Notable US Presidential election races throughout American history are examined.
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Series cast summary:
Kevin Spacey ...  Himself - Narrator 6 episodes, 2016
Paul Begala ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2016
Todd Blood Todd Blood ...  Chief of Staff 2 episodes, 2016
Pat Buchanan ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2016
Newt Gingrich ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2016
Tim Naftali ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2016
David Plouffe David Plouffe ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2016
Samuel Popkin Samuel Popkin ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2016
John Sununu ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2016
Jake Tapper ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2016
Margaret Washington Margaret Washington ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2016
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'Race for the White House' is a six-part CNN original mini docu-series. The series consists of 6 episodes, each 1 hour long, with each episode deconstructing notable presidential campaigns throughout America's history. The episodes will include previously unseen archive footage, interviews & dramatic recreations. Academy Award® winning actor, Kevin Spacey, is executive producing and narrating this series. Written by Ashley Barlowe

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Exciting docudrama exploring some of America's most dramatic presidential elections


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6 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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An Inside Look At Some Key White House Races
5 December 2016 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

This CNN series takes a look at some of the key presidential races from years past and dissects them from the start of the campaign until the finish. While some of the visuals are a bit hokey and awkward, for the most part this is a great little election history lesson.

The races covered in the six episodes include:

-Kennedy vs. Nixon; Bush vs. Dukakis; Dewey vs. Truman; Jackson vs. Adams; Clinton vs. Bush

In each of these episodes, I learned things about those races that I hadn't previously known, so I was engaged the entire way through. CN makes great use of engaging graphics and energetic interviews to make sure nothing ever gets dull.

The only disappointing thing about this series (and the reason I dropped it down to 4-stars instead of 5) is that CNN awkwardly casts somewhat look-alike actors to portray each President in dramatic representation. I understand why they did this (it seems like it would be more exciting for the casual viewer to get moving images rather than static pictures), but instead it is just weird. As such, the first, second, and final episodes listed above work the best, as they are the newest and can feature actual video of the candidates. In the older ones, there is too much of the play-acting for my tastes.

Overall, though, I looked forward to "Race for the White House" each week it was airing and each time got swept up in the race being examined. I'd love to see CNN feature some different races in the future…I would tune into all of them!


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