Veep, Episode 707: “Veep”
Original airdate: May 12, 2019 on HBO
Spoiler warning: This page contains descriptions of events in this and previous episodes.
Sunday night, HBO’s acclaimed, Emmy-winning political comedy series Veep concluded its seven-season run with an episode entitled “Veep,” written and directed by current showrunner David Mandel. Below, we have collected comments from TV critics about the finale episode and the seventh season as a whole.
While we won’t try to assign an overall score to each episode, we have grouped the reviews into rough categories based on critic enthusiasm, beginning with the most positive. Scores for individual reviews are displayed only in those cases where a reviewer has specifically indicated a score. (Those scores have been converted to a 0-100 scale when necessary to facilitate comparison.) “Recaps” are not included if they merely discus the plot details and fail to assess the episode’s quality in any way. Click on any publication name to read the full review. This page will be updated on Monday morning with additional reviews.
Extremely positive reviews
But, with no disrespect to the masterful cast … this ensemble was screamingly owned by multiple Emmy winner Louis-Dreyfus with one raging and conniving rant after another tonight. … That’s how you claim your seventh Emmy. That’s, with great thanks Mr. Mandel, how you end a satire.
Poignant yet unflinching, hilarious and heartbreaking, the series finale of “Veep” … sees [series creator] Armando Iannucci’s original intent through to the bitter end.
The Washington Post
Satisfyingly conclusive … Sentiment and genuine emotion was hardly ever “Veep’s” forte, but it was hard not to feel a little wistful at its passing.
Overall, the episode wasn’t a perfect finish, but it felt completely in keeping with the concepts and values — or specifically, the lack of the latter — that “Veep” has wallowed in throughout its Emmy-winning run.
What do you think?
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