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''Veep'' is an {{HBO}} comedy/satire about the various dysfunctional people in the office of ineffectual Vice President of the United States Selina Meyer, played by [[Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus Julia Louis-Dreyfus]] (of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' and ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfOldChristine'' fame). Developed by Creator/ArmandoIannucci, it is a long-awaited (five years!) [[TransAtlanticEquivalent American adaptation]] of ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' and a SpiritualSuccessor to the American side of ''Film/InTheLoop''. It keeps most of the biting satire of the originals, and although the swearing level is about the same, it would appear that American politicians and staffers prefer sarcasm to straight-up bollocking.

Other members of the cast include Anna Chlumsky (Chief of Staff Amy Brookheimer), Tony Hale (Gary Walsh, personal assistant to the VP), Matt Walsh (Mike [=McLintock=], Director of Communications), Sufe Bradshaw (Sue Wilson, executive assistant to the Vice President), and Reid Scott (Dan Egan, Deputy Director of Communications).

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!!This show provides examples of:

* AlliterativeList: In "Debate", Selina has a "three Rs" immigration policy: reform, reaffirm and renew. During the actual debate, she forgets the third R, so she comes up with "repel".
* AmericanPoliticalSystem: But of course.
* AmusingInjuries: Selina suffers a ghastly array of cuts on her face after walking through a glass door, shortly before she's set to meet a bunch of [=VIPs=].
* TheAlcoholic: Ben. He isn't shy about it either.
--> '''Amy''': Anyone who talks about work tonight has to take a drink.
--> '''Ben''': Work. (Takes a drink.)
** The rest of the staff seems to be following in his footsteps. Not surprising considering the professional disasters they put up with (and cause) on a regular basis.
* BeleagueredAssistant: All of Selina's staff, who are completely overworked and constantly forced to put out fires. Special mention must go to Gary, however, who is also hopelessly in love with her.
* BelligerentSexualTension:
** Hints of this between Amy and Dan - and Dan at least clearly thinks that's what's happening.
** A much more overt example in Season 2 with Selina and her ex-husband Andrew. They clearly loathe each other, but can't stop bonking. In "Signals", during a dinner they alternate between flirting and fighting in a matter of minutes.
* BetterThanSex: Amy says this about finding proof of a rival politician's extramarital affair.
-->This feels better than actually having sex yourself!
* BloodyHilarious: Selina with her face sliced up after walking through a glass door in "Running". And later when she opens up one of the cuts or gets a nosebleed or something after finishing her "Get Moving" run.
* BluntYes:
** "Frozen Yoghurt"
--> '''Gary''': Everything you say to me is emasculating. Do you realize that?
--> '''Dan''': Yes.
** Dan does this again in "Midterms". A data wonk of Indian ethnicity spurts out a lot of technical polling jargon, Dan asks for the data in English, the wonk says "Is that some kind of racist Indian joke?" and Dan says "Uh, yes."
* BritishBrevity: Eight episodes in the first season, ten in the second.
* ButtMonkey:
** Gary.
** The whole VP office holds Jonah in contempt...as, it seems, does everyone in the District.
* CallBack: A hilarious one in "Clovis" to the season 2 episode "Hostages," specifically on word clouds (the prevalence and memorability of the word within its context corresponds to its size in the word cloud).
--> '''Selina''': You know what? Guys, I have to address this. This [[spoiler: Danny Chung torture]] story. I know [[spoiler: Governor Chung]] very well and I can tell you that these allegations are utterly unfounded. Utterly unfounded. If you are telling me that [[spoiler: Danny Chung]] condones [[spoiler: torture]], I am telling you that those allegations are false. False. I mean, the words "[[spoiler: Danny Chung]]" and "[[spoiler: torture]]" they don't belong in the same sentence. They don't. "[[spoiler: Danny Chung]]"? "[[spoiler: Torture]]"? Come on.
* TheCameo: Several of the Baltimore Orioles appear as themselves in "Baseball".
