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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In the intro, there are several books with past presidents name on them in order; Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W Bush, Barack Obama & then the next book is Idiot's Guide to Clowning. This is a slam to Donald Trump since the next book should have had his name See more »


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Jessica Lange hold hands again with Ryan in a brilliant adventure
28 September 2019 | by CinemaAmazingSee all my reviews

Ryan Murphy does not stop. "The Politician" is a black comedy with some heavy psychological scenes that bring us to the political reality of the United States through an insight into teens. Starring Daytime Emmy winner, Ben Platt brings us a political figure that we are used to seeing in front of the audience, but never what's behind it. And this is the reality that Ryan wants to show it. With performances that deserve an Emmy Award from Jessica Lange to Gwyneth Paltrow and, perhaps for Best Guest Actress - Bette Midler, who is back in the television world. A brilliantly written argument, with a praise achievement and a very diverse and talented cast. It will probably take a few nominations for the Emmys. Well done!

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27 September 2019 (USA) See more »

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