Veep is an HBO comedy of political ill-manners, currently in its second season. It was created by mastermind architect of vicious profanity, Armando Iannucci, about Vice President Selina Meyer, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Meyer presides over a staff—including actors Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, and Reid Scott—that spends their time leaping and bounding from one political fuck-up to another.
A respectable number of people watch Veep and HBO was like, cool you get a third season. But I think people should be mooning over Veep. I want to see a plethora of review recaps every Monday and instantaneously created gifs. I want people to dress as Veep characters for Halloween so I can tell them how much I love their costume. Here's why you should be watching:
- You will learn a fantastic array of insults like: "Quaker in a titty bar" or "gold-plated shit gibbon."
- It's Buster goes to the White House. Tony Hale continues to play a gaffe-prone minion whose main character trait is he is simultaneously terrified of and enraptured with a matriarch. His life is devoted to following her about, doing her bidding.
- It's also kinda Elaine goes to the White House. It's not My Girl goes to the White House, but Anna Chulmsky is wonderful and hilarious.
- Bullshitzus. It's a dog that you pretend to own, so that you have an excuse to go home to walk it or not spend weekends at work.
- Veep apparently has all sorts of stuff to say about the difference between British and American communication. Creator Armando Iannucci is the man behind the brilliantly profane English television show The Thick of It as well as In the Loop.
- The clothes are gorgeous. Similar to another television show about DC politics, Veep features implausibly fashionable outfits worn by a town that invented frumpiness. Whatever guys, embrace your frumpy, it's Simon Doonan approved.
- The writers have trickily and annoyingly refused to choose a political party for the Vice President, but this means donkeys and elephants alike are invited to this zoo.
- You will receive guidance on how to reject phone calls efficiently from Sue. For example: "Hello. What do you want? You can't have it. Goodbye."
- This show is not a flimsy excuse to discuss political issues. Veep is a comical exaggeration about how people interact in high pressure situations—from carefully crafted manipulations to petty ego trips. It's mostly about people stepping on toes and grabbing for little handholds of power, which is likely a more accurate portrait of DC politicking than Aaron Sorkin's moralizing rants.
- It's got all the things you love to hate about Girls: nepotism, sex, race, voices of generations. We liked it from the beginning.