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The Binge: the best political movies and TV show you can stream




Still from the film, All the President's Men
Still from the film, All the President's Men

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With the Democratic & Republican primaries heating up, we thought we’d throw our hat in the ring as well!

On this installment of the Binge writer & film historian Mark Jordan Legan gives us his recommendations for the best movies and TV shows you can stream right now. Check out the links for information on how you can stream it.

Mark's picks

For binge worthy TV shows about the sharks and backstabbers in D.C. there is the hilarious Julia-Louis Dreyfus HBO comedy Veep – which shows the sometimes rough and vulgar behind the scenes world at the White House

Interestingly, the creator and show runner of Veep is the splendid writer Armando Iannucci, who had also created the popular 2005 U.K. political sitcom The Thick of It, and from this show he took some of the main characters and turned them loose in Mark's next pick, the hilarious feature film, In The Loop

Next up is the 1976 film, All the President's Men. The film told the story of the investigative reporting of the 1972 Watergate scandal.

Dustin Hoffman & Robert Redford shine as Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, the journalists who would go on to prove that the Nixon White House had approved such covert actions as the Watergate break-in and subsequently tried to cover them up. Jason Robards won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his sterling work as the editor of the Washington Post, Ben Bradlee.

To change the mood a bit, we went to Alexander Payne’s 1999 Election. The political satire focuses on a Nebraska high school’s election and reveals that even at this level, mud slinging and lies are just the tip of the iceberg. Matthew Broderick gives one of his best performances as a respected teacher who gets involved in the campaign and Reese Witherspoon is amazing as the intense ambitious Tracy Flick, who will stop at nothing to be elected Student Council President.

And the wrap up to this political binge is the 1993 Oscar winning documentary, The War Room, which first brought James Carville and George Stephanopolos into the national spotlight as two of the political consultants who helped Bill Clinton win the White House in 1992.