By Scott Bledsoe, Hidden Valley High School
There have been several political-themed TV shows rapidly gaining popularity across America in the past couple years. It seems that more and more people are finding political dramas and thrillers more enticing.
In the ABC show “Scandal,” the main protagonist, Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington, is a Washington D.C. spin doctor who does damage control for some of the nation’s most elite leaders, ensuring that their images aren’t tarnished in any way.
The back-story is that Pope was previously the former White House Communications Director for the president. In the show however, she left to start her own crisis management firm, “Olivia Pope and Associates.”
In leaving the White House and starting her firm, Pope hopes to begin a new chapter of her life, but finds that she cannot leave unresolved situations in her past behind.
The Netflix original series “House of Cards” is an American political drama series developed and produced by Beau Willimon.
The series takes place in present day Washington D.C. The main character, Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, is a Democrat representing South Carolina’s fifth congressional district. He also serves as the House Majority Whip.
The premise of the show centers on a broken promise. Following his extensive help in ensuring the election of President Garrett Walker, played by Michael Gill, Underwood is informed by the White House Chief of Staff that the agreement to appoint him secretary of state is no more.
After being snubbed for appointment to Secretary of State, Underwood sets out to wage a political war against Walker and all of those associated with him. Along the way several other lawmakers get entangled, as well as a reporter for the Washington Herald.
But one political show out there takes a more comical approach.
“Veep” is an HBO television comedy series starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She portrays the fictional Vice President Selina Meyer. Meyer’s character is constantly plagued by feelings of insecurity and aggravation.
After a one-term stint in the U.S. Senate and a failed attempt for a presidential nomination, Meyer finds herself holding the least effective post in the most powerful office in the world.
Throughout the show, Meyer is prone to many political misdoings in which she throws temper tantrums and blames members of her staff, forcing them to stress and race to save her political credibility. This often causes them to sacrifice their own reputations.
If you’re looking for an up-close and sensationalized look at the American political process, grab a bag of popcorn and try out one of these shows.