The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer (1998)

Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In this TV sitcom, exiled black Englishman Desmond Pfeiffer (Chi McBride) arrives at Abraham Lincoln's White House where he becomes a trusted confidante of the President (Dann Florek). Desmond details all he sees in his journal, and that includes the sexually frustrated First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln (Christine Estabrook), clumsy manservant Nibblet (Max Baker), alcoholic General Ulysses S. Grant (Kelly Connell), and airhead blonde secretary Mona (Cindy Ambuehl). Farcical anachronistic parallels are drawn with the Clinton administration. After some claimed this was a slavery spoof with inherent racism, protests were aimed at the series. Filmed in L.A., it premiered October 5, 1998 on UPN.