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  • 2020
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.6  (1,016)

Parlement is a French television series that follows the journey of a young politician Samy played by Xavier Lacaille, who ends up in Brussels as part of the European Union's parliamentary team. With his limited proficiency in French and unfamiliarity with the complex functioning of the EU parliamentary system, the show traces his transformation from an underdog to a successful specialist.

Liz Kingsman, who plays a hard-nosed British assistant to the head of Samy's team, inspires him to adapt to the EU's convoluted functioning. Her character becomes the anchor that Samy needs to navigate the complexities of his job. Liz Kingsman’s role is as impressive as that of Xavier's, displaying her standout comic timing and delivering some sharply written lines that make the show enjoyable.

One of the strongest aspects of the show is its depiction of politics and personalities that are rather too familiar. Xavier excels in portraying the character of Samy, who possesses untapped potential but gets bogged down by bureaucracy and office politics. The plot allows for Xavier to display both serious and comic elements while also highlighting the absurdities within the parliamentary system.

The series efficiently imbues its titular institution with a sense of drama that elevates the verbose proceedings and bureaucratic dealings. The scenes between Samy and Head of his team, for example, are exciting, with the frequent twist and turns in their relationship - adding to the overall plotline.

The series covers a wide range of topics, such as struggles with language barriers, the rigidity of the overall system, and complexities in EU politics. The show’s dialogue is smartly written and maintains a balance between being informative and humorous. One standout scene sees one of Samy’s colleagues, an Irish MEP, speak about the struggles the UK political representatives face in communicating their ideas. The humour is perfectly balanced and not too heavy-handed, contrasting well with the show's overall tone.

Another standout element in the show is its production value, with gorgeous cinematography and sleek editing.The series takes advantage of its picturesque settings in Brussels and Strasbourg to create impressive visuals.

Parlement has been lauded as an intelligent and entertaining exploration of the European Parliamentcy’s inner workings, with particular emphasis on the day-to-day complexities within the system. The show's realistic depiction of the parliamentary process, with its visual and dramatic qualities, undoubtedly make it a winner with audiences. One of the main drivers of the show's success lies with Xavier Lacaille's portrayal of the young politician Samy, a character trying to find his feet while fighting for his voice in the desolate and labyrinthine structure of the EU. His performance is highly commendable and assists in making the show surprisingly addictive.

All in all, Parlement is a refreshing and nuanced series that shines a light on the facade of bureaucracy, inefficiency, and overextended administrations. The show is a treat for those who love political dramas that are equally informative, amusing and engaging. It's hard to imagine anyone not being entertained or enthralled with the show's characters or plot. The season leaves a lasting impression, instilling a sense of hope and strength that resonates long after the credits have rolled.

Parlement is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (20 episodes). The series first aired on April 9, 2020.

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...Until Everything is Agreed
10. ...Until Everything is Agreed
April 6, 2022
With the Blue Deal finally done, Samy finds himself weighing where life will take him next: Paris or Thailand. Inspired by her boss, Rose finally decides to confront Samy-but will she be too late?
Nothing is Agreed...
9. Nothing is Agreed...
April 6, 2022
It's the trilogue and everyone's settled in for a long night of negotiations. At a stand still with the Dutch, Valentine finally figures out the piece that could change everything. Now they just need to figure out how to get it through negotiations.
The Forbidden City
8. The Forbidden City
April 6, 2022
With the fate of the Blue Deal on the line, Samy turns to Michel for help. As the pair embark on a hilarious jaunt around Parliament, Samy comes to a realization about himself. Meanwhile, Rose unpacks her feelings to an unsuspecting audience.
Vox Pop
7. Vox Pop
April 6, 2022
Left to his own devices, Michel goes off script in front of the media-with hilarious and disastrous results. Samy's gamble with the Poles looks like it might finally pay off, but not before intern Dragan threatens to ruin it all.
6. Reptilians
April 5, 2022
Eamon jumps all in to get the Blue Deal across the line as Samy receives help from an unexpected source. Desperate to draw attention away from her performance at work, Rose decides to play matchmaker for her boss and enlists Torsten's help.
A Piece of the Action
5. A Piece of the Action
April 5, 2022
As negotiations for the Blue Deal draw nearer, Samy and Valentine play political hardball to keep the lobbyists and activists in line. Torsten embarks on a mission to fend off the cruise industry and lands himself in decidedly hot water.
4. Penguins
April 5, 2022
Samy and Valentine piece together a ragtag list for the Blue Deal team—now they just need to get everyone on board. For Samy, this may mean crossing a former ally. At the same time, Rose struggles to find her footing as a lobbyist.
The President's New Clothes
3. The President's New Clothes
April 5, 2022
Valentine is eager to get to work, but when she announces a set of flashy new reforms, Samy is sent scrambling to figure out what they actually look like. Meanwhile, Michel is as clueless as ever as he settles into his new role.
CIA stuff
2. CIA stuff
April 5, 2022
Samy's new MEP, Valentine Cantel, struggles to learn the Parliamentary ropes as Torsten comes up with a crazy plan to detangle Samy's MEP mess. Will the pair be able to find a new president in time—and will he be willing to hear Samy out?
The Top Jobs Magic Circus
1. The Top Jobs Magic Circus
April 5, 2022
Riding high off his finning report's success, Samy returns for a fresh session of Parliament looking for a new MEP to work beneath. Hilarity ensues as he jockeys for the best position—unaware of the ripple effects of his words.
Where to Watch Parlement
Parlement is available for streaming on the Topic website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Parlement on demand at Apple TV Channels and Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    April 9, 2020
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (1,016)