Jack & Bobby

Jack & Bobby is an American drama television series that aired on The WB from September 12, 2004 to May 11, 2005. It starred Christine Lahti, Logan Lerman, Matt Long, Jessica Paré, and John Slattery. The series chronicled the present-day teenage years of two brothers, one of whom would become the President of the United States from 2041 to 2049. The series was created by Greg Berlanti, Vanessa Taylor, Steven A. Cohen, and Brad Meltzer.

Jack & Bobby
Created by
ComposerBlake Neely
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22
Executive producers
ProducerPaul Marks
Running time60 minutes
Production companies
Original networkThe WB
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 12, 2004 (2004-09-12) –
May 11, 2005 (2005-05-11)

On May 17, 2005, The WB cancelled the series after one season.[1]

The series finale was re-aired as part of a Warner Bros. 50th anniversary celebration on the TV Land cable network on June 11, 2005. Following this airing, the series has never been rebroadcast on American television.

Cast and charactersEdit

Main castEdit

Recurring castEdit

  • Warren (Dean Collins) - Bobby's best friend
  • Nate Edmonds (Mike Erwin) - Courtney's former boyfriend
  • Randy Bongard (Cam Gigandet) - Missy's on-and-off boyfriend
  • BJ Bongaro (Kyle Gallner) - Bobby's "frenemy"
  • Katie (Kate Mara) - Jack's former girlfriend
  • "'Cheerleader'" (J*Smith) - Missy's Posse
  • Dennis Morgenthal (John Heard)
  • Reverend Belknap (Ed Begley, Jr.) - Missy's father
  • Future Marcus Ride (Ron Canada)
  • Future Courtney McCallister (Brenda Wehle)
  • Dex Truggman (Jeanette Brox) - Bobby's former girlfriend
  • Juan Roberto de Alba (Lou Diamond Phillips) - Grace's former lover and the father of Jack and Bobby
  • Emily (Crystal Rivers) - Missy's Bible Group Leader


