Oct 8, 2016
Veep: In the Vice President's Office, Everyone is Obsessed with One Thing
Veep (2012) stars Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (formerly of Seinfeld and The New Adventures of Old Christine) as Selena Meyer, a presidential hopeful squashed in the primaries and forced into a degrading, superfluous role as Vice President. Her main job is to spearhead a healthy eating campaign and fix the messes she talks herself into.
She accidentally insults Finland.
Her daughter writes a paper critical of Israel.
She claims that she understands the plight of the farmers, because when she was a girl, her wealthy parents bought her a pony.
Selena is surrounded by obsequious yes-men:
1. Driven chief of staff Amy Brookheimer (Anna Chlumsky).
3. Director of communications Dan Egan (Reid Scott).
4. Press secretary Mike McLintock (Matt Walsh)
5. Jonah Ryan (Timothy Simons), a liaison with the President's office.
And others as the series progresses, all amoral, schmoozing, with their own agendas and career aspirations.
We don't even see a lot of musclemen hired for bit parts. The only one I could come up with was Walid Amini (top) as Rahim, a third-generation Iranian immigrant who Selena's daughter dates, causing a scandal. Apparently whoever does the casting is told "make them ugly!"
Gay Content: Not much. There is a brief bromance between Dan and Jonah in the first season, but it devolves into antipathy.
Jonah is subjected to sexual harassment by a staffer who keeps grabbing his crotch, but the other victims are all women.
Everyone sees a hunky guy leaving Gary's hotel room, and assumes that he hooked up, but it turns out to be a masseur.
We are not told about the personal lives of most of the minor characters, so they could be gay.
Penises: Lots. Everyone is obsessed with them. There's nearly as much discussion of penises as in a cruise bar on Saturday night. Bragging about your own size, wondering about someone else's size, denigrating someone by suggesting that they're too small. It's penises all the time.
I think that's the main reason I watch. And to see if Jonah and Dan ever kiss.