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BrainDead
  • Ep: 1
  • The Insanity Principle: How Extremism in Politics is Threatening Democracy in the 21st Century
  • Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Laurel Healy), Danny Pino (Luke Healy), Aaron Tveit (Gareth Ritter)
  • And: Tony Shalhoub (Senator Wheatus)
  • Guest Starring: Zach Grenier (Dean Healy), Michael Potts (Dr. Daudier), Megan Hilty (Misty Alise), Dominic Fumusa (Randall Burke), Nilaja Sun (Breanna Burke), Paige Patterson (Scarlett Pierce), Dan Bittner (Hill Staffer Doug), Beth Malone (Claudia Monarch), Chris McKinney (Museum Director)
  • Co-Starring: Lily Cowles (Germaine Healy), Lewis Cleale (Senator Spitz), Jack Dimich (Dr. Lagunov), José Ramón Rosario (Captain Gary Young), Don Guillory (Chuck), Miguel Cervantes (Paramedic Josh), Howard W. Overshown (Paramedic Tom), Ed Moran (Senator Goldenberg), Gerry Vichi (Ill Fitted Suit Man), Ching Valdes-Aran (Claire), John Quilty (Chocolate Dog Man), Brian Keane (Frustrated Homeowner), Ray Demattis (Maitre D'), Juan Carlos Infante (Capitol Guard), Holly Chou (Receptionist), Joris Stuyck (Russian Reporter)
  • Written By: Robert King & Michelle King
  • Directed By: Robert King
  • Ep: 2
  • Playing Politics: Living Life in the Shadow of the Budget Showdown - A Critique
  • Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Laurel Healy), Danny Pino (Senator Luke Healy), Aaron Tveit (Gareth Ritter), Nikki M. James (Rochelle Daudier), Jan Maxwell (Ella Pollack), Johnny Ray Gill (Gustav Triplett), Charlie Semine (Anthony Onofrio)
  • And: Tony Shalhoub (Senator Wheatus)
  • Guest Starring: Megan Hilty (Misty Alise), Beth Malone (Claudia Monarch), Paige Patterson (Scarlett Pierce), Nikiya Mathis (Stacie Zara), Brooke Bloom (Abby Summers), William Ragsdale (Hank), Chris McKinney (Museum Director), Ripley Sobo (Annie)
  • Co-Starring: Bobby Moreno (Oscar Foster), Richard Poe (Senator Householter), Jeffrey C. Hawkins (Senator Michael Barneki), April Ortiz (Nurse Maddox), Happy Anderson (Butch), Jeffrey Schecter (Tax Lobbyist), Christine Toy Johnson (Doctor Pop), Tony Torn (Scientist Man), Jason Bowen (Park Police Officer Stan Maynard)
  • Written By: Larry Kaplow
  • Directed By: Jim McKay
  • Ep: 3
  • Goring Oxes: How You Can Survive the War on Government Through Five Easy Steps
  • Guest Starring: Zach Grenier (Dean Healy), Glenn Fleshler (FBI Agent Aaron Blades), Megan Hilty (Misty Alise), Beth Malone (Claudia Monarch), Paige Patterson (Scarlett Pierce), Nikiya Mathis (Stacie Zara), Stephen Kunken (Matthew Maizen), Michael Nathanson (Kenneth the Lobbyist), Nick Sullivan (Jonathan Broadbent)
  • Co-Starring: Lily Cowles (Germaine Healy), Olivia Birkelund (Norah Moody), Chris Hoch (Live Director), Megan Sikora (Staff Member Joanna)
  • Written By: Jonathan Tolins
  • Directed By: Jim McKay
  • Ep: 4
  • Wake Up Grassroots: The Nine Virtues of Participatory Democracy, and How We Can Keep America Great by Encouraging an Informed Electorate
