In this weekend's NYT magazine, Carina Chocano reviewed HBO's "Veep":

If "The West Wing" was a fantasy of hyper-competence, "Veep" is its opposite: a black-humor vision of politics at its bleakest, in which both sides have been co-opted by money and special interests and are reduced to posturing, subterfuge, grandstanding and photo ops.

In response, Alyssa ponders contemporary political shows:

[A] truly idealistic show hasn’t thrived in the age of Obama. Maybe it’s [that] the ridiculousness of our politics has consequences bigger than the President’s sex life this time around, and idealism would actually be kind of a downer.