Reviews and Problems with Veep: The Complete First Season
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VEEP: The Complete First Season Review
25 March 2013
Excerpt: Veep is that rare bird, a political satire that actually works as an effective comedy. A sophisticated lampoon of our nation’s inner political workings at its highest levels, the talented ensemble cast surrounding star Julia Louis-Dreyfus delivers line after line with sharp timing. Veep is a rapid-fire comedy with no partisan leanings but gets truly funny at times.
Conclusion: Even if you're not ordinarily drawn to politics or satire and don't find the subject matter and storylines the most compelling, "Veep" will still probably win you over with its appealing atmosphere and sharp writing. It's rarely hilarious and it could use the occasional breather and more opportunities to humanize these characters. Still, it's smart and palpable comedy that plays to and off its cast's considerable talents.
Excerpt: After scoring a hit on the BBC with the political satire The Thick of it , creator Armando Iannucci brought the concept overseas, first as an aborted ABC pilot in 2007, and then to HBO where it became Veep . Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a vice president in turmoil, the series proved a good fit for the premium network, where it got great reviews, strong ratings, and several Emmy nominations.
Conclusion: 'Veep' is one hell of an ensemble comedy for HBO. It's amazingly funny. All of the actors do a tremendous job and the writing is great. The audio and video presentations are top notch and the extras are decent as well. This first season of only eight episodes will only get you revved up for the upcoming second season, not to mention the fact that it's completely re-watchable to get in all the subtle jokes. Highly recommended.
Conclusion: The first season of Veep not only appears to be another solid show in the CV of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, but it's comedy and the ensemble of actors do a tremendous job with what they have been given, to say nothing of the improvisation they bring to the table. Technically the disc is solid and a packaging/supplemental material perspective only boost its chances. At only eight episodes, it is easily must-watch television ahead of its upcoming second season. What Do You Think?