Series about politics

by kezze | created - 03 Apr 2012 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

List of political thriller/drama series. This is an international listing: I have mentioned the country where the series takes place.

This list only covers series where the story evolves around the political system, and not all series in which political systems play a role.

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1. The West Wing (1999–2006)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama

Inside the lives of staffers in the West Wing of the White House.

Stars: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, John Spencer

Votes: 65,756

United States (President)


2. State of Play (2003)

TV-14 | 312 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In London, a naive young politician becomes a suspect when his female assistant and mistress is killed in a suspicious accident. The politician's investigative journalist friend and his team uncover a government conspiracy.

Stars: John Simm, Kelly Macdonald, Bill Nighy, Philip Glenister

Votes: 9,263

United Kingdom / England


3. Veep (2012–2019)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

Former Senator Selina Meyer finds that being Vice President of the United States is nothing like she hoped and everything that everyone ever warned her about.

Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott

Votes: 46,210

United States (Vice President). Based on "The Thick of It"

8/10 (After 4th season)

4. Political Animals (2012)

TV-14 | 360 min | Drama

A divorced, former First Lady, is currently serving as the Secretary of State. She deals with State Department issues, while trying to keep her family together.

Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino, James Wolk, Sebastian Stan

Votes: 5,907

United States (Secretary of State)


5. Kronprinsessan (2006)

232 min | Drama

Right before Christmas Charlotte Ekeblad (Rapaport) is given an offer she hardly can refuse, to become a minister in the Swedish Parliament. As minister of environment she is put in a ... See full summary »

Stars: Lars Hemingstam, Alexandra Rapaport, Ulf Friberg, Kenneth Milldoff

Votes: 199

Sweden (Based on novel that takes place in Denmark)


6. Kungamordet (2008)

230 min | Drama

The election night 2006 at the Social Democrats' election gathering. The election is lost and the struggle for power over the party begins.

Stars: Sven Ahlström, Adel Ahmad, Morgan Alling, Mikael Alsberg

Votes: 183

Sweden (Based on novel that takes place in Denmark)


7. Drottningoffret (2010–2011)

176 min | Drama

She is exposed to death threats by an international terrorist network and is forced to live with Säpo guards around the clock. But Meyer's biggest problem is that she slowly falls ill in family disease Alzheimer's.

Stars: Suzanne Reuter, Alexandra Rapaport, Sven Ahlström, Annika Hallin

Votes: 111

Sweden (Based on novel that takes place in Denmark)


8. The Kennedys (2011)

TV-14 | 346 min | Drama, History, Romance

The triumphs and tragedies of the most popular political family in American history.

Stars: Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper, Katie Holmes, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 7,077

United States (quasi-historical)


9. Yes Minister (1980–1984)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. At last he is in a position of power and can carry out some long-needed reforms, or so he thinks.

Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott

Votes: 12,868

United Kingdom / England


10. Yes, Prime Minister (1986–1987)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

James Hacker was propelled along the corridors of power to the very pinnacle of politics - Number 10.

Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott

Votes: 9,903

United Kingdom / England


11. Borgen (2010– )

TV-14 | 58 min | Drama

A political drama about a prime minister's rise to power, and how power changes a prime minister.

Stars: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Søren Malling, Emil Poulsen

Votes: 20,206

Denmark (The Folketing (parliament) with the Prime Minister as the protagonist)


13. G.B.H. (1991)

567 min | Comedy, Drama

Michael Murray is an ambitious and charismatic politician, Jim Nelson is a much loved headmaster of a local school for disturbed children. When the paths of these two men cross, things are ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Lindsay, Michael Palin, Dearbhla Molloy, Alan Igbon

Votes: 667

United Kingdom / England

14. House of Cards (1990)

TV-14 | 226 min | Drama

The schemes of a ruthlessly ambitious British politician who will stop at nothing to get to the top.

Stars: Ian Richardson, Susannah Harker, Miles Anderson, Alphonsia Emmanuel

Votes: 13,359

United Kingdom: Chief whip Followed by To Play The King


15. The New Statesman (1987–1994)

70 min | Comedy

The ultra right-wing Alan B'Stard, the most selfish, greedy, dishonest, sadistic and sociopathic Conservative MP of them all, plots to achieve his meglomaniacal ambitions.

