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5.0 out of 5 stars "Did the President call?" "No."
When I first heard that an American version of The Thick of It was being made, I had very mixed feelings. Popular sitcoms from one side of the Atlantic which are remade on the other have a pretty appalling track record - if you have a masochistic streak & a strong constitution for terrible TV, try searching on YouTube for 'Dad's Army US version'. But this one had three...
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3.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad to have seen it
I'm glad to have seen it, but gave it away to a friend after. It, and the thick of it, just don't quite click for me. I think I go into them hoping for political humour and find that the politics is the sit, and the com coming from the people always slightly disappoints me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, funny and rather rude, 19 Sep 2014
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Clever, funny and rather rude. Excellent entertainment!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 Sep 2014
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Superb entertainment, ten out of ten for comedy.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 4 Aug 2013
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This is hilarious, if you liked 'In the thick of it" this is even funnier, I would highly recommend it
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEATS FAWLTY AND CURB, 23 Mar 2014
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Whenever anyone asked me what my favourite comedy was (that should be if anyone asked me since nobody actually did) I always said Curb Your enthusiasm and Fawlty Towers were inseparably tied at the top. They're now joint second, behind the astoundingly funny, stunningly produced and written and sensationally acted Veep.
God bless the team for creating such joyous TV, especially the wonderful wonderful Julia.

In other words, buy it, or miss the comedy treat of treats !!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Thick of It toned down, 6 July 2013
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It's much softer than the British original, and the film, there is no Malcolm or Jamie figure (no scots at all). It's still funny, but with some charters that are likeable. If you found the Thick of it too be a little too much then this is for you. If you want more of Malcolm, I'm sorry. This is very nearly as good as the very best of the thick of it, some episodes are funnier!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this one of the Funniest Shows Ever?, 17 Jan 2014
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Yes! Any woman who has ever worked in an office/had almost any kind of career will appreciate the truth of this, while laughing out loud - not something all comedies can make you do. The scene where she gets her male PA to go and buy pregnancy tests, which he does with his ID tag still on, is priceless. But it's all good. Grab with both hands, settle in for the night, and be grateful you don't work in politics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, right up there with The Thick Of It ..., 20 Aug 2014
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Hilarious, right up there with The Thick Of It, from the same stable. But oh so dispiriting about US politics. What's more cynical, the writers or the politics?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Selina's not in the thick of it, 1 Sep 2012
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Selina Meyer is Vice-President of the USA in a new administration. She is attractive, looks good on television, and is able to connect with ordinary voters. That seems to be about the limit of her talents, although she doesn't recognise it. She is also finding what every Vice-President before her has found - that the job of the "Veep" is simply to be alive and available in case the President should die. Everything else is just trimming.

Like every Vice-President before her she tries to find some cause she can make her own, some role she can fill, something that will be useful and - most important - keep her in the public eye. Of course it doesn't work: if her schemes don't come apart on their own, the President will make sure they come apart or else (if they look good) he'll take them over and get the credit. He's not going to share power. Her situation is not helped by the way her staff - who show varying degrees of competence - spend as much time backstabbing each other and seeking new jobs as they do on their work, or by obvious fact that the President doesn't take her seriously (running gag - VP passing the PA asks "Did the President call?" The answer is always "no"). And then there's Jonah, the White House's minder, sorry, liaison with the VP's office. He makes no effort to hide the fact that he doesn't take her or them seriously, and the point is driven home as we gradually realise that the loathed Jonah, for all his self-aggrandisement, is in fact quite a low-ranking functionary.

"Veep" resulted from attempts to bring "The Thick of It" to American TV. Many British comedies have been similarly translated, some successfully, some not. It seems to have been decided that the British model of the arrogant and powerful behind-the-scenes staff telling the politicians what to do wouldn't work - surprisingly, as such figures are not unknown in the USA - or might take some of the shine off the iconic "West Wing". "Veep" is to "The West Wing" as "Scribs" is to "ER", which means it may be truer to life than its high-minded relation. Like "The West Wing" it can move with blink-and-you-lose-track speed, has sharp one-liners and some interesting characters - and it also has a rather worrying air of reality beneath the chaos. The level of profanity is over-the-top which is a pity as it'll put some viewers off, but that's really the only criticism I have of it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 22 Nov 2013
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Incredibly funny. Its as well written as the west wing, but played for laughs. I still find the idea of a bull-shitzu dog funny days later. Can't wait for series two.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An extremely strong opening season: funny, satirical and sharp, 13 Mar 2014
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Selina Meyer is the Vice-President of the United States of America, in theory one of the most powerful positions in the world. In practice, she is a spare tyre kept busy with trivial makework and assigned a staff of dysfunctional backstabbers.

