By  | Posted on June 11th, 2013 | BBC

Want to learn everything there is to know about U.S. society without actually leaving the house? Turn on your telly…

Despite being conceived and penned by an elite panel of funny Brits (includingThe Thick Of It‘s Armando Iannucci), this D.C. satire about a shambolic Vice President (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) will school you in U.S. politics better than The West Wing ever could. You’ll leave each episode with a belly full of laughs and an understanding of how things really get done in Washington. Or don’t get done. Because engineering even the slightest policy shift in the U.S. is virtually impossible, even when you’re the top dog’s number two.