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.

56%

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Critic Ratings: 85

86%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 538
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Episodes

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Air date: Sep 27, 2019
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Air date: Sep 27, 2019
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Air date: Sep 27, 2019
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Air date: Sep 27, 2019
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Air date: Sep 27, 2019
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Air date: Sep 27, 2019
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Air date: Sep 27, 2019
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Air date: Sep 27, 2019

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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 (85) | Top Critics (26)

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…
Top Critic

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…

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…
Top Critic

Ben Platt's dazzlingly faceted Payton is a person we can root for, however unwillingly.

Sep 27, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

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…

His lust for power is accompanied by lies, venality and whatever else it takes, and it's all very artfully framed and shot, but I couldn't care less about any of these people.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Politician: Season 1

  • 4h ago
    good. somewhat original and entertaining
  • 2d ago
    I don't understand the negative reviews. "The Politician" is not perfect, but it's also a chameleonic tv show, which plays with both genres and styles in an unexpected way. Moreover, the cast is remarkable. I can't wait for the second season.
  • 3d ago
    I cannot wait for more!
  • 3d ago
    Ryan Murphy en todo su esplendor. Un final que hace que quieras dormirte hasta el próximo a?o para poder seguir viendo.
  • 3d ago
    suck my toes, the politician is a great show. and that's that on that.
  • 4d ago
    I think is a comedy perfect, it's fresh and unexpected
  • 4d ago
    Not bad. Not bad at all.
  • 5d ago
    More than a satirical take on the essence of politics, the Politician's gift is its subtle but significant portrayal of the spectrum of mental and emotional health, illuminated by the triggering environment each character finds themselves in or perceives they are in. The Politician's depiction of an absurdity of wealth and comedic one-percentism almost trivializes the deep psychological issues that drive the plot; nevertheless, attentive audiences can pierce the veil of unearned privilege to find that (with the exception of Gwyneth "Goop-is-a-total-scam" Paltrow) there are real, broken people beneath fabricated facades. The show delivers particularly stand-out performances from Lucy Boynton as Astrid Sloan (who comes alive in the later part of the season), Ben Platt as Payton Hobart (who's visceral, honest, but brief moments of emotion show cracks in his otherwise wooden personality), and David Corenswet as River Barkley (who's tragic first episode death rings a distinct tone that the series struggles to match in later episodes).
  • 5d ago
    Like most Ryan Murphy shows, it starts so promising and then self-destruct. It's a familiar broad satire it's been done better many times before with 30-year-old high school student. The force in so many soapbox issues they're practically tripping over them, which is another Ryan Murphy trait. Ben Platt deserves a better lunch pad for his considerable talent. The final episode it becomes an entirely different series with Bette Midler and Judith Light!
  • 5d ago
    ZERO like-able characters, but a great cast. Not one single good, nice, decent, honest person. I guess that's part of the idea, but I'm at a loss as to why they would make a show like this. Great acting, music and voices. But it leads to nothing. We already have an awful person in the oval office. David Corenswet is GORGEOUS!

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