The Politician: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
The Politician

Critics Consensus

While The Politician can't uphold all of its tantalizing promises, it delivers just enough soapy satire in a sumptuous setting to keep Ryan Murphy fans invested -- though its unlikely to win him many new votes.



Critic Ratings: 81


Audience Score

User Ratings: 516
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Air date: Sep 27, 2019
Air date: Sep 27, 2019
Air date: Sep 27, 2019
Air date: Sep 27, 2019
Air date: Sep 27, 2019
Air date: Sep 27, 2019
Air date: Sep 27, 2019
Air date: Sep 27, 2019

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Payton has known since childhood that he's going to be president. First he'll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape: high school.


Zoey Deutch
as Infinity Jackson
Lucy Boynton
as Astrid Sloan
Ben Platt
as Payton Hobart
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Georgina Hobart
Jessica Lange
as Dusty Jackson
David Corenswet
as River Barkley
Julia Schlaepfer
as Alice Charles
Rahne Jones
as Skye Leighton
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Critic Reviews for The Politician Season 1

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (26)

Though The Politician plays with the signifiers of continues to push the idea that the winners are the ones who repress or hide these politically unmarketable traits in order to gain power.

Oct 4, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Highly watchable, as Payton's campaign repeatedly surmounts seemingly insurmountable problems, and, when bits of real feeling make it through all the acid humor, even touching.

Sep 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The Murphy playbook here feels exhausting, counterproductively unrealistic, and even downright fearful.

Sep 27, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's a daring show that reveals right from the start how wooden and obviously constructed its central character is.

Sep 27, 2019 | Full Review…

A grab bag of genres and tone, but Platt, as billed, is special indeed.

Sep 27, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Ben Platt's dazzlingly faceted Payton is a person we can root for, however unwillingly.

Sep 27, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's not a particularly good series, but there are a lot of great ideas and a few good characters swirling around in what is otherwise a muddled, try-hard mess.

Oct 9, 2019 | Full Review…

His lust for power is accompanied by lies, venality and whatever else it takes, and it's all very artfully framed and shot, but I couldn't care less about any of these people.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Violence, murder, dark dealings in high school-set drama.

Oct 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Think of it as Glee meets House of Cards... But you might end up wanting less high school melodrama and more political machinations.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

There are moments when the talented Ben Platt gives added complexity to a character that seemed to only embody big statements. [Full Review in Spanish]

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

There are moments in the first episode where you can sense what the show might be aiming for... And when Gwyneth Paltrow gets involved as Payton's emotionally distant adoptive mother, it briefly delivers. Too bad about the other 50 minutes.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Politician: Season 1

  • 20h ago
    More than a satirical take on the essence of politics, the Politician's gift is its subtle but significant portrayal of the spectrum of mental and emotional health, illuminated by the triggering environment each character finds themselves in or perceives they are in. The Politician's depiction of an absurdity of wealth and comedic one-percentism almost trivializes the deep psychological issues that drive the plot; nevertheless, attentive audiences can pierce the veil of unearned privilege to find that (with the exception of Gwyneth "Goop-is-a-total-scam" Paltrow) there are real, broken people beneath fabricated facades. The show delivers particularly stand-out performances from Lucy Boynton as Astrid Sloan (who comes alive in the later part of the season), Ben Platt as Payton Hobart (who's visceral, honest, but brief moments of emotion show cracks in his otherwise wooden personality), and David Corenswet as River Barkley (who's tragic first episode death rings a distinct tone that the series struggles to match in later episodes).
  • 23h ago
    Like most Ryan Murphy shows, it starts so promising and then self-destruct. It's a familiar broad satire it's been done better many times before with 30-year-old high school student. The force in so many soapbox issues they're practically tripping over them, which is another Ryan Murphy trait. Ben Platt deserves a better lunch pad for his considerable talent. The final episode it becomes an entirely different series with Bette Midler and Judith Light!
  • Oct 14, 2019
    ZERO like-able characters, but a great cast. Not one single good, nice, decent, honest person. I guess that's part of the idea, but I'm at a loss as to why they would make a show like this. Great acting, music and voices. But it leads to nothing. We already have an awful person in the oval office. David Corenswet is GORGEOUS!
  • 1d ago
    This was hands down the best show of the year. It's a must watch.
  • 1d ago
    Is it perfect? No. But it's still great fun to watch if you like dark humor and satire. Ben Platt is amazing!
  • 2d ago
    The first half was good, but the characters didn't seem human at all. Jessica Lange's scenes were the only good thing at some point. The whole main crew were more irritating than it's necessary. Not sure if there is a character we should empathize with.
  • 2d ago
    I loved this show! So fun to binge watch and great entertainment. Will be looking forward to season 2!
  • 2d ago
    Just entertainment, nothing beyond.
  • 3d ago
    I got tired of watching and wished I was tired enough to fall asleep.
  • 4d ago
    great show, great cast. loved the season and hoping for a new one.

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