American Political Comedy Films & TV Shows

by kjtenorman | created - 01 Feb 2016 | updated - 01 Feb 2016 | Public

A chronological list of modern American comedy films and TV shows that revolve around politics and government.

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1. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

PG | 95 min | Comedy

97 Metascore

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 420,484 | Gross: $0.28M

2. The President's Analyst (1967)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Thriller

When the overworked and stressed-out White House presidential shrink runs away, the CEA and the FBR scramble to retrieve him before he could be abducted by various competing foreign intelligence services.

Director: Theodore J. Flicker | Stars: James Coburn, Godfrey Cambridge, Severn Darden, Joan Delaney

Votes: 2,865

3. Bananas (1971)

PG-13 | 82 min | Comedy

67 Metascore

When a bumbling New Yorker is dumped by his activist girlfriend, he travels to a tiny Latin American nation and becomes involved in its latest rebellion.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Louise Lasser, Carlos Montalbán, Nati Abascal

Votes: 32,049

4. The Candidate (1972)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, Melvyn Douglas, Don Porter

Votes: 9,027

5. Benson (1979–1986)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Jessica Tate's sharp-tongued former butler, Benson DuBois, moves up in the world, becoming first the governor's "director of household affairs," then the state's budget director, then lieutenant governor and candidate for the executive mansion.

Stars: Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson, Missy Gold

Votes: 2,510

6. The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Crime

45 Metascore

A conman discovers during a "job" that US Congress is where the money is. "Name recognition" gets him elected. Will he develop a conscience?

Director: Jonathan Lynn | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Lane Smith, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Joe Don Baker

Votes: 14,370 | Gross: $46.67M

7. Bob Roberts (1992)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

A conservative folk singer turns his hand to politics, running for the US Senate. He is not above dirty tricks and smear campaigns to gain an advantage over his opponent.

Director: Tim Robbins | Stars: Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Alan Rickman, Ray Wise

Votes: 12,671 | Gross: $4.48M

9. The American President (1995)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

A widowed U.S. President running for reelection and an environmental lobbyist fall in love. It's all above-board, but "politics is perception," and sparks fly anyway.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox

Votes: 48,779 | Gross: $65.00M

10. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2019)
Episode: My Date with the President's Daughter (1998)

TV-G | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A teenager unwittingly falls for the American President's daughter, and the pair soon find themselves off on a wild adventure.

Director: Alex Zamm | Stars: Dabney Coleman, Will Friedle, Elisabeth Harnois, Mimi Kuzyk

Votes: 3,910

11. Dave (1993)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Romance

76 Metascore

To avoid a potentially explosive scandal when the U.S. President goes into a coma, an affable temp agency owner with an uncanny resemblance is put in his place.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella, Kevin Dunn

Votes: 46,298 | Gross: $63.27M

12. Canadian Bacon (1995)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

The U.S. President, low in the opinion polls, gets talked into raising his popularity by trying to start a cold war against Canada.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: John Candy, Alan Alda, Rhea Perlman, Kevin Pollak

Votes: 15,210 | Gross: $0.18M

13. Women of the House (1995)

30 min | Comedy

Suzanne Sugarbaker of Designing Women (1986) rocks the U.S. Capitol when she takes over her recently-deceased husband's seat in Congress.

Stars: Delta Burke, Teri Garr, Patricia Heaton, Jonathan Banks

Votes: 73

14. My Fellow Americans (1996)

PG-13 | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy

49 Metascore

Two former U. S. Presidents, hated rivals, join forces to expose the current, corrupt President at the risk of their lives.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Dan Aykroyd, John Heard

Votes: 13,549 | Gross: $22.29M

15. Wag the Dog (1997)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a Presidential sex scandal.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 75,112 | Gross: $43.02M

16. First Kid (1996)

PG | 101 min | Family, Comedy

A former boxer turned Secret Service agent is assigned to protect the President's son, who seems determined to make life difficult for his new protector.

