Ryan Murphy’s The Politician trailer is filling the Tracy Flick-shaped hole in our lives

The trailer for The Politician is finally here, and it’s basically Glee meets Election with major Scream Queens energy. The eight-episode series, which is the first of many new Netflix shows to come from Ryan Murphy, sees Ben Platt go full Tracy Flick as high school student Payton Hobart, who “fully intends” to be president someday. But unlike Reese Witherspoon’s character, this protagonist is the perfect combination of sweet and ruthless. Unfortunately, he might also be a murderer.

The clip, which dropped on Monday, August 19th, teases Payton dealing with cutthroat competition, scandalous rumors, as well as a little blood and a lot of backstabbing. Even his mother, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, is afraid of his unwavering ambition. However, he’s not the only one willing to do whatever it takes to win, even if it means exploiting people, committing voter fraud, and being politically incorrect.

Here’s the show’s official synopsis:

"Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, has known since age seven that he's going to be the President of the United States. But first, he'll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School. 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. Full of comedy and sly satire, Ryan Murphy's The Politician offers a rare glimpse into just what it takes to make a politician."

Watch the first official trailer for The Politician, below.


The cast also includes Oscar winner and American Horror Story veteran Jessica Lange, Set It Up star Zoey Deutch, David Corenswet, January Jones, Dylan McDermott, Julia Schlaepfer, Rahne Jones, and guest appearances by Bette Midler and Judith Light.

The Politician premieres on Netflix on September 27th. We’ll be on the couch and ready with snacks.

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