The Politician: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
The Politician

Critics Consensus

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.



Critic Ratings: 89


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User Ratings: 771

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Air date: Sep 27, 2019
Air date: Sep 27, 2019
Air date: Sep 27, 2019
Air date: Sep 27, 2019
Air date: Sep 27, 2019
Air date: Sep 27, 2019
Air date: Sep 27, 2019
Air date: Sep 27, 2019

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Payton has known since childhood that he's going to be president. First he'll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape: high school.


Zoey Deutch
as Infinity Jackson
Lucy Boynton
as Astrid Sloan
Ben Platt
as Payton Hobart
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Georgina Hobart
Jessica Lange
as Dusty Jackson
David Corenswet
as River Barkley
Julia Schlaepfer
as Alice Charles
Rahne Jones
as Skye Leighton
Bob Balaban
as Keaton Hobart
Ryan J. Haddad
as Andrew Cashman
Natasha Ofili
as Principal Vaughn
January Jones
as Lizbeth Sloan
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Critic Reviews for The Politician Season 1

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (31)

The character at the heart of this story, self-centered and struggling with how his ambition is changing him, seems built for today's times.

Nov 22, 2019 | Full Review…
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Though The Politician plays with the signifiers of continues to push the idea that the winners are the ones who repress or hide these politically unmarketable traits in order to gain power.

Oct 4, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Highly watchable, as Payton's campaign repeatedly surmounts seemingly insurmountable problems, and, when bits of real feeling make it through all the acid humor, even touching.

Sep 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The Murphy playbook here feels exhausting, counterproductively unrealistic, and even downright fearful.

Sep 27, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's a daring show that reveals right from the start how wooden and obviously constructed its central character is.

Sep 27, 2019 | Full Review…

A grab bag of genres and tone, but Platt, as billed, is special indeed.

Sep 27, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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While the twists and turns will keep you tuning in to the next episode, the season begins to run out of steam after the elections are done.

Jan 23, 2020 | Full Review…

The Politician succeeds only in making an already unlikeable character even less appealing.

Nov 4, 2019 | Full Review…

It's just a little lightweight, closer to Glee or The New Normal than it is to Murphy's true heavyhitters like Pose or American Crime Story.

Oct 18, 2019 | Full Review…

I am sure Murphy's dedicated fans will enjoy the show, but by the season finale you can already see the show is preparing to reinvent itself. Maybe that will make The Politician worth a second look.

Oct 17, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

In some ways, the most interesting thing about The Politician is that nearly all the characters sense that they live in an a wholly ersatz world and don't care.

Oct 16, 2019 | Full Review…

The Politician is a shiny, arch, schizophrenic train wreck from the start.

Oct 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Politician: Season 1

  • Jul 24, 2020
    I am no fan of Ryan Murphy but the cast does a fantastic job.
  • Jul 17, 2020
    Amazing first season! Great cast and the unique vibe it presents is amazing.
  • Jul 14, 2020
    The Politician is sleek and stylish, but it lacks clarity. I don't really know who the characters are or what the stand for. I don't know who to route for or why.
  • Jul 08, 2020
    Simply love the way this makes fun of today's politics, the goal of the series is well achieved by the outstanding cast and soundtracks. <3
  • Jul 05, 2020
    Well written outlandish comedy of mega cynical dialogues are without any bridge transform into most heartfelt sincere and serious tearjerkers of monologues by the same characters which are in turn transform to well done musical numbers. While all of those ingredients are well cooked - complete lack of blending between those genres is bound to through you off . Bottom line: I don't think there is anything like this out there which makes it worth trying.
  • Jul 05, 2020
    Refreshingly different. I stayed engaged to binge all the shows in one night. Terrific actors.
  • Jul 02, 2020
    If there was ever a show that had a personality, it's Ryan Murphy's The Politician, and that's usually a good thing.
  • Jun 27, 2020
    Unwatchable. A real stinker. No idea what they were thinking. This makes absolutely no sense. The main characters are supposed to be 18, but look and act like they are 40. It just makes one mind wonder why would anyone want to make this. Do not waste your time. Even if your under quarantine and have nothing to do, just stare at the wall, that's better than watching this.
  • Jun 26, 2020
    Overall, I found this show sumptuously entertaining in a decidedly adolescent sort of way. Its melodrama was entertaining, if a bit over-the-top at times, and the setting played well to the semi-satirical nature of the season. However, the show definitely played like a show meant for young-adults--melodramatic, overly stylized, and definitely over-the-top. I found it entertaining, with some genuine feelings of sadness in certain spots and genuine laughter in others, but overall it felt a bit too over the top for me to fully enjoy. I also felt that the tone of the whole season was all over the place. Overall, the first season was enjoyable, but I can't imagine it working out for the second season--the melodrama seems a bit too juvenile for adult politics it seems to me, I doubt it will translate well.
  • Jun 23, 2020
    Funny and authentic. Oscar-winner cast with a very talented musician. The Politician is a must-see

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