Political Satire

by BramOh | created - 12 Jan 2013 | updated - 12 Nov 2014 | Public

Some entries have admittedly marginal political content. I've kept those near the bottom of the list.

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1. The Thick of It (2005–2012)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

Set in the corridors of power and spin, the Minister for Social Affairs, is continually harassed by Number 10's policy enforcer and dependent on his not-so-reliable team of civil servants.

Stars: Chris Addison, James Smith, Peter Capaldi, Joanna Scanlan

Votes: 18,543

2. The Thick of It (2007 TV Movie)

Comedy

A put-upon member of Congress is harassed by inept politicians. Based on the BBC series, "The Thick of It."

Director: Christopher Guest | Stars: Carrie Aizley, Priya Ayyar, Alex Borstein, Kelvin Brown

Votes: 163

3. In the Loop (2009)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy

83 Metascore

A political satire about a group of skeptical American and British operatives attempting to prevent a war between two countries.

Director: Armando Iannucci | Stars: Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, Harry Hadden-Paton

Votes: 52,311 | Gross: $2.38M

4. The Colbert Report (2005–2015)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

Satirical newscaster Stephen Colbert provides humorous commentary on the big issues going on in the United States and the rest of the world, with his larger-than-life ego and overly-patriotic spirit along with him every step of the way.

Stars: Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart, Paul Dinello

Votes: 37,368

5. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

Providing comedy/news in the tradition of TV Nation and SNL's Weekend Update, Comedy Central's Daily Show reports on the foibles and of the real world with a satirical edge. In addition to ... See full summary »

Stars: Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, John Oliver

Votes: 43,340

6. Yes Minister (1980–1984)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. At last he is in a position of power and can carry out some long-needed reforms, or so he thinks.

Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott

Votes: 11,413

7. Yes, Prime Minister (1986–1987)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

James Hacker was propelled along the corridors of power to the very pinnacle of politics - Number 10.

Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott

Votes: 8,713

8. Veep (2012–2019)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

Former Senator Selina Meyer finds that being Vice President of the United States is nothing like she hoped and everything that everyone ever warned her about.

Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott

Votes: 40,298

9. Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

Stars: Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt

Votes: 188,295

11. The New Statesman (1987–1994)

70 min | Comedy

The ultra right-wing Alan B'Stard, the most selfish, greedy, dishonest, sadistic and sociopathic Conservative MP of them all, plots to achieve his meglomaniacal ambitions.

Stars: Rik Mayall, Michael Troughton, Marsha Fitzalan, Terence Alexander

Votes: 2,104

12. Not Necessarily the News (1982–1990)

Comedy

An offbeat look at current events, often by dubbing over news video with farcical commentary.

Stars: Anne Bloom, Danny Breen, Lucy Webb, Mitchell Laurance

Votes: 383

13. The Pentagon Wars (1998 TV Movie)

R | 104 min | Comedy, War

Story of a cover up in the military.

Director: Richard Benjamin | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Cary Elwes, Viola Davis, John C. McGinley

Votes: 3,460

14. The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Crime

45 Metascore

A conman discovers during a "job" that US Congress is where the money is. "Name recognition" gets him elected. Will he develop a conscience?

Director: Jonathan Lynn | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Lane Smith, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Joe Don Baker

Votes: 14,587 | Gross: $46.67M

15. My Fellow Americans (1996)

PG-13 | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy

49 Metascore

Two former U. S. Presidents, hated rivals, join forces to expose the current, corrupt President at the risk of their lives.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Dan Aykroyd, John Heard

Votes: 13,653 | Gross: $22.29M

16. Spin City (1996–2002)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Mike Flaherty, the Deputy Mayor of New York City, and his team of half-wits must constantly save the Mayor from embarrassment and the media. Mike is later succeeded by Charlie Crawford.

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear, Richard Kind

Votes: 25,197

17. Crossballs: The Debate Show (2004– )

30 min | Comedy

In this parody of topical debate shows, Crossballs pits unsuspecting real experts against comedians posing as experts, debating each other on various issues.

