USA is getting serious with their dramas with their new show Political Animals, premiering this evening at 10/9 c. Starring Sigourney Weaver and a Hillary Clinton-esque Secretary of State and Sebastian Stan as the gay former first kid, the show certainly seems to have something for everyone. Here is what the critics are saying.
“The inner life of Hillary Clinton remains one of politics’ great mysteries. Why has she stayed with Bill after years of humiliating infidelity? What drove her to run for Senate and then president? What’s it like working for the man who snatched away the Commander-in-Chief job she thought was hers to lose? This six-part miniseries, created by Greg Berlanti (Brothers & Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money), tries to imagine some answers, and the result is a well-acted, entertainingly soapy drama that might not crack the Clinton code definitively but still offers a fun and credible look at the complicated intersection of love, gender, and politics.” – EW
“With The Newsroom and Veep having recently preceded it onto the air, it’s tempting to take this new series as social commentary or political satire, but it is neither. Created by Greg Berlanti (Everwood), it is superficially a political drama, in which political things happen — a new Iranian hostage crisis dominates the first hours — but only to define our characters’ characters and their power relationships.” – LA Times
“Ostensibly, Political Animals is a saga of high-stakes politics set against a background of family drama, or perhaps the other way round. No matter. Sooner or later, every hint of real tension or emotion will be punctured by the dramatic equivalent of a whoopee cushion. The result is an often silly, lewd, crude, crazy and preposterous series that’s about as entertaining as a fat paperback on a hot beach—which is to say, impossible to look up from once you get into it. Part of the fun is never being sure whether the writers and producers intended to blow our minds quite this way or how many of the laughs come on purpose. ” – Wall Street Journal
“The actors are great, but the show isn’t.” – NY Post
“As Secretary of State and former First Lady Elaine Barrish Hammond in USA’s new drama Political Animals, the magnificent Sigourney Weaver gives a performance that deserves to be called heroic — not just because the character is noble and decent, but because Weaver carries the show like Atlas in pumps. Yet her dedication isn’t enough to save a likable but mostly mediocre program.” – NY Mag