The Politician: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
The Politician

Critics Consensus

While The Politician can't uphold all of its tantalizing promises, it delivers just enough soapy satire in a sumptuous setting to keep Ryan Murphy fans invested -- though its unlikely to win him many new votes.

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Critic Ratings: 87

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User Ratings: 590
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Episodes

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Air date: Sep 27, 2019
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Tv Season Info

Payton has known since childhood that he's going to be president. First he'll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape: high school.

Cast

Zoey Deutch
as Infinity Jackson
Lucy Boynton
as Astrid Sloan
Ben Platt
as Payton Hobart
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Georgina Hobart
Jessica Lange
as Dusty Jackson
David Corenswet
as River Barkley
Julia Schlaepfer
as Alice Charles
Rahne Jones
as Skye Leighton
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Critic Reviews for The Politician Season 1

All Critics (87) | Top Critics (27)

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.

Oct 4, 2019 | Full Review…
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The Murphy playbook here feels exhausting, counterproductively unrealistic, and even downright fearful.

Sep 27, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's a daring show that reveals right from the start how wooden and obviously constructed its central character is.

Sep 27, 2019 | Full Review…

A grab bag of genres and tone, but Platt, as billed, is special indeed.

Sep 27, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Ben Platt's dazzlingly faceted Payton is a person we can root for, however unwillingly.

Sep 27, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 26, 2019 | Full Review…

It's not a particularly good series, but there are a lot of great ideas and a few good characters swirling around in what is otherwise a muddled, try-hard mess.

Oct 9, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 18, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 17, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

In some ways, the most interesting thing about The Politician is that nearly all the characters sense that they live in an a wholly ersatz world and don't care.

Oct 16, 2019 | Full Review…

The Politician is a shiny, arch, schizophrenic train wreck from the start.

Oct 16, 2019 | Full Review…

The Politician succeeds only in making an already unlikeable character even less appealing.

Nov 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Politician: Season 1

  • Nov 03, 2019
    Ryan Murphy at his best.
  • Nov 02, 2019
    A masterpiece. What a beautiful and dynamic look at mental illness and the human condition. A moving commentary on life today. Brilliant. Bravo.
  • Oct 29, 2019
    I loved season 1 of The Politician. Something fresh and exciting to say about politics, queerness, and the emotional turmoil of simply growing up in an age where everything is calculated in a tactical decision-making scenario from cradle to grave. Delicious visuals, excellent casting, and an unabashed examination of its subject lends a high brow element to the show that isn't afraid to elevate the show beyond where its audience might be able to go. Highly recommend to former SGA fans, queers, and anyone with a longing from our otherwise anodyne political tv landscape.
  • Oct 27, 2019
    Fresh political drama. No one rules alone, I think that's the special in this drama where Payton have one a hell of a team that believe and support him no matter what
  • Oct 27, 2019
    Quite interesting premise but an off the rail execution. Good for passing an afternoon or watch while you some chores.
  • Oct 23, 2019
    Amazing! Great story and even better acting. Ben Platt might be the greatest thing since sliced bread.
  • Oct 22, 2019
    This show made me want more and I need more.
  • Oct 21, 2019
    One of the best series I ever seen
  • Oct 20, 2019
    Kind of a mess. I mean aren't we over stories about extremely rich white kids and their manufactured problems yet? No doubt Platt has talent though.
  • Oct 19, 2019
    Jessica Lange was awesome but the rest of the cast seemed pretty predictable and structured...

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