Both the good and the bad.
It was the crossroads of our being,
and it was a hell of a crossroads."
— Shelby Foote, from The Civil War
Who would have thought there was a comedy in all that?
Well, we did.
We were fortunate to acquire an extraordinary historical document. The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer (the "P" isn't silent) chronicles the life and times of a member of President Lincoln's staff at the height of the Civil War.
Pfeiffer, an English nobleman, claimed that he and his trusted man-servant were forced by rival noblemen to flee to America due to a dispute over the queen... All 5 of them.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Everything that follows actually happened... You can't prove that it didn't.
The series provides examples of the following tropes:
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: See above regarding how "Pfeiffer" is pronounced.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: As Desmond enters America, he seems to lose his English accent.
- Servile Snarker: Desmond Pfeiffer.
- Straight Man: Arguably Desmond.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Not something spoken in the show, but when Desmond Pfeiffer enters the White House, it is exactly what he is when surrounded by President Lincoln's staff.
- Take That: One to the Clinton administration in light of the Monica Lewinsky scandal in the first episode, "AOL: Abe Online".