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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.
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.
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.
The Murphy playbook here feels exhausting, counterproductively unrealistic, and even downright fearful.
It's a daring show that reveals right from the start how wooden and obviously constructed its central character is.
A grab bag of genres and tone, but Platt, as billed, is special indeed.
On the whole the series is fresh and amusing. It stands out from the usual conformist fare.
The Politician works on many levels. If I had to compare it, I would describe it as Glee meets House Of Cards.
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.
The Politician succeeds only in making an already unlikeable character even less appealing.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Politician: Season 1
Jan 22, 2021I'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, 2021Outrageously brilliant!
Nov 03, 2020Pretty 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, 2020It 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, 2020For 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, 2020Una 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, 2020Just 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, 2020Great casting, great story
Jul 24, 2020I am no fan of Ryan Murphy but the cast does a fantastic job.
Jul 17, 2020Amazing first season! Great cast and the unique vibe it presents is amazing.