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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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Thoughts on the Season Finale of “Veep”

It was hard not to be disappointed by Sunday night’s season finale of “Veep.” In spite of their faults, we grew to like these characters over the course of these eight episodes. After all, it’s easy to root for people walking a tight rope in tandem. But in the season finale, it all came crashing…

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“Veep” – Season 1, Episode 7: “Full Disclosure”

Well, that was dark. While last week’s episode was possibly the funniest of the series, tonight’s was definitely the least funny – intentionally so. Those of us speculating about how “Veep” would handle the major plot twist from last week’s episode were dealt another curveball this week. Instead of moving forward with Selina’s pregnancy or…

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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…