Best written comedy on TV, though in a weird way it could be funnier.
The interplay between Selina and her poor neglected unloved daughter tonight was terrific.
This was the best episode yet.
I thought the first two were a bit rough, but this one really fired on all cylindars.
Like all of Julia Louis-Dreyfus's comedies, all the characters are pretty despicable, but despite that they're fun to spend time with.
I felt so sorry for her daughter. The best laugh was the scene where Selina tries to counter her daughter's claims it's always about her, and took her into the side room where they had put all the giant cutouts of her and her appearances on magazine covers.
You really should see the original BBC series (by Armando Iannucci) The Thick of It, and the movie they made (also with Anna Chlumsky, with a UK-US connection) In The Loop.
actually I noticed that most of the seemingly-out-of-place interactions between the Veep characters in the early episodes were easily explained if you knew which Thick of It characters they corresponded to. Mike is Glenn, which explained the premiere episode hate and his apparent uselessness. Dan is obviously Dan Miller, the savvy climber.
Okay, tonight's episode wasn't as good as last week's, but it had some great bits.
This is the funniest show on television. Can't believe it doesn't get more attention here.
It isn't funny at all.
I love Matt Walsh on this show! He was kind of my least favorite on the Upright Citizens Brigade TV show back in the day but he's killing me every episode.
Just discovered it on HBO GO. It's hilarious.
I am catching up on all of the episodes aired so far on Demand. I think its hilarious. I think it has some of the funniest ensemble interplay not seen in awhile. I had no idea the little girl from My Girl was in it ! Nice to see her again..
""Not good, admitedly." Not good, admitedly will be the title of my fucking memoir!"
Love this show. I just wish they'd make Tony Hale's character a little less Buster-ish.
I really like Anna Chlumsky
Cannot stand this woman, hated her on Seinfeld, Christine, she's tries so hard to be funny and she just ain't. And she's a poor little rich girl in real life, which makes all the more unlikeable.
I love this show. The crying episode is hilarious especially when the reporter gets her to cry when she asks her about her daughter. It does suck that they didn't renew Enlightened though while the heinous Girls carries on.
Reid Scott as Dan Egan steals every scene he is in. Watch him, because he IS the next Clooney, only taller!
I gave it a try, Obvious Shill. No thank you.
Love this show and the ensemble is great. Really looking forward to the new season.
She sucks and is so unfunny, why do t.v. execs keep giving her series after awful series? Just hang it up.
I love this show. It's like dirty version of West Wing.
The second season is pretty weak so far. I'm a little disappointed.
The first two episodes were tough to watch.
The 3rd one was much better, however, the Jonah and Mike scenes continue to be a challenge to watch.
JLD was great on Seinfeld, but everyone knows Jason Alexander, was the funniest on that show.
Christine wasn't funny, couldn't watch it.
I tried. I loved Arrested Development and I loved West Wing, so I figured this would be great.
I watched the whole first season and had to force myself to make it through the last few eps. I won't be back for more. The wit has left the building.
"Did the president call? No? Okay."
There, see, now this post is just as funny as the show.
I love watching Amy, Anna Chlumsky.
Anna Chlumsky was great this week on Hannibal in a Clarice Starling inspired role.
Anna has done quite well in her second career.
The characters spend most of their time looking at text messages. The manic energy and people who mask their real feelings with forced, fake behavior reminds me too much of work.
I want to relax on a Sunday night, not be reminded of the jerks I have to see on Monday morning. It's why I enjoy watching reruns of Murder, She Wrote.
What's better than an Emmy nomination? How about becoming a mom?
Anna Chlumsky has experienced both life-changing events in the past few days. The 32-year-old actress not only received an Emmy nomination for her work on the HBO series "Veep," but she also gave birth to her first baby.
Chlumsky, who rose to fame as a child star in the 1991 movie "My Girl," told People today that she and her husband, Shaun So, welcomed daughter Penelope Joan So on July 11.
"She's a really good mix between my husband and me," the actress said. "When she's with him, you see him, and when she's with me, you see me. She's a perfect mix."
Reid Scott is hot. But straight. Other than here, anyway.
I don't get the show. Shouldn't there be at least one character I should root for? I get that I don't necessarily have to like or "identify" with a character. But there isn't even an antagonist I would root for. Everybody is simply mean to everybody else and that's it. What are Selena's redeeming qualities? When she is not mean she is still incompetent. So what's to like?
