HBO’s original series “Veep” is one of the most criminally underrated shows on television right now. Centering around Vice President Selina Meyer, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” brings comedy where it probably shouldn’t be, the White House.
“Veep” is not a show for everyone. A lot of the humor in this show comes from the fast-paced dialogue, which some people fail to pick up on. Lots of the jokes are very hit and miss, but when “Veep” hits, it delivers some of the most hilarious lines on TV today.
Much of the genius of “Veep” comes from the characters that seemingly hate each other despite working for the most powerful woman in the country. Comedic household names like Matt Walsh and Tony Hale, along with up-and-comers Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott and Timothy Simons play Vice President Meyer’s cabinet, helping (and hurting) her fight to be taken seriously.
Ongoing jokes are aplenty in “Veep”, including one where Meyers asks her secretary “Did the President call?” on a daily basis (the answer is always no).
The second season delves further into the Vice President’s personal life, finding conflict with her daughter and her ex-husband.
While Selina deals with her own issues, other members of her team deal with their own things. Amy, played by Chlumsky, deals with her father being in the hospital and her overly attached family. Dan, played by Scott, is great at what he does and has plenty of other job offers on the table, including one with Meyer’s competition, Danny Chung.
Last year, Louis-Dreyfus won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, upsetting the amazing Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in that category.
This year, “Veep” is nominated for five Emmys: Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Comedy series.
The big award, Outstanding Comedy Series, pits “Veep” against 30 Rock, which held its last season in the Spring. The long-running NBC show starring Fey, Tracy Morgan and Alec Baldwin should be the stiffest competition for that award.
Louis-Dreyfus also faces off against Fey, Poehler, and Lena Dunham in the category for Best Lead Actress. Despite that being a very tough category, Louis-Dreyfus is the defending champion, and her performance in season two was nothing short of hilarious.
Overall, “Veep” is a show that hasn’t yet reached its peak. Politics are such a fragile comedic topic that provides huge laughs, so there is definitely room for this already-great show to become even more amazing.
Unfortunately, the nostalgia factor of the final season of 30 Rock could sway voters into giving them a proper send off, which could cost awards for “Veep.”