• Fri, Apr 12 2013

Here’s Why You Need To Start Watching Veep

Julia Louis-Dreyfuss Selina Meyer Veep Season 2 posterI hope you already know this, but HBO’s glorious show Veep returns this Sunday at 10:00pm in all its vice-presidential glory. It stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, the disillusioned vice president of the United States, and I honestly can’t believe that everyone isn’t as obsessed with it as I am. I think because it came out at the same time as Girls last year, it kind of got neglected in favor of bad sex and quarter life crises, but it’s running in its own race this year, so you don’t have an excuse this time around. Also, it had a killer first season, and it’s stacked with insanely talented performers from all your favorite comedic projects. Obviously there’s Julia, who honed her comedic timing on Seinfeld and is now the only person I can imagine juggling the charm, snark, naivety, naked ambition, and misplaced zeal necessary to play Selina Meyer. Honestly, it’s hard to even write about her character because it’s so complex. It’s extraordinarily well-written, by co-creators Armando Iannucci and Simon Blackwell, who do us all the favor of refusing to write the character of Selina to fit into any traditional female stereotype, and obviously well acted as well, because Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a certified beast.

The rest of the cast includes heavy-hitters like Tony Hale (Buster from Arrested Development) Matt Walsh (one of the original members of Upright Citizens Brigade, with Amy Poehler), and Anna Chlumsky, who’s been acting since, like, age ten in My Girl. These people are not fucking around, comedy-wise, and you will absolutely not regret spending half an hour a week with them. Plus this season they’re bringing in a whole new crop of fancy faces from some of the best shows and movies formerly on television:

Guest stars on the new season include Gary Cole (HBO’s Entourage), as Kent Davison, the president’s new senior strategist, Kevin Dunn (HBO’s Luck) as Ben, the president’s chief of staff, and Jessica St. Clair (Bridesmaids), as Dana, Gary’s new girlfriend.

And even if none of those people appeal to you, the insults that Selina and the rest of the cast throw at Timothy Simons, who plays Jonah, the overgrown White House aide, are worth your time in and of themselves.

Unfortunately, because this is a show that doesn’t go by the name of Girls or Game Of Thrones, sometimes HBO forgets that its in their wheelhouse and neglects to advertise for it, so we here at Crushable are taking it upon ourselves to bring more dutiful Veep-watchers to the fold. Seriously, everyone needs to tune in to this show so it doesn’t go the way of Enlightened. The fate of the United States of America is in your hands. And Selina’s. And as a bonus, you won’t have to watch it through your hands, because nobody ever pulls a splinter out of their butt or spooges on Shiri Appleby‘s chest. BONUS.

(Image: HBO)

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