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Best Political Documentaries

"Politics," according to Marx (Groucho not Karl), "is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies"--and these shows document every step in the process.

Shows like Show me a Hero: Taking on City Hall

These shows take a realistic look at the machinations of city politics and citizens trying to disprove the adage that you can't beat city hall.

Shows like House of Cards: Political Animals

These grounded political TV dramas follow the day-to-day work of politicians as they serve the public, or more often serve themselves. Think more 'House of Cards', less '24'.

Shows like Boss: All Politics is Local

There are plenty of shows about Washington, but for those who can't stand Big Government, we've put together a collection of shows that keep politics local (which doesn't always mean clean).

Shows like The Wire: City Life from Multiple Perspectives

Inspired by The Wire, these series and documentaries analyze the vibrant life of American cities from the perspectives of the politicians, criminals, police officers, the press, and others. They'll have you riding the subway with fresh interest.

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