Nixon

      as Alexandra Tanner
    • Ilana Levine

      as Andrea Spinelli
    • Jim Fyfe

      as Emil Berkoff
    • Matt Malloy

      as Deke Connors
    • Wendy Crewson

      as Joanna Buckley
    • Veronica Cartwright

    • Kevin J. O'Connor

    • Daniel H. Jenkins

    • Aasif Mandvi

    • Luke Macfarlane

    • Jeff Daniels

    • Ned Bellamy

    • Chris Matthews

    • Jesse Jackson

    • Bob Dole

    • Harry Anderson

      as Billy Ridenhour
    Production Robert Altman Executive Producer
    Camera Jean Lépine Director of Photography