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1600 Penn TV Show Review

Pilot Scoop: 1600 Penn

A new funny family is moving into the White House — and NBC's coveted Thursday night lineup — on Jan. 10. Midseason series 1600 Penn stars Bill Pullman as the presidential patriarch to a wacky First Family, including dim bulb Skip (Josh Gad) and new trophy wife Emily (Jenna Elfman). NBC is airing a preview of the pilot tonight, and we're letting you know whether we're voting yea or nay on the comedy.

  • What it's about: The president's earnest-but-thick-headed son, Skip, moves home to the White House following an embarrassing incident at college, where he's been on the seven-year plan for graduation. His family, including his secretly pregnant sister (Martha MacIsaac) and eager-to-please new stepmother, are generally happy to have him back, but his penchant for moronic accidents puts everyone on edge, especially the secret service.
  • Where it works: This ensemble is perfectly cast. I love Pullman as President Gilchrist (and if you've watched him as the commander in chief in Independence Day as many times as I have, you'll probably love him, too), but Gad is the heart of this show. Outlandish but fragile, he's the ideal lovable buffoon. It's also nice to see Elfman back in her comedic wheelhouse.
  • Where it doesn't: Even though I liked most of the characters, the show didn't make me laugh out loud as much as I thought it would.
  • When it's on: Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on NBC
  • You might like this show if: You wish Veep was more family-oriented.

Watch a preview and see all the pictures for 1600 Penn after the jump.


Josh Gad in 1600 Penn.

Josh Gad in 1600 Penn.

Bill Pullman in 1600 Penn.

Jenna Elfman, Bill Pullman, and Martha MacIsaac in 1600 Penn.

Josh Gad in 1600 Penn.

Jenna Elfman and Martha MacIsaac in 1600 Penn.

Bill Pullman in 1600 Penn.

Josh Gad in 1600 Penn.

Josh Gad in 1600 Penn.

Bill Pullman in 1600 Penn.

Jenna Elfman in 1600 Penn.

Martha MacIsaac in 1600 Penn.

Andre Holland in 1600 Penn.

Amara Miller in 1600 Penn.

Benjamin Stockham in 1600 Penn.

The cast of 1600 Penn.

The cast of 1600 Penn.

The cast of 1600 Penn.
Image Source: NBC
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