Veep: Season 5 (2016)


Season 5

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Thanks to the spot-on comedic prowess of Julia Louis-Dreyfus and company Veep is back with as many laughs and expletive-filled absurdities as ever.



Critic Ratings: 36


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User Ratings: 223

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Air date: Apr 24, 2016

Season 5 opens the day after the election, and Selina thinks she's found a path to victory. Meanwhile, Catherine starts making a behind-the-scenes documentary; Amy isn't sure if she's back on the team; Dan mulls a new career; and Mike and Wendy plan to adopt a baby from China.

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Air date: May 1, 2016

Amy, Dan, Jonah and Richard go all out to win the election for Selina. Meanwhile, Tom is unceremoniously ousted from the new banking task force; a well-known D.C. fixture joins the team; Selina meets a Wall Street titan; Mike aims to improve his health before becoming a father; and Kent is curious about Sue's age.

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Air date: May 8, 2016

Fallout from Selina's tweet gives Mike a major headache; Amy is unsettled by Bob's power grab; Gary finds himself the bee's knees at a museum gala.

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Air date: May 15, 2016

A phony protest by the O'Brien camp is uncovered by Amy and Dan, who dispatch Jonah and Richard to concoct a pro-Meyer event in response. Meanwhile, Selina hurries to the hospital; and Mike and Wendy meet a potential surrogate.

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Air date: May 22, 2016

Selina observes Thanksgiving as only she can. Meanwhile, Ben and Kent try to control a holiday crisis, sending Tom James and Vice President Doyle to speak on the president's behalf; and Dan goes to work for Tom James.

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Air date: May 29, 2016

A U.S. financial crisis looms, forcing Selina to make a game-changing decision; Jonah returns to New Hampshire; Amy looks into the staff's personal and professional histories; Catherine struggles to schedule time with her mother to share some big news.

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Air date: Jun 5, 2016

The White House Christmas party finds Selina canvassing for votes to break the election tie. Meanwhile, the "50 Hottest D.C. Staffers" list is on everyone's lips in the West Wing; Mike mulls a career move; and Dan helps Jonah hone his debate skills in New Hampshire.

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Air date: Jun 12, 2016

A pre-Christmas celebration for Selina's family at Camp David camouflages her team's secret negotiations. Meanwhile, Amy and Dan work on Jonah's human side after a terrible debate performance in New Hampshire.

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Air date: Jun 19, 2016

Mike prepares for fatherhood; Catherine and Marjorie have a major disagreement; Selina sits for an interview.

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Air date: Jun 26, 2016

Inauguration Day is coming in the Season 5 finale, and Selina and her staff are busy preparing. Meanwhile, Mike's fatigue gets the best of him; and Catherine gets a makeover.

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In the fifth season of this comedy series, current President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) sees her reelection depending on a small number of votes in Nevada, in a shocking Electoral College tie. Meanwhile, Dan (Reid Scott) ponders a new career. Plus, Catherine (Sarah Sutherland) starts working on a behind-the-scene documentary and Mike (Matt Walsh) decides to adopt a baby from China.

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Critic Reviews for Veep Season 5

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (13)

I'm not willing to say that Veep is as "funny as it's ever been" but it's still much funnier than most things on TV.

Apr 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Every year, it has seemed like Veep wouldn't be able to top itself, but the innovative and unrelenting comedy just kept doing it anyway, every year, without fail.

Apr 22, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

Hilarious, as always, and unexpectedly, maybe an instructional guide to the current political landscape.

Apr 21, 2016 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…
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Led by Louis-Dreyfus at the height of her powers, this is a show that makes palate-cleansers of the bare-knuckled, real-life characters trying to gouge and kick their way into the Oval Office. But it's OK. Go ahead and laugh.

Apr 21, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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The season finale is a shocker, with series regulars on the outs and new people ending up being in.

Aug 12, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Right now when politics seem to be filled with more despair than usual, laughing an incompetent president without fearing real world consequences offers a bit of catharsis.

Oct 30, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It remains one of the funniest shows on television, but for myself, there has to be more to the story being told.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 2.5 | Full Review…

Veep is still at a high level of excellence. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The ugly truths of Veep's fifth season shine bright, and it's more uncomfortable to watch than ever.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

It's an amazing combination of humor and emotion achieved in the last episode, which launches Veep in a new direction and ends with an automatic desire to know more about the new life of Selina Meyer and her team. [Full review in Spanish]

Jan 16, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

What separates this comedy from others is that this HBO show isn't afraid to try new things and expand its universe.

Oct 8, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Veep is a show about the pursuit of power, but it's also about the broken people who pursue it. In the process, it's become one of the most disturbingly insightful character-driven narratives of our day.

Aug 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Veep: Season 5

  • Mar 12, 2020
    Ep 9 of season 5 is one of the best tv I have I ever seen
  • Oct 09, 2019
    A satire dripping with acid wit, supported by an elaborate ensemble of infectious chemistry. Although she may have lost her presidency, VEEP's fifth season sees the series at its most thoughtful, thematically potent, and most of all, pain stakingly hilarious. I mean you know you're the best comedy on television when Jonah Ryan is in congress! Iroh's grade: A-
  • Mar 02, 2018
    Clever, funny, and quick. Best joke per minute on TV. JLD is awesome.
  • Aug 06, 2017
    Selina Meyer's first full year as president leads to perhaps the series' best season yet, and thanks to some unexpected sub-plots with her daughter (the show's most reserved characters) the series feels more eclectic too.
  • Jul 09, 2016
    Something is missing from this season. The acting is still great but the dialogue is nowhere near the level of excellence of previous seasons.
  • Jul 02, 2016
    Veep continues to deliver sharp and funny dialogues with absurdly hilarious situations thanks largely to Julia Louis-Dreyfus' landmark performance.
  • May 29, 2016
    who watches this stuff?
  • May 07, 2016
    What happened? Went from clever, surprising, funny to predictable, lame...reminds me of last season/s of Seinfeld and Friends when the true talent left to start their own shows and hacks were left to run the show into the ground. Please HBO keep the good talent that made this show great, cut the hacks who think juice cleanse and how-old-is-sue thrulines are actually interesting and sad if this show continues like episode 2.
  • May 05, 2016
    So talented is Julia Louis Drefus, she turns every role she played from Elaine, Christine to Madam President to gold. Completely owns these characters that one cannot imagine any one else taking them on.
  • Apr 29, 2016
    this show's staying strong with each season

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