Jack & Bobby

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Jack & Bobby

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If "greatness is thrust upon us," as Winston Churchill once said, then it stands to reason that those who are destined for greatness are rarely aware of it. Take Jack (newcomer Matthew Long) and Bobby McCallister (Logan Lerman, The Butterfly Effect) for example: two bright young brothers growing up under the watchful eye of their eccentric single mother Grace McCallister (Christine Lahti, Chicago Hope). Grace's personality is a force of nature destined to shape both of these young men's lives and secure one a place in the history books - as President of the United States. Set in the fictional town of Hart, Missouri in the present day, the series details the relationship between these brothers and the people who shape their values and personalities, especially their mother. A brilliant college professor with an unconventional parenting style, Grace is struggling to let one son go and understand the other. Although she has no way of knowing she is raising a future president, it would not surprise her to know that her boys are destined for greatness. Jack is the big brother everyone wishes they had. A natural hero and a born leader, he seems to have everything going for him. He's the perfect role model for Bobby, who, with a big heart and a quick intellect, is nonetheless an undeniable social misfit. Bobby is caught between the rival forces of his mother and his brother, and it's impossible to please them both. The arrival of a new college president and his beautiful daughter impacts the lives of all three McCallisters. In Peter Benedict (John Slattery, Mona Lisa Smile) Grace has met not only her new boss, but an intellectual equal. Peter is a brilliant businessman with a questionable character, and Grace finds herself both attracted and repelled by him. Peter's teenage daughter Courtney (newcomer Jessica Paré) soon strikes up a friendship with Jack and forms a special bond with Bobby. The brothers eventually learn that the brave front Courtney presents to the world hides a painful family secret. Another pivotal figure in Jack and Bobby's childhood is Jack's best friend Marcus Ride (Edwin Hodge, The Alamo). Son of the owner of J.R., a popular neighborhood gathering spot, Marcus is close to Jack, but their relationship is also highly competitive. Over time, their friendship will be tested repeatedly. Exploring the idea that what happens today in the life of one child could impact the future of the entire world, upcoming episodes will focus on the events that mold Jack and Bobby's characters and shape their values. While the McCallister's family life in the present day is explored, the audience will also see glimpses of what America may be like 40 or 50 years from now. What kind of President will it take to lead the country in 2040? What kind of world will this man inherit? How will Jack and Bobby McCallister make the journey from Hart, Missouri to Washington D.C. and what will their lives mean to every American? In an era when political parties are more divided than ever, Jack and Bobby offers a look at a leader who truly unifies. His unlimited hope and optimism earns President McCallister the nickname "The Great Believer." Although the McCallister administration is not without controversy and even scandal, the underlying message is that one individual can still make a difference in the world. Each episode will be themed around some aspect of character. What makes someone inspiring? How valuable is faith or honesty? Is greatness born in a person or is it learned? The story of Jack and Bobby McCallister is the origin tale of a great leader. With flash-forward interviews of White House staffers and the First Lady, Jack and Bobby is a snapshot of a young man being molded to beat the odds and become this mid-century's greatest Presidential leader. The WB Broadcast History September 2004 - October 2004 --- Sunday 9:00 pm ET October 2004- --- Wednesday 9:00 pm ET Awards and Nominations: 2005 - Nominated - Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Drama): Christine Lahti 2005 - Nominated - SAG Awards - Best Female Actor in a Drama Series - Christine Lahti 2005 - Nominee - GLAAD Media Awards - Outstanding Individual Episode - "Lost Boys" Episode - To Be Awarded Spring 2005moreless
Logan Lerman

Logan Lerman

Robert "Bobby" McCallister

Matthew Long

Matthew Long

Jack McCallister

Keri Lynn Pratt

Keri Lynn Pratt

Missy Belknap (also starring, episode 2-20)

Jessica Pare

Jessica Pare

Courtney Benedict

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper

Tom Wexler Graham (also starring, episode 4-17)

Edwin Hodge

Edwin Hodge

Marcus Ride

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Personally I believe that Jack and Bobby should be brought back to TV. I knew many who watched it, and I myself watched it everyday.

