The Politician: Season 1 (2019)

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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: 91

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User Ratings: 801

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Episodes

Air date: Sep 27, 2019

A charming candidate's entry into the upcoming student elections forces Payton to change his approach. He looks for a running partner who will make him look more genuine in his effort to win the student body presidency.

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Concerns continue to rise around Payton's vice presidential selection. Payton finds himself embroiled in a family drama that reignites long-standing problems.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2019

Payton takes an aggressive approach to the Harvard admissions process. Shocking evidence threatens the fate of the upcoming election.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2019

The election to determine the student presidency is fast approaching. Payton must decide how far he will go to win the seat.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2019

Payton makes a final push to sway the undecided voters. He targets one student who is concerned with everything but school politics.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2019

Payton deals with uncomfortable truths after an election day shock. Payton links up with a former foe and sets himself up as a target.

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Payton is plunged into his darkest moment as previous problems are revealed. Betrayals and confessions ensue.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2019

Payton decides to reevaluate his goals in life. However, an opportunity arises and he has to make a choice.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for The Politician Season 1

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (37)

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…

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…

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…

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…

On the whole the series is fresh and amusing. It stands out from the usual conformist fare.

Feb 16, 2021 | Full Review…

The Politician works on many levels. If I had to compare it, I would describe it as Glee meets House Of Cards.

Nov 18, 2020 | 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…

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

Nov 4, 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…

Audience Reviews for The Politician: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Sep 06, 2020
    For me to convince you to watch this show, is it enough to say that Ryan Murphy is one of the creators? Well, it should, because Murphy always tries to tackle significant social issues on everything he does. This show was no different: we see sexuality, racism and misogyny discussed by people who represent the cause, instead of people who act the part. This way, ordinary people can connect on a higher level with the characters they're watching and the idea that Hollywood is a white, heteronormative industry gets one step closer to being obliterated. The plot of the show is gripping, but I would advise you to watch this if you have a minimum interest in politics. Our main character, Payton Hobart, aims to be President of the United States, and we follow his ambitious journey during his senior year of high school. Surrounded by loyal friends and a dysfunctional family (save for his mother), we see how much will and perseverance it takes to follow your dreams and how little it takes to make it all tumble down. There are a few completely ludicrous moments on the show (like the length the twins go to become sole heirs to their father's fortune) and others that made me cringe (like how similar Infinity's story is to Gypsy Blanchard's). However, this show has it all: comedy, drama, suspense and crime. It's the perfect mix between having a good cry and laughing your lungs out. Ryan Murphy also proved to us all that it's impossible to cast Ben Platt and not make him sing because that would be a waste of a man's talent. By adding the musical element, Murphy not only did us a favour but he also created the most eclectic show of 2019. Lastly, I must make a brief comment on the cinematography. 'The Politician' is a very colourful show with rich and vivid settings. The colour palette is almost too cheerful, designed to make us feel happy and hopeful. Even when one of the main characters die, the theme persists because Hobart still has his dreams and ambition. It's only during the last episode that colours change – we see the dimness and sadness settle, and suddenly we can't help but feel distressed as well. I love when creators and producers think about these small details to accompany the story.
  • Aug 19, 2020
    Una brillante, hilarante, atrapante e impredecible sátira política. Actuaciones increíbles por parte de Ben Platt y Jessica Lange, así como de todo el elenco. Increíble libreto. Hermosa fotografía. Una infravalorada serie. A brilliant, hilarious, catchy and umpredictable show. Ben Platt´s performance is remarkable as well as Jessica Lange´s and everyone in general. Awesome script. Beautiful phtography. An underrated masterpiece.
  • Aug 12, 2020
    Just watched half of the pilot episode. I knew I would like this show when I watched the trailer. It's like House of Cards for people who can't handle the adult world.
  • Aug 11, 2020
    Great casting, great story
  • 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.

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