The Brilliance of Veep
By: Fiza Khan
One award-winning sitcom is Veep, an HBO political satire comedy, centering around Seinfeld’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus who stars as Vice President Selina Meyer. The seven seasons of the show all revolve around Meyer and her staff, who constantly team up to battle crazy political dilemmas, keep her private life behind the curtain, and work to succeed in Washington D.C. Veep concluded approximately one year ago, but continues to keep its place as one of HBO’s most hilarious sitcoms.
As the show focuses on unbelievable, horrendous occurrences happening in the political world, the arc of the show from 2012 to 2019 has evolved heavily. By the end of the show, most viewers had begun comparing the events taking place in the show, which has almost become more believable than real life. According to The New York Times, “No matter how brutal Veep can be to watch today, the show remains explosively funny, featuring creatively vulgar dialogue that borders on the poetic. Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s performance as the foul-mouthed, opportunistic Vice President Selina Meyer is one of the most powerful pieces of comic TV acting of the last decade: at once vulnerable, angry and sardonic.” The show continues to receive heaps of praise and approval from many reviewers.
The last season of the show differs, however, in that it not only takes shots at the power-hungry politicians, but also at the willfully ignorant American people who stubbornly support them. There seems to be a much more direct attack and message towards viewers at home.
The show follows a diverse cast of characters, each with their own political dreams and lack of moral compass. There are several alliances or friendships in Veep that emphasize not only the cyclical nature of D.C.’s boys’ club but also the desperation of the politicos involved. The mix of brutal, absolutely wicked humor with the straightforwardness and selfishness of the majority of the characters casts a spotlight on the many issues that are believed to be in our government; for teenagers, this would be especially eye-opening, as many may be unaware of how self-motivated most politicians are.
During these times, it is now easier to become a fan of Veep than ever. As of April 3rd, HBO is making several of its titles available to stream for free with no subscription required via its HBO Now and HBO Go platforms. According to the company, it is the first time HBO has made this type of programming available outside of a paywall throughout the month of April. The service is usually priced at $14.99 per month. Time to get comfy and binge-watch!