Stars: Rik Mayall, Michael Troughton, Marsha Fitzalan, Terence Alexander

Votes: 2,266

United Kingdom / England

16. The Thick of It (2005–2012)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

Set in the corridors of power and spin, the Minister for Social Affairs is continually harassed by Number 10's policy enforcer and dependent on his not-so-reliable team of civil servants.

Stars: Chris Addison, James Smith, Peter Capaldi, Joanna Scanlan

Votes: 21,022

United Kingdom / England

7/10 (after 1st season)

17. Boss (2011–2012)

TV-MA | 56 min | Crime, Drama

Mayor Tom Kane, diagnosed with a dementia disorder, struggles to keep his grip on power in Chicago.

Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen, Hannah Ware, Jeff Hephner

Votes: 17,111

United States: Chicago (Local politics)


18. Tanner '88 (1988)

Not Rated | 353 min | Comedy, Drama

A behind-the-scenes look at a former Michigan U.S. Representative's campaign as he vies for his party's Presidential nomination.

Stars: Michael Murphy, Pamela Reed, Daniel Jenkins, Matt Malloy

Votes: 768

United States

19. The State Within (2006)

360 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After a plane explodes over Washington D.C. panic begins to envelop the British embassy, and its ambassador to the U.S. Mark Brydon finds himself caught up in a potentially damaging diplomatic incident.

Stars: Jason Isaacs, Ben Daniels, Eva Birthistle, Neil Pearson

Votes: 2,250

United Kingdom (Ambassador to the United States)

20. Quentin Durgens, M.P. (1966–1971)

60 min

Quentin Durgens, M.P. was a CBC Canada television series, which aired on CBC Television from 1965 to 1969. It was one of the first hour-long drama series produced by the CBC, and helped to ... See full summary »

Stars: Gordon Pinsent, Jean Cavall, Eric Grouix, Suzanne Lévesque

Votes: 13


21. The Politician's Wife (1995– )

185 min | Drama

A woman's life is turned upside down when it is revealed that her husband, a member of the British Parliament, has been having an affair with a former prostitute.

Stars: Juliet Stevenson, Anton Lesser, Trevor Eve, Frederick Treves

Votes: 473

United Kingdom / England

22. Party Animals (2007– )


Follows the lives of several young adults whose lives intertwine with their jobs in the Parliment of the United Kingdom.

Stars: Andrew Buchan, Shelley Conn, Andrea Riseborough, Matt Smith

Votes: 481

United Kingdom / England

Canada (Yes minister-remake)

24. No Job for a Lady (1990–1992)

30 min | Comedy

Jean Price is the idealistic, newly-elected Labour Party Member of Parliament for a deprived inner-city constituency. She must try to balance her work with her family life, learn the ways of the House and try to keep her principles.

Stars: Penelope Keith, Mark Kingston, Garfield Morgan, Paul Young

Votes: 74

United Kingdom / England

26. Kariera Nikodema Dyzmy (1980)

50 min | Comedy

An unemployed man goes to Warsaw to look for a job. By accident he gets into the high society circles and starts a spectacular career.

Stars: Roman Wilhelmi, Grazyna Barszczewska, Bronislaw Pawlik, Mariusz Dmochowski

Votes: 354


27. Dan for Mayor (2010– )

30 min | Comedy

A man named Dan who doesn't know anything about politics decides to run for mayor of his city; Shenanigans ensue.

Stars: Fred Ewanuick, Mary Ashton, Paul Bates, Benjamin Ayres

Votes: 552

Canada (Local government)

28. Embassy (1990–1992)

50 min | Drama

A soap opera set in the Australian embassy to Ragaan, an imaginary South East Asian country.

Stars: Alan Fletcher, Nicki Wendt, Joseph Spano, Frankie J. Holden

Votes: 18

Australia (Embassy in Asia)

29. Grass Roots (2000–2003)

50 min | Comedy

The series is set around the fictional Arcadia Waters Council near Sydney, and was primarily a satirical look at the machinations of local government.

Stars: Geoff Morrell, Zoe Carides, John Clayton, Rhondda Findleton

Votes: 78

Australia (Local government)

30. Hail to the Chief (1985– )

30 min | Comedy

Julia Mansfield is the first woman to be elected President of the United States. In addition to dealing with the threat of nuclear war with the Soviet Union, spies in the cabinet, and ... See full summary »

Stars: Patty Duke, Ted Bessell, Quinn Cummings, Ricky Paull Goldin

Votes: 42

United States

31. He's the Mayor (1986)

30 min | Comedy

A new young mayor takes over when the previous office holder is ousted for being a criminal. Today it would be a reality show.