Veep is an American comedy series created by Armando Iannucci, a renowned British comedian and satirist. Veep can be regarded as a companion work to Iannucci's BBC series The Thick of It, which explored the dysfunctional workings of British government via a fictitious government department and the people who run it. Like The Thick of It, Veep has no laughter track and its comedy comes from the situations the characters find themselves in, either through bad luck or through their own ill-conceived actions.

Veep is centred on the character of Selina Meyer, played with aplomb by Julia Louis-Dreyfus (best-known for her recurring role as Elaine on Seinfeld). Meyer is a former Presidential candidate whose failed to make the cut and feels she has been given a powerless role to prevent her being a threat to the President. It's also suggested that the President's wife (who, along with the President, is never seen) hates her, and several storylines revolve around Meyer inadvertently upstaging the President's wife through fashion or headline-grabbing 'cute' moves like getting a dog. Almost every episode features a moment where Meyer asks if the President has called, only to be told no.

The bulk of the comedy comes from Meyer's staff: Gary Walsh (Tony Hale), her neurotic personal aide; Amy Brookheimer (Anna Chlumsky), a well-meaning but slightly inept fixer who ends up taking the fall for some of Meyer's misjudgements; Mike McLintock (Matt Walsh), Meyer's director of communications who, bizarrely, insists that he owns a dog when in fact he does not; Dan Egan (Reid Scott), a new, ambitious and ruthless staffmember who is not quite as smart as he thinks he is; and Sue Wilson (Sufe Bradshaw), Meyer's secretary who seems to regard politics (and almost everything) with bored contempt. Completing the regular cast is Jonah Ryan (Timothy Simons), the liaison with the White House, a fantastically creepy and self-obsessed man specialising in inappropriate behaviour and inventing useless new acronyms (FDOTUS for the President's potential new dog). What makes the show work is that not all of these people are shown to be completely useless (otherwise they wouldn't be in their jobs), but that they prove unable to adapt to rapidly-developing situations. In particular, the older staff-members have no idea on how to deal with blogs and Twitter and spend vast amounts of time obsessed with style and spin rather than the substance of their policies.

Performances are uniformly excellent, with Louis-Dreyfus bringing her A-game and convincing as a politician of ambition and substance whose career has taken an abrupt left-turn into near irrelevance, resulting in frustration and annoyance. This is brilliantly show in a sequence where the President falls ill, so Meyer is called into the White House's emergency situation room, where she is almost overcome by the plush furniture, flashing lights and people treating her like she's the most important person on Earth. When the President recovers, Meyer is dumped back to her previous task, eating yogurt at a dessert store in a futile effort to show how down with the people she is. The gap between the two positions has never quite been nailed so ruthlessly as this. Special mention must also be made to Timothy Simons, who makes his character despicably punchable whenever he appears but you also want to hear what fantastically inappropriate thing he's going to say next. He's the Joffrey Baratheon of the West Wing, though fortunately without the power to execute anyone.

The season has a nicely-developed storyline about Meyer desperately trying to get some policies - any policies - through government to show she's not completely useless. An innocuous tweet about cutlery in the first episode snowballs out of control, taking with it several government bills and congressional hearings, whilst an apparent crisis in Meyer's personal life threatens to upset her career until she dumps it on one of her aides. The story, characters and dialogue are all sharp and very funny.

Compared to the genius of The Thick of It, Veep more than holds it own. Veep isn't quite as knives-out nasty as The Thick of It at its most vicious, mainly due to the lack of a character comparable to Malcolm Tucker (although foul-mouthed Congressman Roger Furlong, who appears late in the season, shows hints that he might go that way). But Iannucci's decision to make the new show stand on its own feet without resorting to his old stand-bys is both a brave one and one that works. There are a few episodes that don't quite gel together and it's arguable if some of the staffmembers would get away with what they do without being fired on the instant, but overall this is a very strong opening season.
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