Veep is definitely one of the funniest political satire series ever made. Created by Armando Iannucci, the HBO series follows a former Senator Selina Meyer who gets the opportunity to serve as the vice president of America. Veep is definitely Iannucci’s second-best political satire series after The Thick Of It. Veep ran for 7 brilliantly funny seasons and if you miss the series here are some more shows you should probably watch next.
The Thick Of It (Rent on Prime Video)
Synopsis: Award-winning comedian Armando Iannucci directs this satirical comedy set in the world of British politics. The team at the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship find themselves in a world dominated by internal politics, power and the media. They have no choice but to do as Number 10 tells them, else face the wrath of the Prime Minister’s Machiavellian spin doctor, Malcolm Tucker.
Silicon Valley (HBO Max)
Synopsis: In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. From HBO and the offbeat mind of Mike Judge (‘Office Space,’ ‘Beavis & Butthead’) comes this comedy series that delves into the outrageous world of tech start-ups and the socially awkward underdogs trying to navigate its lucrative potential.
Avenue 5 (HBO Max)
Synopsis: All aboard for a hilarious journey across the universe in this HBO comedy series from Armando Iannucci (HBO’s “Veep”). Set 40 years in the future when travelling the solar system is a booming business, the series follows life on board Avenue 5, a mash-up of a cruise liner and an interplanetary rocket ship packed with luxury amenities. Hugh Laurie stars.
Succession (HBO Max)
Synopsis: Power, politics, money…it’s all in the family in this provocative, bitingly funny drama series about a highly dysfunctional dynasty. When aging, uber-wealthy patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox), CEO of one of the world’s largest media and entertainment conglomerates, decides to retire, each of his four grown children follows a personal agenda that doesn’t always sync with those of their siblings–or of their father. After Logan changes his mind about stepping down, he endures the often-childish bickering of his heirs while others in their orbit position themselves for a post-Logan world that seems imminent, though not predestined. Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook and Alan Ruck co-star as Logan’s children; also with Hiam Abbass, Nicholas Braun and Matthew Macfadyen.
Arrested Development (The Roku Channel)
Synopsis: Holding the Bluths together just barely is son Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman), the only normal guy in a family that’s chock full of nuts. Hardworking and sensible, Michael’s certain he’s going to be given control of his family’s Enron-style corporation upon the retirement of his father (Jeffrey Tambor). The fact that he’s passed over instead for his mother (Jessica Walter) is only a blip when compared to his father’s immediate arrest for dubious accounting practices, and the resulting freeze on the family’s previously limitless wealth. Bereft of money, and even less family love, the Bluths have to band together in their moment of need–not easy when everyone’s looking out for number 1. In addition to his scabrous parents, Michael has to contend with his lothario older brother (Will Arnett), his basically useless younger brother (Tony Hale), his greedy twin sister (Portia DeRossi), and her sexually ambiguous husband (David Cross). Michael’s only comrade in sanity is his son George Michael (Michael Cera), but then again, the teenage boy harbors a secret crush on his cousin (Alia Shawkat).
Synopsis: Seinfeld stars Jerry Seinfeld as a stand-up comedian whose life in New York City is made even more chaotic by his quirky group of friends who join him in wrestling with life’s most perplexing, yet often trivial questions. Often described as “a show about nothing,” Seinfeld mines the humor in life’s mundane situations like waiting in line, searching for a lost item, or the trials and tribulations of dating. Co-starring are Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Jerry’s ex-girlfriend and current platonic pal, Elaine Benes; Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Jerry’s neurotic hard-luck best friend; and Michael Richards as Jerry’s eccentric neighbor, Kramer.
House of Lies (Paramount+)
Synopsis: Charming, fast talking Marty Kaan and his crack team of management consultants know how to play the corporate game better than anyone, by using every dirty trick in the book to woo powerful CEOs and close huge deals. In the board rooms, barrooms and bedrooms of the power elite, corruption is business as usual and everyone’s out for themselves first. Nothing is sacred in this scathing, irreverent satire of corporate America today. Outrageous, subversive and wildly funny, House Of Lies stars Academy Award® nominee Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell.
1600 Penn (Rent on Prime Video)
Synopsis: The Gilchrists are just the average American family dealing with all the everyday issues – like a grown kid who’s forced to move back home, children who are smarter than their teachers and a stepmom (Jenna Elfman) desperately trying to win over the kids. In other words, just like everybody else. With one exception: they live in a very special house. The White House!
Yes, Minister (Prime Video Premium Subscription)
Synopsis: Yes, Minister is a British political satire sitcom created by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn. The comedy series originally aired on BBC2 from 1980 to 1982 and it became one of the most hilarious portrayals of politics on television. The series starred Paul Eddington as the protagonist of the series. The series also launched a spinoff series Yes, Prime Minister four years after the original series ended.
The Office (UK) (Hulu)
Synopsis: The Office is a scathing satire of corporate life – full of backfiring practical jokes, failed flirting and all around bad behavior. Starring Ricky Gervais and Martin Freeman, this mockumentary series is one of the most renowned comedies of all time.
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