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The Politician 

TV-14 | | Comedy, Drama | TV Series (2019– )
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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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Season 2 Premiere


Friday, June 19

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Payton reevaluates his life after a reckoning, but when a window of opportunity opens, he grapples with a big decision about his political aspirations.


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2020   2019  
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Zoey Deutch ...  Infinity Jackson 16 episodes, 2019-2020
Ben Platt ...  Payton Hobart 8 episodes, 2019
Lucy Boynton ...  Astrid Sloan 8 episodes, 2019
Bob Balaban ...  Keaton Hobart 8 episodes, 2019
David Corenswet ...  River Barkley 8 episodes, 2019
Julia Schlaepfer ...  Alice Charles 8 episodes, 2019
Laura Dreyfuss ...  McAfee Westbrook 8 episodes, 2019
Theo Germaine ...  James Sullivan 8 episodes, 2019
Rahne Jones ...  Skye Leighton 8 episodes, 2019
Benjamin Barrett ...  Ricardo 8 episodes, 2019
Jessica Lange ...  Dusty Jackson 8 episodes, 2019
Gwyneth Paltrow ...  Georgina Hobart 8 episodes, 2019
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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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Jessica Lange and Gwyneth Paltrow previously starred together in the movie Hush See more »

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Bingeworthy
11 October 2019 | by salinaqviSee all my reviews

Loved it. I binged watched the entire show in 3 days and i have to say it was an absolute joy. While i will admit the characters are a bit dull at times, the story and dialogue is good enough that you can forget about it. This is a must see!


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Release Date:

27 September 2019 (USA) See more »

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