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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 27, 2005
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  • Summary: When the President dies, Vice President MacKenzie Allen (Geena Davis) becomes the United States' first female head of state. Her first task: avoid getting cancelled.
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 26
  2. Negative: 5 out of 26
  1. 80
    As drama, tonight's pilot has its flaws, but it is, nevertheless, one of those electrifying TV productions that instead of simply seeking to divert or amuse, challenges viewers to imagine a reality other than the one they have been conditioned to accept.
  2. It's a whole lot better than the premise on paper, and though initially it takes a bit to warm to Davis.
  3. 75
    "The West Wing" was more vivid, original and compelling than "Commander in Chief" is likely to become. But impressive Geena Davis and the Oval Office gender twist are indeed refreshing.
  4. While not quite the out-of-the-gate obvious hit that “The West Wing” was, ["Commander In Chief"] has enough going for it that it may soon become America’s favorite soap opera about a president of the United States.
  5. Polished and lively, it is also simplistic, melodramatic and half-baked — though it clips along nicely enough that you may not notice.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Despite nice touches in writer-director-exec producer Rod LurieRod Lurie's handsome-looking pilot, there's also a smothering stiffness to it, including Geena Davis' performance as the first female president.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Finally, the best new comedy of the 2005-06 TV season is here... What's that, you say? This is a drama and not a comedy? Oh, dear.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 172
  1. JoshuaM
    Oct 11, 2005
    It's the most intelligent show on television! I love it.
  2. NancyS
    Apr 24, 2007
    Best best show that i have never seen, even better than prison break. hope we could see more and more seasons.
  3. AnitaM
    Dec 27, 2005
    I love it. Where is it now? Just as we were ready to settle in it's gone. I hate it when the networks do this. Start it in a time so we I love it. Where is it now? Just as we were ready to settle in it's gone. I hate it when the networks do this. Start it in a time so we can plan on it. PLEASE Expand
  4. MatthewS
    May 25, 2006
    i love this new tv show full of action and drama
  5. JustinC
    Jun 22, 2006
    Great Show!
  6. WendyA
    Jun 2, 2006
    I found it to be one of the better shows to watch.
    Oct 15, 2005
    Absolutely brutal. "When your neighbours house is on fire you don't haggle over the price of your garden hose", 911 for Commander

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