The Politician: Season 1 (2019)

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The Politician

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While The Politician can't uphold all of its tantalizing promises, it delivers just enough soapy satire in a sumptuous setting to keep Ryan Murphy fans invested -- though its unlikely to win him many new votes.

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Critic Ratings: 92

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Air date: Sep 27, 2019

When a charismatic candidate joins the race for student body president, Payton searches for a running mate who can make him seem more authentic.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2019

Amid escalating concerns about his vice presidential pick, Payton is plunged into a family crisis that stokes long-seething resentments.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2019

While Payton plays hardball with Harvard admissions, shocking betrayals and a scandalous video take the election to a new level of ruthlessness.

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With the election days away, Payton faces tough questions about how far he is willing to go to defeat his opponent.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2019

Payton makes an eleventh-hour push to lock down the school's undecided voters, including a student with other things on his mind besides politics.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2019

While Payton confronts hard truths about his ambition following an election day bombshell, he reconnects with a former ally -- and becomes a target.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2019

Payton faces his darkest hour and the fight of his life as transgressions are revealed, backs are stabbed and confessions are made.

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Payton re-evaluates his life following a reckoning, but when a window of opportunity opens he grapples with a big decision about his political aspirations.

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Cast & Crew

Ben Platt
Payton Hobart

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Gwyneth Paltrow
Georgina Hobart

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Jessica Lange
Dusty Jackson

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Zoey Deutch
Infinity Jackson

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Lucy Boynton
Astrid

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Rahne Jones
Skye

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Ryan Murphy
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Ian Brennan
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Brad Falchuk
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Audience Reviews for The Politician: Season 1

  • Sep 19, 2022
    It's a dark comedy. It feels like a guilty pleasure--since it's shallow, the scenes are in stunning homes and on gorgeous grounds, and the cast is attractive. In any case, it's in the same spirit as Imposters and Dead to Me (both also "dark comedies)--but there is the extra bonus of music/singing. Not sure why the ratings are so low.
  • Aug 03, 2022
    the series was not as boring or serious as people say. i think it was unique, how they put life lessons wraps into a "political journey" series. i love the quotes, tactics, and speeches they put into this series
  • Apr 22, 2022
    Um dia eu tinha terminado de ver House of Cards e queria ver séries de políticas pois sempre gostei da temática, e muito tempo depois vi essa série que tem uma atriz que acho fantástica a Jessica Lange, e do começo ao fim até a cena de abertura é interessante mostra como são os políticos que mesmo concorrendo a cargos pequenos os segredos aconteciam como a menina que fingia ter câncer acredita pela mãe que teria tal doença, mas foi um excelente começo de temporada mostrando que a imagem de um político tem sempre que estar limpa de segredos, confusões ou boatos; infelizmente é assim que funciona a política.
  • Oct 25, 2021
    It took a while for me to get into it, but I came around. Gwenyth Paltrow has a supporting role … another of those cases of A-list actors lending themselves to new series. I hadn't seen her in anything in quite a while. I'll watch the next season when it's available.
  • Oct 14, 2021
    A couple of my favorite genres are Coming-of-age comedies and Political dramas. However I would never ever have thought of someone creating a successful amalgamation of the two let alone Ryan Murphy who's popular works rarely feel authentic and strive more to be entertaining. The coming-of-age themes work very well following an oddly self-sincere and fragile character who's deathly serious about making it in the cut throat world of politics.The characterizations are zany and eccentric but when things get real it's a resonating experience, scenes between Platt and Paltrow especially are so good. Season 1 is great and plays out quite neatly, Season 2 shakes things up with a time-skip and new setting but the overall narrative is rather messly done and now I'm not even sure if Season 3 is happening or if I'd even want to watch it. Sad to see such an original mix of genres fizzle out, the first work of Murphys I've really enjoyed since early "Glee". I mean, I guess "Ratched" is good enough.
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  • Sep 29, 2021
    I love the show, but I wish River could have stayed longer. He should have stayed alive until at least until the end of season one. He was such a fascinating character, and he was killed off too soon. Otherwise, the show is great. The characters are all unique and interesting.
  • Jan 22, 2021
    I'm a tv show junkie, but I was late to the party on this show. When I got around to watching the pilot - i could not believe how good it was. I have never seen a pilot episode as impressive as this. It is so polished. Moving, funny, romantic, shocking, exciting, compelling, chilling, thrilling, tearjerking, thoughtful and wise and fun. THE PILOT IS ALL OF THOSE THINGS. Within 2 days I had binged the entire series. "The Politician" is something I would HIGHLY recommend. TOP 5 for Me, so question. For reference of my taste - my other top 5 are; "You" / "The Magicians" / "Big Mouth" / "Shameless"
  • Jan 18, 2021
    Outrageously brilliant!
  • Nov 03, 2020
    Pretty boring. The theme song/intro is the best part. Not kidding, it's not just a great song, but the visuals are SO powerful and symbolic, that I'm kind of insulted the show couldn't keep my interest as much as the theme song.
  • Oct 04, 2020
    It was hard for me to get invested in this show because it's just one twist after another, without any logical connections between them. I believe in season 3 they could even reveal the main character was a space alien the whole time (explained with a series of after-the-fact flashbacks, as usual). Honestly it gets kind of boring because you just think what would be the OPPOSITE of what's currently happening on screen, and then a few minutes later, it happens. Someone's doing well? They're about to die. Someone's winning? They're about to lose. It's like watching one of those drinking bird toys bob up and down, up and down, up and down. But kudos to the show for the gay Halloween line; that was really funny.

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