YMMV / Veep

  • Acceptable Targets: Jonah's height comes for a great deal of mockery.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Amy's meltdown/"The Reason You Suck" Speech in "Convention" ends with her tearfully berating Selina because she believes that her incompetence will destroy the chance of any more women becoming president, implying that her workaholic tendencies and her manipulation of Jonah to get Dan fired in London is out of idealism.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • This gem of a quote in "Special Relationship," when Selina decides to "get the merry old fuck out of merry old England."
    Selina: I need to be driven to the airport at Diana speed. But more carefully, please.
    • Selina on Queen Elizabeth II: "She's a real cunt." Note that this was shortly after the show's British creator left it in the hands of the American crew.
    • Jeff Kane taking a liking to Richard in "Congressional Ball"
    Jeff: If you were like ten percent less black, I could make you president.
    Richard: Thank you.
    • When the subject of non-binary genders comes up, Mike brings up a relative who went through multiple sex changes and reverses. Richard walks in the room and gleefully says "Like a turducken!"
  • Dueling Shows: (or maybe complimenting shows) BBC America started airing the original The Thick of It around the same time Veep started (they did the same thing for Free Agents).
  • Friendly Fandoms: With House of Cards (US). Also to Parks and Recreation and The West Wing to a lesser extent.
  • Growing the Beard: A more gradual case than most. The first season earned positive reviews, though it was with the second season that the show earned recognition for more than Julia Louis-Dreyfus' performance, with many noting the strengthening of its supporting characters and citing episodes like "Hostages" as a case for the show expanding its scope.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Two episodes in season 2 deal with debt negotiations that fail, leading to a government shutdown. Fast forward to October 2013...
    • The hostage crisis in Turkmenistan became a controversy In-Universe because the President failed to inform Congress that one of the student hostages was a CIA spy, therefore endangering the lives of the other hostages. In May 2014, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released after 5 years of captivity by the Taliban in a prisoner exchange for the Taliban five from Guantanamo, a move of which Congress was not informed 30 days prior by the White House (Congress is supposed to receive 30 days' notice for the release of prisoners from Guantanamo). Not only is that a thorn in President Obama's side now, but Sgt. Bergdahl himself has been charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy (for which his disappearance cost the lives of several comrades looking to recover him).
    • In universe: The jokes made during the third season at the First Lady's expense become this when she attempts suicide.
  • Hidden Depths: In spite of Selina being largely depicted as incompetent, she consistently has moments which show how she was able to become an accomplished Senator, mount a presidential campaign and become Vice President.
    • In "Debate" she is shown to be an effective public speaker who can think on her feet.
    • A clip of a presidential debate shown in "Mommy Meyer" suggests that she is much better public speaker than her opponent, Bill O'Brien.
    • In "Congressional Ball", she ruthlessly and successfully browbeats fellow politicians to keep them in line.
    • In spite of Tom James' status as The Ace, in Season 5 she sees through and averts his schemes more than once.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • When she's on her book tour, a fan presents a butter sculpture of "the great state of Iowa" to a visibly unimpressed and flustered Selina. Cue Ted Cruz campaigning for the Iowa caucuses.
    • In season 4, Selina's campaign slogan was "Continuity with Change". Then, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made several references to "continuity and change", a fact that did not go unnoticed by the creators, who commented that they'd picked it because "it was the most meaningless election slogan we could think of".
    • "Election Night" has an obvious stand-in for Nate Silver be repeatedly mocked as his predictions about the election go up in flames before his eyes on national television. The exact same thing happened to the real Nate Silver on the 2016 election night as Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, who Silver had predicted for months would be the winner.
      • To be fair, Silver was actually more bullish on the chances of Trump winning (29%) than other polling experts who gave Clinton a 90%-plus chance of victory. Sam Wang was so confident of Hillary's win that he vowed he would eat a bug on live TV if Trump got more than 240 electoral votes (Wang did).
    • Jonah Ryan racing against the widow strongly resembles the race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. A populist with many exaggerated gaffes and little experience wins against a woman running for the position her husband once held.
    • The Republican candidate in Seasons 4 and 5 appeared briefly in season 1, expressing his desire to build a wall along the southern border.
    • Mike frantically racing to stop Selina from making public posts on Twitter seems positively quaint after Donald Trump's notorious constant use of it.
    • The sixth season premiere has Ben meeting with Uber's ultra-progressive board of directors and getting fired for being racist. Uber's board is treated as heroic in this scene, but by the time the episode aired, Uber was embroiled in a massive series of scandals (several of which were related to misogynistic behavior by management and CEO Travis Kalanick) that caused several of its executives to resign in disgrace. Taking it even further, a few months after the episode aired, Uber board member David Bonderman was forced to resign after making a sexist joke during a board meeting meant to discuss how to reduce sexism at Uber.
    • Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the main star of House of Cards (US), Kevin Spacey, were enemy leaders in A Bug's Life.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Amy leaking to Jonah to get Ray and Dan fired and land herself the campaign manager job gives her a moment of this.
  • Memetic Mutation: Selina nervously laughing and muttering "What the fuck?" has been a popular reaction gif to use in response to something messed up, often with the captions "*nervously laughing* What the fuck?"
  • Never Live It Down: Discussed in "Helsinki" after Selina is sexually assaulted by the Finnish prime minister's husband, and the reason why they can't let anyone know about it.
    Amy: It's not like we can go public about it. Your tit being fondled by a Finn, that'd be all you were remembered for. You can't build a statue on that.
  • Rewatch Bonus: In "Signals," a tabloid article exposed Selina's secret signals she uses to alert her aides to rescue her from an unwanted conversation. In the season 1 episode "Catherine," she rubs her ear and Gary magically appears with a fake phone call from the President.
  • Squick:
    • Selina tearing up her face and hand when she shatters a glass door by walking into it.
    • Gary having a bloody nose in the bathroom after Selina reveals she's going to be president while also trying to find paper towels for him.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: Veep's creators are adamant that the Trump Administration will have no impact on the show's plot, but it's hard to see Selina and Jonah running for President against one another in the sixth season finale and not be reminded of the 2016 American Presidential Election.