‘Veep’ is one of the most important and profoundly influential shows of recent times. It is about a woman’s rise to the topmost position in politics in today’s world. The show tries to capture in detail the mechanisms of the American political system, and in doing so, clarifies a lot of things which earlier remained ambiguous to the public. All of the plot is revealed in a satirical fashion, with the characters trying to poke fun at the American political landscape. To truly understand the show, we have to understand what a satire is and how satires first came to be.
A satire is making fun of a shortcoming, vie, or folly of a man or an institution, done mainly to shame the individual or the institution. Satires started as early as the ancient Egyptian civilization and continue to this very day. ‘Rape of The Lock’ by Alexander Pope is one of the most famous satires ever written in English literature. Political satires are a major branch under this genre and have been around since the times of ancient Greece.
We have also seen political satires widespread in various comedy shows on American television. ‘Saturday Night Live’ has been one of the major comedy shows wherein political figures have been hugely satirized and mimicked. What ‘Veep’ has achieved is a perfect blend of satire and drama, and this is something that is quite hard to do, as sometimes any one aspect tends to go overboard. With all that said, here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘Veep’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Veep’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Madam Secretary (2014- Present)
‘Madam Secretary‘ is a political drama and not a satire like ‘Veep’. However, the series has been so amazing and received such widespread acclaim that including it on this list became an obvious choice. The series follows the story of Elizabeth McCord, from her days as a professor of political science and an analyst for the CIA to the time when she is elected Secretary of State of the United States of America. The show follows her life as she handles several aspects of being a Secretary in the United States cabinet. While doing her executive roles, McCord is also busy with her politics and diplomatic relations with other countries. Moving out of the White House and the many levels of bureaucracy, the show sometimes also delves into the personal lives of its characters. Tea Leoni plays the leading character. Critics have praised the show and the performances of the cast.
9. The President Show (2017)