Jack and Bobby
is a television show that aired for one season in 2004 on The WB
. It's a drama about a Future President of United States in his teen years. Each episode takes place in two time periods: the first is a Flash Forward
Documentary about President Robert "Bobby" McAllister's time in office, campaigning beforehand, and much of his political career after he initially became a Congressman in place of his brother, Jack. The second shows the present time that helps shape Bobby into the man, and president, the world will come to love.
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This series contains examples of:
- Abusive Parents: In the pilot, we have Grace hitting Jack.
Grace: I shouldn't have hit you, Jack. I haven't done done that since you were, what, nine?
Jack: When I jumped off the water tower with Jimmy Weaver.
Grace: Well, that one you deserved.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Grace is so much this trope to Jack and Bobby, and Jack is often resentful about it. Also, Courtney is often frustrated with her father being an Overprotective Dad.
- Big Brother Instinct: Despite their differences, Jack obviously cares deeply for his little brother and acts as both a father figure and big brother.
- Black Best Friend: Marcus to Jack.
- Book Ends: The pilot ends with Jack and Bobby running with Jack running several paces ahead. The finale ends with Bobby outrunning Jack.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Jack is not afraid to question Grace's decisions, particularly in the pilot.
- Cut Short: Averted. Despite only lasting one season, the series managed to tie up loose ends about Jack's future and what happened to their father. This was due to the writers knowing that the show would not be renewed.
- Dawson Casting: Used and averted. 25 year-old Matt Long played 16 year-old Jack, while 12 year-old Logan Lerman played 13 year-old Bobby.
- The most egregious example was Jeanette Brox, who was 23 and played Bobby's girlfriend Dex.
- Executive Meddling: The WB kept moving the show around the schedule, causing it to lose viewers. It finally ended up on the low-rated Sunday night block, where it was quietly canceled at the end of the season.
- Faux Documentary: The scenes from the present are interspersed with clips for a Faux Documentary made sometime in the 2050's about Bobby, featuring interviews with future members of Bobby's White House staff and his loved ones. Future!Bobby's face is never directly seen though, resulting in Future!Bobby being almost The Unseen.
- First Episode Spoiler: The commercials teased that one brother would become President while the other would die before it happened. The narration at the end of the pilot revealed that Bobby would become President, Jack would die, and Bobby would marry Courtney.
- Gay Aesop: Jack's friend, who had not been in any episodes before or after.
- Meaningful Name - This is a show about two brothers named John and Robert, who go by Jack and Bobby, one of whom becomes President even though he only entered politics as a replacement for his brother. This has happened before, only the name wasn't McAllister, it was Kennedy.
- You are at first led to believe that Grace, a big-time liberal, has named her children deliberately after the Kennedys. It turns out they are named after their "dead" father, Juan Roberto.
- No Party Given - Raised in a Democratic family, Future McCallister would drop out of the Republican Party primaries and run as an independent, after the soon-to-be Presidential Nominee informed him that the party didn't like his views.
- Our Presidents Are Different - He's a Reverend and Independent
- Parental Abandonment: The boys' father, Juan Roberto left before Bobby was born and has been in jail almost as long.
- Promotion to Parent: Jack acts as a father figure towards Bobby, especially when his mother's too high to do her job as a mother.
- Type Casting - Keri Lynn Pratt as Missy
- Very Special Episode: About Jack's friend who committed suicide, who we had never seen before.
- X Meets Y: The show's premise is sort of like Smallville meets The West Wing, two shows that were both quite popular when this show premiered.