Veep: Season 1 (2012)

Season 1

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The jokes are funny and Julia Louis-Dreyfus is great in the lead, but Veep is still working to find its voice.



Critic Ratings: 46


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User Ratings: 49

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Air date: Apr 22, 2013

In the series premiere, Vice President Selina Meyer and her staff are still finding their footing in Washington, D.C. Selina decides to make the Clean Jobs Commission a pet project, but a series of missteps cause her staff to work damage control.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2013

The Veep's office is revived by good news that her task force is likely to be green lit. With the President (conveniently) out of the country, Selina looks to make headway on filibuster reform and meeting with some 'normal' people.

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Air date: May 6, 2012

Faced with a trumped-up story of a rift between the Veep and the First Lady, Selina quells accusations that everything is about her--even though it is. Gary selects candidates for the VP dog, though Selina's daughter Catherine gets final say.

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Air date: May 13, 2012

Dan and Amy attend a book launch for Gov. Danny Chung, a charismatic Asian-American war hero, who Selina worries could be a political threat. Meanwhile, Selina preps with Mike for a 'Meet the Press' interview.

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Air date: May 20, 2012

Selina becomes obsessed with the (many) unflattering nicknames given to her by bloggers, and after a snub, assigns Dan to get White House intel from Jonah. Later, Dan's political maneuvering puts the fate of the Clean Jobs bill on the line.

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Air date: May 27, 2012

Selina attends a healthy-eating event at Camden Yards with some grumpy fast-food executives, where she also confides a secret to Amy. Mike holds a press briefing for some local news pals. Amy and Dan are forced to entertain elementary-school children.

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Air date: Jun 3, 2012

With the Veep and her staff taking flack over a pregnancy rumor and the firing of a Secret Service agent, Selina orders a 'partial' full disclosure of all office correspondence and threatens to fire a key staffer.

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Air date: Jun 10, 2012

Season One Finale. Selina travels to Ohio to support a gubernatorial candidate who no longer wants her endorsement; the Clean Jobs bill comes back to haunt Dan; Mike and Amy open the floodgates after they play up Selina's tears.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the Vice President of the United States in this HBO comedy series. Season 1 follows her whirlwind day-to-day existence as she puts out political fires, juggles various demands and defends the interests of the chief executive.

Cast & Crew

Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Selina Meyer
Matt Walsh
Mike McLintock
Reid Scott
Dan Egan
Kate Burton
Barbara Hallowes
Andy Buckley
Ted Cullen
Brian Huskey
Leon West
Andrew Barth
Andrew Barth
Chike Johnson
Secret Service
Michael Mack
Paul Burton
Phil Reeves
Andrew Doyle
William L. Thomas
Martin Collins
Peter Grosz
Sidney Purcell
Michaeleen O'Neil
Christopher Godsick
Executive Producer
Frank Rich
Executive Producer
Simon Blackwell
Co-Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Veep Season 1

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (32)

"Veep" might be even more hilarious if it didn't hit so uncomfortably close to the truth.

Sep 25, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The good thing is the show is blessed with a fantastic cast, but we really hope they are given a chance to bite into meatier material. Iannucci certainly has a way with one-liners... but the goodwill from that will only last so long.

Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…

...ruefully amused and regularly amusing...

Jun 4, 2018 | Full Review…

It's too easy, too much like a series of safe sketches that play to all the stereotypes everyone in politics claims describe the other side.

Sep 25, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Some amusing lines, but otherwise a disappointing misfire.

Sep 25, 2012 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

The supporting actors add their own nice touches, making Veep a well-acted comedy that remains in search of a heart, even a tin one.

Sep 25, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Veep is one of the more intelligent comedies on TV. It features a great cast and characters that are taken to the extreme, yet never come across as caricatures.

Sep 25, 2012 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

This series won't be for most. While it dabbles in a certain level of absurdity, it doesn't over-reach to try and grab viewers.

Sep 25, 2012 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

The Veep's repeated semi-casual query to her secretary, "Hey Sue, did the president call?", forever greeted with the blunt negative, will become both catchphrase and leitmotif for this next transatlantic winner.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

With overlapping dialogue, and phenomenal chemistry, the writing feels completely natural and thus the jokes are inherently funny, rather than being set up and waiting for a punchline.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

To say there's a wealth of possible material for this political comedy to exploit is an understatement, and with Louis-Dreyfus at the helm, and a stellar cast and razor-sharp writing backing her, nothing is safe.

Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There's nothing weak about Veep, though. The really good news is that it gets even better.

Jul 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Veep: Season 1

  • Nov 08, 2020
    Veep Season 1 is all Right but not yet in the Place it could be. Julia Louis Dreyfus is Amazing as well is Tony Hale. The Writing and Pace is all Right. I liked the Handheld Camerastyle which gives you at Times the Feeling as if your watching a Documentary the Political Setting is great as well it's Time for a Political Comedy. RATING: 3,6
  • Mar 06, 2020
    Excellent. So smart. So funny.
  • Oct 02, 2019
    A fast paced, but dull, unfunny, cliche and mean comedy with unlikable characters ruin the good style. This is filmed like the Office and I didn't like the Office. I really wanted to like this show, but I didn't laugh and the characters got on my nerves.
  • Sep 10, 2019
    It's definitely an acquired taste, but one that you can grow to appreciate once you get used to it. Stick it through with the first season of VEEP, because the flashes of witty push-the-envelope writing and an inspired return to the small screen from Julia Louis Dreyfus suggest that there's plenty of space for future growth in this political satire's campaign. Iroh's grade: C+
  • Aug 25, 2019
    Fantastic writing!!! Love love love Tony Hale

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