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Political Animals - Full Season 1 thread (Spoilers)

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Steveknj, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Anyone take a look at this? It's essentially an even more dysfunctional Clintons if that is even possible. But I liked it.

    Things I noticed:

    The level of raunchiness has reached a new level for USA Network. Lots of S* bombs. Even a line which essentially said something like. Don't talk to me about it while your D**K is in me. I couldn't believe they said that actually. Also female butt nudity....something you don't see on ad supported TV like ever.

    I liked the interplay between the former Prez (the Bill Clinton like character) and his ex (now Sec'y of State).

    I'm not usually a big Sigourney Weaver fan, but I thought she was really good in this, and she looked better than she has since Aliens. Still something about her face has always creeped me out some.
  2. SeanC

    SeanC ECT

    Dec 30, 2003
    Yeah I really enjoyed it.
  3. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    Maybe I'll check it out. With my luck they'll start man butt nudity month.
  4. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Just be warned. If you blink you might miss it :D
  5. scooterboy

    scooterboy Coney Island Small

    Mar 27, 2001
    We liked it but I really don't like her ex-husband at all. Not "I don't like his character" - more like "that actor creeps me out and I don't want to see him any more".

    Nice to see the actor who plays the youngest son stretching his repertoire from "gay son of the king" (Kings) to "gay son of the president". :)
  6. ThePennyDropped

    ThePennyDropped Now I get it.

    Jul 5, 2006
    Northeast US
    I agree. I found his ookiness distracting. I actually asked my husband if the actor really looked that way or if they had added latex prosthetics and caked on makeup to get him to look like that. :eek:
  7. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    He reminds me of the actor who played Maurice Minnefield on Northern Exposure.
  8. scooterboy

    scooterboy Coney Island Small

    Mar 27, 2001
    Me too, but with a few missing chromosomes.

    Maurice's mutant twin brother. :)
  9. RGM1138

    RGM1138 I wanna Rock

    Oct 6, 1999
    Gulfport, MS
    I was shocked a few times, especially when seeing female butt. (Well, pleasantly surprised, actually). But, I had to check the station bug a couple times to make sure I wasn't watchinig HBO. :)
  10. ThePennyDropped

    ThePennyDropped Now I get it.

    Jul 5, 2006
    Northeast US
    :up: Perfect description.
  11. obixman

    obixman Member

    Sep 7, 2004
    The ex-husband (Bud Hammond) is played by Ciaran Hinds, an actor of some note - perhaps the best one in the cast.

    He does a pretty good Southernish acent - considering he's from Northern Ireland. He was in John Carter (for the one other person who saw it...) and was Julius Caesar in "Rome" .

    I respect actors who play characters who are difficult to like - and certainly Bud Hammond is not likeable.
  12. Beryl

    Beryl Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2009
    I'm watching this. I'm glad it is a miniseries as I can't see it lasting more than one season.
  13. tiams

    tiams New Member

    Apr 19, 2004
    I found myself very caught up in it. I could see several seasons resulting from her campaign and then her presidency.
  14. brebeans

    brebeans Member

    Sep 5, 2003
    I really liked it....thought Sigourney Weaver was terrific and there are several really good story lines going on.

    I agree with other posts that the former Prez/ex-husband creeps me out and is not likeable, so that's a bit distracting...We'll see what happens.

    As a friend of mine observed, he thought it was "a cross between Dynasty and West Wing"! :)
  15. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    Totally agree. He just doesn't look comfortable in his own skin or something. Maybe it's just that he seemed to be overacting the part. Or maybe it was the neck rolls sticking up out of his shirt collar. Or who knows. But he certainly was my least favorite part about the show.
    Don't forget the Mad Hatter!

    Overall, I liked the show a lot and am interested to see where it goes, despite my dislike of the way Bud Hammond was played. It's always good to have Carla Gugino on my screen.

    Also, it should be noted that the ratings for this were horrible by USA standards. The pilot is being rerun multiple times and is being offered for free on iTunes and Amazon, so hopefully more people will find the show this week and the ratings for Ep. 2 will go up. But that seems unlikely.
  16. Jesda


    Feb 12, 2005
    Great cast. However, the protagonist is far too perfect and polished for me to care about her.
  17. marrone

    marrone Phased Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    Melbourne, FL
    I liked the show. I generally do like the political type shows (West Wing, Commander In Chief (which I was disappointed didn't stick around)). But the raunchiness did get a bit annoying. It seemed almost forced. They should do away with it.

  18. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    For anybody else, like me, who just now caught on to this show -

    There is a re-airing of S01 E01 tonight (USA). Then E02 airs this Sunday, and so forth.
  19. speedcouch

    speedcouch Geekneck

    Oct 23, 2003
    North Carolina
    I think what was creepy about Bud was his really bad attempt to do a southern accent. I knew he was British (Irish) and knew that was part of the problem, but I think they could've cast someone who was actually southern in the role and he wouldn't have seemed so fake.

    Carla Gugino looked SO much younger on this than she did in recent roles on Justified and Californication. I almost didn't realize it was her in the first scene with Elaine.

    I thought Sigourney Weaver was very good in her role. As my husband said, too bad Hillary isn't as good in hers. :)
  20. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    And Bucky Barnes!

    Which will probably become a bigger deal than it is already, since they just announced the second Captain America movie is called "Winter Soldier."

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