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Nothing goes to plan for Vice President Selina Meyers (Julia Louis-Dreyfus).

Season 1 is available until the end of June 2013 at HBO Canada On Demand and online at

Ask anyone about the Vice President of the United States and you’ll likely hear about the time Dan Quayle misspelled “potato” before a group of school children or when Dick Cheney accidentally shot a guy while quail hunting. Satire works best when drawn from real life, so it wasn’t totally surprising to see the role’s apparent ineptitude became fodder for sitcom hilarity in Veep.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars as Vice President Selina Meyer, a single mother occupying the gaffe-prone job. There’s no deal she can’t screw up, no meeting attended without someone being insulted, and no photo op pulled off without incident (such as her attempt to “normalize” with regular folk at a yogurt shop during a Washington heat wave).

You’d think Selina’s staff would be on top of things, but they’re just as incompetent, with some of the best material going to her assistant Gary (Tony Hale), who proudly takes a “sneeze bullet” for her.

The sitcom archetypes at play are fresh and always worth a chuckle. The invisible character, in this case the President, is not only never seen or heard (like Norm’s wife on Cheers) but never even returns the Veep’s phone calls.

  • Channel: HBO Canada
  • Episodes in Season One: 8
  • On demand until: June 30, 2013
  • Season Two premiere: April 14, 2013 at 10 p.m.

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