TV's Greatest Presidents

In honor of President's Day, we've rounded up five of TV's greatest, bravest, and boldest fictional presidents.

5. President Henry Hayes (William Devane), Stargate SG1
Given the real U.S. President at the time this show aired, Hayes' wide-eyed dopiness hit a little too close to home.

4. President Julia Mansfield (Patty Duke), Hail to the Chief
Though President Mansfield wasn't re-elected after her short-lived seven-episode career, she broke considerable ground as television's first female president.

3. President Mackenzie Allen (Geena Davis), Commander in Chief
Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Grant, Eisenhower, Coolidge, Van Buren... and Allen. All brave and influential red-headed presidents.

2. The 40th President of the United States (Richard Pryor), The Richard Pryor Show
If you could go back in time and see an actual debate between Pryor, Carter, and Regan, who do you suppose would have won the election?

1. President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen), The West Wing
Highly intelligent, debonair, quick-witted, and equipped with a most-capable White House staff, President Bartlet was almost too good to be true. Hence those 'Bartlet for President' bumper stickers you may recall from the early 00's.

NEXT: SNL's Best Presidential Impersonations

SNL's Best Presidential Impersonations

Real presidents have come to learn that no one is safe from Saturday Night Live.

5. Dan Ackroyd as Jimmy Carter

4. Darrel Hammond as Bill Clinton

3. Dana Carvey as George H.W. Bush
Carvey stays the course as the best impersonator of Bush senior.

2. Fred Armisen as Barack Obama

1. Chevy Chase Gerald Ford
Ford's clumsiness was great fodder for Chase's slapstick.

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