* ClicheStorm: In-story example. Every speech we hear Selina (or any other politician) give is a collection of overused platitudes.[[invoked]]
** Taken UpToEleven in the season 3 episode "Debate," where each candidate can't seem to break out of their mould.
* ClueEvidenceAndASmokingGun: Dan deduces that Sue had a job interview in season 2 by pointing out subtle clues but topping it off with a phone call made to her extension while she was away.
* ClusterFBomb: It's a HBO show. Go figure.
* TheComicallySerious: Minna Häkkinen, the former Finnish Prime Minister, combined with FunnyForeigner. Either that, or it's an extremely well-played case of ObfuscatingStupidity.
* ConvenientMiscarriage: It really is.
* CountryMatters: In "D.C." an enraged Selina thinks that DC should be renamed the "District of Cunts".
* CringeComedy: Large part of the humor comes from Selina publicly embarrassing herself.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** Selina getting some unpleasant news in "Baseball" when Gary whispers into her ear while she's in front of a class of schoolchildren is strongly reminiscent of George W. Bush getting the news on Sept. 11, 2001 from Andrew Card.
** The meeting where senior administration personnel are huddled together to monitor the hostage rescue mission in "Hostages" is shot to look a lot like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Situation_Room the famous photo]] of Obama Administration bigwigs crammed into a small room monitoring the mission to take out Osama bin Laden. The actual plot is reminiscent of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009%E2%80%9311_detention_of_American_hikers_by_Iran hikers who got arrested in Iran]].
* DoubleEntendre: In "Chung", Selina engages in some extremely innuendo-laced conversation with her boyfriend, much to the disgust of her staff members who overhear it.
* TheEeyore: Ben is always a downer, having been worn down by his time in politics, to the point that when everyone else is excited over [[spoiler: the President resigning and Selina taking over]], he merely says "This must be what it feels like to be happy" with the same tone and facial expression he always has.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: In the pilot, personal aide and willing slave Gary Walsh (played by Tony Hale) burns his hands holding VP Meyer's hot coffee cup while she has an idle conversation. He'll go on to do similar things in later episodes.
* EveryoneHasStandards:
** In "Hostages", when Jonah tells Selina about the Marin who lost a leg in the hostage operation, his tone is sincere and respectful, very different from his usual way of speaking.
** When visiting the victims of a crane collapse in "Chung," Selina and her staff seem genuinely respectful and concerned. Mike even keeps the press at a respectful distance from a conversation between Selina and the bereaved parents of one of the victims, at least until it's established that their son is going to live. Also, in "Helsinki," the borderline sociopathic and amoral Dan seems genuinely horrified to learn that the Finnish Prime Minister's husband groped Selina.
** [[spoiler: The President, who ultimately resigns in order to better care for his ill wife.]]
* EverybodyKnewAlready: The fact that Mike's dog is fake. Half the District calls it the "Bullshitzu."
* FlippingTheBird: Dan to Amy at the end of "Full Disclosure" when Amy has won the VP's favor by claiming that she (Amy) is the one who needed the pregnancy test, then, in response to him needling her, implies in front of the press that he's infertile.
* FunWithAcronyms: The real life government staffer inclination toward this is sometimes lampooned. Everyone called the president by the acronym "POTUS," pronounced "poh-tuss" and often call Selina "vee-poh-tuss." Jonah tends to go overboard with it, called the president's dog "FDOTUS," pronounced "eff-dotus," for the First Dog of the United States. He also makes up initialisms on the fly, such as "VPVP," standing for "vice-president visual presence."
* TheGhost: The President. Much like the PM in ''Series/TheThickOfIt'', it's confirmed he'll never be seen; for three seasons, he didn't even have a name. In third-season episode "New Hampshire", it's finally revealed to be Stuart Hughes.
** In the first season, [[RunningGag he never once even called the Veep's office]], although Selina constantly seemed to expect him to, and [[OnceAnEpisode frequently asked if he has]]. In "Midterms," the second season premiere, the President finally calls. There is an epic record scratch.
