|“||I'm the Vice President of the United States, you stupid little fuckers!||”|
Veep Season 1 premiered on April 22, 2012 and ended on June 10, 2012.
Selina Meyer, the Vice President of the United States, finds the job nothing like she imagined.
Selina Meyer, a former Senator from Maryland who ran unsuccessfully for President in the 2012 election, becomes Vice President of the United States under President Stuart Hughes, who Selina feels is purposely shutting her out of the process of Government. She is accompanied by her body-man Gary Walsh, Chief of Staff Amy Brookheimer, personal assistant Sue Wilson, Director of Communications Mike McLintock, and new-comer Dan Egan.
About half-way through her first year as Veep, Selina wants the implementation of a Clean Jobs Commission to be her legacy. The commission will place sanctions on polluters and give tax relief to the good guys. However, she wants to place an ex-oil guy on the taskforce, angering Senator Andrew Doyle, who agrees to support the bill only because Meyer threaten to add someone who is even more oily.
Hughes, desperate to get the ailing economy back on track, wants attention to be fully on his Fiscal Responsibility Bill--so much so, that the Clean Jobs Bill is tossed away. Angry, Selina tries to get the bulk of Clean Jobs on to an amendment on the Fiscal Responsibility Bill. A tie vote in the Senate on the amendment--known as the Macauley amendment--means that Selina must vote on whether or not she will keep what she has worked on for years: Approving the amendment will solidify her legacy, but POTUS wants her to vote against it. Selina ultimately votes against the amendment.
Selina begins feeling incredibly undermined by Hughes, who she thinks is going to replace her on the ticket when he runs for re-election. After new approval ratings come in at 66% disapprove, an Ohio Congressman--Roger Furlong--refuses to accept an endorsement. Selina, angered with everything that has happened over her time as VP, cries during an interview, gaining sympathy from people all over the country. Furlong then accepts the endorsement and, just before Selina can celebrate, Furlong reveals that he is opening an investigation into the Macauley amendment and what went on with it.
Main cast Edit
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer
- Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer
- Tony Hale as Gary Walsh
- Matt Walsh as Mike McLintock
- Reid Scott as Dan Egan
- Timothy Simons as Jonah Ryan
- Sufe Bradshaw as Sue Wilson
|Picture||#||No.||Title||Original Air Date|
|1||1||Fundraiser||April 22, 2012|
|VP Selina Meyer wants to make the implementation of a Clean Jobs Commission her main legacy, but then a Tweet from a staffer annoys the plastics industry, she makes an offensive joke at a fundraiser, and her chief of staff forgetfully signs her own name on a condolence card for the wife of a senator who just died.|
|2||2||Frozen Yoghurt||April 29, 2012|
|A health scare temporarily allows VP Meyer to be commander-in-chief but delays her plan for a media meet-and-greet at the local yogurt store, showcasing a flavor named after her. She arrives to find only melting vanilla, stray bloggers, and some angry store owners.|
|3||3||Catherine||May 6, 2012|
|The VP and her team discover that her appointee for the Clean Jobs Commission is unacceptable. As the party in celebration of her 20 years in politics approaches, Meyer worries about gossip that she's a diva, tries to figure out what kind of pet dog she should get, and deals with her daughter Catherine, visiting while on break from college.|
|4||4||Chung||May 13, 2012|
|Following an interview on Meet the Press, a slip of the tongue by Selina is misconstrued as a racist dig at one of her political rivals. The VP and her team go into recovery mode, trying to take the spotlight off Selina by visiting the sick and injured at a local hospital.|
|5||5||Nicknames||May 20, 2012|
|Bloggers' nicknames for Selina become her next obsession; Dan goes on a fact-finding mission after his boss is snubbed by the president; it's make-or-break time for the clean-jobs bill.|
|6||6||Baseball||May 27, 2012|
|Selina hosts a conference to promote healthy eating at Baltimore's Camden Yards baseball park, but her pitch is balked at by some foul-tempered fast-food executives. Meanwhile, Mike holds a press briefing for local reporters; and Amy and Dan do their best to entertain students at an elementary school before the vice president arrives. Selina discovers she is pregnant.|
|7||7||Full Disclosure||June 3, 2012|
|With a rumor and personnel changes causing trouble, Selina decides that portions of all office correspondence will be available to the public. Later, she and Dan sever her connections to the Clean Jobs Bill and Selina threatens to fire someone.|
|8||8||Tears||June 10, 2012|
|Selina visits Ohio to officially endorse candidate Roger Furlong for governor, but he doesn't want the low-rated vice president's support. Dan may have to go to a congressional hearing for the Clean Jobs Bill. Mike and Amy decide to make use of Selina's emotional state.|
The first season received generally positive reviews from television critics. Review aggregator site Metacritic gave the season a score of 72 out of 100 based on reviews from 30 critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 71% approval rating with an average rating of 6.1 out of 10 based on 31 reviews. The site's consensus reads, "The jokes are funny and Julia Louis-Dreyfus is great in the lead, but Veep is still working to find its voice." Hank Stuever of The Washington Post praised the series, writing: "Thanks to Louis-Dreyfus, and the show's remarkable knack for dialogue and timing, Veep is instantly engaging and outrageously fun." Rob Brunner of Entertainment Weekly gave the season a positive review calling it "Charmingly goofy as ever, Louis-Dreyfus isn't quite believable as a Vice President – even a sitcom VP whose lack of gravitas is the show's central joke. But she's still a joy to watch, especially when she shows off that famous gift for physical comedy." Maureen Ryan of The Huffington Post gave the show a lukewarm review, writing: "Despite the clear talents of the assembled cast, Veep merely reinforces what most people already think and revisits territory many other politically-oriented movies and TV shows have thoroughly covered." Brian Lowry of Variety gave the show a negative review and called it a "show about an always-second office becomes second-tier TV."