1600 Penn: Season 1 (2012 - 2013)

Season 1
1600 Penn

Critics Consensus

Broad but likeable, 1600 Penn unfortunately doles out its jokes unevenly and lacks the cutting wit necessary to meet its satirical aims.



Critic Ratings: 38


Audience Score

User Ratings: 13
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Air date: Dec 17, 2012
Air date: Jan 10, 2013
Air date: Jan 17, 2013
Air date: Jan 24, 2013
Air date: Feb 7, 2013
Air date: Feb 21, 2013
Air date: Feb 28, 2013
Air date: Mar 14, 2013
Air date: Mar 14, 2013
Air date: Mar 21, 2013
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A U.S. president, his wife and their four kids are followed in this short-lived NBC comedy series that chronicled the ups and downs of family life in the White House. The first and only season saw President Dale Gilchrist (Bill Pullman) and First Lady Emily Nash Gilchrist (Jenna Elfman) welcoming their eldest son Skip (Josh Gad) back to the family fold after Skip has a very bad public mishap, while daughter Becca (Martha MacIsaac) deals with an unexpected pregnancy. Subsequent episodes found the Gilchrist clan navigating both political and personal obstacles, all the while dealing with many visitors and foreign dignitaries frequently causing havoc in the White House. Larry King guest-starred as himself in the series finale. This was Pullman's second turn as Commander-in-Chief, the first being the blockbuster film "Independence Day."

Critic Reviews for 1600 Penn Season 1

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (23)

The latest in an explicably long line of NBC comedic misfires.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

The series does not focus on politics, but rather how public figures struggle with private issues.

Dec 17, 2013 | Full Review…

They're all so broadly-written, they must print the scripts on billboards.

Dec 17, 2013 | Rating: D | Full Review…

As funny as 1600 Penn can be, after a while the laughs grow fewer and further between.

Dec 17, 2013 | Full Review…

Loud and silly as it is, the show also manages to create and define its characters skillfully

Dec 17, 2013 | Rating: 2.5 | Full Review…

The show is goofy, almost unbearably so at times. But it's still somehow likable.

Dec 17, 2013 | Full Review…

It just feels like a thrown-together idea, a way to combine different types of people with varying outlooks into a relatable sitcom in the world's most famous house. What it does is create a scatterbrained and relatively uninteresting show.

Oct 23, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/10 | Full Review…

While 1600 Penn aims for goofy at times in terms of the humor, the cast is great and there's potential for the show to settle in as something fun and different from your standard family-focused sitcom.

Oct 23, 2018 | Full Review…

If viewers can embrace the ridiculousness, they'll find themselves laughing.

Jan 9, 2013 | Full Review…

Can wacky family shenanigans and national politics ever be combined in a smooth and pleasing manner? Judging by the first three episodes of 1600 Penn, those two things mix about as well as Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill.

Dec 17, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 1600 Penn: Season 1

  • Apr 12, 2017
    Well written, well acted...story lines that are all too rare these days
  • Jan 25, 2017
    This show should have gotten better reviews. Not only did it have the star power of Josh Gad and Bill Pullman, but the premise was solid, and the supporting cast was terrific. What happened here? New president Dale Gilchrist (an acceptable performance by Pullman) and Emily Nash-Gilchrist (played excellently by Jenna Elfman) are trying to raise four very different children, while also trying to run a country. Skip (in what I consider Josh Gad’s finest role) is a 27-year-old man-child who comes home to the White House after many years at college, while Beka (played straight by Martha McIsaac) is a giant nerd who dreams of following in her father’s footsteps. They are nigh-constantly assisted by press secretary Marshall Molloy (the hilarious Andre Holland), who is forever trying to keep a lid on Skip (and the rest of the family)’s antics. It’s a solid comedy that was sadly overlooked in its time. I doubt you will see a Kickstarter to revive it anytime soon, but I have found it very rewatchable, and a neat twist on the family sitcom formula.
  • Jan 30, 2014
    Awful show and it got cancelled for good reason!

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