Veep fans everywhere should be thrilled to know that Veep: The Complete First Season will be released on DVD Tuesday March 26. The rest of you simply don’t realize what you’re missing.
The HBO comedy, which premiered April 22, 2012, stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer, who spends much of her time playing silly and vapid political games in an effort to gain some semblance of respect and relevancy amidst the backstabbing poop storm that is Washington D.C. Her hilariously inept staff, none of whom get along, provides little help.
Though its first season ran only eight half-hour episodes, Veep left an indelible mark on cable comedy. Louis-Dreyfus won a Primetime Emmy for her role, and the show’s fast-paced and dizzyingly funny dialogue gives viewers a weekly brain workout equal to (and more entertaining than) those daily Sudoku games you’ve never been good at. There’s nothing to suggest that season two (premiering April 14) will be any less terrific.
So in celebration of this endlessly clever comedy, here are five reasons to love Veep more than you love your current administration:
1. Armando Iannucci is in charge
Creator and show runner Armando Iannucci isn’t a big name in American television, but he probably should be.
The stylistic roots of Veep lie in his BBC satire The Thick of It, which details the inner workings of a British government minister’s office. And God, is it hilarious.
Many of that show’s characters (and the writing style) were later brought to the big screen in 2008’s In the Loop, a film I watch maybe once a week or whenever I feel like laughing until I start crying. It was also nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar.
The point being, you’re in good hands if you watch Veep. Iannucci has yet to drop a dud, and it’s doubtful he’ll start now.
2. Yogurt is basically just as important as politics
There’s a great Veep-isode in which Selina and company try organizing a press event at a locally owned yogurt shop. I don’t want to give too much away, but the sheer amount of unnecessary stress the planning brings out in the staff is pure comedic inspiration. Their debate about whether she should order Jamaican Rum or plain Vanilla is worth the price of admission alone.
3. The insults are better
Some sample lines:
“He can be a gold-plated sh*t gibbon.”
“We need someone who’s plugged in. The only thing Chuck’s plugged into is his f*cking piss bag.”
“You guys, are we seriously going to let the guy with a police sketch face of a rapist tell us what to do?”
“Where’s Dan?” “Probably sending photos of his d*ck to himself.”
A sincere thank you to Iannucci and company, from me.
4. Selina Meyer will never be Dick Cheney (mostly because she’s not in charge of anything)
If you’re anything like me, Dick Cheney ruined your childhood. Whether he was masterminding the Patriot Act or the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, or simply shooting his friends in the face, the former VP was the stuff nightmares are made of. Freddy Kruger has nothing on him.
Selina Meyer will never be like Dick Cheney. First of all, she’s a fictional character, so there’s that. Second, she’s an inherently good person (I think). And third, she’s just not in charge of anything. Where Cheney basically ran the Bush administration, Selina spends much of her time asking her assistant Sue, “Has the president called?” The answer is always, and I mean always, “No.”
That about sums up how important she is to the administration.
5. You don’t have to sit through it for four more years
At least not yet. Veep definitely has a second season, as I mentioned earlier, but let’s face it: this entertaining satire is nowhere near as painful to sit through as your typical four-year presidential term. In fact, four more years would actually be kind of great.
To close the discussion, here’s an exclusive sneak preview of what’s in the Season One DVD Special Features:
Happy Veep-ing, America.