Veep is an HBO television comedy series starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus set in the office of Selina Meyer, a fictional Vice President of the United States. The series was created by Armando Iannucci, who previously created the politically satirical BBC series The Thick of It (2005) and the Academy Award-nominated film In the Loop (2009).
Veep premiered on HBO on April 22, 2012, with an eight-episode season. The main cast is made of:
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine) as Vice President (later President) Selina Meyer: a former Maryland Senator and one-time presidential candidate.
- Anna Chlumsky (Hannibal) as Amy Brookheimer: the vice president’s chief of staff. She credits herself as the Vice-President’s “trouble-shooter, problem-solver, issue-mediator, doubt-remover, conscience-examiner, thought-thinker and all-round everything-doer”.
- Tony Hale (Arrested Development, Chuck) as Gary Walsh: the vice president’s personal aide. A long-term associate and confidante of Selina’s, Gary is portrayed as an incredibly loyal and giving aide to the Vice-President.
- Matt Walsh (Reno 911!, Community) as Mike McLintock: the vice president’s director of communications.
- Reid Scott (The Big C, My Boys) as Dan Egan: deputy director of communications. The most recent addition to Selina’s administration, Dan is a highly ambitious up-and-comer in DC who takes pride in his contacts and networking skills.
- Sufe Bradshaw as Sue Wilson: the vice president’s personal assistant. A direct and straightforward personality in the Veep’s office, Sue boasts she is the third most important person in the world, as she is the one who arranges for people to see Selina, the second most important person in the world.
- Timothy Simons as Jonah Ryan, White House liaison to the vice president’s office. Self-described as “the go-to guy for all things White House”, Jonah takes immense pride that he works for the President and not for the Vice-President. He constantly clashes with most members of the Veep’s office, particularly Amy, a former love interest.
- Kevin Dunn (True Detective) as Ben Cafferty: the President’s White House Chief of Staff. Although he is depressed and hapless, he is often very insightful and is treated with respect and even fear throughout Washington. Ben shows little regard for his co-workers or his job, and appears to love his nine-cup coffee thermos more than anything else.
Veep has received critical acclaim and won several major awards.