    10
    Today I was flipping through the channels on my TV when I started to think of all the "good" shows that use to be on TV. It hit me when I thought about Jack and Bobby, I was completely devestated when it was taken off the air. I loved to watch it with my father in the living room of our apartment when he would come home at night from work, he absolutely loved it as much as I did. Personally I think that it was a very good show, and yes it may have had some content that other did not like but who cares, they have the remote and they know how to change the channel its not that hard. Personally I believe that Jack and Bobby should be brought back to television. Thank you.moreless
  • A look at the early life of a future US president.

    9.8
    Too intelligent, too good, bad scheduling ??



    I don't know what caused this series to be cancelled after only one season, but what a season it was.



    Brilliantly written and acted, this is a true gem in television history. Unfortunately, it was not recognised as such at the time and it was cancelled, too realy, too soon!!



    Clever juxtaposing of current and future events in the lives of our characters made this a special show. The quality of writing made it an excellent show and the actors involved, especially the three leads, made it unforgettable. Matt Long in particular make such an impression that I'm sure he will have a bright future in whatever he decides to do.



    Definitely "gone too soon".moreless
  • The show stars two brothers who are very different from one another. Both have the compassion and integrity to become America's future leader, but only one does.

    10
    This show was so original than anything I've seen; the characters are well developed and each play key essentials to the show. The mother is an intellect who wants her children to reach for the stars and then some. The oldest brother Jack, is rebellious to his mother, but inturn does her more proud then he'll ever know, and Bobby is the awkward little guy who finds himself later on to be the greatest president to date.



    The show starts very srong and ends even stronger. The series itself was gone too soon and played out more like a mini-series, then an actual series. Jack by far is the greatest hero that I've seen on TV. His values and courage are something every American can look up to, to become in real life. This is my favorite character of all time and his tragic end left me just as heart-broken as the people he touched in the series. Bravo, to the writers and I don't think TV will ever have something as smart and heartfelt as this.moreless
  • Take Jack and Bobby are two bright young brothers growing up under the watchful eye of their eccentric single mother Grace. Grace's personality is a force of nature destined to shape both of these young men's lives and secure one a place in history.moreless

    10
    This series was almost perfect and I loved watch the series when it was airing on television. It was funny, emotional and have drama. I thought this series would last long on air but I guess they planned to make only a few episodes and show them on television. Anyway, I was glad I was able to see the series before they ended it. To anyone who might be interested in seeing this series, good luck at finding it but I think it might be around somewhere Jack and Bobby was a really great series even with its flaws, big and small.moreless
  • AMAZING!!

    9.8
    If "greatness is thrust upon us," as Winston Churchill once said, then it stands to reason that those who are destined for greatness are rarely aware of it. Take Jack (newcomer Matthew Long) and Bobby McCallister (Logan Lerman, The Butterfly Effect) for example: two bright young brothers growing up under the watchful eye of their eccentric single mother Grace McCallister (Christine Lahti, Chicago Hope). Grace's personality is a force of nature destined to shape both of these young men's lives and secure one a place in the history books - as President of the United States. personally i beleive that Jack and Bobby should be aired back!! it was one of the best and most meaningful shows i have ever saw!!moreless
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    • dvd?
      Will there EVER be a dvd release?!?! I NEED it to come out on dvd!!!
      10/02/09
      20
    • I LOVE this show!
      I remember watching bits and pieces of this show back when it was still on the air, but I never got into it or watched a full epis...
      06/27/09
      1
    • Who's BJ
      Who's BJ? I didn't see when he first came into it..how did he come into the show & who was he? Can some1 tell me?
      05/27/07
      2
    • Help Me Locate This Episode
      Can anyone help me point out which episode there was a dialogue sort of like:"That was the last time I spoke to her (or Grace McCa...
      04/10/07
      2
    • Question please help
      Okay one day a while back i was flipping through the channels and i saw a show about two brothers and in the ep their mother was t...
      02/23/07
      3
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    parents and children, short lived series, abrasive parent, Politics, essence of youth