VEEP

Biting, absolutely hysterical and seemingly predictive of the future. After five critically acclaimed seasons, HBO’s political satire Veep is going stronger than ever: Best Comedy Series and Best Casting in 2015 and 2016; Best Writing in 2015, Best Supporting Actor for Tony Hale in 2011 and 2013, and Best Lead Actress for Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who made Emmy history by beating Bergen and Tyler Moore for most wins last year after winning) in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. She also won Best Supporting in 2006 for The Old Adventures of Old Christine and in Best Lead in 1996 for Seinfeld. The writing is glorious, far and away the best in television – in a while. And the rest of the cast generously accomodates while each providing a distinctive brand of humor.

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Vicepresident Selina Meyer and her goofy team: Mike, Amy, Gary, Sue and Dan

Filmed in Baltimore and then in Los Angeles, Armando Ianucci and David Mandel’s Veep revolves around VP Selina Meyer’s political rise. Louis-Dreyfus (who got her start on SNL and became a TV icon as the beloved Elaine Benes from Seinfeld) plays a potty-mouthed, anapologetically self-centered woman who “will pretty much say anything to stay alive politically,” the actress told Stephen Colbert. Tony Hale (Arrested Development) portrays Selina’s awkwardly mousy yet loyal assistant Gary. One zigs where the other zags, sharing a love-hate (respectively) relationship that makes them relatable and never fails to get laughs. Anna Chlumsky (yes, Vada from My Girl!) is Amy Brookheimer, the mean, workaholic and only efficient member of Meyer’s team, who occasionally fools around with Dan Egan, the ambitious and cocky CBS Anchor who used to serve as Selina’s senior advisor. Matt Walsh (original co-founder of Amy Poehler’s UCB) and Sufe Bradshaw (2009’s Star Treek) play Mike and Sue, the messy Press Secretary and acerbic secretary and scheduler.

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Selina Meyer falls asleep at an international summit

But despite the A-list cast, it is the writing that shines. As is the case of any long-running comedy show – 30 RockModern Family or SNL – the screenplay must be an absolute and solid foundation. First of all, the nature of the characters is hilarious in itself, which resonates and engages the audience from minute one. For a President to constantly swear and treat staff like sh*t is both a treat to watch and a guilty pleasure because that’s what we think is going on behind close doors in real life (who hasn’t imagined Hillary hitting Bill with a telephone after the L-gate.) Thus, the concept is immediately attractive. Secondly, the crazy incidents ensuing from her questionable management have resulted in countless unforgettable and gifable moments: Selina crying about losing Nevada at her mother’s funeral, creating a Twitter account for the mole she got on her face to appear relatable, or telling a congresswoman she’s “gonna have the IRS crawl so far up [her] husband’s colon, he’s gonna wish the only thing they find is more cancer.” I dare you to not to cry.

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Selina and US VP Joe Biden, caught eating ice-cream by veggies advocate Michelle Obama

However, probably the best thing about Veep is that it’s become a significative part of popular culture. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, a very vocal supporter of the Democratic party, appeared in character in a sketch alongside Uncle Joe and Michelle Obama in 2013, and has attented several White House events where Selina is often referenced. In her 2016 Emmy speech, referencing the election’s nonsense she said: “I’d also like to take this opportunity to personally apologize for the current political climate. I think that ‘Veep’ has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started out as a political satire, but it now feels more like a sobering documentary. So I certainly do promise to rebuild that wall ― and make Mexico pay for it.”

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Presidents Grant, Underwood, Meyer, Mayor James and Councilwoman De Forest

Presidents are fashionable and make for perfect award buddies: Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton won and will win her another Emmy. Amy Poehler, Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey (my God, somebody give them the Emmy!) snabbed Golden Globes in 2014 and 2015 for their adorable and appealingly despicable presidential hopefuls, respectively. Allison Janney won four Emmys for portraying WH Press Secretary C.J. Cregg and everyone else from Tony Goldwin to Kerry Washington have been a constant presence in awards season.

In conclusion, I absolutely recommend watching Veep because being having watched every sitcom worth its salt, I can say without hesitation that it’s the best show I’ve ever seen. Razor-sharp, always up to date and … Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Running years: 2012-

Country: United States.

Release date: April 22, 2012.

Awards: 12 Emmys, 2 SAG, 2 WGA, 2 Critics’ Choice Awards

Grade: A++

All images are taken from Google.

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