TV's Most Ridiculous Politicians

If there's one thing we've come to learn about politicians, it's that almost all of them are at least a little bit insane. In real life, that's extremely disconcerting. But on the small screen, dirty politicians bring juicy drama—and incompetent ones bring comedy gold. The recent premieres of HBO's Veep and ABC's Scandal—which feature a hilariously bumbling vice president and an adulterous president with lots of vices, respectively—got us thinking about some of the more ridiculous politicians who've graced our TV screens over the years... so we've listed some of the more outrageous ones below. Will Veep's Selina Meyer or Scandal's President Fitzgerald Grant ever be as notorious as these dubious few?



The Simpsons' Mayor Quimby


The womanizing Quimby is reminiscent of every real-life politician with skeletons in the closet...but more specifically, he's a parody of Ted Kennedy—hence the Boston accent. He's wildly incompetent and tends to disappear when he's needed, but when he is around, he basically just throws money at his problems in hopes that they'll go away.



The Wire's Senator Clay Davis


Davis was notorious for taking bribes, and in Season 3, he even started acting as a consultant for drug kingpin Stringer Bell! Of course, he was also trying to pull the wool over Stringer's eyes, which almost led to his assassination (sheeeeee-it!). In Season 4, Davis started dipping his grubby hands into the police department's pockets. Getting in with both the good guys and the bad guys has its price, but Davis had a knack for playing with fire.



Deadwood's Mayor E.B. Farnum


Eustace Bailey Farnum was a conniving, greedy hotelier who wasn't particularly popular—he only became the mayor of Deadwood because no one else in town wanted the job. Known for talking down to those less fortunate than he, Farnum's power-playing personality was quite the facade—the real commanding forces in town were Al Swearengen, the brothel owner, and later George Hearst. Sorry, Farnum, but money talks.



Portlandia's Fictional Mayor of Portland


Kyle MacLachlan plays the lovable, naive mayor of Portland, Oregon on IFC's Pacific Northwest-set sketch show. There's not much to him, really, but that's kind of the point. He's easily persuaded—remember when Fred and Carrie convinced him to start a petition to never hold the Olympics in Portland?—but at least he holds his city in high regard, even if it means trash-talking Seattle.

Awesome sidenote: The real mayor of Portland, Sam Adams, plays the fictional mayor's assistant on the show.



Desperate Housewives' Mayor Victor Lang


Victor came off like some kind of hopeless romantic when we first met him, chasing after Gabrielle with intentions to marry her. But his chivalrous disguise shattered when Gabrielle found out he only wanted to win the Latino vote in his bid for Governor. Later, he tried to pay off Gabrielle's former lover—teenage gardener John—to keep him quiet. But he got what was coming to him in Season 4, when in the midst of a tornado, a flying white picket fencepost took him down for good.



That's My Bush!'s George W. Bush


As you may've guessed, this comedy by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (who else?) chronicled the fictional personal life of the real-life former president, and portrayed George W. Bush the character as an all-out buffoon.



Prison Break's Vice President Caroline Reynolds


This lady had her hands in all sorts of unpleasant things. Her M.O. was messed up from the get-go, when she was just a lady trying to frame the innocent Lincoln Burrows. But working with an organization know as "The Company" and poisoning the president so she could take his place? That's some Game of Thrones-level stuff.



The Event's Vice President Raymond Jarvis


A main player in the United States' "opposition party," Jarvis was eventually revealed as one of the cogs in the Event conspiracy machine. When President Martinez was wounded during an assassination attempt, Jarvis became a key suspect—he was trying to convince the president to keep a top-secret detention facility top secret. He was named acting president while Martinez recovered...and proceeded to allow a bunch of aliens manipulate him, kickstarting their plan to move their home planet into Earth's orbit. Smooth move, Jarvis!



Homeland's Vice President William Walden


So, way back in 2009, before the series takes place, Waldon was involved in a drone strike in the Middle East that killed hundreds of innocent children. He's not the most ethical guy in the world. But he's also kind of clueless. For a guy who was once the director of the CIA, he's not particularly skilled at picking up on terrorist cues—he was trapped in a room with a guy who had a bomb strapped to his chest without ever suspecting it.



Battlestar Galactica's President Gaius Baltar


Baltar was elected Vice President before challenging President Laura Roslin for the higher office. His empire was marked by an impressive streak of bad decisions and low points, including settling into New Caprica, unwittingly revealing the ship's location to the Cylons through his affair with a Six (Gina), and eventually surrendering the human race to the Cylons. He then became the Cylons' presidential puppet, which led to the death of even more humans. Great going, Mr. President.



Family Guy's Mayor Adam West


Few politicians are portrayed with such indignity as the poor mayor of Quahog. Voiced by the real-life Adam West, the animated version is a delusional man-child.



The Vampire Diaries' Mayor(s) Lockwood


In Season 1, Mayor Lockwood (the male one) was a slightly corrupt, jerkish gent who bullied his son, Tyler, in public. But in the season finale, a plot to expose all of the town's vampires via supersonic noises accidentally swept up both the mayor and Tyler—though they weren't vampires, they were werewolves! But no matter, he was accidentally murdered before he could explain. In the wake of his death, Lockwood's wife inherited his title (because that's a standard way to do things, right?) and has been doing a pretty terrible job ever since. Not only is she routinely oblivious to everything going on in town, she eventually befriended the ancient vampire posse. Basically, she's a really bad mayor...which makes her perfect for Mystic Falls.