* GovernmentProcedural
* HypocriticalHumor: In "Catherine" Selina says, "I know not everything is about me," to her daughter--while hiding in a closet filled with pictures, posters, and cardboard cutouts of herself. (In fairness, the stuff is campaign leftovers.)
* IfIHadANickel: Danny Chung constantly brings up his war record. In "D.C.", Dan gets tired of it and tells him: "If I had a dollar for every time you mention the goddamn war, I would buy a tank and I would blow your fat fucking head off."
* InformedAbility: Selina was a powerful congresswoman and had enough clout to make a serious run at the presidency, but her skill at diplomacy is kept largely off-camera. The show focuses instead on her many catastrophes and meltdowns.
* IntercourseWithYou: Gary's attempt at dirty talk.
-->'''Gary''': (according to his girlfriend) I'm in it. I'm in you right now.
* IntoxicationEnsues: As it turns out, St. John's wort and anti-depressants don't mix. Well, they do, but they shouldn't, especially if you are the Vice President. ("Running").
* ItsAllAboutMe: Taken to ComedicSociopathy levels in Season 2.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: While playing devil's advocate, Dan predicts that Selina's policy will destroy America, capping it off by saying that she'll become so infamous that no one will ever name their child Selina again. After a stunned moment of silence, Gary says, "My God... no more ''Selinas?''" He's immediately shushed.
* {{Jerkass}}: Everyone. Gary being the sole exception.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: After Dan suffers a nervous breakdown, ends up in a hospital and loses his job as a campaign manager, Jonah visits him only to cruelly mock him. However, Dan is such a massive jerk that it's hard to feel sorry for him.
* KickedUpstairs: Vice President Meyer used to be a U.S. Senator of some influence. Now she struggles to get anyone to pay attention to her. Louis-Dreyfus notes in interviews that no one dreams of being the ''vice''-president. From the pilot:
--> '''Selina''': What am I missing these days?
--> '''A Senator''': Power.
* LastSecondWordSwap: In "Alicia", Selina is satirized in a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch and Dan angrily calls SNL about it:
-->'''Dan:''' I wanna know who's responsible for that sketch, you cock- ''(Amy walks by with a kid)'' -tail napkin. Yeah, you heard me!
* LawOfInverseFertility: In "Baseball" Selina finds out to her horror that she is pregnant.
* LiteralMetaphor: In "Hostages" Selina has been invited to fire a shotgun at a Marine shooting range.
--> '''Mike''': This could backfire.
--> '''Dan''': It's not gonna backfire.
--> '''Mike''': ''The gun could literally backfire.'' It's where the phrase comes from.
* LocationDoubling: The show is filmed in Baltimore.
* MistakenForRacist: Two separate incidents on one day caused by poor staff research cause Selina to appear prejudiced against Asians.
* MoodWhiplash:
** "Hostages" has an unusually dramatic ending as [[spoiler:Selina learns a marine lost his leg, in an operation she insisted be moved up to before his rotation ended.]]
** "Helsinki" abruptly turns serious as [[spoiler:Selina is groped by the Prime Minister's husband and is traumatized afterwards]], then goes right back to being funny.
* MustHaveNicotine: Selina during her trip to Finland. A lot.
* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: When visiting Finland in "Helsinki", Gary tells people he's Selina's "bag man"--except that the Finnish word he's actually using really means "scrotum".
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Much like the parent show, most are mish-mashes rather than straight [[{{Expy}} expies]].
** Selina Meyer draws several parallels to UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton, but also to Al Gore (a policy wonk relegated to VP status by a failed presidential run), UsefulNotes/JoeBiden (former Senator from a Mid-Atlantic state with a tendency toward making, ah, [[OpenMouthInsertFoot awkward]] [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud statements]]), and UsefulNotes/SarahPalin (a politician criticized for "diva-like" behavior).
** The anti-immigration Senator from Arizona is remarkably similar to (a caricature of) Jon Kyl for someone who looks nothing like Jon Kyl.
* NoNameGiven: The President, again. He's usually referred as [=POTUS=]. At the end of season 3, his name is revealed to be Stuart Hughes.
