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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series paints an unflattering picture of the political system as a whole -- and the vice president's role in particular -- poking fun at closed-door deals designed to further careers rather than effect positive change and making light of all-too-familiar issues like sexual relationships between public servants and interns in particular. There's also some politically incorrect name-calling like "retard" and "freak." The casting of a woman in a powerful role is a plus, but since the show takes jabs at her failures in that role as its main source of laughs, it's somewhat counterproductive.
Positive Role Models
Selina's motivations are good, and she does want to make a difference in her position, but she's foiled at every turn by incompetent staff, predatory media, and, at times, her own incompetence.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
More referential than visual. There's mention of extramarital affairs, implications of using a career position to solicit sex from interns, and references to erections.
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Frequent, comedic versions of "f--k" ("f--ktard," "pencil-f--ked," and plenty more), as well as "bitch," "t-t," "s--t," "d--k," "piss," and "God almighty."
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Products & Purchases
Nothing stands out, but brand names like Dell, BlackBerry, and Wikipedia pop up in the context of the dialogue.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking and references to being drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that strong language is the biggest concern in the HBO comedy series VEEP, with "f--k" (and every imaginable variation of it), "bitch," "t-t," "s--t," and "d--k" being the major offenders in the anything-goes dialogue. Sex and drinking are lesser concerns but do arise, though more as conversation points than anything else. Clearly this content isn't appropriate for most teens, who probably won't fully appreciate its satirical take on the political process as a whole anyway. But for adults, it's a scathing, laugh-out-loud glimpse at what might go on in one of the most questionably effective political offices in the country.
Is It Any Good?
She's no commander in chief, but Louis-Dreyfus takes command of this role as the harried, cynical Selina, who might find the time to actually study the issues if only she could get her staff to stop arguing and get something accomplished. But even the seemingly bulletproof choice of promoting biodegradable spoons can devolve into a media frenzy when you're dealing with special-interest groups, power-hungry politicians, and jockeying operatives. To say there's a wealth of possible material for this political comedy to exploit is an understatement, and with Louis-Dreyfus at the helm, and a stellar cast and razor-sharp writing backing her, nothing is safe.
Veep leans more toward The Office than it does The West Wing, and there's little care given to political correctness or even an accurate representation of the legislative process itself. You won't walk away feeling confident about the goings-on behind the political doors, but it's fair to say that this might be a reflection of the current real-life state of affairs the show parodies. Ultimately this isn't a good choice for teens because of the copious cursing, but it's bound to find a receptive audience among grown-ups, since the coworkers' outrageous banter and ongoing head-butting with their common enemies isn't a stretch from generic office politics either.
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