[quote]But there isn't even an antagonist I would root for.
You mean protagonist.
I get bored by all the heavy cynicism in "Veep" -- no character has a redeeming quality. It reminds me of the old British sitcom "Yes, Minister," which was just as biting. But I liked it much better than "Veep" because Paul Eddington played a character that was likable, even if he was an incompetent ass.
this thread really takes pointless bitchery to a whole new level
I love it. God help me I'm going to miss Jonah. You can always root for Sue and the character played by Nora Dunn's brother.
I did summer children's theatre with Reid Scott back in the days when he was Reid Weiner. He was the Tinman in The Wiz back in 1993. Nice guy, couldn't sing to save his life.
r44, DL only cares if you sucked his suck.
Anna Chlumsky's character Amy is the most likeable.
Explain explain, R45.
Do any of you really think that Julia has any depth as an actress?
She plays Elaine in everything she does--from that short lived NBC show with the time or a clock in the title, to Old Christine, to this.
She's OK, but no great shakes. This is definitely NOT the best written show on TV.
JLD was very good and not Elaine at all in Enough Said
Joanne is right on this one.
She channels Elaine in every role.
I don't dislike her; I just don't think she is award winning caliber.
[quote]Do any of you really think that Julia [Louis-Dreyfuss] has any depth as an actress?
The final episode this season was pretty funny--the president resigned to care for her his crazy wife, so Selina actually became President of the United States. But even so, she came in third the next week in the New Hampshire primary!
Wow, Selina really went on an ego trip after she became Pres. She was insufferable. I know she was self-centered but she went off the scale; she was almost unlikable.
R55, almost unlikable? When has she been likable?
Reid is so fucking hot.
The scene with Selina and Gary in the bathroom right after Selina learns that she is about to become POTUS was the best scene of the series thus far. I was dying.
I thought that the third season got off to a rough start after the stellar second season, but it really got back on track. Eagerly awaiting Season 4.
I love VEEP but all of the characters speak with the same voice.
The best comedy on TV. Iannucci is a genius.
I can't believe more people don't watch this. Excellent show.
The episode in England was the best - Dan cracking up, the hat, Jonah listing out Dan's ailments.
Selina is nothing like Elaine. Neither was Christine.
Elaine was sensible but snarky. Christine was a kind person but pretty immature. Selina is ambitious and kinda mean. I think JLD is such a good comedic actress that the differences are pretty subtle.
Selina was much more likable first season. Not so much this season. I am assuming making her more ambitious and unlikable because she wants to be president, but she was nicer to people last season.
I love VEEP, but I go back and forth between VEEP and Episodes as to which one is the better comedy. Episodes may be a little too inside baseball, but both are flawless.
The supporting cast is good, but I especially like two of the older characters Kevin Dunn as Ben Caffrey and Phil Reeves as Andrew Doyle.
For me, Veep is an acquired taste. I saw some of the season one episodes and had a lukewarm reaction to it. However, I caught some of this season's episodes--including the season finale--and thought they were very funny and really well done.
I love that she's such a nasty bitch and has a filthy fucking mouth on her.. and the fact she cares nothing for people at all, she simply has to perform for the cameras.
She's like the Datalounge Party's presidential candidate.
I want to tap Gary's hairy hole, is that so bad? He seems like he'd be a total bottom pig.
Also, whatta you think Jonah's like naked? I'm guessing big dick but hairless, and flab.
Serious question: How are they gonna roll this back without having to rename the show? I figure it's a given she can't stay president for long (The show is "VEEP" after all.) What absurd, unbelievable scenario will they come up with to both remove her from office and make her the veep again?
Will the insufferable Chung win and convince Selina to be his VP?
Any guesses by anyone on how that might work? There's no way she's the president for the remainder of the series. ....is there?
I liked the core group of Selina, Dan, Amy, Mike and Gary from the earlier seasons. Kevin Dunn and Gary Cole are good actors but they don't add much to the show, IMO.
The actress who plays Katherine is untalented and very homely but since she's Keifer Sutherland's daughter, she gets the role.
