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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.

Sunday 10:00 PM et/pt on HBO
6 Seasons, 61 Episodes
April 22, 2012
Comedy
8.2/10
Cast: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
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Veep Full Episode Guide

  • Selina and her team prepare for the long-awaited groundbreaking of her library; Amy seeks clarity on her role; Jonah asks Dan, Ben and Kent for help.

  • Selina's book finally arrives; Jonah has a big meeting; Dan, Ben and Kent grab a drink.

  • Selina takes a trip; Dan woos Jonah to get a coveted interview; Amy convinces Selina to put her in charge of a very disorganized Mike.

  • Selina tries to finish her book. Selina and her staff prepare for her portrait-unveiling ceremony, while Jonah tries to weasel his way onto the guest list. Dan works on his onscreen-chemistry problem.

  • Selina visits Qatar. In D.C., Jonah gets a dinner invite. Dan receives an unexpected visit from an HR rep. Catherine and Marjorie have big news.

  • Selina settles on a location for her presidential library. Dan lands in a gossip column. Mike and Selina work on her book. Jonah tries to cement a big donation. Gary manages a mini-crisis at Madame Tussauds.

  • Selina and her team attend the funeral of a Supreme Court justice. Amy works on securing a location for Selina's library. Dan tries to maintain his upswing with Jane, his co-host. Jonah finds an issue.

  • Selina goes to the opening of President Hughes’ library. Jonah receives advice on how to climb the political ranks; Dan suffers through Jane’s impulses; Amy releases an attack ad.

  • A year after losing the presidency, Selina tries to safeguard her legacy. Dan attempts to adjust to his new job. Amy’s brash D.C.-type personality end up being too much for her new co-workers.

  • 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’s 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.

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