Real quick one:
Remember a year and a half ago, when I wrote this?
That’s what I’m aiming for. I want every new season of American television to have one comedy or drama depicting the savage hypocrisy of representative government. I want The Weft Wing, an Office-style mockumentary about a bunch of ambitious Harvard and Georgetown grads who figure out new euphemisms for “bombing civilians.” I want The Big Push Theory, a sitcom about four nerds who run a think tank that drafts leading opinion polls. I want Reno 911 but played straight-faced and set in Atlanta. I want Larry David’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. I want stories without heroes, filled with awkward laughs and abrupt fades to black.
Armando Iannucci heard my prayers and delivered. HBO subscribers, tune in every Tuesday to “Veep”:
If you weren’t sure whether or not to watch this show, ask yourself: do I find the Professor’s political cynicism tiresome? If so, avoid. If not, subscribe.
(P.S. You can catch the entire first episode on YouTube, uploaded by HBO themselves! Don’t take my word for it)