TV Review: “Veep” – Laugh Out Loud Comedy

Written by Meredith Pow June 10, 2014

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HBO’s “Veep” has quickly become one of TV’s most talked about comedy series, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus continuing to lead the way not only for women in comedy, but comedy in general. Louis-Dreyfus won 2 Emmys and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role as Vice President Selina Meyer. “Veep” manages to take the controversial (and downright ridiculous) aspects of the current U.S. government and turn them into comedy gold, generating quick-paced humour and memorable scenes. To be honest, there are very few shows that can make me laugh hysterically, let alone laugh out loud at all. Without fail, “Veep” continuously delivers the best satire entertainment on TV. While the amount of swearing may put off some viewers, there is no denying the brilliance of the writers for season 3. If I haven’t already convinced you, here are 3 reasons why you need to start watching “Veep”.

1. The Stakes are High

Season 3 is dedicated to Selina’s campaign to become the next President of the United States, so each visit, conference, interview, and meeting that Selina does is held on a much higher pedestal, making it even more funny when things tend to go wrong. The Presidential Debate in episode 8 is a great example of the importance of words in politics and the quality of writing on “Veep”. I won’t give away the entire episode, but I will say that any interaction Selina has with the public always leaves me amused, but torn; I’m rooting for her, but also hoping she’ll mess up. In “Veep”, political correctness is out the window when the doors are closed which makes for some of the funniest, and most offensive lines of the show. But when the public eye is watching, Selina quickly tries to be on her best behaviour. This makes for great comedy, like watching her secretly insult the Finnish Prime Minister and then try to befriend her.

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2. The Team

What would Vice President Selina Meyer be without her organized yet over-devoted Chief of Staff, Amy (Anna Chlumsky)? Her slightly under-achieving Director of Communications, Mike (Matt Walsh)? Her trusted but overly reliable personal aide, Gary (Tony Hale from “Arrested Development”). You can’t forget Dan (Reid Scott), her highly ambitious, yet over-pretentious Deputy Director of Communications. Or Sue (Sufe Bradshaw), Selina’s blunt and straight-to-the-point personal assistant. These people can make or break Selina Meyer, and together, they help hold up “Veep”. Perhaps what makes them an entertaining group is the fact that, individually, they’re all pretty messed up. It’s their flaws and failures that make “Veep” so ridiculously funny, and it’s their triumphs that keep me watching, knowing that a group of clear misfits can somehow make a woman like Selina Meyer seem suitable to be in the running for President of the U.S.

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3. Julia Louis-Dreyfus

I have to end by talking about Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her excellence on the show because there are still people in the world who believe that women are not funny. Julia Louis-Dreyfus has already proven herself as a comedic genius through the success of “Seinfeld”. Impressively, not many people know that she was featured on SNL long ago, during a time when it was not female-friendly at all. Without a doubt, she’s paved a trail for women in comedy. But frankly, Julia Louis-Dreyfus needs to be recognized for her contributions to comedy as a whole. It’s important to note that Vice President Selina Meyer is wickedly funny, but not because she’s a female Vice President. “Veep” is a quick-paced, political satire, starring one of the funniest people on TV and if anyone is willing to judge the show based on the Vice President’s gender, they are simply missing out.

Rating: 9/10

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About Meredith Pow

Meredith Pow

Meredith is a student at Western University, currently working towards a BA Honours Specialization in Media, Information & Technoculture. She has a passion for photography and videography, a love for television, and an obsession with reading about popular culture.

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