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“Veep” – Season 2, Episode 1: “Midterms”

Last season, as I reviewed and analyzed every episode of season one of Veep, I noted on more than one occasion that nothing much changed from episode to episode. Vice-President Selina Meyer continuously strove for relevance in the political arena. She was given several substantive issues to lead on, only to see POTUS downgrade her…

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“Veep” – Season 1, Episode 6: “Baseball”

Because Tony Hale spends much of “Baseball,’ the sixth episode of HBO’s “Veep,” awkwardly trying to impress his macho father and because there was a reference to “afternoon delight,” it was hard not to think of “Arrested Development.” Since AD is basically the funniest sitcom of all time, any show that finds itself compared to…

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“Veep” – Season 1, Episode 5: “Nicknames”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is always at her funniest when she’s pissed off. She can do a lot as an actress (she specializes in desperation), but her anger has a wonderfully madcap, absurd quality to it. In this regard, she has always been held back by the limits of network television. Here on HBO, she can let…

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“Veep” – Season 1, Episode 4: “Chung”

This was the week that I really started to like Selina Meyer. The fourth episode of “Veep” miraculously accomplished two things that are hugely important to creating a successful television narrative: it humanized its protagonist and raised the stakes. Last week, I wrote that “Veep” was going down a dangerous road by making Selina too…

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“Veep” – Season 1, Episode 3: “Catherine”

“Veep” has a little bit of a problem. The world of politics is not a place that most people would like to be right now. Sure, there are still some young people who fantasize about making a difference in government, but most Americans are flat-out fed up with politicians. Currently, close to 80% of Americans…

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“Veep” – Season 1, Episode 2: “Frozen Yoghurt”

“You guys live in your own little world with your heads stuck up your Capitol Hill asses.” – the frozen yogurt guy While I laughed several times during tonight’s second episode of “Veep,” HBO’s new comedy about a gaffe-prone vice-president, the episode basically rehashed the dynamic from pilot and added a few positive tweaks. Vice-President…