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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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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.

September 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.

September 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.

July 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.

July 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.

July 15, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is more about soap opera than government or power.

July 15, 2012 | Full Review…

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