I wish the show wasn't so enamoured with Jonah. I find him just as tedious as the Veep characters do. And it feels like his role keeps getting larger, even with all the hoops they have to jump through to keep him part of the action.
R68 nice fantasy about the actor who plays Jonah, his name is Timothy Simons and he does have a soft flabby body but he shaves it head to toe and has a very tiny penis. The shaving does not make it look larger.
They need to be careful on the direction they're taking the main character. She's really turning into a foul cunt. Snarky is one thing (and funny) - just downright nasty, however, makes me want to turn off the television.
Dan is so hot; they should have a pool party episode just so the audience can see him in trunks.
Loved Dan with his beard. Wish he could have had it longer. And yes, would love to see him getting caught having sex with someone, preferably a male intern.
R70 - Jonah should be in small doses.
Watching season 3. The SNL skit with Princess Selina was classic, even if you did not know JLD's relationship with the show.
Anna C. Is brilliant as ever as Amy.
R65, totally agree. I'll also throw in Dan Bakkedahl (as Roger Furlong) who was just hilarious.
My favorite episode was "Debate."
[quote]The actress who plays Katherine is untalented and very homely but since she's Keifer Sutherland's daughter, she gets the role.
Learn something new every day on DL. Didn't know that was his kid.
Mike groveling for Jonah was very funny.
The Clovis episode was a gem.
When does the next season start?
I didn't have HBO when this show started and I want to catch up before it returns, but for some reason it seems to be the only HBO series that's not available on demand (at least through my cable provider.) Is there another way to catch up?
next season starts April 12. Same date as final season of Nurse Jackie.
Love this show.
Excited for the new season.
R81 here again. So no one can answer my question?
No great shakes as an actress as she plays very slight variances on Elaine in EVERYTHING she does. On Old Christine I kept waiting for Jerry to walk in.
She's certainly no Lena Dunham.
Or Honey Boo Boo.
Or Tracee Ross.
Or Jenifer Anacin.
Or Grace/Mysteries of Laura. What an actress!
Or any of the other fantastic actresses out there today.
R87 NO, but I don't think I have any kind of device that will let me watch HBOGO on my TV. I don't want to watch on my computer.
I have the Amazon Fire Stick, and a couple of Sony BluRay players with Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc., but neither has HBOGO.
They're REALLY starting to fuck this show up with the unnecessary cameos and stunt castings like Patton Oswald, who has basically become a universally disliked troll (both figuratively and literally) among those who know who he is. He's not just weird on screen, he's irritating in everything he's in and it's hard to dismiss his non-stop sanctimonious, self righteous Twitter trolling when watching him in anything.
The big moose headed guy from the Drew Carey Show was on last season but, again, why is he or his character suddenly necessary?
I realize this show was slow to grow in popularity and they feel they have to keep expanding for whatever reason, but it had an excellent ensemble cast before. Why stretch that out to the size of Game of Thrones, and with washed-up TV actors nobody knows or cares about??
I thought the Season 4 premiere was great. JLD is still at the top of her game and carries the show. Her reading of every line is just flat-out brilliant. "Obsolete metal. Giant dildos."
I like that everything has been shaken up with her ascension to POTUS. No one's job is safe, and it keeps things exciting. I'm interested to see where they take things with Gary. That relationship could get tired, but I trust the writers to do something fresh and unexpected.
R89: I too was annoyed to see the trollish Patton Oswalt, but he seems to be playing a troll on the show so I'll wait and see where it goes. I found it interesting how the office of the VP has a completely new vibe now that it's under new management. It was dark and musky and looked like it smelled of old gym socks.
It makes sense that the cast grows, since Selina has a much larger staff now, but it seems like the core all still get their screen time. I want more of Sue and Kent.
[quote]The big moose headed guy from the Drew Carey Show was on last season but, again, why is he or his character suddenly necessary?
I think he's going to end up replacing Amy as campaign manager, which would be great since it would get Amy back to DC and into Selina's orbit. Her character will run our of steam if she's stuck running the campaign all over the country and never with Selina for more than a day.
So NOT the best written comedy on TV.
It would be better without Elaine.5.
Tired of JLD and her one note acting, she and her Matthew Perry should both go away.
Who keeps giving these people sitcoms?
My opinion, shared by many, so lovers of VEEP don't bother to knock it.
You would be entertained watching a shopping channel.