In "Veep" We Trust: One of TV's Best Comedies Returns

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In "Veep" We Trust: One of TV's Best Comedies Returns

By Sarah Carlson | TV Reviews | April 14, 2013 | Comments ()


The state of television drama is great. So great, in fact, that we need more comedy to lighten up our DVR queues. To give you a nice breather in between bouts of depressive ad men of the 1960s and sadistic young kings of a different world, one of the better and smarter comedies around returns Sunday on HBO: "Veep."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is perfect as Vice President Selina Meyer, the ultimate second-fiddle to a president viewers never see. We live in her world with her crew, hating the stuck-up White House staffers along with them. Think "The West Wing" meets "Parks and Recreation" meets "Arrested Development," just without any of the heart, drama or warmth of the two former and even more biting humor and general assholery than the latter. Creators Armando Iannucci and Simon Blackwell aren't interested in telling uplifting tales of politics done right. "Veep" is all about the absurdity of the political game -- incompetent players with too much power bickering over the little stuff and mangling some of the big stuff while they're at it. No soaring, Sorkin-like rhetoric or fictional figures worth admiring. They're all wicked -- and delightful. The satire is a much-needed addition to TV comedy.

To give you a taste of "Veep," some intern at HBO has done the legwork for us with these delightful highlight reels. And yes, the "Did the president call?" bit always works:

Just take a look at these montages for some of the fabulous cast: Matt Walsh as Mike McLintock, director of communications; Tony Hale as Gary Walsh, overeager personal aide; and Timothy Simons as Jonah Ryan, obnoxious White House liaison to the VP's office. (Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott and Sufe Bradshaw round out the team.)

"Veep" airs at 10/9C Sundays on HBO.

Sarah Carlson is a TV Critic for Pajiba. She lives in San Antonio. You can find her on Twitter.

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  • John W

    Funny, funny show. Highly recommend it.

  • wsapnin

    Gave it 3 episodes and couldn't get into it.

  • Jezzer

    I missed this show so much. <3

  • Torgotronic

    Such a great show; how is it that Tony Hale ("Arrested Development") & JLD ("Seinfeld" ... duh) have the luck/smarts/both to have been on some of the greatest TV comedies ever.

  • annie

    As much as I loved In the Loop, I can't get into The Thick of It. Veep fills that void and then some. Fangirl squealing.

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  • Margrete

    God, I miss The Thick Of It, and my sweet sweet Malcolm Tucker. Hopefully watching Veep will help a little.

  • Tinkerville

    After watching the pilot I knew this was going to be one of my favorite shows and I wasn't wrong. Everyone just nails it, especially Jonah.

  • Anna Chlumsky is absolutely fantastic. Dunno if I've just been asleep or what, but this is the first thing I've seen her in as an adult and she nails it to the wall.

    "You know, democracy is fantastic but it is also fucking dull."

  • SabrinaHatesDisqus

    Watch In the Loop.

  • $1754390

    You're not even your mom's favourite Jonah, Jonah!

    I love this show so much!

  • Blake

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus has never been funny. +1 for the rest of the cast though.

  • TrickyHD

    Burn in hell succubus! Just last night I watched 9 seasons of bloopers of Seinfeld, and everytime JLD laughed, I got younger by 1 day. Old Christine too, always on my iPod.

  • L.O.V.E.

    I just cannot get enough of the filth that spews out of JLD's mouth. Brilliant.

  • MissAmynae

    My favorite thing about this show is how quick the comedy is. I'll record it, then rewatch just to get everything we missed while we were cracking up.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I'm still so thoroughly impressed by Timothy Simmons' Jonah. Nails it, just nails it.

  • Jezzer

    "So, as I was saying to the POTUS today..."

  • dizzylucy

    I love Veep, glad it's back. I hope it gets a little more attention this year, last season the media was too busy falling over itself to get to Lena Dunham, this little gem of a show sort of got ignored.

  • Jezzer

    If only Veep had had the foresight to include constant, pointless, unsettling nudity.

  • Kaitlyn David

    Samuel. I see what you mean... Randall`s story is unbelievable, last tuesday I got a brand new Fiat Panda from having made $9318 this-last/month and even more than ten/k this past month. with-out any doubt it's the nicest-job I've had. I began this 6 months ago and immediately was earning over $70 per-hr. I use the details on this website,

  • Forbiddendonut

    Thrilled this is back. HBO's best current comedy series by far.

  • Milly

    And if you like Veep you should get a hold of 'The Thick of It' which is of a similar vein and written by Armando Iannucci but focussed on UK government.

    And apologies if you already know this and have watched it.

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