Political Animals : Season 1

  • Network: USA
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 15, 2012
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jul 16, 2012
    60
    Think the Clintons meet "Dallas" in D.C. And that, for six episodes, may be enough.
  2. 60
    Too much of Political Animals feels like good-enough-for-government-work drama, and I can't help believing it would have been more compelling, maybe genuinely subversive, if it had replaced some of the scenes that attack the show's main themes head-on with pick-axes, and substituted ones that showed the female characters simply doing their jobs, commanding more than reluctant respect from men.
  3. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jul 13, 2012
    60
    Political Animals may be super-fun, but it is also superficial.
  4. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jul 12, 2012
    60
    Political Animals, an inconsistent, sometimes ludicrous, but also juicily fun political soap, is about something that ultimately makes for better TV: the idea of Hillary Clinton.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 12, 2012
    60
    No one associated with Political Animals needs to hide under the covers, exactly, but nothing here qualifies as a game-changer, either.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jul 12, 2012
    58
    Sunday's 90-minute premiere makes for an unintended hoot, both ridiculous and often ridiculously watchable.
  7. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jul 12, 2012
    50
    The actors are great, but the show isn't.
  8. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jul 12, 2012
    50
    It's not a Comedy Central spoof, but it skews ridiculously close to one.
  9. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jul 12, 2012
    50
    This is more soap opera than satire, an intermittently entertaining but not exactly subtle look at the private and public lives of one extremely colorful family.
  10. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jul 11, 2012
    50
    What Animals is trying to do is take The West Wing and turn it into Dallas. And if you don't like Dallas, that can be a real letdown.
  11. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jul 16, 2012
    40
    It would have been better served by focusing on the first word in its title, not the second.
  12. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 13, 2012
    40
    While it's hard to imagine that the show won't continue if it's a hit, Sunday's premiere marks an inauspicious debut that ignores the sound advice given to all writers: show, don't tell.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 5 out of 18
  1. Jul 30, 2012
    8
    What a wonderful cast. Greg Berlanti's new show is full of strong, flawed characters who initially engender strong dislike but tend to win usWhat a wonderful cast. Greg Berlanti's new show is full of strong, flawed characters who initially engender strong dislike but tend to win us over anyway. Sigourney plays an intelligent, often misunderstood, woman whose fatal weakness (and maybe also strength, is her ex-husband and ex-President played by Ciaran Hinds). Just enjoyed the third episode. What a treat seeing the mother-daughter banter between Ellen Burstyn and Sigourney. Vanessa Redgrave has such a strong presence as Sigourney's mentor. Political Animals is developing well and promises further meshing of human bravery, frailty and convictions! Full Review »
  2. Jul 18, 2012
    10
    Signorney was outstanding-writing quick and witty-I loved every second and can't wait for the next episode-definitely on my do-not-miss (orSignorney was outstanding-writing quick and witty-I loved every second and can't wait for the next episode-definitely on my do-not-miss (or do-DVR) list! Full Review »
  3. Jul 17, 2012
    10
    Sigourney Weaver is BRILLIANT on Political Animals! Carla Gugino, Dan Futterman and Ellen Burstyn all deliver excellent performances as well.Sigourney Weaver is BRILLIANT on Political Animals! Carla Gugino, Dan Futterman and Ellen Burstyn all deliver excellent performances as well. Siqourney is just so endlessly watchable and this character allows her to show a range of emotion rarely afforded to a woman. She delivers this INCREDIBLE speech toward the end of the first episode that literally made me applaud my television. Go Sigourney! Full Review »