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The HBO produced political comedy series Veep is based on the work of the office of a fictitious Vice President named Selina Meyer, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfuss. Veep was created and co-written by Scottish comedian Armando Ianucci with British comedy writer Simon Blackwell. Ianucci's British political satire The Thick Of It is the inspiration for and uses the same style of filming and comedy as Veep.

First broadcast in 2012 in the U.S. on the cable network HBO and in the U.K. on the Sky Atlantic satellite channel. Veep is the second attempt to transfer the highly successful The Thick Of It political sitcom format to an American environment. The first in 2007 was not picked up for a full season following an unsuccessful pilot produced by ABC was based more closely on the characters of The Thick Of It. Ianucci's The Thick Of It was first broadcast in the U.K. in 2005 and is best known for the foul mouthed Director of Communications Malcolm Tucker played by Peter Capaldi.

Unlike the British show Veep does not make any attempt to portray the political beliefs or political party of the main characters. The eight episode first season of Veep contains a story arc explaining Selina Meyer's ambition to secure a political legacy through a Clean Jobs Bill and how her ambitions are betrayed by her low level of popularity.

Armando Ianucci and Simon Blackwell have collaborated on a number of British television shows, and worked together on the fim In The Loop. Based on characters in their The Thick Of It show In The Loop won the pair an Academy Award nomination; Julia Louis-Dreyfuss won a 2012 Emmy for her role as the U.S. Vice President. HBO commissioned a second season of Veep following the completion of the first season in 2012.

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5 Seasons, 51 Episodes
April 22, 2012
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  • Selina and her staff prepare for inauguration day. Mike battles exhaustion; Catherine receives a makeover.

  • Catherine and Marjorie get into a disagreement. Mike gets ready for his babies. Selina is interviewed.

  • A pre-Christmas celebration for Selina's family at Camp David camouflages her team's secret negotiations. Amy and Dan work on Jonah's human side after a terrible debate performance in New Hampshire.

  • The White House Christmas celebration finds Selina seeking for votes to break the election tie. Also, the "50 Hottest D.C. Staffers" file is on everyone's lips in the West Wing; Mike thinks over a career move; and Dan helps Jonah file his debate talents in New Hampshire.

  • With the U.S. on the brink of a major financial breakdown, Selina has to make an important choice. Jonah discovers himself back in New Hampshire. Amy examines the staff, and Catherine attempts to get time with Selina to reveal huge news.

  • Selina celebrates Thanksgiving in her own special way. Ben and Kent manage a Thanksgiving Day crisis, deploying Tom James and VP Doyle to make statements in Selina‚Äôs absence. Ben sends Dan to work for Tom James.

  • A fake protest by the O'Brien camp is discovered by Amy and Dan, who assign Jonah and Richard to put together a pro-Meyer event to retaliate. Meanwhile, Selina rushes to the hospital; and Mike and Wendy meet a possible surrogate.

  • Fallout from Selina's tweet gives Mike a major headache; Amy is unsettled by Bob's power grab; Gary finds himself the bee's knees at a museum gala.

  • Amy, Dan, Jonah and Richard go to great efforts to win the election for Selina. Also, Tom is unceremoniously driven out of the new banking task team; a well-known D.C. fixture unites with the team; Selina meets a Wall Street giant; Mike sets goals to improve his health prior to becoming a dad; and Kent wonders how old Sue is.

  • The tension increases for Selina and her staff as each state result is called.

  • While Selina is interviewed by the press, members of her staff testify before a congressional committee about whether the Families First vote was deliberately ruined - and who was really behind the data breach.

  • Gary has a private meeting with Dan and Amy in hopes of getting them to lobby against Selina's bill.

  • The president is shaken after a dramatic incident occurs at the White House.

  • Jealousy overtakes Selina because of the positive attention her running mate is receiving.

  • Amy doesn't exactly see eye to eye with Karen, the president's new advisor.

  • When an American is detained, Meyer makes his way to Iran.

  • An anonymous girl's personal information is leaked by the president leaving Selina's team in a bind to try and find someone to blame for the data breach. Catherine shares with Selina she is interested in supporting an anti-bullying campaign. Dan sends Jonah and Richard to purchase fireworks for a campaign rally. Mike is on his way to making a horrible blunder during a press conference.

  • The president's staff prepares for her state visit with the Israeli prime minister. Mike revamps his look as he takes on a more visible role. Teddy does Jonah a favor, while also invading his personal space. Stuck in traffic with Richard, Amy discovers Selina is bringing in a new Director of Communications.

  • In the fourth season premiere, Selina has twenty-four hours before her first major speech as President, and her staff is working feverishly to figure out how she can say two completely opposite things at the same time. Gary questions his worth now that he can no longer be close to Selina.

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