Sex and violence are a constant on most of the recent shows that are meant to be about politics, and it’s not as if Boss is sullying the pristine waters from whence Scandal and Political Animals sprang. Scandal, which has one of the best dramatic casts on TV and gives them some of the silliest shit this side of an all-day Teletubbies marathon, sets the bar for political verisimilitude about as low as it can get. It’s set in an alternate universe in which a socially liberal Republican has been elected president, and has an openly gay chief of staff who’s married to a younger man who keeps pressuring him for a baby. If you can buy that, you’ll buy anything, and given that “anything” is exactly what Scandal is selling in terms of narrative plausibility, it’s good that the terms of the deal are established right up front.
We discuss TV’s problem with political dramas, in light of Boss’ recent cancellation.