It’s midterm season, baby! During this time, I love to watch my favorite political shows to get into the midterm groove (which ironically leads to me failing my actual midterms). Here’s a list of binge-worthy political shows to get you excited about making your voice heard.
“Veep” is the dirty, obnoxious friend that is the definition of “extra.” The show is full of snarky remarks, laugh-out-loud insults and hysterical portrayals of the White House. Julia Louis-Dreyfus knows how to leave an audience comedically conflicted — you’re simultaneously left wishing for the demise of her character, Selina Meyer, and wanting to see her continue to rise in power just to see how she can ruin things next. Meyer’s world in “Veep” is the political joke of a world that many Americans typify their own government as.
“Parks and Recreation”
In a time when lack of faith in government is especially apparent, the joyous nature of Leslie Knope is especially needed. Knope represents benevolence in the world through hope, activism and waffles. The show focuses on the parks and recreation department in Pawnee, Indiana, a wacky town filled with even wackier people. The antics of local citizens make me snort, such as the woman who marched into the government building, angrily proclaiming, “I found a sandwich in one of your parks and want to know why it didn’t have any mayonnaise in it.”
“Who is America?”
Sacha Baron Cohen, you’ve done it again. Cohen is a familiar figure in shock comedy, famed by his characters, such as Bruno, Borat and Ali G. In this political satire, Cohen plays four different caricatures of people found in American culture, ranging from a celebrity and glamour-obsessed persona to an Alex Jones-level conservative persona. My favorite character is Dr. Nira Cain-N’Degeocello, a hyperliberal professor at Reed College, who says stuff like, “I believe the world’s most dangerous chemical weapon is testosterone.” Each sardonic character highlights a different extreme in American politics. Cohen’s most impactful ability, however, is making extremely powerful people say and do incredibly questionable things, such as former vice president Dick Cheney signing a waterboarding kit.
“Dear White People”
While this show doesn’t take place directly within our government, it’s often more political than many shows that do. Delving deep into discussions of race, gender and intersectionality, the show offers biting criticisms of topics such as the white-savior complex. Taking place at a fictional, prestigious university, the show follows several characters who contend with relationships, personal conflicts and issues regarding race.
An Israeli political action/thriller, this show leaves me constantly on the edge of my seat. The show isn’t one-sided; it makes the audience empathize with multiple sides of the geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. It showcases ugly bouts of violence and aggression but also has sentimental moments that touch upon family and love. Because it’s in Hebrew and Arabic, I rely on the subtitles and find myself actually paying attention to the show instead of playing Candy Crush on my phone like I usually do.