We have met the Government Conspiracy
, and it is us! The main characters are The Government
(or at least part of it) - in The White House
, the Governor's mansion, a Covert Group
, or bureaucrats elsewhere. Variations range from Sitcom
to Prime Time Soap
with political trappings to topical Ripped from the Headlines
A Law Procedural
with government attorneys as the main protagonists is a subgenre. See Spy Drama
for espionage themed stuff. See also Police Procedural
and Cop Show
for law enforcement portrayals.
Live Action TV
- EarthCent Ambassador is a foreign service version of this, Played for Laughs. One of the two leads is the ambassador for EarthCent on Union Station, operated by a race of Benevolent AIs called the Stryx.
- To a degree, Going Postal, and even more so Making Money.
- When the plot doesn't center on the military action, much of the plot of the Honor Harrington series busies itself with the intricate workings of the various governments involved, and occasionally gives the impression that the military commanders have a less stressful job than the politicians do (Some of the politicians certainly think so, at least).
- Manticore Ascendant, a prequel series to Honor Harrington, continues the trend of Manticoran politics being at least as ruthless as interstellar warfare.
- A Song of Ice and Fire: It's about politics in the Seven Kingdoms... with some focus outside it when necessary, battles, dragons, zombies and other magic that occasionally show up to just make the politics much, much more complicated. Mainly, though: the fascinatingly convoluted politics of the Seven Kingdoms.
- Star Trek: Articles of the Federation takes its name from the United Federation of Planets' version of the Constitution, and deals heavily with Federation internal politics and foreign policy, beginning with the inauguration of Nanietta Bacco as President. The author compared it to Star Trek meets The West Wing.
- Alpha House
- Babylon 5 in its first season, before the big fantasy-influenced plot arcs got going, although the politics remained extremely important even then.
- The (usually) less violent parts of Battlestar Galactica (2003)
- Commander In Chief
- Da Vincis City Hall
- Grass Roots
- Game of Thrones: Yes, it's a fantasy. Which spends an awful lot of time painstakingly demonstrating why living in a land (mis)governed like the Seven Kingdoms currently is being... is a little too "interesting" for comfort. Saying you're watching it for the politics is actually believable in this instance.
- The Hollowmen
- House of Cards (UK)
- House of Cards (US) concerns an ambitious federal government politician maneuvering to rise up the ranks.
- House Rules
- JAG, protagonists are government attorneys.
- Kings, centered around a fictional Deadly Decadent Court in a modern setting.
- Madam Secretary has the US Secretary of State, a former CIA officer named Elizabeth McCord, as its protagonist, and deals with both foreign and domestic policy.
- The New Statesman
- No Job For A Lady
- Parks and Recreation—An odd one in that it focuses on small-town local government, with a bureaucrat as the central character—albeit a bureaucrat who was for a time a member of the City Council.
- Show Me A Hero, a miniseries about the Yonkers housing controversy of the late 20th century.
- Spin City
- That's My Bush! — a sitcom example
- The Thick of It
- Utopia (2014) is a comedy about the "Nation Building Authority", a newly created government organization responsible for overseeing major infrastructure projects.
- The West Wing
- The Wire: The police and politics plot lines concern government procedure.
- Yes, Minister (and its sequel, Yes, Prime Minister), a sitcom about the British government.