Open main menu

Washington: Behind Closed Doors is a 1977 American television miniseries produced by Paramount Television, that was broadcast in 6 parts, airing across six consecutive nights on ABC, between September 6 to September 11, 1977.[1]

Washington: Behind Closed Doors
3-disc DVD cover
Created byDavid W. Rintels
Based onThe Company by John Ehrlichman
Written byEric Bercovici
John Ehrlichman
David W. Rintels
Directed byGary Nelson
StarringCliff Robertson
Jason Robards
Stefanie Powers
Theme music composerDominic Frontiere (5 episodes)
Richard Markowitz (1 episode)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes6
Producer(s)Eric Bercovici
Frank Cardea
Stanley Kallis
Norman S. Powell
David W. Rintels
CinematographyJoseph F. Biroc (6 episodes)
Jack Swain (5 episodes)
Editor(s)Gerard Wilson (6 episodes)
Harry Kaye (3 episodes)
Arthur Hilton
Running time750 minutes
Production company(s)Paramount Television
DistributorParamount Television Domestic Syndication
Original networkABC
Original release1977 –

The fictional story is loosely based on John Ehrlichman's book The Company, a novel inspired by the author's tenure as a top aide in the Nixon administration.



A lavish fictionalized re-telling of the Watergate story (loosely based on ex-Nixon aide John Ehrlichman's novel The Company) mixing political intrigue and personal drama and centering on the rise of a power-hungry American president and the men with whom he surrounds himself in order to keep his grip on his office. The story builds from a soap-opera start into a trenchant study of power that corrupts.[2][3]

Primary castEdit


The 12 ½‐hour television miniseries was broadcast in 6 parts, airing across six consecutive nights on ABC, between September 6th to September 11th, 1977.[4] The DVD was released on June 5, 2012.[5]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Robert Vaughn received an Emmy Award for his performance as the President's Chief of Staff, with other nominations going to the show itself as Outstanding Series, to Jason Robards for his portrayal of President Richard Monckton with its overt Nixonian images, director Gary Nelson, cinematographers Joseph Biroc and Jack Swain, art directors Jack DeShields and Jamie Claytor and set decorator Barbara Kreiger.[6]


External linksEdit