Graves: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1

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Graves squanders the talent of its star, Nick Nolte, and lacks the sharp satire needed to live up to its claim as a political dramedy.



Critic Ratings: 10


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User Ratings: 28

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Air date: Oct 16, 2016

Former U.S. President Richard Graves (Nick Nolte) spirals into an existential crisis in the series premiere of this comedy about an erstwhile commander in chief trying to right the wrongs of his administration 25 years after his presidency.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2016

Staff and family are unsuccessful trying to prevent Graves from discovering that his attempted assassin is seeking a furlough to visit his dying mother.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2016

Graves shows support for Mexican immigrants, creating complications for the family. In addition, Graves coaxes a bureaucrat to grant amnesty to a group of illegal immigrants.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2016

Graves reluctantly attends his speechwriter's gay nuptials, which forces him to face that his own views are on the wrong side of history.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2016

Graves heads to New York for one last adventure with a longtime ally who's dying of cancer.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2016

Margaret grows concerned about her husband's odd behavior and enlists a therapist to visit the Graves home.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2016

Graves tries to make amends for mistakes he made with Native American groups during his presidency. Meanwhile, Isaiah's blooming relationship with Sammy suffers damage.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2016

A TV news team arrives in the family home to shoot a special on Graves' post-presidential life.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2016

Graves travels across state lines to lure Isaiah back to his staff as Christmas approaches. Also, Margaret organizes her campaign office as her quirky rival proves to be a challenge.

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Air date: Dec 18, 2016

Graves enlists Isaiah's help in crafting a speech at a Republican convention as both attempt to suppress rumors about Margaret's relationship with Jonathan Dalton.

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In this comedy series, President Richard Graves (Nick Nolte), a former two-term POTUS, embarks on a quest to right the wrongs of his administration and reclaim his legacy 25 years after leaving the White House. With topics ranging from immigration to gay rights, foreign policy and public funding for arts and science, Graves' unexpected change of heart takes place just as his wife, Margaret Graves (Sela Ward), decides it's time for her to pursue her own political ambitions. Guest appearances include Nia Vardalos, Nora Dunn, Ernie Hudson, Martin Bashir and Chris Elliot.


Nick Nolte
as Richard Graves
Sela Ward
as Margaret Graves
Angélica María
as Ramona Alvarez
Skylar Astin
as Isaiah Miller
Callie Hernandez
as Samantha
Chris Lowell
as Jeremy Graves
Nia Vardalos
as Annie Spiro
Chris Elliott
as Thomas Nash
Heléne Yorke
as Olivia Graves
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Critic Reviews for Graves Season 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (8)

Graves is billed as a "dramedy," but its comedic beats to often are out of rhythm.

Oct 14, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

Whether you're with her or want to make America great again, Graves is the timely political comedy you didn't know you needed to see.

Oct 13, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's another First Family comedy where the funny parts feel overexerted.

Jan 25, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

In its moments, Graves can be quite persuasive, even moving. (It can be corny too, but corn can work.)

Oct 17, 2016 | Full Review…

You probably need to be left-leaning or at least politically neutral to enjoy the new Epix comedy Graves, which begins Sunday, though really everybody should savor Nick Nolte's performance in it. The guy was born to be a growly old man.

Oct 14, 2016 | Full Review…

Graves aims for Bulworth, but ends up Guarding Tess.

Oct 14, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Not quite a Capra-esque redemption fable, not quite a satirical lampoon and rarely the vehicle to capitalize on Nolte's many strengths, the show about the toll of the presidency made very little impact on me.

Oct 12, 2016 | Full Review…

The political comedy, starring Nick Nolte and Sela Ward, is both genuinely funny and genuinely moving, displaying a kind of rigor in its storytelling that is frequently lost on networks new to original programming.

Oct 6, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Graves is more optimistic than Veep and far more low-key than Scandal, and its aided in its ambitions by a fantastic cast.

Oct 27, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Just try not to cringe when the washed-up and self-pitying POTUS goes rogue with a pot-smoking waitress (Callie Hernandez) and has an epiphany that he must now atone for his many political sins. Which I assume includes mugging.

Oct 14, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Graves: Season 1

  • Jan 31, 2020
    This political comedy series is seriously pee I'm your pants funny. Considering today's political climate it's all the more interesting. Classic Nick Nolte kind of character.
  • Dec 11, 2019
    Achingly unfunny like a bad CBS sitcom, couldn't take anymore
  • Aug 19, 2019
    Underrated (note audience vs. critics). Some relief from politics without giving up politics -- and some welcome feel-good where little can be expected from reality.
  • Feb 02, 2017
    Love this show. My new favorite!
  • Jan 23, 2017
    Funny, intelligent and very well acted. Sela Ward is amazing, as is Nick Nolte and the supporting cast.
  • Dec 10, 2016
    Wasn't expecting much, but was massively surprised at how hilarious this show is. Binged the first 8 episodes on demand and laughed my ass off right through.
  • Nov 15, 2016
    I love the show feels timely for sure. It's like a sad veep with funny moments. Love the cast and the idea of the show. I am very interested to see where they take it. I hope they give it some room to find its way. I see other reviews are not so great I wonder if they watched all the shows you need to let it soak in I think. I love the show. But I also loved 48 hours.

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