The Politician: Season 1 Reviews

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November 5, 2019
The Politician succeeds only in making an already unlikeable character even less appealing.
October 19, 2019
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.
October 16, 2019
The Politician is a shiny, arch, schizophrenic train wreck from the start.
October 7, 2019
His lust for power is accompanied by lies, venality and whatever else it takes, and it's all very artfully framed and shot, but I couldn't care less about any of these people.
October 7, 2019
There are moments in the first episode where you can sense what the show might be aiming for... And when Gwyneth Paltrow gets involved as Payton's emotionally distant adoptive mother, it briefly delivers. Too bad about the other 50 minutes.
October 4, 2019
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.
October 3, 2019
I take it back-I hate this show.
October 3, 2019
The ingredients are there, but the result just never jells. The Politician not only doesn't go anywhere new, it doesn't even successfully go where Murphy's gone before.
October 3, 2019
There are a few bits of amusing dialogue and farce, but they cannot rescue this stilted, derivative tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 2, 2019
The aesthetics can't distract from the emptiness of the show. Murphy's latest TV offering is not the political satire it wants to be, nor the political satire we need.
October 1, 2019
Despite my disappointment in Season 1, I'm optimistic about what's to come in Season 2.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 1, 2019
This series is a great big wall, dripping with ideas that have been flung at it without thought. It's a Rushmore-style satire framed in camp.
September 30, 2019
The performances are hit and miss, with some of the lead actors going big and broad and playing to the rafters, as if they're on stage in a cavernous auditorium. That's a risky and in more than a few cases not entirely successful choice for the medium.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 30, 2019
There is so much story to tell, that [the show] doesn't delve deeply into any of them. [Full review in Spanish]
September 29, 2019
The show is as loose with tone and genre as it is with its running time ... which makes for some herky-jerky viewing.
September 28, 2019
Gradually, The Politician shows itself to be as superficial and focused on ticking boxes as its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 28, 2019
It's a shame that's essentially drowned in the flood of constant lunacy. It's tonally all over the place. Respective elements of it are intriguing and occasionally fantastic.
September 27, 2019
Where both Election and its source material took deadly aim, The Politician's great ambition far outweighs its clarity.
September 27, 2019
To put it in campaign terms, who or what is the show's demographic?
September 27, 2019
Somehow it manages to feel slow even as it frantically careens along, like a car that's spinning its wheels but not moving anywhere all that quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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