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'The Politician': Release date, cast, plot, trailer and all you need to know about Netflix's upcoming dramedy

Think of a very 'Gossip Girl' meets 'Legally Blonde' kind of affair, with subtle nuances and a male point of view from Ben Platt's leading role
UPDATED AUG 19, 2019

There's a new Netflix show in production and it's a pretty big deal, with some even bigger names in its cast. Arriving on September 27 this year, the streaming giant announced 'The Politician' just a couple of hours ago and all of Twitter pretty much went berserk over the casting, and the exceptionally hilarious, yet dramatic plot that is about to unfold through the life of a certain Payton Hobart.

Release date:

'The Politician' arrives on Netflix September 27.


According to the official synopsis of the show, "Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, has known since age seven that he's going to be President of the United States. But first, he'll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School."

The synopsis continues: "To get elected Student Body President, secure a spot at Harvard, and stay on his singular path to success, Payton will have to outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrificing his own morality and carefully crafted image."


Think of a very 'Gossip Girl' meets 'Legally Blonde' kind of affair, with subtle nuances, and a male point of view — something that we haven't come across when it comes to stories of this kind in the past.


In a striking resemblance with characters like Elle Woods and Blair Waldorf, Payton can be seen on the official poster wearing campaign pins on his suit and there's no doubt that he's the one behind all the crafting because that's how seriously he takes his goals. 

Joining Platt as series regular for the debut season will be some of Hollywood's iconic legends like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Lange, alongside several other familiar faces from the industry, including Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Bob Balaban, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Laura Dreyfuss, Theo Germaine, Rahne Jones, and Benjamin Barrett.

Actor Ben Platt performs onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018, in New York City. (Source: Getty Images)


Helming the project will be horror/comedy auteur Ryan Murphy — the man who gave us iconic shows like 'American Horror Story', 'Glee', and 'Pose' — so expect lots of dark comedy and sly satire coming together to form the essence of the show, as it offers a rare glimpse into just what it takes to make a politician.


The first trailer of 'The Politician' featuring Ben Platt as Payton Hobart and Gwyneth Paltrow as Georgina Hobart was released August 19. The trailer shows Paltrow's character Georgina's undying supporting for Payton who is now in high school and is running for class president.

Payton introduces the members of his very elite high school to Infinity Jackson played by Zoey Deutch as his running mate and that's where things unravel. His running mate has an interesting history including using slur words against a gay man in the past and so Payton sees this as a threat to his entire political career and he has to do some damage control. How he will go about it is what we will watch.


If you like this, you'll love:

'Gossip Girl', 'Glee', 'Dynasty', 'Elite' and 'Pretty Little Liars'.