Adapted from the 2007 memoir of Egil “Bud” Krogh, White House Plumbers is a biting political satire directed by former Veep showrunner David Mandel and written by Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck. The series centers on E. Howard Hunt (Woody Harrelson) and G. Gordon Liddy (Justin Theroux). As two members of President Richard Nixon’s secretive team of “White House Plumbers,” they are tasked with plugging press leaks and carrying out the administration’s dirty work.

Liddy and Hunt’s brazen burglary of the Democratic National Committee offices at the Watergate Hotel, however, triggers a chain of events that leads to Nixon’s resignation and the collapse of the very presidency they were assigned to protect. White House Plumbers flips the script of the typical Watergate narrative, transforming it from a serious affair to a story of bizarre and buffoonish characters, who in their outsized hubris upended American politics and public trust in the Oval Office.

Following a screening of episode one of the series, director and executive producer David Mandel (Veep) will join moderator Patrice Petro, Dick Wolf Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center, for a discussion of White House Plumbers and the art of political storytelling.

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