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BrainDead 2016

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BrainDead is a comic-thriller set in the world of Washington, D.C., politics that follows Laurel, a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer who discovers two things: the government has stopped working, and bugs are eating the brains of Congress members and Hill staffers.

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Season 1
1. The Insanity Principle: How Extremism in Politics is Threatening Democracy in the 21st Century

When Laurel Healy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) returns home to Washington, D.C. to work for her brother, Senator Luke Healy (Danny Pino), on Capitol Hill, she is caught in the midst of two huge problems: the government has stopped working due to budgetary disagreements, and mysterious bugs are eating the brains of a growing number of Congress members and Hill staffers.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Subtitles Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 14 June 2016
2. Playing Politics: Living Life in the Shadow of the Budget Showdown - A Critique

Laurel continues to investigate the death of esteemed Dr. Daudier, while bugs infect more citizens of Washington, D.C. Rochelle Daudier (Nikki M. James), the deceased doctor's daughter and Gustav Triplette (Johnny Ray Gill), an eccentric genius, both encounter the bugs separately and begin to question exactly what is happening.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Language: English Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 21 June 2016
3. Goring Oxes: How You Can Survive the War on Government Through Five Easy Steps

When a bizarre and deadly incident takes place on live television, Agent Onofrio's (Charlie Semine) investigation into it causes Laurel, Gustav and Rochelle to dig deeper into the bug mystery. Also, Luke attempts to cover up his affair with his Chief of Staff, Scarlett (Paige Patterson), before his opponent for the minority whip position, Senator Ella Poundstone (Jan Maxwell), can make it public.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 28 June 2016
4. Wake Up Grassroots: The Nine Virtues of Participatory Democracy, and How We Can Keep America Great by Encouraging an Informed Electorate

Laurel and Rochelle try to persuade Laurel's friend Abby (Brooke Bloom) to get an MRI so they can uncover the real cause of the strange behavior taking over Washington, D.C. Also, Luke attempts to reopen the government through a secret deal with the Republicans.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Subtitles Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 12 July 2016
5. Back to Work: A Behind-the-Scenes Look At Congress and How It Gets Things Done (And Often Doesn't)

Laurel asks her brother, Luke, for his help to get the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the bugs, but he insists she first consult Dr. Joanne Alaimo (Margo Martindale), a leading entomologist, for her perspective on the invasion. Also, Laurel's relationship with Anthony takes a drastic turn.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 25 July 2016
6. Notes Toward a Post-Reagan Theory of Party Alliance, Tribalism, and Loyalty: Past as Prologue

When Laurel is infected by the bugs, Gustav and Rochelle work quickly to figure out if there is any way to save her. Also, when the Centers for Disease Control has its funding temporarily cut, Luke attempts to reach a compromise to have the money reinstated, but Red's political machinations undermine him at every turn.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Subtitles Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 1 August 2016
7. The Power of Euphemism: How Torture Became a Matter of Debate in American Politics

Laurel comes under investigation about her potential involvement with the bug infestation. Also, Gustav and Rochelle discover a unique way to communicate with those infected by the bugs.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 8 August 2016
8. The Path to War Part One: The Gathering Political Storm

Rochelle and Gustav capture and question a man they suspect is infected by the bugs. Also, Luke and Red face off in a Senate Intelligence meeting about a potential war.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Subtitles Language: English Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 15 August 2016
9. Taking on Water: How Leaks in D.C. are Discovered and Patched

Senator Red Wheatus hires a special investigator to dig into the Healy family's financial and personal history. Also, when Gareth learns some sordid details about Laurel's romantic past, it puts a strain on their budding relationship.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Subtitles Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 22 August 2016
10. The Path to War Part Two: The Impact of Propaganda on Congressional War Votes

Laurel must work alongside an old boyfriend, Ben Valderrama (Michael Zegen), when Luke enlists her help in putting together a political documentary to support his anti-war initiative. Also, Laurel worries about the health of Luke and Germaine's baby,

AGES-12-AND-OVER Subtitles Language: English Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 29 August 2016
11. Six Points on the New Congressional Budget: The False Dichotomy of Austerity vs. Expansionary Policies

Luke and Laurel rush to uncover Red's secret agenda, which is buried in a massive new budget bill. Also, Gareth inadvertently witnesses an unsettling bug encounter in Red's office.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Subtitles Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 4 September 2016
12. Talking Points Toward a Wholistic View of Activism in Government: Can the Top Rebel?

When Laurel discovers that a senate bill is not what it appears, she implores Luke to help, leading to a dramatic Senate sit-in. Also, Red and Ella battle for control of the bug agenda, and Laurel questions whether or not she should leave Washington, D.C. for good.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 11 September 2016
13. The End of All We Hold Dear: What Happens when Democracies Fail: A Brief Synopsis

Laurel discovers the secret to driving the bugs out of a person's brain and tests the tactic on her father. Armed with new knowledge, Laurel and Gareth attempt to expel the Queen bug out of Red's head once and for all.

PARENTAL-GUIDANCE Subtitles Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 11 September 2016

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BrainDead is a comic-thriller set in the world of Washington, D.C., politics that follows Laurel, a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer who discovers two things: the government has stopped working, and bugs are eating the brains of Congress members and Hill staffers.

Subtitles Language: English Release date: 8 June 2016

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