  • Guest Starring: Michael Esper (Noah Feffer), Wayne Duvall (Senator Andre Amarant), Megan Hilty (Misty Alise), Beth Malone (Claudia Monarch), Paige Patterson (Scarlett Pierce), Brooke Bloom (Abby Summers), Natalie Gold (Jules), John Procaccino (Douglas Tabak), Marcus Ho (Dr. Dexter Wu)
  • Co-Starring: Michael McCormick (Rod Pakula), Bob Stillman ("One Wayer" Tom), Yusef Bulos (Crypt Keeper Jim), Wallace Smith (Seargeant at Arms)
  • Written By: Peter Parnell
  • Directed By: Allan Arkush
  • Ep: 5
  • Back to Work: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Congress and How it Gets Things Done (and Often Doesn't)
  • Guest Starring: Margo Martindale (Dr. Joanne Alaimo), Zach Grenier (Dean Healy), Wayne Duvall (Senator Andre Amarant), Kelli Barrett (Polly Savident), Brandon J. Dirden (Brett Middleton)
  • Co-Starring: Ito Aghayere (Veteran Sheila), Steve Routman (FDA Commissioner Finn Babin), Jill Abramovitz (Other Republican Senator)
  • Written By: Jacquelyn Reingold
  • Directed By: Allan Arkush
  • Ep: 6
  • Past as Prologue: Notes Toward a Post-Reagan Theory of Party Alliance, Tribalist and Loyalty
  • Guest Starring: Wayne Duvall (Senator Andre Amarant), Nikiya Mathis (Stacie Zara), Natalie Gold (Jules), Marcus Ho (Dr. Dexter Wu)
  • Co-Starring: Michael McCormick (Rod Pakula), Gerry Vichi (Gary Brewster), Alana Arenas (Red's Receptionist), Tanya Perez (Operator)
  • Written By: Aurin Squire
  • Directed By: Frederick E.O. Toye
  • Ep: 7
  • The Power of Euphemism: How Torture Became a Matter of Debate in American Politics
  • Guest Starring: Zach Grenier (Dean Healy), Glenn Fleshler (FBI Agent Aaron Blades), Jeremy Shamos (FBI Director Louis Marchant), Kurt Fuller (J.K. Cornish), Megan Hilty (Misty Alise), David Furr (Dr. Colin Mitchell), Rick Holmes (Dr. Jesse Kretchner), Paige Patterson (Scarlett Pierce)
  • Co-Starring: Olivia Birkelund (Norah Moody), Alana Arenas (Red's Receptionist), Steven Hauck (Senator Chuck Hodges), Brandon Flynn (Mike the Intern), Walker Hare (Man), Paulo Quiros (Jogger)
  • Written By: Laura Marks
  • Directed By: Frederick E.O. Toye
  • Ep: 8
  • The Path to War, Part One: The Gathering Political Storm
  • Guest Starring: Santino Fontana (Kevin), Zach Grenier (Dean Healy), Paige Patterson (Scarlett Pierce), Megan Hilty (Misty Alise), Helen Carey (Liz Healy), Brooke Adams (Senator Diane Vaynerchuk), Nasser Faris (Dr. Ragheb Samira), Joe Holt (CIA Agent Sid Tellefsen), Omar Maskati (Ahmed Kadhiyima), Beth Malone (Claudia Monarch), Rosa Evangelina Arredondo (Terri Finkbeiner)
  • Written By: Peter Parnell
  • Directed By: Brooke Kennedy
  • Ep: 9
  • Taking on Water: How Leaks in D.C. Are Discovered and Patched
  • Guest Starring: Linda Emond (Kara Wright), Michael Gaston (Lawrence Boch), Tracie Thoms (Ashley Cook), Megan Hilty (Misty Alise), Paige Patterson (Scarlett Pierce), Jacob Pitts (Don Pickle), Beth Malone (Claudia Monarch), Brooke Adams (Senator Diane Vaynerchuk), Nasser Faris (Dr. Ragheb Samira), Todd Buonopane (Isaac Poyer), Megan Byrne (Emmylou Earl)