Stars: Kevin Hooks, Al Fann, David Graf, Wesley Thompson

Votes: 18

United States (Local government)

32. Spin City (1996–2002)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Mike Flaherty, the Deputy Mayor of New York City, and his team of half-wits must constantly save the Mayor from embarrassment and the media. Mike is later succeeded by Charlie Crawford.

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear, Richard Kind

Votes: 26,664

United States: New York City

4/10 (I have only watched a few episodes)

33. The Hollowmen (2008)

27 min | Comedy, Drama

Mockumentary that follows the daily situations in which the staff from the Australian Prime Minister find themselves.

Stars: Lachy Hulme, David James, Neil Melville, Rob Sitch

Votes: 709


35. Lefties (2006– )

60 min | Documentary

Add a Plot

Votes: 11

United Kingdom (Documentary series)

36. Tory! Tory! Tory! (2006– )

60 min | Documentary

The history of the people and ideas that formed Thatcherism, charting the events and the effects of 'Margaret Thatcher''s years in power.

Stars: Haydn Gwynne, Simon Jenkins, Shirley Williams, Michael Dobbs

Votes: 20

United Kingdom (Documentary series)

37. Mister Sterling (2003– )

60 min | Drama, Romance

The scandal-free son of a former Governor of California is appointed to be Senator, whereupon it's discovered he's an independent. Modern day Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Stars: Josh Brolin, Audra McDonald, William Russ, David Norona

Votes: 147

United States (Senate)

38. Miliband of Brothers (2010 TV Movie)

48 min | Documentary, Drama

Charting the rise of the Milliband brother, from their left-wing upbringing to their University days, using dramatized scenes and interviews with people who knew them.

Director: Richard Curson Smith | Stars: Samantha Morton, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Katherine Kanter

Votes: 10

United Kingdom (Documentary series)

39. Commander in Chief (2005–2006)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

MacKenzie Allen becomes the first woman American president after she ascends to the job following the death of president Teddy Bridges.

Stars: Geena Davis, Donald Sutherland, Harry Lennix, Kyle Secor

Votes: 3,251

United States: President

40. Change (2008– )


Keita Asakura, 35, a primary school teacher from rural Nagano Prefecture whose recently deceased father had been a dietman from Kyushu. An all-around nice guy, Keita has no interest in ... See full summary »

Stars: Takuya Kimura, Eri Fukatsu, Akira Terao, Rosa Katô

Votes: 427


41. The Bold Ones: The Senator (1970–1971)

60 min | Drama

Hays Stowe is a new senator who comes to Washington DC with his wife Erin and daughter Norma. He arrives full of optimism that being on the side of justice can help him change things for ... See full summary »

Stars: Hal Holbrook, Michael Tolan, Kate Hawley, Sharon Acker

Votes: 65

United States: Senate

42. The Amazing Mrs Pritchard (2006)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

The story follows Mrs Ros Pritchard, a successful manager of a supermarket. When a couple of politicians make a spectacle of themselves outside her shop, Ros decides to stand for election ... See full summary »

Stars: Jane Horrocks, Steven Mackintosh, Jodhi May, Jemma McKenzie-Brown

Votes: 457

United Kingdom

43. K Street (2003)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

A semi-improvised lobbyist satire.

Stars: Mary McCormack, John Slattery, Roger Guenveur Smith, James Carville

Votes: 254

United States (Lobbyists)

44. Benson (1979–1986)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Jessica Tate's sharp-tongued former butler, Benson DuBois, moves up in the world, becoming first the governor's "director of household affairs," then the state's budget director, then lieutenant governor and candidate for the executive mansion.

Stars: Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson, Missy Gold

Votes: 2,830

United States (Head of Household Affairs for a Governor)

45. Absolute Power (2003–2005)

29 min | Comedy

The inner workings of a successful PR firm - lying for a living.

Stars: Stephen Fry, John Bird, James Lance, Zoe Telford

Votes: 927

United Kingdom / England (Public relations company)

46. John Adams (2008)

TV-14 | 71 min | Biography, Drama, History