Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Veep?

Another new show? It's like television is some sort of show-making industry or something! With so much new stuff on the tube, you can't watch everything. That's why we're here, to help you decide which new shows are worth your precious time. Today's subject is HBO's Veep, and we've already seen the first episode. Which brings us to the question of the day: Should you watch?


What's the show, and when can I watch it?

Veep premieres Sunday, April 22 at 10pm on HBO. You can also watch the first episode online the day after it airs, even if you don't have HBO—we'll have it available here on TV.com.


Who's in it?

The main draw here is Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld), who's making her TV comeback. But Veep boasts a surprisingly great ensemble cast. Anna Chlumsky—yep, THE girl from the 1991 film My Girl—is all grown up; Reid Scott (My Boys) has cut his hair and is looking appropriately untrustworthy for his part; longtime improv genius Matt Walsh is finally getting a chance to shine in a regular role; and Tony Hale (Arrested Development's Buster) is back in a role that's perfect for him. Newcomer Timothy Simons will be all over the place soon.


Who created the show?

You may not know the name, but you should. Armando Iannucci is the Brit behind Veep, and political humor is familiar territory for him. He created the BBC series The Thick of It, a British political comedy series that Veep is loosely based on. He also wrote the film In the Loop, which was a spin-off of The Thick of It.


What's it all about?

JLD plays Vice President Selina Meyer, a former Senator who's not quite equipped for the job of second in command. She's surrounded by her Chief of Staff (Chlumsky), press secretary (Walsh), and bodyguard/gofer (Hale), none of whom exhibit any sense of political savvy. It's a scathing look at the political machine, and it's full of awkward moments, ladder-climbing, and passing the buck.


Who is this show for?

Fans of smart, silly comedies (Arrested Development comes to mind) will appreciate Veep's complete approach to comedy where subtle meets overt. Veep may be political, but it isn't politically correct.


What are the good parts?

The performances are outstanding. Louis-Dreyfus is in top form, but it's the supporting cast that caught my eye. Who knew Chlumsky could be so funny? Scott also steals a lot of scenes as a slimy youngster backstabbing his way up the food chain. Despite its government-based subject matter, there's a lot of relatable humor because the show functions as a workplace comedy. One key—and hilarious—plot point involves passing around a condolence card for signatures, something anyone who has worked in an office has been a part of. Veep's ability to ground such a mysterious work environment is what makes it work so well.


What's not-so-good about it?

Veep doesn't hold your hand at all and jumps right into things, throwing characters at you without any set-up. It'll take a re-watch just to figure out who half the characters are and where they fit into the political hierarchy, so if you're not a patient TV watcher who's willing to focus, you might want to pass.


So what's the final verdict?

Veep in 2012! This is one of HBO's better original comedies, and even after one episode it looks like it's already in full stride. The flawed characters are fantastic, the pacing is fast, and the subject matter is a comedy goldmine. This is one of those comedies that's funnier the second time around. I've already set up the season pass on my DVR.


You got a sample?

Indeed I do!


Will you take our advice and check out Veep?

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This show was just not funny in the least, I have no idea what they were going for, but it's just not working. I can't see this show lasting all that long, even though it is on HBO.
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this show was terribly unfunny and stole comedic lines and ideas from other creations. makes me think tv.com gets bankrolled by reviews like this.
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btw i saw in the loop and it was good. i'm sure the person behind it has nothing more than his name attached to veep.
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I liked Julia Dryfus on The old Christine and that's about it.
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so THAT's why you're here?



I was wondering. So, this is a website that I read to keep me from wasting time watching tv. Got it.



Can you help me find a TV show to watch so that I don't have to read this website?
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A big giant NOT A CHANCE , just like Girls it looks just terrible
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Watch it, if Armando is putting his name to it then it will be good, The Thick of It actually has a swearing consultant whose job it is to make sure there is enough swearing in it, and it is one of the best political comedies that the UK has ever produced. Anna Chlumsky was brilliant at his sort of stuff in the film In The Loop, which combined British and American politics so Veep is definitely eagerly awaiting by some of us over here as well.
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It looks hilarious. Definitely worth a shot.



And it has GoT as a lead-in, so, chances are it will do very well.
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Quote "He also wrote the film In the Loop, which was a spin-off of In the Loop. " Am I the only one who doesn't understand that?
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No you're not - I don't understand it either. Though I am assuming it is just a typo and the second 'loop' should be 'thick of it'
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typo city, my bust!

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aha the show already mentioned. Ok Thanks! :)
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I wasn't very interested in it before, but I'm pretty sure I'll be giving this a shot.
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Don't care how good it is. It can't ever compete with it's originator because it doesn't have Peter Capaldi as the abominable Malcolm Tucker. Trust me, without Malcolm in the mix it's an impossibility for it even to approach coming close to The Thick Of It.
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So that's why they cancelled 3 shows. The new ones are kinda great: Girls, Veep and Newsroom.
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"In the Loop" is actually a spin off of "In the Thick of It", not of "In the Loop". It would be weird if it was a spin off of itself, wouldnt it?
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Can't wait.HBO is back on a kickass roll.
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yeah, cant wait
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Yep that's funny stuff) and I like curb your enthusiasm style camera work. It gives a realistic vibe. I give it a shot. Usually HBO shows never dissapoint me.
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Cross between West Wing and Arrested Development? I'm in!
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So weird to see Anna Chlumsky as an adult now... even though we've already apparently seen her as a guest star in Covert Affairs and White Collar (who knew?!).



If Veep is anything like Arrested Development, then I'm all over this.
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I'm going to give it a try, but some of the commercial clips I've seen don't look that funny, just kind of irritating and self-indulgent. I'm more excited to watch 'Newsroom', w/ Jeff Daniels. That looks like it's going to be amazing!
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So far, every comment has been smart and true. Keep it going guys!



And to make sure I don't break the trend: I just watched the dreamatorium episode of Community and it was awesome!
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I've got sunshine on a cloudy day!
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I really like Julia Louis-Dreyfus, so i'll give it a shot for her. Also, smart, silly comedies are my kind of comedies.
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I'll give it a shot, but nothing will ever replace "The West Wing" as TV awesome when it comes to DC.
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I am looking forward to this. Prefect show to watch after Game of Thrones. Gotta pass the time anyways while waiting for Girls, so this works!
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