I'm a fan of Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and had heard about her new hit series so wanted to see what it was like. Although she gives a great performance, I think the whole Armando Iannucci take on profanity and incompetency in government is getting a little long in the tooth. I had trouble taking to the supporting cast, and am getting tired of seeing government officials portrayed as idiots and nasties without any subtlety--if I wanted to see that, I could watch the news.
Like the redo of the office for the American market, this is the equivalent for the Thick of It. That said there are no recycled jokes: this is originally funny. How lannucci came up with the imaginary dog... We may never know.