Dead Television Review: Jack and Bobby

John and Robert Kennedy were prehaps two of the most influential people in the history of politics, sadly both of them tragically died too soon. And sadly Jack and Bobby McCallister left too soon as well (If that last sentence was in bad taste I appologize).

Jack and Bobby premiered on The WB (remember that?) on Sept. 12th 2004 and ended on May 11th 2005. The series tells the story of two brothers (Jack and Bobby), one of whom (Bobby) become the President of the United States from 2041 to 2049.

The show’s framing device is in the form of two timelines the future (arround 2050) with friends, members of the McCallister Administration, and his wife being interviewed by an unknown reporter, and (the then) present day, where we see the boys as teenagers growing up with a smart, but zelous college professor mother. The series dealt with many things that a teen drama would usually deal with (drugs, academics, drunk driving, young love, etc) along with political drama.

Jack and Bobby was a smart idea for TV show, but as usual the damn network heads have to intervene and change the schedule over and over until they decide can finally get rid of it (I swear these networks just enjoy canceling show with huge potential). You know, if you don’t think the show is that good why greenlight a show ? This reminds me of a lesson I learned in school: If you don’t believe in the product, don’t bother selling it.

Well, I guess the creators could go to Warner Bros. and see if they can make a film based on the series. Veronica mars is getting a film and its also no coincidence that Mars was also cancelled, and much like J&B had potential, or at the very least release the show on Blu Ray and DVD. Until that day (ever) comes you can always enjoy the show on Youtube, or any video website.

Long live the great believer.

RANK: 4 out of 5

Advertisements