Political Animals, which stars Sigourney Weaver, features the first gay child to have grown up in the White House.

The six episode miniseries premiered last Sunday on cabler USA Network.

Political Animals comes from the minds of creators Greg Berlanti and Laurence Mark.

In the show, Weaver portrays Elaine Barrish, a former First Lady and governor of Illinois. After losing the Democratic nomination for president and divorcing her philandering husband, Elaine becomes the Secretary of State.

Douglas (played by James Wolk) and Thomas (T.J.) Hammond (Sebastian Stan) are Elaine's twin sons. Douglas is also Elaine's chief of staff and T.J. has the recognition of being the first openly gay child to have grown up in the White House.

Creator Berlanti (Brothers & Sisters) said that he wanted to explore how growing up in politics affects a family.

“I wanted to show how being in the White House has affected this family,” he said. “T.J. and Douglas are twins, they both grew up in the White House, but I wanted to explore how their upbringing shaped them in such different ways. Douglas goes on to work for his mother, while T.J., who was forced out of the closet at a young age, has had a much more difficult time dealing with his family's way of life. And, yes, T.J. struggles with drug addition, something I think a lot of people in the public eye, as well as young gay people, can relate to. But, really, all of our characters have one kind of addiction or another--whether it be power, sex, alcohol – they just take on different forms. As for T.J.'s battle with drugs, we're at the beginning of his story. And my hope for him is his character grows, as I hope each of our characters do.”

In an upcoming episode, Vanessa Redgrave guest stars as a lesbian Supreme Court justice. (A trailer for the series is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)