Director: David Mickey Evans | Stars: Sinbad, Brock Pierce, Blake Boyd, Timothy Busfield

Votes: 9,483 | Gross: $26.46M

17. Black Sheep (1996)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy

A gubernatorial candidate hires a wormy special assistant whose only job is to make sure the candidate's well-meaning but incompetent brother doesn't ruin the election.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Chris Farley, David Spade, Tim Matheson, Christine Ebersole

Votes: 34,430 | Gross: $32.38M

18. Man with a Plan (1996)

89 min | Comedy

Fred Tuttle, faced with his father's impending hip operation and his failing farm, needs to make a six-digit salary with a fourth-grade education. So he runs for U.S. Representative from ... See full summary »

Director: John O'Brien | Stars: Fred Tuttle, Bill Blachly, Bryan Pfeiffer, Bruce Lyndes

Votes: 123

19. Spin City (1996–2002)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Mike Flaherty, the Deputy Mayor of New York City, and his team of half-wits must constantly save the Mayor from embarrassment and the media. Mike is later succeeded by Charlie Crawford.

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear, Richard Kind

Votes: 24,793

20. Bulworth (1998)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Halle Berry, Kimberly Deauna Adams, Vinny Argiro

Votes: 23,858 | Gross: $26.53M

21. Primary Colors (1998)

R | 143 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

A man joins the political campaign of a smooth-operator candidate for president of the USA.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Kathy Bates, Larry Hagman

Votes: 26,262 | Gross: $38.97M

22. Dick (1999)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy

65 Metascore

Two girls wander away from a White House tour and meet President Nixon.

Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams, Dan Hedaya, Will Ferrell

Votes: 17,726 | Gross: $6.24M

23. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)

R | 81 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

73 Metascore

When Cartman and his friends go see an R rated movie, they start cursing and their parents think that Canada is to blame.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, Isaac Hayes

Votes: 183,975 | Gross: $52.01M

24. Election (1999)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell

Votes: 84,033 | Gross: $14.88M

26. Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 2000 (2000 TV Special)

TV-14 | Comedy

Saturday Night Live salutes the fearless leaders of our country will these sketches of America's political elite! Raise a flag to the politicians past and present who have driven ... See full summary »

Stars: Al Gore, Dan Aykroyd, Barbara Bush, George Bush

Votes: 172

27. Running Mates (2000 TV Movie)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

Governor James Reynolds Pryce is campaigning to win the presidential nomination.

Director: Ron Lagomarsino | Stars: Tom Selleck, Laura Linney, Nancy Travis, Teri Hatcher

Votes: 593

28. That's My Bush! (2001)

30 min | Comedy

Somewhat dim President George W. Bush's White House more closely resembles the set of a sitcom than real life, down to the laugh track.

Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Carrie Quinn Dolin, Kurt Fuller, Marcia Wallace

Votes: 1,825

29. The Brady Bunch in the White House (2002 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Family

Mike Brady becomes the President of the United States, and names Carol as his V.P..

Director: Neal Israel | Stars: Shelley Long, Gary Cole, Chad Doreck, Autumn Reeser

Votes: 834

30. Head of State (2003)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy

44 Metascore

When a presidential candidate dies unexpectedly in the middle of the campaign, Washington, D.C. alderman, Mays Gilliam is unexpectedly picked as his replacement.

Director: Chris Rock | Stars: Chris Rock, Bernie Mac, Lynn Whitfield, Dylan Baker

Votes: 17,208 | Gross: $37.79M

31. Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy

47 Metascore

Elle Woods heads to Washington, D.C. to join the staff of a Representative in order to pass a bill to ban animal testing.

Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Sally Field, Bob Newhart, Regina King

Votes: 57,690 | Gross: $90.19M

33. First Daughter (2004)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

31 Metascore

The daughter of the U.S. President heads off to college where she falls for a graduate student with a secret.

Director: Forest Whitaker | Stars: Katie Holmes, Marc Blucas, Michael Keaton, Amerie

Votes: 20,069 | Gross: $9.06M

34. Chasing Liberty (2004)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Romance

46 Metascore

Anna wants to be like other girls her age (18): date a guy etc. but she's the US president's daughter and always guarded. In Prague he breaks his promise of only 2 agents following her to a concert and she runs away with Ben to see Europe.