* NoPartyGiven: Louis-Dreyfus has stated that the show will never reveal Meyer's political party. However, the issues she stands for, and her staff, seem to be vaguely liberal, suggesting that she's a Democrat:
** Her big push in Season One is "clean jobs," and she's reluctant to make a deal with anti-immigration politicians as a compromise.
** She's from Maryland, a state that hasn't had a Republican Senator since 1986.
** In "Full Disclosure," an unflattering viral video says that she considers herself an environmentalist, and Fox News (overtly Republican) jumps on the embarrassing Secret Service story.
** The line from from Selina's stump speech in "Midterms"--"freedom is 'we'-dom, not 'me'-dom"--is strongly reminiscent of Democratic rhetoric.
** In 'Debate' Selina's impromptu 'repel' speech on immigration horrifies her staff, who refer to it as being right-wing.
* NoodleIncident: There is... something... in Selina's garbage, something disturbing enough that Gary and Jonah have to go retrieve it when a private contractor takes away the garbage in "Shutdown".
* NotHyperbole: Several members of Selena's staff, upon being told that she's walked through a glass door, think that it's a metaphor for something. It's not.
* OneHeadTaller: Jonah is often mocked for his height, though when the similarly tall Allison Janey guest stars it's pretty fun to see them both getting to talk with someone on their own eye level.
* OneWordTitle: The series title and most of the episode titles.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney
-->'''Selina:''' Sue, you are incredibly valued here and I was wondering if there was anything we could do to make you wanna stay with us.\\
'''Sue:''' More money, ma'am.\\
'''Selina:''' I'm on it. Welcome back.\\
'''Sue:''' Honor to serve.
* OpenSecret: "Detroit", Selina secretly reveals to Amy that she's sleeping with her personal trainer, Ray. Amy soon finds out that every member of the staff knows this already, except Mike.
* ParentalNeglect: Selina pays more attention to her political career than to her daughter, Catherine. Catherine's favorite family vacation was the time the housekeeper took her to Disneyland with her family. In "Alicia", Catherine outright tells her mother that she had a "hard, lonely, miserable life".
* ParentsInDistress: In "Detroit", when Selina is attacked by a protester, Catherine punches the man in the face.
* PrecisionFStrike: From Gary of all people!
--> '''Gary''': What the FUCK is wrong with you, Brett? THIS IS NOT A BIG PLACE, THIS IS NOT A BIG PLACE!
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Selina actually verbalizes this when slamming Jonah in "Shutdown".
--> "Go period fuck period yourself exclamation point."
* {{Retirony}}: In "Hostages", a marine loses a leg on a rescue operation. Unfortunately for him, he was scheduled to be rotated out a few days later. Selina had a choice between two dates for the mission, but chose the earlier one to upstage Sue. Had she chosen the other one, he would have not taken part in the operation.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Season 2 went down this way, with plotlines inspired by the 2010 midterm elections, the Osama Bin Laden raid/Iranian student hostage crisis, the fiscal cliff negotiations and the government shutdown.
* RunningGag: In Season 1, Selina constantly asks whether the President has called. He never does.
** In second season premiere "Midterms", the President finally calls, and gives Selina a new role in foreign policy after she was judged to be an asset in the midterm elections. The gag was since dropped.
** In the season 3, there was a CallBack in the form of a throwaway gag about how the President won't stop calling, followed by [[spoiler:Selina being asked to call someone when she becomes the president.]]
* {{Satire}}: Well, obviously. Unlike ''The Thick of It'', however, ''Veep'' leans to the Juvenalian very slightly, with dips into Horatian territory. The biggest reason is probably the absence of a Malcolm-type character; instead of the dictates from Upstairs coming in the mouth of a violent Glaswegian spin-doctor, they come from the saddest schmuck in the District.
* {{Scandalgate}}: Selina's speech gaffe is called "retardgate".
* ScullyBox: Used in-universe: Gary has a folding stepping stool in his bag for Selina to use during speeches when the lectern is too tall. This is understandable, given that Julia Louis-Dreyfus is 5'3".
