Payton Hobart, a student from Santa Barbara, has known since age seven that he's going to be President of the United States. But first he'll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School.
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Series cast summary:
Ben Platt ...  Payton Hobart 15 episodes, 2019-2020
Zoey Deutch ...  Infinity Jackson 15 episodes, 2019-2020
Lucy Boynton ...  Astrid Sloan 15 episodes, 2019-2020
Julia Schlaepfer ...  Alice Charles 15 episodes, 2019-2020
Laura Dreyfuss ...  McAfee Westbrook 15 episodes, 2019-2020
Theo Germaine ...  James Sullivan 15 episodes, 2019-2020
Rahne Jones ...  Skye Leighton 15 episodes, 2019-2020
Gwyneth Paltrow ...  Georgina Hobart 15 episodes, 2019-2020
David Corenswet ...  River Barkley 11 episodes, 2019-2020
Benjamin Barrett Benjamin Barrett ...  Ricardo 9 episodes, 2019-2020
Ryan J. Haddad ...  Andrew Cashman 9 episodes, 2019-2020
Judith Light ...  Dede Standish 8 episodes, 2019-2020
Bob Balaban ...  Keaton Hobart 8 episodes, 2019
Bette Midler ...  Hadassah Gold 8 episodes, 2019-2020
Jessica Lange ...  Dusty Jackson 8 episodes, 2019


Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), from Santa Barbara, California, is a wealthy student who has wanted to be the President of the United States since he was seven years old. But first he had to get through the most dangerous political hurdle of all: Saint Sebastian High School. In order to be the President of the Student Body, study at Harvard and continue on his path to extraordinary success, Payton has to outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrificing his moral and carefully crafted image. Ryan Murphy's 'The Politician' is full of comedy and clever satire which is giving us a rare insight into how to be a politician.

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27 June 2020 | by jennfinnSee all my reviews

I only watched two episodes of The Politician and I don't think I can suffer through anymore. These "kids" are supposed to be in high school yet every single one of them looks at least thirty. What high school student wears a suit to school or a sweater set with a pencil skirt ? I love Bette Midler but I couldn't continue watching it.

***EDIT - I watched the rest of season one and all of season two. While I still argue that ALL of the actors look way older than they're supposed to be and that high schoolers don't dress or talk like that it did get better.

I definitely enjoyed the second season a lot more than the first although I can't stand Infinity (Zoey Deutch) has got to be one of the most annoying characters I've ever seen especially her "baby" voice.

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