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Veep (HBO) - Series Premiere: Review

Updated on January 3, 2013

On the 22nd of April the new comedy series ‘Veep’ premiered on HBO. Julia Louis-Dreyfus (‘The New Adventures of Old Christine’) stars as Selina Meyer, the Vice President. The series revolves around Meyer and the people she works with and has to deal with on a daily basis. One of those people is the Chief of Staff, Amy Brookheimer, portrayed by Anna Chlumsky, who also played a role in ‘In the Loop’. The latter is a spin-off movie of what is known to be the British version of ‘Veep’. Other members of the cast include, but are not limited to: Tony Hale (‘Arrested Development) and Matt Walsh (‘Outsourced’).

‘Veep’ immediately starts off strong; it begins with a few jokes that everyone understands, regardless of whether you know the characters or not. Great way to start and attract the attention of the audience. The most appealing part of this show is that it is set in a U.S. Vice President’s office. In a setting like this, one might expect professional people who have everything under control. However, they are a bunch of people who don’t really seem to know what is going on and definitely don’t have everything under control. This unexpected combination leads to surprisingly funny situations.

After eyeing the very first trailer of ‘Veep’, I wasn’t very enthusiastic. I had no idea what type of show it was going to be; the trailer had a very typical drama-look, but ‘Veep’ was stated to be a comedy show. Only a few days before the premiere a better trailer was released which gave me a bit of hope. The trailer was pretty funny, although it was very unclear what the show was really about. Yes, it revolves around Meyer, but what’s her story? Actually, I still don’t know. The show doesn’t really seem to have a story. It is just a full half hour of continuous (rather good) jokes set in the life of a VP, or veep.

So, should you watch ‘Veep’? Yes, you should really give it a try, the show is enjoyable to watch. It might not really have a story, a purpose, but it’s good TV. You don’t have to watch every episode to understand the jokes and therefore enjoy the show. If you have the night off, watch it, but don’t clear your calendar for this show.

What did you think about Veep?

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      Robin Oatley 6 years ago

      I've watched both episodes too, I think the 30 minute format is perfect for a show like this. Selina's staff is hilarious indeed, my personal favorite is Amy.

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      Pete Fanning 6 years ago from Virginia

      I've watched the first two and enjoyed it, I like the 30 min format so it's not too long, her staff is hilarious, I'll watch it again.

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      Robin Oatley 6 years ago

      @NiaLee, I think the reviews were all quite negative because the first trailers were a little weird. I thought it wasn't going to be a good show, but I had to revise my opinion.

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      NiaLee 6 years ago from BIG APPLE

      Thanks for that great review. Yes, I have seen a few trailers and intend to check the show. The reviews have tried to kill it before it was even aired!

      The argument: too much surrealistic intake and to far away from real job and situation!

      I definitely find it to tap into the Sarah Palin vice president fantasy. Does she pull the glasses out???

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      Pete Fanning 6 years ago from Virginia

      I've DVR'd it, and hope to check it out this week.

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      Robin Oatley 6 years ago

      @Weestro & Alecia: Thanks for reading! I think you really should check out a least one episode, if of course you have HBO.

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      Alecia Murphy 6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I don't get HBO but if I did, I think I would enjoy watching this. I think Julia Louis Dreyfus is a terrific comedic actress who I don't think gets the due she deserves. It will be interesting to see how this show unfolds but I will try to check it out on DVD, great review!

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      Pete Fanning 6 years ago from Virginia

      I will definitely be checking this out, thanks for the info! Voted up!


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