The Hill, Season 1
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Consisting of 6 half-hour episodes, The Hill focuses on the inner workings of the office of Congressman Wexler, an influential member of Congress who has battled the opposition, and sometimes even his own party, on politically sensitive issues such as Social Security reform and the war in Iraq. Wexler, a key member of the House Judiciary Committee and the International Relations Committee, is also actively involved in the Middle East.
|1||VideoEpisode 1: Fighting the Good Fight||With the 2004 national election fast approaching, Congressman Wexler and his staff pour their energies into scheduling television appearances, issuing press statements about the mounting chaos in Iraq, and taking the President to task for his Middle-East policy. Traveling to the Congressman's home district in Florida to get out the vote, Halie faces police intimidation and the troubling fact that her boyfriend is working the same turf for the Bush campaign, while Lale takes a leave of absence from the Wexler office to work on the Kerry campaign.||27:33||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoEpisode 2: Less Feeling Please....More Doing||With Bush back in office and pushing Social Security reform, Wexler and his staff move aggressively to offer an alternative plan - a strategy that wins them no love from their party's leadership. Foreign policy wonk Halie pushes the Congressman to join a press conference about Darfur, and Eric brainstorms a pointed legislative response to revelations of White House involvement in the CIA leak case. Lale puzzles over her habit of dating Republicans, and comes in for much teasing from her co-workers.||27:32||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoEpisode 3: Putting In My Two Cents||In episode three, Eric's preoccupation with work creates tension at home with his partner, while Halie prepares to take a major step in her relationship with her new Democratic boyfriend. In the office, the staff grapples with how to respond to President Bush's nomination of John Roberts for the Supreme Court.||27:33||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoEpisode 4: What Should Democrats Be Saying?||In episode four, the staff is working on Iraq and environmental policy matters when Hurricane Katrina hits. Having experienced FEMA's incompetence during Florida's previous hurricane season, Wexler is incensed by the unfolding catastrophe and becomes an angry, articulate voice on behalf of Katrina refugees.||27:32||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|5||VideoEpisode 5: Nothing Is Fun In a Hurricane||In episode five, Wexler's district takes a devastating hit from Hurricane Wilma, despite his best efforts to ensure preparation and coordinated policies on the ground. While the Congressman focuses his attention on his constituents, Halie settles into a new apartment and Lale, Eric and James visit Lale's parents.||27:32||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|6||VideoEpisode 6: It's Time to Be Mad As Hell||In the final episode, Democratic Representative John Murtha, a decorated war veteran, announces his position that the United States should withdraw its troops from Iraq. A day later, the Capitol is thrown into chaos when Republicans counter with a resolution forcing a vote yea or nay for immediate withdrawal.||29:00||$1.99||View In iTunes|
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This is not a review or comment about the show but about the clips that are presented here on iTunes. I hadn't heard about this show before and I was very interested in seeing if it is worth for me to purchase at least the pilot but when trying to see a little clip and decide if I want to purchase an episode, all I got was the beginning credits of the show! Now, I am not sure if this is driven by Apple or not but I can tell you that beginning credits were not enough to make me want to purchase a full episode.
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Managed to hold my interest and found it was easily worth the two dollars. Recommend.
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I'm going to be honest: I downloaded this season on a whim. After watching about 3 and 1/2 episodes, I'm in love. This show is a great fusion of "The West Wing" (which I would love to see on iTunes) and a documentary/reality TV show. It's absolutely fantastic. If you're a fan of politics, current events, law, government, or anything related to those topics, and this show looks interesting to you, I suggest you take my word for it and give the show a shot. It will be well worth your time and money.