** In Season 3, when Selina is campaigning for the nomination, she gets a crate--reinforced with titanium, costing $1200. The reveal that Selina is standing on a $1200 crate causes her some embarrassment.
* SexWithTheEx: Selina has casual sex with her ex-husband in season 2 and 3.
* TheSociopath: The show is giving less-subtle hints that Dan seems to be of the high-functioning variety. The fact that he [[spoiler: revealed that he killed a stray dog as a child to win a dare]] is leaving little room for doubt.
* SoftGlass: Soft enough to walk through, not soft enough to not cut your face all to hell. ("Running").
* SpeakIllOfTheDead: In "Detroit", when Selina is told that journalist Emily [=LaFuente=] was killed in a shooting, her immediate reaction is: "Emily [=LaFuente=] died? She was a vicious bitch and a fucking drunk."
* SpiritualSuccessor: The show is a spiritual successor to ''The Thick of It'' and ''Film/InTheLoop''. Several characters in ''Veep'' are very similar to the American characters from ''In the Loop'', and a number of actors in ''In the Loop'' appear in ''Veep''.
* StoryArc: The "clean jobs" bill in season 1; the hostage crisis and the resulting scandal in season 2; [[spoiler:Selina running for President in season 3.]]
* SwivelChairAntics: A scene in the first season has Selina idly spinning in her chair. It was used in commercials.
* TakingTheBullet: DiscussedTrope in "Frozen Yoghurt". Dan challenges Gary on whether he'd take a bullet for Selina. Later in the episode, which centered on a flu virus spreading around Washington, Gary takes a sneeze for Selina, stepping in the way of a man who has the flu. Selina still gets it, probably from Gary.
* TakeTheThirdOption
--> '''Speaker of the House''': Amy, now am I getting older, or are you getting younger?
--> '''Amy''': We're both getting older.
--> '''Speaker''': That's th-the third option. That's great stuff.
* TransatlanticEquivalent: Of British satire ''Series/TheThickOfIt''.
* TruthInTelevision:
** The Vice Presidency is an office with no official duties other than presiding over the Senate and casting tie-breaking Senate votes, and is notorious as a graveyard for political influence.
** However, the show has attracted [[http://www.salon.com/2013/04/12/vice_presidential_historian_on_veep_this_is_nothing_like_reality/ some criticism]] for playing on the old sterotype of the Vice President being powerless and ignored, since every VP since Mondale, with the possible exception of Dan Quayle, has been in the President's inner circle.
* TheUnfavorite: VP Meyer seems to be this within the administration.
* TwitchyEye: In "Debate", Selina gets a twitchy eye before the first debate between the presidential candidates. It ends up working to her advantage; when an audience member asks a question from one of her main rivals, George Maddox, he's distracted by Selina's eye and gives a very embarrassing answer.
* VicePresidentWho: TheSeries, as Meyer is ignored by the administration, mocked by the media, forced to make goodwill visits to yogurt shops, etc.
* WalkAndTalk: It's a 21st-century GovernmentProcedural. What on Earth do you expect?
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Selina seems to have a fear of missing limbs; she tells her staff not to pick a dog with a missing leg in "Catherine", and is extremely shaken by the thought of a Marine who lost his leg in "Hostages".
* WorldOfSnark Selina, Dan, Amy, Mike, Kent, Ben, Sue... pretty much everyone is a snarker in the show, except Gary and Jonah (and even he has a few moments).
* WorldsSmallestViolin: Dan inverts this in "D.C." when he plays "the world's largest cello" after having heard one too many of Chung's stories about the war.
* YouJustToldMe: How Dan gets Jonah to admit that he (Jonah) is the "westwingman.net" blogger.
* YourMom:
** Mike to Jonah in "Signals":
-->'''Jonah:''' Nice wheels Mike; is it new?
-->'''Mike:''' Not quite. Like your mother, it's been previously loved and paid for by a couple of guys.
** In "D.C.", Dan's response when he is asked whether Selina plagiarized a speech:
-->'''Dan:''' Was your mom plagiarizing the Bible last night when she said 'oh God oh God'?