When HBO's "Veep" premiered, it was embraced with favorable critical response and even scored star Julia Louis-Dreyfus an Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Comedy series. Louis-Dreyfus is, indeed, a formidable talent who plunges herself into the role of America's vice president with great abandon. Alternately vain, selfish, clueless, and driven to succeed, her naked ambition and ability to master the art of spin is eerily realistic while being uproarious. Of course, it helps that she's surrounded by a giant cast of characters who must serve the VP's every need while juggling their own instinct for career survival. An unorthodox and savvy combination of the dysfunctional workplace sitcom and a scathing political satire, "Veep" became even richer and more rewarding in the Second Season of ten episodes. Ribald, unapologetic, and outrageously profane, I'd like to say that this was a complete exaggeration of what we might find in Washington, but I'm not so sure! Detractors of "Veep,"...
like most five star shows which are working, this one too has a great talent behind the scenes, creator and writer Armando Iannucci. He was inspired to create this show after creating a UK show, "The Thick of It,", which was expanded into a film, "In The Loop" which brought the THICK'S Malcom (main character playedmby Peter Cipaldi) to the USA. i have seen all of the Iannucci shows and film and they are all excellent.
he faced two huge problems in bringing this show to the USA. one, we have a different political system to satirize. although we are both democracies, the structures of our governments are quite different. two, british humor is different and is an acquired taste for non-Britains.
some are complaining about the swearing in this american show. it is NOTHING in comparison to the swearing in the british show. Malcolm, the lead character in the UK sho,w is a swearing machine compared to Selena in the American show.
I'm somebody who loves comedies but I'm not really into political drama type shows. I have watched some of the West Wing and I like that about 70% of the time. So with Veep I had my doubts but I'd like to say that it delivers on all fronts. Also personally I love Tony Hale (I actually love Buster from arrested development) and I think he does a great job of not being typecast as a Buster like character. It's strange that that was a fear I had going into the show but he delivers. It's also nice to see somebody shake free of the "Seinfeld curse" and Julia Louise Dreyfus does a great job.
One thing that I think is good with the show it's not a "serial" type show like Homeland or Dexter. It's not a show you need to watch completely in order and each episode sort of stands on its own. As always with television shows like this I recommend the watching in order style of viewing but this show is a little more lenient in that regard.
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