Tanner '88

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.

TitleTanner '88
First Air DateFebruary 15th, 1988
Last Air DateAugust 22nd, 1988
GenresComedy, Documentary, News, Reality, War & Politics
NetworkHBO
Executive ProducerRobert Altman
Number of Seasons1 Seasons
Number of Episodes12 Episodes
Plot Keywordspolitics, mockumentary, miniseries, usa politics
Michael Murphy
Michael Murphy
Jack Tanner
Pamela Reed
Pamela Reed
T.J. Cavanaugh
Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
Alexandra Tanner
Jim Fyfe
Jim Fyfe
Emil Berkoff
Matt Malloy
Matt Malloy
Deke Connors
Wendy Crewson
Wendy Crewson
Joanna Buckley
Veronica Cartwright
Veronica Cartwright
Kevin J. O'Connor
Kevin J. O'Connor
Aasif Mandvi
Aasif Mandvi
Luke Macfarlane
Luke Macfarlane
Jeff Daniels
Jeff Daniels
Ned Bellamy
Ned Bellamy
Chris Matthews
Chris Matthews
Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
Harry Anderson
Harry Anderson
Billy Ridenhour