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.

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Critic Ratings: 89

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User Ratings: 645
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Episodes

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Air date: Sep 27, 2019
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Tv Season Info

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.

Cast

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
Carrie Gibson
as Waitress
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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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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…
Top Critic

Though The Politician plays with the signifiers of progressivism...it 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…
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The Politician is a shiny, arch, schizophrenic train wreck from the start.

Oct 16, 2019 | 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…

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…

Audience Reviews for The Politician: Season 1

  • 6d ago
    An excellent entertainer. Superbly casted and well acted.
  • Feb 19, 2020
    Ben platt is just amazing in this role he gave life to the character in a way I dont think anyone else could, I like how they emphasize how he doesn't know how to feel. Totally recommended ✔
  • Feb 05, 2020
    This show is fun, interesting, moving, and gorgeous to watch. The sets (so much wallpaper!), clothes (Gwyneth's capes!), and cars are super fun as backdrop to a show that's a sort of melodrama/satire mashup. Whatever this show is, my friends and I love it. Jessica Lange is uh maze ing and honestly Gwyneth is too
  • Jan 17, 2020
    Another Ryan Murphy show and another genre he tackles flawlessly. Wealthy high school student Payton Hobart has always dreamed that he's going to be President of the United States. But first he'll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape at his own high school. Entertaining and comical, the story has a fluid development and it has some interesting, diverse and innovative characters that make it more engaging. Jessica Lange's presence is a sight to behold and I want more of this show.
  • Jan 15, 2020
    I loved this show and can't wait for more!
  • Jan 07, 2020
    Es una serie fresca un poco diferente q lo habitual me gustó bastante no pude dejar de ver los capítulos una vez los empecé
  • Jan 06, 2020
    Just one word: amazing. Fresh and new, the first episode was not the best pilot in the world, but then it becomes cool if you give it a chance. Absolutely recommended.
  • Jan 04, 2020
    Addicting show with outlandish characters that you fall in love with. I was disappointed that some of the story lines were so abrupt because they were so entertaining. I wish they didn't jump so quickly to the NY storyline. Also wish there were more than 8 episodes. Can't wait for next season!
  • Jan 04, 2020
    Genuinely my favourite show in the world, no other show has ever evoked so much emotion in me as this. Happy tears, sad tears, inexplicable tears, it gave me all of them.
  • Dec 29, 2019
    Simply disappointed there were only eight episodes. Couldn't stop watching and cannot wait to see season two. A great show to fill the hole in my viewing repertoire following the fall of House of Cards.

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