From super intelligent to adulterous to power-hungry, leaders of the land of the free have been portrayed in many ways in television series.
Some people are so fascinated with the president of the United States and would stop at nothing to find out all they can about who he really is, his favourite hangout joints, whether he cries at the end of a romantic comedy or even his shoe size.
And since he doesn’t have his own reality TV show in which we can take a glimpse into his private life, the only thing that comes close to imagining what the president is like at home and what he really does behind closed doors is through a television series with a POTUS character.
Of course these fictional shows may not give us an accurate representation of the president’s behaviour, but nevertheless shows like Scandal and The West Wing do give us a side of the leader of the free world that many want to see.
Now TV’s US presidents come and go but only some remain in our hearts and memory long after they are assassinated, impeached or simply killed off to give the show’s writers some new material to work on. Here are the ones who made the cut:
Scandal (President Fitzgerald Grant)
Played to perfection by Tony Goldwyn, President Fitzgerald Grant is the poster boy for all things red, white and blue – well, except for his extra-marital affair which threatens to make his world come crashing down.
Married to an almost perfect woman, Fitz courts a lot of drama as he gets entangled in a deliciously dangerous and oh-so-naughty affair with his White House aide, Olivia Pope. All that sexual tension between the two lovers and their super-secret trysts make for a delicious viewing.
Other than that one dirty bit on his otherwise impeccable resume, Fitz was born to lead and that he does with a great sense of pride. His Ivy League education also comes in handy now and then.
House Of Cards (President Francis Underwood)
If there is one war that any world leader should not get into with President Francis Underwood, the fictional 46th President of the United States, it has to be a war of words. Francis (played by Kevin Spacey) is a ruthless and cunning politician whose flair for words would definitely bring one down without much effort.