"The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents" (TV show) on History Channel covers the history of the most influential position in the world — from George Washington to Barack Obama — and the men who defined its power.

In a world ruled by kings and emperors, the United States of America was a risky experiment — a republic of, by, and for the people — with power divided among three branches of government. But it is one branch, the Executive, in which the hopes and aspirations of the American people are primarily embodied — in the President of the United States.

43 men have taken the oath of President of the United States. Whether each set groundbreaking precedent, declared war or enacted laws altering the destiny of millions, each found himself in the eye of the storm. "The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents" delves inside the inner-workings of the Presidency, as well as the minds, methods and motivations of each man who has held the position of Commander-In-Chief.

Each episode also explores how the Office of the Presidency has evolved over the past 222 years. When George Washington was elected, no one knew what a President was. There was no title, no policy, and no code of behavior for a Chief Executive. So everything he did — from selecting a Cabinet to determining where the Capitol should be to creating an Oval Office and a White House — set precedents for the nation's future.

Interviews with historians, past administration officials, and family members portray the role of the Presidency as an ever-changing institution that is influenced by the personalities of each of the men and how each interacts with the events transpiring in the world around them.

"The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents" is produced for History by Karga Seven Pictures. Susan Werbe is executive producer for History. Executive producers for Karga Seven Pictures are Sarah Wetherbee, Emre Sahin and Kelly McPherson.


Network: History Channel
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: January 15, 2013
Seasons: 1
Production Company: Karga Seven Pictures

'Ultimate Guide to the Presidents' Uncovers Inner-Workings of the Oval Office — Premiering Tuesday, January 15, the new History Channel series tells the evolving story of America through 43 men who have altered the destiny of millions - and shaped the history of the world. Read more...

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