One of my favorite shows on HBO, VEEP, just wrapped up its second season this summer.
In case you didn't know, this show follows around the fictional Vice President (VP) of the United States: Selina Meyer, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who also played Elaine Benes in the television sitcom Seinfeld and Christine Campbell in the show The New Adventures of Old Christine).
VP Selina with her Cabinet MembersIn VEEP, we find Selina Meyer and her Cabinet Members dealing with the endless layers and levels of bureaucracy in the federal government. Whether it is about fundraising, lobbying or political schmoozing, VP Meyer often has to put out fire before she gets completely caught in it. People may think that this show reflects the life of a former U.S. vice presidential candidate but in fact, it doesn't at all. (See Game Change instead.)
In each episode, VP Meyer jumps through many hoops of Washington's political storms to get her point across that she is the second most powerful person in the United States or so she assumes. Meyer and her team often throw many nasty jokes, creative insults, sarcasms, double entendres to others, but mostly to each other.
The first season introduced the characters, their roles and the premise of the show; the focus was on passing the "Clean Jobs Bill" which was the VP's biggest project in a national scale. The second season took a different direction and challenged the VP and her Cabinent Members in an international scale: global diplomacy.
The VP with her Chief of Staff Amy Brookheimer (Anna Chlumsky)A few interesting aspects of VEEP:
- The show never reveals the VP's political affiliation. The show drops tiny hints and clues but it never tells the viewers if Selina Meyer is a Democrat, Republican, Independent or from some other political party.
- The show also never reveals the face of the President of the U.S. We hear his name a lot and what he likes and dislikes but we don't know what he looks like or his political affiliation either.
- Viewers may also recognize some of the other cast members from other well-known shows such as Arrested Development.
Overall, this show refreshingly delivers good humor and fun. If you enjoy watching political comedy where irate characters are constantly putting or spreading political firestorms, this series is worth watching.