Stars: Chris Tallman, Matt Besser, Mary Birdsong, Andrew Daly

Votes: 124

18. That's My Bush! (2001)

30 min | Comedy

Somewhat dim President George W. Bush's White House more closely resembles the set of a sitcom than real life, down to the laugh track.

Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Carrie Quinn Dolin, Kurt Fuller, Marcia Wallace

Votes: 1,833

19. Tanner '88 (1988– )

Not Rated | 353 min | Comedy

A behind-the-scenes look at a former Michigan U.S. Representative's campaign as he vies for his party's Presidential nomination.

Stars: Michael Murphy, Pamela Reed, Daniel Jenkins, Matt Malloy

Votes: 709

20. Hail to the Chief (1985– )

30 min | Comedy

Julia Mansfield is the first woman to be elected President of the United States. In addition to dealing with the threat of nuclear war with the Soviet Union, spies in the cabinet, and ... See full summary »

Stars: Patty Duke, Ted Bessell, Quinn Cummings, Ricky Paull Goldin

Votes: 40

21. The First Family (2012– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Centers on an African-American family in the White House.

Stars: Christopher B. Duncan, Kellita Smith, Jackée Harry, Khylin Rhambo

Votes: 309

22. Spitting Image (1984–1996)

25 min | Comedy

A satire show using puppets that are charicatures of major public figures.

Stars: Steve Nallon, Kate Robbins, Chris Barrie, Jon Glover

Votes: 1,858

23. D.C. Follies (1987–1989)

30 min | Comedy

Set in a Washington, D.C. bar, Fred Willard was the bartender, and the patrons were all Krofft puppets, including former U.S. Presidents Reagan, Carter, Ford, and Nixon, and news reporters Dan Rather and Ted Koppel.

Stars: The Krofft Puppets, Fred Willard, John Roarke, Louise DuArt

Votes: 86

24. The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer (1998– )

30 min | Comedy, History

The misadventures of Abraham Lincoln, his loony associates, and the only sane man amongst them, the President's black butler Desmond.

Stars: Chi McBride, Max Baker, Dann Florek, Christine Estabrook

Votes: 98

25. Drunk History (2007–2011)

TV-14 | Short, Comedy, History

The original sketches from Funny or Die where someone gets drunk and tries to recount a historical event.

Stars: Derek Waters, Jen Kirkman, Jack Black, Eric Falconer

Votes: 1,681

26. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Music

A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.

Stars: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson

Votes: 40,603

27. The Day Today (1994– )

30 min | Comedy

A spoof of the British style of news broadcasting - including ridiculous stories, patronising vox pops, offensively hard-hitting research and a sports presenter clearly struggling for metaphors.

Stars: Christopher Morris, Steve Coogan, Patrick Marber, Rebecca Front

Votes: 4,509

28. Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979–1982)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy

British sketch comedy starring the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Mel Smith.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Pamela Stephenson, Griff Rhys Jones

Votes: 2,052

29. Capitol Critters (1992–1995)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

The adventures of the rodent and insect inhabitants inside the walls of the White House.

Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Charlie Adler, Patti Deutsch, Bobcat Goldthwait

Votes: 158

30. Bulworth (1998)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Halle Berry, Kimberly Deauna Adams, Vinny Argiro

Votes: 24,022 | Gross: $26.53M

31. Black Sheep (1996)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy

A gubernatorial candidate hires a wormy special assistant whose only job is to make sure the candidate's well-meaning but incompetent brother doesn't ruin the election.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Chris Farley, David Spade, Tim Matheson, Christine Ebersole

Votes: 34,945 | Gross: $32.38M

32. Canadian Bacon (1995)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

The U.S. President, low in the opinion polls, gets talked into raising his popularity by trying to start a cold war against Canada.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: John Candy, Alan Alda, Rhea Perlman, Kevin Pollak

Votes: 15,411 | Gross: $0.18M



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