Think Politics is Boring? Watch HBO’s “Veep.”


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Now in its last season, HBO’s “Veep” features veteran comedian Julia Louis-Dreyfus as former president Selina Meyer in a hilarious stint to become President of the United States once again.

When most people think of political TV shows, they imagine a dull Netflix drama where Kevin Spacey kills a few people. But that’s not the case with HBO’s “Veep.” Now in its seventh and final season, “Veep” gives its viewers a hilarious spin on the U.S. political atmosphere.

Directed by Scottish satirist Armando Iannucci and staring veteran comedian and former “Seinfeld” co-star Julia Louis-Dreyfus as United States Vice President (then President) Selina Meyer, the show revolves around Selina and her constant struggle to power, or at least, her struggle to be relevant.

For the first two seasons of the show, Selina is seen as an afterthought in her administration. With the president constantly making her be the scapegoat, she is constantly torn between taking her own stance in politics while not angering her party.

Selina does have some brushes with success (such as her stint as the president for a couple of months), but she is always one step away from getting what she wants, and always gets back to where she first started.

But although Selina’s plight with an awkward Swedish prime minister and a trash-talking congressman is hilariously addictive to watch, her misguided staff is what makes the show stand out from the rest.

Along with Selina is her team of power-hungry political advisors Amy Brookheimer (Anna Chlumsky) and Dan Egan (Reid Scott), as well as her spineless bag man Gary Walsh (Tony Hale) and bumbling director of communications Mike McLintock (Mike Walsh).

Selina’s workers all share a love/hate relationship with each other, and in the end, all work to further only themselves.

They make up a toxic crew that is hilarious to watch them in action, or at the least, insult one another.  With White House aide Jonah Ryan (Timothy Simons) once being called a “sentient enema” by his own uncle, or Congressman Roger Furlong (Dan Bakkedahl) saying that his senior advisor is “as slow as a Mississippi detective investigating the murder of a young black man,” “Veep” is known for its well-written insults and clever one-liners that no one on the show is safe from.

In fact, the insults of “Veep” are so popular and well written that one fan has decided to compile all the insults and put them on YouTube; both videos garnering around 800 thousand views each. It is no wonder that the show was able to win 17 Primetime Emmys.

Although “Veep” took a two-year hiatus due to Louis-Dreyfus receiving treatment for breast cancer, the show is still able to come out on top with their last and final season. This season, Selina is once again running for President of the United States with the generic meaningless slogan “New. Selina. Now,” and is struggling to find a worthy running mate and wealthy financial backers.

For those interested, “Veep” is available to watch on HBO, and airs every Sunday night at 4:30 p.m. Hawaii time. Those with a Hulu or Amazon Prime account can buy an HBO subscription for $14.99 a month as an add-on, or purchase a separate HBO Go subscription at the same price.