  • Co-Starring: Michael Moore (Himself), Ben Edelman (Jed the Intern), Danielle Lee Greaves (Assistant Director), Jonathan Coulton (Himself)
  • Written By: Jonathan Tolins & Aurin Squire
  • Directed By: Ron Underwood
  • Ep: 10
  • The Path to War, Part Two: The Impact of Propaganda on Congressional War Votes
  • Guest Starring: Michael Zegen (Ben Valderrama), Zach Grenier (Dean Healy), Michael Esper (Noah Feffer), Megan Hilty (Misty Alise), Paige Patterson (Scarlett Pierce), Natalie Gold (Jules), Beth Malone (Claudia Monarch), Brooke Adams (Senator Diane Vaynerchuk), Gregg Edelman (Dr. Matthew Falcon), Justine Lupe (Margie), Chasten Harmon (Jaime Oaks)
  • Co-Starring: Lily Cowles (Germaine Healy)
  • Written By: Larry Kaplow
  • Directed By: Felix Alcala
  • Ep: 11
  • Six Points on the New Congressional Budget: The False Dichotomy of Austerity vs Expansionary Policies
  • Guest Starring: Tim Guinee (Nicholas Pohl), Paige Patterson (Scarlett Pierce), Wayne Duvall (Senator Andre Amarant), Dakin Matthews (Bob Isenstadt), Marcus Ho (Dr. Dexter Wu), Patrick Breen (Cole Stockwell), Spencer House (Gary the Intern), Mia Dillon (Nora Ritter), Tom Kemp (Sam Ritter)
  • Co-Starring: Lily Cowles (Germaine Healy), Marcus Choi (Perry Davis), Robert Manning, Jr. (Dan Klein)
  • Written By: Jacquelyn Reingold & Jonathan Tolins
  • Directed By: Brooke Kennedy
  • Ep: 12
  • Talking Points Toward a Wholistic View of Activism in Government: Can the Top Rebel?
  • Guest Starring: Zach Grenier (Dean Healy), Dakin Matthews (Bob Isenstadt), Patrick Breen (Cole Stockwell), Jack Carpenter (Jake Nickerson), Brooke Adams (Senator Diane Vaynerchuk), Parker Pogue (Hal), Ray Anthony Thomas (Foreman)
  • Co-Starring: Ryan Avalos (Staffer), Emma Kikue (Female Hill Staffer)
  • Written By: Larry Kaplow
  • Directed By: Felix Alcala
  • Ep: 13
  • The End of All We Hold Dear: What Happens When Democracies Fail: A Brief Synopsis
  • Guest Starring: Zach Grenier (Dean Healy), Helen Carey (Liz Healy), Beth Malone (Claudia Monarch), Dakin Matthews (Bob Isenstadt), Patrick Breen (Cole Stockwell), Paige Patterson (Scarlett Pierce), Brooke Adams (Senator Diane Vaynerchuk), Spencer House (Gary the Intern), Mia Dillon (Nora Ritter), Tom Kemp (Sam Ritter), Peter Rini (Senator Chris Menzel), Slate Holmgren (Brian the Worker)
  • Co-Starring: Jonathan Coulton (Himself), Gabriella Pizzolo (Young Laurel), James Lloyd Reynolds (Senator Jeff Willard), Yaegel T. Welch (Ryan the Capitol Officer), Sean Patrick Folster (Police Officer)
  • Written By: Jacquelyn Reingold & Jonathan Tolins
  • Directed By: Robert King


Season One
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ............. Laurel Healy
Danny Pino .................... Senator Luke Healy
Aaron Tveit ........................ Gareth Ritter
Nikki M. James .................. Rochelle Daudier
Jan Maxwell ................. Senator Ella Pollack
Johnny Ray Gill .................. Gustav Triplett
Charlie Semine ......... FBI Agent Anthony Onofrio
Tony Shalhoub ...... Senator Raymond "Red" Wheatus