24' President Charles Logan


First of all, Logan was never elected—he started out as a veep and took office after Air Force One crashed, seriously wounding his then-boss, President John Keeler. But as soon as Logan landed in the White House, he started conspiring like the best of 'em. He sold nerve gas to terrorists, and was even involved in the assassination of President Palmer (to say nothing of his eventual dealings with the Russians). So basically he was a pretty bad dude. But man, it sure was fun to hate him! And watching his motorcade get attacked by a fully body-armored Jack Bauer in Season 8 was one of the best 24 scenes ever.


What ridiculous TV politicians would YOU add to this list?

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Whats really ridiculous is this this list. It lost all credibility when you allowed childrens cartoon characters on it. HELLO!! Mayor Quimby and Mayor West aren't real people, they are cartoons!
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They are all fake, none of them are real people. Except George W
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I wanted to include Senator Wen as well, and -- since politicians can hold appointive office as well, the bumbling SecNav from NCIS.



But very glad not to see two politicians on the list, because they were/are far from ridiculous, but fascinating portraits of the ambiguity of politics, Peter Florrick and the councilman from THE CHICAGO CODE.
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WAY back on the Simpsons (holy 1996, Batman!) in the Treehouse of Horror episode from that year, Kang and Kodos replaced Bill Clinton and Bob Dole so they could take over the United States.



"Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos!"
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Mayor Richard Wilkins III from Buffy the Vampire Slayer: he wanted to BECOME A GIANT SNAKE and EAT EVERYONE IN HIS TOWN.
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How is Leslie Knope not on this list???



Doesn't ANYBODY watch Parks & Recreation?
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Because she's not ridiculous.
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Indeed. She might be weird at times, but actually I think she's got to be one of the most effective politicians ^^
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Yeah, no.
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In the first and second seasons she was depicted like this anal bureaucrat that wasted time with ridiculous details, but after that she suffered a transformation and became sensible, efficient, dedicated, and a wonderful human being.
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I don't think so. She has ethics issues, fiscally irresponsible & full of Government waste & programs. Efficient is the last word I would use to describe Knope's administration.
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I was also immediately thinking of the mayor of Spin city.
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Awesome list. Charles Logan surly was an A class villain and I defintely loved to hate him.



However I miss Mayor Wilkins from your List. You know the evil worlock from Sunnydale.

Also Londo Molari from Babylon 5 was kind of a politician and as awesome as it gets.

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When reading "TV's most ridiculous politician" I instantly thought of Barry Bostwick's Mayor Randall M. Winston Jr. from "Spin City".

He should have been in there instead of W. Walden from Homeland. He wasn't "ridiculous" at all.
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The governor in Oz !
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Gaius For President!!

I always sympathized with Gaius-he was put in an impossible situation and then blamed for making the same choices that anyone else would have done. Well except for the whole nuclear holocaust thing in the pilot...but apart from that, he was a victim of circumstance!

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What's even more funny is that these characters aren't nearly as ridiculous as the some politicians in real life: Anthony Weiner.. remember him! AHAHAHAHA LMAO
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"Parks and Recreation" showcases a lot of crazy politicians, especially in their latest episode S04E20 "The Debate".
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Every single one of the current City Council candidates from Parks and Rec.
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Okay, how can you make a Game of Thrones reference and NOT include King Joffrey?

Other currently hated choices include Once Upon a Time's Mayor Regina Mills, Eureka's Senator Wen, and of course, The Borgia's Pope Alexander VI.
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I absolutely loved hating Logan. The man was just so incompetent, I remember laughing at the end of season 8 because the man couldn't even shoot himself properly.

I would also include any politicians from Parks and Rec. Everyone on that show is goofy and crazy in a good way.
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Haha awesome I was just trying to remember where I've recently seen Sex and the

City's, Charlotte's Ex Husband thanks for the reminder.
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He was Bree's husband on Desperate Housewives for ages too. And he was on HIMYM for a few episodes last season.
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Tell it like it is, Mr. Mayor--Seattle sucks!
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im assuming that logan was saved last because of all the stuff that he did in season 5? a "save the best for last" scenario?
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Also, Regina, mayor of Storybrooke, and former Evil Queen of Fairy Tale Flashback Land in Once Upon A Time.
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Better yet, how can you forget Kane, mayor of Chicago, played by Kelsey Grammer?
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Kane? Boss provides what is probably one of the most realistic portrayals of American politics today.
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Realistic or not, Kane Is ridiculously mean and insane (and getting insaner).
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Adam West FTW



And of course Al 'Manbearpig' Gore
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How can you forget Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Mayor Wilkins?
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Earthican President Richard Nixon on Futurama, (though Al Gore's guest spot on the show was great, too.) Stretching back a ways, there was the governor on Benson.
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How could I forget Al Gore, First Emperor of the Moon. Now I'll never get my hands on those precious moon sapphires.
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Yes, any Benson reference deserves a like from me. Thanks.

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I'd leave "The Wire" and "Deadwood" alone just because they're so well done. I'd also like to add EVERY SINGLE POLITICIAN on "Heroes". And this is coming from a guy who liked "Heroes".
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Oh and how about the title character from That's My Bush.
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Woah. We had both Bush and Reynolds on the list from the start, but I think a messed-up HTML tag was preventing them showing up. Total mind meld. But you should be able to see them now?
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This list is very good. Off the top of my head I would add Vice President Caroline Reynolds from Prison Break.
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Logan FTW
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nobody messes with adam we
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Except for those crafty buggers stealing all the water.
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Where is Hay King Schrute?!?!
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East or West, Adam West is the... wait, I'm confused.
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