Political Animals: Season 1 (2012)


Critic Consensus: Political Animals often plays more like a high-level soap opera than a political drama, but it still offers some biting, sudsy fun thanks to its formidable cast.


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Air date: Jul 15, 2012
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Political Animals is a bold, significant look at a fictional former First Family in turmoil.


Sigourney Weaver
as Elaine Barrish Hammond
Ellen Burstyn
as Margaret Barrish
Carla Gugino
as Susan Berg
Ciarán Hinds
as Donald "Bud" Hammond
James Wolk
as Douglas Hammond
Sebastian Stan
as Thomas "T.J." Hammond
Adrian Pasdar
as Paul Garcetti
Dylan Baker
as Fred Collier
Roger Bart
as Barry Harris
Dan Futterman
as Alex Davies
Linda Powell
as Pauline Samson
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Critic Reviews for Political Animals Season 1

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (22)

The political maneuvering is consistently well-drawn. If only the rest of Animals roared with such excitement.

Sep 13, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Political Animals is seriously flawed, yes, but it's also fun, unafraid to get its hands -- and everything else -- seriously dirty.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

Dialogue so inept,... acting performances so preposterous,... plot points so cliched... the only question worth posing is why someone of Weaver's stature would be caught anywhere near a turkey like this.

Jul 15, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It would have been better served by focusing on the first word in its title, not the second.

Jul 15, 2012 | Full Review…

Political Animals, does not...commit the cardinal sin of being boring. Its big pile of over-the-top twists, turns and excesses can be mmm mmm delish.

Jul 15, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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This is more about soap opera than government or power.

Jul 15, 2012 | Full Review…

Basing a show so clearly on Hillary and Bill [Clinton] betrays a certain failure of imagination. But this, too, is the American way.

May 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Sadly, the creators of Political Animals delivered a program more like Dallas than The West Wing.

Aug 30, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The plotting was often eye-rollingly dumb and the dialogue lacked that special Sorkin sparkle.

Aug 8, 2013 | Full Review…

The combination of the ladies propelling the show with their accurate depictions of sharply defined characters, and the men providing the frothy tabloid fodder, will keep you invested in the six installations of the show.

Jul 15, 2012 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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