Lately it seems like Washington, DC has been taking over primetime, and not just on the nightly news. Many of the most popular shows currently on TV are set in Washington and offer a glimpse (albeit fictional) into the inner workings of the nation’s capital. Here are a few of our favorites:
Scandal – Billed as a “political thriller,” this ABC drama is based on a former George H.W. Bush administration press aide, Judy Smith. It focuses on Olivia Pope and her crisis management firm, where she and her team of “fixers” handle the problems of Washington’s political elite. Fun fact – Kerry Washington, who stars as Olivia Pope is actually a graduate of DC’s George Washington University.
Homeland – This Showtime hit focuses on CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) who suspects Nicholas Brody, a marine who was held captive by al-Qaeda as a prisoner of war, has been “turned” by the enemy and now threatens the United States. Much of the action is set in Langley, Virginia the real-life location of the CIA headquarters and in DC itself. Even President Obama has stated that Homeland is one of his favorite TV shows.
House of Cards – Set in present-day Washington, DC, this Netflix series tells the story of House Majority Whip, Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), who, after getting passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, decides to exact his revenge on those who betrayed him. House of Cards has gotten rave reviews and is being talked about all across social media as a “must watch.”
Veep – On the lighter side, Veep is an HBO comedy set in the office of Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), fictional Vice President of the United States. The show follows the whirlwind day-to-day existence of the vice president as she puts out political fires and tries to improve her dysfunctional relationship with the president. Veep has been nominated for numerous Emmys and begins its third season in April.