Episode Info

In the series premiere, to protect a dark family secret, Secretary of State Elaine Barrish Hammond (series star SIGOURNEY WEAVER) agrees to have hungry D.C. journalist Susan Berg (series star CARLA GUGINO) follow her during the week of her son Douglas' (series star JAMES WOLK) engagement party. Elaine grapples with seeing her ex-husband, former president Donald Bud Hammond (series star CIARÁN HINDS), for the first time in two years, and suspects her other son, Thomas T.J. Hammond (series star SEBASTIAN STAN), might be in trouble. Meanwhile, a hostage crisis in Iran drives her to make a momentous decision for the future of her family and her career. Political Animals also stars ELLEN BURSTYN as Elaine's mother, Margaret Barrish, and BRITTANY ISHIBASHI as Douglas' fiancée, Anne Ogami. Recurring guest stars include ADRIAN PASDAR (Heroes, The Lying Game) as President Paul Garcetti and DYLAN BAKER (The Good Wife, Damages) as Vice President Fred Collier.


Sigourney Weaver
as Elaine Barrish Hammond
Ellen Burstyn
as Margaret Barrish
Carla Gugino
as Susan Berg
Ciarán Hinds
as Donald "Bud" Hammond
James Wolk
as Douglas Hammond
Sebastian Stan
as Thomas "T.J." Hammond
Adrian Pasdar
as Paul Garcetti
Dylan Baker
as Fred Collier
Roger Bart
as Barry Harris
Dan Futterman
as Alex Davies
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