I wasn’t quite sure how Veep was going to maintain its status as television’s funniest series, with main character Selina Meyer (the brilliant by Emmy-winner Julie Louis-Dreyfus) no longer in The White House, and the supporting players cut loose and spread out. But, season six of the HBO show is crazier, more profane, more absurd, more hilarious and gayer than where they left off after season five.
If you have missed it, and that would be a shame, Veep follows former Vice President Meyer and her staff as they make their way through the American political combat zone. At the close of season three, POTUS resigns and Meyer becomes the first female President. In season four and five, she struggled with scandals, an insane recall election, and a failing economy.
Veep has smart writing with the most creative swear words and zingers ever. This show is practically perfect.
Throughout the past two seasons, Meyer’s long-suffering daughter Catherine, played perfectly by Sarah Sutherland (daughter of Keifer), has been seen filming a documentary about her life, Kissing Your Sister: The Story Of A Tie. In seasons two and three, Catherine was met with Meyer’s indifference or criticism; but last season she totally blossomed. She captures one of the most complicated electoral situations in history for her film, and she also falls in love with her mother’s taciturn Secret Service agent, Marjorie, played by a hilariously humorless Clea DuVall. who was hired as a double for Meyer.
Veep is funniest when the characters are desperate, and now they all seem particularly unmoored. At the start of the new season, Meyer has a new office in the Bronx, chosen for the optics and because she can’t afford anything else. When Meyer’s mother dies in season five, she leaves the family fortune, not to Meyer, but granddaughter Catherine. At the end of last season, Catherine and her new lover were seen living happily together at the animal sanctuary that she founded with the inheritance.
At the start of this new season, Catherine keeps a tight hold on the funds, eeking out money to her mother through Marjorie.
Given their small roles on the show so far, I was delighted to see that they were setting up Catherine and Marjorie for a major story line as the couple announce that they are planning on having a baby. Former Deputy Communication Director Dan Egan (Reid Scott) is their choice for sperm donor, if he can go 72 hours without shooting his wad.
As it began season six, I also worried that Veep couldn’t possibly match the absurdities of the real White House. I am not alone. Dan Ketchum created a YouTube video mashup that makes Sean Spicer’s very weird comments about Hitler seem like they were taken out of an episode of Veep. Louis-Dreyfus approved. She tweeted: “This feels like an Emmy winning episode to me” when she shared Ketchum’s video.
“It’s a very interesting election year. I don’t think there’s a character on Veep who rivals the absurdity of Donald Trump. It’s very unsettling.”
To make it all even nuttier, HBO has created a website for Catherine’s film Kissing Your Sister: The Story Of A Tie.
Catherine and Marjorie are my favorite lesbians of the moment, and I love lesbians.