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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 16 episodes, 2019-2020
Lucy Boynton ...  Astrid Sloan 16 episodes, 2019-2020
Julia Schlaepfer ...  Alice Charles 16 episodes, 2019-2020
Laura Dreyfuss ...  McAfee Westbrook 16 episodes, 2019-2020
Theo Germaine ...  James Sullivan 16 episodes, 2019-2020
Rahne Jones ...  Skye Leighton 16 episodes, 2019-2020
Gwyneth Paltrow ...  Georgina Hobart 16 episodes, 2019-2020
Judith Light ...  Dede Standish 9 episodes, 2019-2020
Bette Midler ...  Hadassah Gold 9 episodes, 2019-2020
Bob Balaban ...  Keaton Hobart 8 episodes, 2019
David Corenswet ...  River Barkley 8 episodes, 2019
Benjamin Barrett ...  Ricardo 8 episodes, 2019
Jessica Lange ...  Dusty Jackson 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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This show was partly filmed at Fullerton High School in Fullerton, California. See more »

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Everything Ryan Murphy touches turns to Glee
29 November 2019 | by travinorbit-72734See all my reviews

I don't mean that in a good way. The Politician starts out smart, dark and addictive, then rapidly descended into a s**t tornado, minus the gold.

His tendency to rely on histrionics and maudlin song performances and ghostly apparitions in attempts to manipulate his audience into feeling all the feels pushes you past saturation point (he did the same to Pose, which also started out amazing before morphing into Glee) and ironically, it loses all its potency.

There is some lazy writing by way of information dumps and less than subtle exposition (especially in the last episode), but the cast are generally great. And visually it's great. And it really does start out great. Shame about the last half of the season.


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