Director: Andy Cadiff | Stars: Mandy Moore, Matthew Goode, Mark Harmon, Stark Sands

Votes: 34,633 | Gross: $12.19M

35. Team America: World Police (2004)

R | 98 min | Action, Comedy

64 Metascore

Popular Broadway actor Gary Johnston is recruited by the elite counter-terrorism organization Team America: World Police. As the world begins to crumble around him, he must battle with terrorists, celebrities and falling in love.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Elle Russ, Kristen Miller

Votes: 152,304 | Gross: $32.77M

36. Welcome to Mooseport (2004)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Romance

33 Metascore

A US president who has retired after two terms in office returns to his hometown of Mooseport, Maine and decides to run for Mayor against another local candidate.

Director: Donald Petrie | Stars: Gene Hackman, Ray Romano, Maura Tierney, Marcia Gay Harden

Votes: 11,744 | Gross: $14.47M

37. Thank You for Smoking (2005)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Cameron Bright, Maria Bello, Joan Lunden

Votes: 207,028 | Gross: $24.79M

38. Conventioneers (2005)

95 min | Comedy, Romance

60 Metascore

At the 2004 Republican Nation Convention, love blooms between a Republican delegate and a Democrat protesting the event.

Director: Mora Stephens | Stars: Basil, Adrian Blue, Jennifer Brown, Alison Cimmet

Votes: 183

39. Swing Vote (2008)

PG-13 | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

47 Metascore

In a remarkable turn-of-events, the result of the presidential election comes down to one man's vote.

Director: Joshua Michael Stern | Stars: Kevin Costner, Paula Patton, Kelsey Grammer, Madeline Carroll

Votes: 16,987 | Gross: $16.28M

40. An American Carol (2008)

PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy, Fantasy

20 Metascore

An anti-American filmmaker who's out to abolish the July Fourth holiday is visited by three ghosts who try to change his perception of the country.

Director: David Zucker | Stars: Kevin P. Farley, Kelsey Grammer, Leslie Nielsen, Trace Adkins

Votes: 9,153 | Gross: $7.00M

41. Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash '08 (2008 TV Special)

TV-14 | 84 min | Comedy

A two-hour election-themed special that highlights skits from the current season as well as political satire taken from throughout the show's 33-year history. New material is also included.

Directors: Don Roy King, Beth McCarthy-Miller, Paul Miller, Dave Wilson | Stars: Fred Armisen, Dan Aykroyd, Dana Carvey, Chevy Chase

Votes: 67

42. Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

Stars: Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt

Votes: 182,430

43. The Dictator (2012)

R | 83 min | Comedy

58 Metascore

The heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, John C. Reilly, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 254,115 | Gross: $59.65M

44. 1600 Penn (2012–2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

President Gilcrest and his trophy wife are living in the White House, with their overachieving daughter sidetracked by pregnancy, a couch potato hopeless son, a genius young son, and an odd middle school girl.

Stars: Josh Gad, Jenna Elfman, Martha MacIsaac, André Holland

Votes: 3,725

45. The Campaign (2012)

R | 85 min | Comedy

50 Metascore

An incumbent Representative embroiled in personal scandal faces a no-holds-barred challenge from a naive newcomer funded by two unscrupulous billionaire lobbyist brothers.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott

Votes: 119,686 | Gross: $86.91M

46. Veep (2012–2019)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

Former Senator Selina Meyer finds that being Vice President of the United States is nothing like she hoped and everything that everyone ever warned her about.

Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott

Votes: 38,877

47. The First Family (2012– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Centers on an African-American family in the White House.

Stars: Christopher B. Duncan, Kellita Smith, Jackée Harry, Khylin Rhambo

Votes: 307

48. Alpha House (2013–2014)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy, Drama

Four Republican senators share the same D.C. house rental, and face re-election battles, looming indictments, and parties -- all with a sense of humor.

Stars: John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy, Mark Consuelos

Votes: 4,042

49. The Interview (II) (2014)

R | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy