In the Thick of It

 
If, like me, you love political satire, love VEEP and In the Loop, watch The Thick of It on hulu.com

It’s directed and devised by Armando Iannucci, who created VEEP and In the Loop. It’s a smart send up of the finagling and incompetence that rears its ugly head daily in the Ministry of Social Affairs.

Strong adult language and deft, sophisticated barbs so beware.

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VEEP

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer

I think I’ve got a new favorite comedy, HBO’s Veep. Created by Armando Iannucci, who wrote and directed In The Loop, Veep offers us the outrageous fortunes of Washington egos. In her best role since Seinfeld, Louis-Dreyfus portrays a vain, ambitious, narcissist, who could give Dan Quail a run for his money in terms of cluelessness.

Completely snubbed by the President, who never calls her, Selina jockeys for power trying to get her place in the limelight, while always managing to make a situation worse. Giving the simplest speech is sure to result in a fiasco and all attempts to make things better with the insulted parties is sure to go awry. How can a simple photo op at a frozen yoghurt shop go awry?

Backing her up in their way is a group of smart support staff, who despite their obvious intelligence always seem to make exactly the wrong choice. They’d all be hopeless on Let’s Make a Deal. I particularly enjoy Anna Chlumsky, the young staffer who tries to help while deflecting annoying come-ons from the geeks and jerks who populate DC.

I saw three episodes on my flight to China and hope Netflix gets the series. I don’t subscribe to HBO so I’m left hanging, wanting more soon.