Veep (2012–2019)
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Groundbreaking 

Selina and her team prepare for the long awaited opening of her library, which is unsurprisingly beset by complications.

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David Mandel

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David Mandel, Armando Iannucci (created by)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Selina Meyer
Anna Chlumsky ... Amy Brookheimer
Tony Hale ... Gary Walsh
Reid Scott ... Dan Egan
Timothy Simons ... Jonah Ryan
Matt Walsh ... Mike McLintock
Kevin Dunn ... Ben Cafferty
Gary Cole ... Kent Davison
Sam Richardson ... Richard Splett
Dan Bakkedahl ... Roger Furlong
Patton Oswalt ... Teddy Sykes
Sarah Sutherland ... Catherine Meyer
Usman Ally ... Mohammed Al Jaffar
Diedrich Bader ... Bill Ericsson
Lauren Bowles ... Monica
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Selina and her team prepare for the long awaited opening of her library, which is unsurprisingly beset by complications.

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25 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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After Catherine has given birth, the nurse who enters the room to bring Catherine a wheelchair is played by Morgan Walsh, wife of cast member Matt Walsh. See more »

Quotes

Jonah Ryan: I am here with a final solution - to restore me to power.
Sherman Tanz: Jonah, Jonah.
Jonah Ryan: Sir, I will do anything that you say.
Sherman Tanz: I know. That's what I love about you. It's like that fagela cowboy movie. "I can't quit you."
Jonah Ryan: Yes, thank you, sir. Butch and Sundance.
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References The Seventh Seal (1957) See more »

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S6: The change in dynamics/setting breaks up the narratives a bit, but the cynicism and sharp writing keep it strong
30 July 2017 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Like with all political shows, Veep returned to television in the early days of Trump being president, meaning that all interviews or media about the show mentioned this. The writers always pointed out that they did not know this of course when the show was being made, but it is interesting how much Meyer's situation has overlap with what one imagines Clinton's might be. A life-long politician, looking for legacy, cast adrift from the only game she knows, and now hawking around with her foundation, an awkward daughter she is not close to, and a husband chasing everything in a skirt. That is not to say that the show goes after Clinton or even just makes it about them, but it is interesting that the cynical, inept, selfish caricature of a politician comes out looking a lot like Clinton (and I say that as someone who would have voted Democrat were I an American).

The lack of a White House setting for this season is a change, and it does throw the various characters and story lines into an odd place that took me a minute to adjust to. However despite some unease in this, the season mostly has a strong core of cynicism and commentary to drive it forward. The pessimism with which it views all its characters is grounding and convincing – from the money- chasing deals through to the closed loop of politics. With that though, the characters are given great dialogue and interactions which carry as much comedy as they do darkness – it is a well crafted script from start to finish, with plenty of great lines that always give me a bigger laugh by virtue of how suddenly and quickly some great word-play comes out.

Performances remain good throughout, everyone is just as good at the dialogue as they are at moments of physical comedy or other demands of the writing. Veep continues to be a very funny ensemble comedy, with writing, performances, pacing, cynicism, and laughs.


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