Politics are crazy, but they can be fun to watch. Is it any wonder some of the best TV shows of all time are quite political? Here are the 10 greatest political shows of all time to help you plan your next streaming binge.
Veep was an HBO show that ran from 2012 to 2019, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a beleaguered vice president who tries to navigate insane Washington politics with her incompetent staff and achieve some semblance of relevancy. This satire of national politics won the show a number of awards, including three Primetime Emmy Awards. Veep deftly mocked politics without being overly partisan, depicting a lead who not only becomes the first female president but who is also willing to sacrifice her own stances, not to mention personal morality, to get and stay in power.
The West Wing
The West Wing was created by TV powerhouse Aaron Sorkin and ran on NBC from 1999 until 2006. In the show, Martin Sheen plays a Democratic president who is trying to positively impact the country while dealing with a ton of internal and external pressure. Airing during George W. Bush’s presidency, The West Wing has been both praised and criticized for depicting an idealized liberal president. Ultimately, the show earned its place as an iconic political show through outstanding production values and unmatched dialogue, and is an important document of a political show that ran both before and after 9/11.