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1"Pilot"David NutterStory by : Greg Berlanti & Vanessa Taylor and Steven A. Cohen & Brad Meltzer
Teleplay by : Greg Berlanti and Vanessa Taylor
September 12, 2004 (2004-09-12)4.71[2]
Jack and Bobby McCallister are two bright young brothers growing up in Hart, Missouri, under the watchful eye of their eccentric single mother Grace, a college professor whose strong personality helps shape both of these young men's lives and secure one a place in the history books - as President of the United States. Grace and Jack's temperamental mother/son relationship takes a dangerous toll on Bobby as he gets caught in their rival forces, prompting a major change in the McCallister household. The arrival of a new college president, Peter Benedict, and his daughter, Courtney, makes an impression on the McCallister boys. In the year 2049, a documentary about the life of President McCallister examines the photograph that would come to define his presidency.
2"Better Days"Mick JacksonStory by : Greg Berlanti & Vanessa Taylor
Teleplay by : Vanessa Taylor
September 19, 2004 (2004-09-19)3.08[3]
Grace and Bobby help with a College Democrats rally. Jack explodes after catching Grace smoking pot again and gives her an ultimatum. One of Grace's co-workers gets fired, and Grace goes to bat for her without all the facts in hand. Jack continues to explore his relationship with Courtney while attracting the attention of his ex, Missy Belknap. Meanwhile, Bobby tries to help make things better for Jack, both with Courtney and in school, but only succeeds in making things worse. Future interviews reveal President McCallister's surprising political allegiance.
3"The Kindness of Strangers"David NutterMichael GreenSeptember 26, 2004 (2004-09-26)3.25[4]
Bobby joins the "challenge program" at school and learns a powerful lesson. Jack plans a party at the house while Grace is away. Grace is conflicted on what to do when she finds out her student TA plagiarized one of her papers and in a separate instance, Grace is startled by news from Bobby's teacher regarding Jack. Lastly, the flash-forward segments reveal how a surprising ally helps President McCallister at a critical moment in his political career.
4"A Man of Faith"Peter MarkleMaggie FriedmanOctober 3, 2004 (2004-10-03)2.46[5]
Bobby's interest in religion is piqued when he helps Warren study for his Bar Mitzvah and asks why Grace never took him to church. Elsewhere, Grace insults Hebba, an Arab-American female student with deep religious beliefs, which prompts a campus-wide boycott of her classes. Jack gets a chance to rejoin the track team when the coach needs a replacement runner for Marcus, who is on academic probation. In the future, President McCallister struggles with his faith.
5"The First Lady"David PetrarcaJonathan LiscoOctober 10, 2004 (2004-10-10)2.53[6]
The future reveals a dark secret about the soon-to-be First Lady. Back in the present, Jack offers to escort a depressed Courtney to her father's work fundraiser leading to an unexpected confession and kiss. Bobby is having problems with another school bully. Meanwhile, much to the consternation of her sons, Grace offers to let a homeless man stay at their house for a few days until she can find him a better place to live.
6"An Innocent Man"Thomas SchlammeMarc GuggenheimOctober 17, 2004 (2004-10-17)2.25[7]
Grace is stunned after Benedict informs her that her colleague and good friend has been accused of sexually harassing a student. Grace immediately defends her co-worker but must re-think her loyalty when new evidence arises. Meanwhile, Bobby is spending so much time with his new girlfriend causing him to neglect his school work. Under pressure from Grace to succeed, Bobby cheats on his test. Still reeling from the guilt of kissing Courtney, Jack is horrified to discover she has become friends with Missy. In the future, a gesture of forgiveness from President McCallister helps to heal his cabinet, but the decision comes at a price.
7"Valentino"John David ColesSteven A. Cohen and Brad MeltzerOctober 27, 2004 (2004-10-27)3.02[8]
Bobby's relationship with Dex continues to grow until Grace walks in on them kissing in her study. After failing to convince Bobby to break it off with Dex, Grace and Jack take matters into their own hands. Meanwhile, Peter shows his overprotective side when Courtney considers going out with a college frat boy, and though he has Courtney's best interests at heart, it ultimately causes her embarrassment among her peers. In the future, the oldest of President McCallister's four sons, Jack, has a troublesome encounter with the secret service.
8"Election Night"Keith SamplesErik OlesonNovember 3, 2004 (2004-11-03)2.34[9]
Bobby is heartbroken over his break-up with Dex and decides to get even with Jack after finding out he was responsible for their split. To get even, Bobby's subsequent actions cause Jack, Missy and Courtney much embarrassment and anger, resulting in a feud between the brothers. Meanwhile, Grace, awaiting to see who won the 2004 presidential election, sneaks out of the election night party to smoke pot with Tom, which proves to be a terrible mistake for Grace and her family. In the year 2049, political leaders talk about the night President McCallister won the 2040 election by only a few votes.
9"Chess Lessons"David PetrarcaJonathan LiscoNovember 10, 2004 (2004-11-10)2.52[10]
Grace promises to be on her best behavior when she and Jack go to Missy's house for dinner, but she loses her cool after Reverend Belknap starts attacking her political ideals. Upset by the event, Grace turns to Tom and the two share a romantic moment. Bobby intentionally loses at chess games with Peter in order to spend more time with him. Courtney uses Marcus to get back at Jack. In the future, President McCallister uses chess as his way of strategizing a war.
10"The Lost Boys"Bryan GordonBarbie KligmanNovember 17, 2004 (2004-11-17)2.83[11]
Grace's warm, intelligent, gay younger brother, Jimmy, makes a surprise visit for Thanksgiving. At first, she is thrilled by his visit, but her feelings change after Jimmy lands in jail on drug charges. The suicide of one Jack's teammates shocks the school and has a profound impact on Jack. In the future, President McCallister must break the news to a soldier's parents that their son won't be home for the holidays.
11"Today I Am A Man"Michael SchultzMichael GreenDecember 1, 2004 (2004-12-01)2.12[12]
Jack is mortified after Grace catches him buying condoms in preparation for a big night with Missy. Trying to be supportive of his actions, Grace insists that Jack talk to her about sex and questions him about whether he is sure Missy is the right girl. Meanwhile, Jimmy slips back into old habits, forcing Grace to make a difficult decision about her family. Also, Bobby tries to help Warren win over his crush, Deena, but is surprised when she reveals she has feelings for Bobby. In the future, a critical speech plagued by technical errors forces President McCallister to improvise.
12"Running Scared"Perry LangMarc Guggenheim and Erik OlesonJanuary 26, 2005 (2005-01-26)1.83[13]
Jack tries to resume a sense of normalcy after his brutal attack, but finds that the injury may keep him from returning to his old life when he visits the doctor. Grace accidentally runs into one of her students, Natalie, while she is leaving Tom's apartment, and may get busted as Natalie tries to subliminally blackmail Grace with her grade in a later conversation. Meanwhile, Courtney meets a college student who's tied up in front of her house as a fraternity hazing. He captures her interest and Courtney tries to get to know him, but his feelings for her create new complications. The future reveals President McCallister's unique actions after a horrific bombing in Chicago.
13"A New Frontier"David PetrarcaMaggie FriedmanFebruary 2, 2005 (2005-02-02)3.12[14]
Bobby becomes suspicious of Grace's relationship with Tom after Tom coincidentally shows up during a camping trip. Jack and Missy's relationship seems to be coming to an end as he competes with Truman High's football captain Randy for Missy's affection. Courtney's dating life is heating up with college freshman Nate. Jack befriends a patient, Katie, who also goes to school with him, while in the waiting room of the doctor's office. In deleted scenes cut for time, the future details President McCallister's risky decision to fund a space program to explore the planet Mars.
14"Into the Woods"Perry LangMichael Green and Jonathan LiscoFebruary 9, 2005 (2005-02-09)2.23[15]
Bobby convinces Grace to allow him to attend a hunting trip with Peter by blackmailing her with threats to tell Jack about her relationship with Tom. His hunting experience with Peter proves to be an eye-opening experience. Jack walks in on Grace and Tom in a compromising situation and later tells Grace of his disapproval. He also begins hanging out with Katie as he adjusts to Missy and Randy coming together. Meanwhile, Courtney contemplates moving her relationship with Nate forward. In the future, the introduction of a non-lethal gun causes a political and ethical dilemma for President McCallister.
15"Time Out Of Life"Michael KatlemanVanessa Taylor and Marc GuggenheimFebruary 16, 2005 (2005-02-16)2.29[16]
A bad snow storms hits Hart. Grace and Tom's relationship is exposed when a fellow professor catches them kissing in her office. Later in the evening, Peter turns to Grace for advice when he finds out Courtney is having sex with her boyfriend. In an effort to become popular at school, Bobby and Warren decide to have sleepover and come up with a shocking idea to make the evening memorable, with Tom supervising. Meanwhile, Jack's relationship with Katie progresses as the two are trapped with Courtney, Nate, Randy and Missy due to the storm. In the future, the First Lady and President McCallister return to Hart for the dedication of a library at the university named after Grace. The First Lady discusses confronting the President regarding rumours of his affair with Vice President Carmichael, and reveals the last conversation she ever had with Grace.
16"And Justice For All"David PetrarcaErik OlesonFebruary 23, 2005 (2005-02-23)2.13[17]
Peter is forced to take action after learning about the relationship between Grace and Tom, causing Grace to go up against the University Ethics Committee. While doing odd jobs in the neighborhood, Bobby and Warren discover the wallet that was stolen from Jack during his attack. Upon hearing this, Jack and Marcus consider their options. In the future, President McCallister faces criticism from a former President.
17"Querida Grace"Arvin BrownBarbie KligmanMarch 2, 2005 (2005-03-02)1.89[18]
Bobby must research his family history for a school assignment, which leads to more unanswered questions about his father's real life. Jack and Katie's relationship progresses, while Courtney's comes to a screeching halt after Jack discovers Nate is cheating on her with another girl. Grace and Tom face the reality of their relationship as she is shocked to learn that her affair with Tom has cost her more than she had bargained for. In the future, SUNY at Binghamton history professor Preston Phelps uncovers the truth about President McCallister's father and his relationship with Grace.
18"Friends with Benefits"Sheldon LarryJonathan LiscoApril 13, 2005 (2005-04-13)1.54[19]
Grace is now working with a new TA, Margaret, and feels at a loss without Tom. To add to her consternation, Grace was to be the opening speaker at an event for her mentor, Julius Edelman, but is later asked not to speak due to her scandalous relationship with Tom. Jack shows disapproval when he finds out Bobby is trying out for the track team. Later, Jack finds out that his relationship with Katie isn't what he thought it was and is shocked to find out that Courtney and Marcus may have feelings for each other. Missy joins a Bible Study Group after her break up with Randy. In the future, Senator Morgenthal discusses President McCallister's struggle to fill the seat of the beloved Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
19"A Child of God"Ellen S. PressmanVanessa TaylorApril 20, 2005 (2005-04-20)1.83[20]
Reverend Belknap threatens to disown his daughter after Missy and Jack go to the school nurse and find out she's pregnant. Missy eventually finds unlikely guidance from Grace. Bobby's attempts to delve further into religion prove more complicated than he anticipated.
20"Under the Influence"Perry LangMichael Green and Steven A. CohenApril 27, 2005 (2005-04-27)2.04[21]
After getting into a big argument at the school dance with Katie, Jack heads to an after-party with Courtney, Marcus, Randy and Missy, but a deadly car accident prevents them from making it to their destination. Meanwhile, Grace agrees to chaperone Bobby's school field trip, much to Bobby's dismay, in what proves to be a hurtful and eye-opening experience for Grace. In the future, President McCallister's eldest son, John "Jack" McCallister, discusses the death of his younger brother Henry at age 16 in a drunk driving accident.
21"Stand By Me"David PaymerWendy MericleMay 4, 2005 (2005-05-04)2.23[22]
To protect Marcus, Jack tells the police that he was driving the car the night Missy died, but the guilt becomes too much. Meanwhile, the group's sadness turns to outrage after Reverend Belknap delivers a shocking eulogy at his daughter's funeral. Bobby and Warren say goodbye to each other as Warren moves away, promising to stay in touch. In the future, an adult Warren talks about meeting with his former best friend and the deeper motives to their reunion.
22"Legacy"Michael SchultzStory by : Vanessa Taylor and Michael Green
Teleplay by : Maggie Friedman and Marc Guggenheim
May 11, 2005 (2005-05-11)2.08[23]
Jack and Bobby discover that Grace plans to visit their father, Juan, in a Texas prison. Though Bobby is most adamant about seeing their father, Jack is the brother who meets him, feeling responsible for him abandoning the family. During their meeting, Juan reveals that he is in prison for murder, but hints he was unjustly convicted, giving Jack the motivation to pursue his future career. Jack and Courtney finally reveal their true feelings for one another. In the future, the documentary host reveals Jack's fate: fighting in the War of Americas where he became a war hero, later a public defender, elected into Congress and finally to his untimely death, setting off Bobby's political journey.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Art Directors Guild:

  • 2004: Excellence in Production Design Award – Single-Camera TV Series (for "An Innocent Man", nominated)

Casting Society of America:

  • 2004: Best Casting for Television – Dramatic Pilot (nominated)

GLAAD Media Awards:

  • 2004: Outstanding Individual Episode – Series Without a Regular Gay Character (for "Lost Boys", won)

Golden Globe Awards:

  • 2004: Best Actress – Drama Series (Christine Lahti for playing "Grace McCallister", nominated)

Screen Actors Guild:

  • 2004: Outstanding Actress – Drama Series (Christine Lahti for playing "Grace McCallister", nominated)

See alsoEdit


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