Political Animals: Season 1 Reviews

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March 26, 2021
There's a harshness to these characters and how they view each other that can be painful to watch, but offers a necessary understanding of this country's treatment of women over time.
May 17, 2018
Basing a show so clearly on Hillary and Bill [Clinton] betrays a certain failure of imagination. But this, too, is the American way.
September 14, 2017
The political maneuvering is consistently well-drawn. If only the rest of Animals roared with such excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 16, 2013
Political Animals is seriously flawed, yes, but it's also fun, unafraid to get its hands -- and everything else -- seriously dirty.
August 30, 2013
Sadly, the creators of Political Animals delivered a program more like Dallas than The West Wing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 8, 2013
The plotting was often eye-rollingly dumb and the dialogue lacked that special Sorkin sparkle.
July 15, 2012
[Creator Greg] Berlanti and his cast waste no time reveling in material that is extra-buttered Washington popcorn.
July 15, 2012
It's great to see that Alien-slayer Sigourney Weaver still isn't taking guff from anyone.
July 15, 2012
But with a cast this good, and with so many potentially juicy conflicts already in play, I'm going to take a more optimistic point of view than Elaine Barrish (Sigourney Weaver) might.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 15, 2012
What do you get when you cross Hillary Clinton with Ellen Ripley? A totally badass presidential candidate.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
July 15, 2012
Political Animals is something special in the recent annals of trash.
July 15, 2012
Political Animals [is] a slapdash, invigorating, flawed-but-delectable mini-series with a premise of brass balls.
July 15, 2012
A lathery miniseries drama that gets off on toying with you.
July 15, 2012
It is among the most bizarre, if tasty, concoctions ever presented on mainstream television.
July 15, 2012
What you're getting is what we've come to expect from USA of late: an easy-to-watch light entertainment that goes down relatively painlessly but that is nowhere near as sharp or as on-point as it needs to be.
July 15, 2012
It would have been better served by focusing on the first word in its title, not the second.
July 15, 2012
Sunday's premiere marks an inauspicious debut that ignores the sound advice given to all writers: show, don't tell.
July 15, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 15, 2012
Animals can't make up its mind whether it's a satire on American politics, an occasional dramatic riff on the marriage and political partnership of our current secretary of state and her husband, or a third-rate soap opera.
July 15, 2012
Perhaps Political Animals's greatest act of public service, however, is the outrageously comforting notion that honest and humane politicians might actually exist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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