V is for “Veep”

“Veep” was an American political satire comedy television series that aired on HBO from April 22, 2012, to May 12, 2019. The series was created by Armando Iannucci as an adaptation of his sitcom “The Thick of It.”The main character in “Veep” was Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), a fictional Vice President of the United States. The series follows the personal life and political career of Meyer. Her party affiliation is never discussed, although it is hinted in the fourth season finale that it was Democratic. After Meyer was elected Vice President, her staff, upon whom she was almost totally reliant, includes chief of staff Amy Brookheimer (Anna Chlumsky), director of communications Mike McLintock (Matt Walsh), deputy director of communications Dan Egan (Reid Scott), body man Gary Walsh (Tony Hale), and personal secretary Sue Wilson (Sufe Bradshaw). Later additions to her team as president include White House Chief of Staff Ben Cafferty (Kevin Dunn) and political strategist Kent Davison (Gary Cole). Jonah Ryan (Timothy Simons), initially a White House liaison to the Vice President’s office and later a New Hampshire congressman, also features prominently.

“Veep” received critical acclaim and won several major awards, including seven consecutive nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, winning that award for its fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons. Louis-Dreyfus’ performance won her six consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Critics’ Choice Television Awards, a Television Critics Association Award, and five consecutive Golden Globe nominations. For his portrayal of Selina’s personal aide, Gary, Tony Hale received six consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, winning in 2013 and 2015. Other members of the cast who received Emmy nominations include Anna Chlumsky (six nominations), Gary Cole (one nomination), Matt Walsh (two nominations), Martin Mull (one nomination), Hugh Laurie (one nomination), and Peter MacNicol (one nomination).

I really enjoyed “Veep,” but by the time the show ended in 2019, I was sick of watching anything to do with politics — even satirical political shows that made fun of political maneuverings. The political realities were enough and, had “Veep” been renewed for another season, as good as the show was, I’d probably have skipped it.

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15 thoughts on “V is for “Veep”

  1. Deborah Weber April 26, 2021 / 7:04 am

    I did some marathon watching of this last year but then switched to Madam Secretary. But I definitely burned out, and I’m currently in a no-political shows mode.

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    • Fandango April 26, 2021 / 12:19 pm

      Me too. The last four years burned me out.

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  2. kajmeister26 April 26, 2021 / 7:14 am

    If you have a chance to see “The Thick of It” (I found it on HBO but it might be elsewhere), I do highly recommend it because it’s someone else’s politics. It’s hilarious but like “Veep” in small doses. Particularly interesting for its creative swearing; it has, by far, the most expletive-filled dialogue i’ve ever heard but very funny. Also, even characters who are trying to make the world a better place find that fate turns them awry in the maelstrom of the storm of ambition, which I found interesting.

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    • Fandango April 26, 2021 / 12:20 pm

      Thanks for the tip. I’ll look for it.


  3. Iain Kelly April 26, 2021 / 2:50 pm

    Love this show so much, and would still watch it now for the characters and laughs – but you are right, like a lot of political shows, it got over taken by the real life ‘entertainment’ coming out of the actual White House!


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  4. Marleen April 26, 2021 / 3:03 pm

    I watched a few episodes of this, and have a taste of what it was like. By the time I found it, it was near the end. I watched the last half or so of the next-to-last season (I’m guessing). Enjoyed it a little while.

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  5. leigha66 May 2, 2021 / 9:04 am

    I have heard good things about this show, but no HBO. 😞

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