HBO has a new star-studded comedy series set in the upper echelons of government, which would be fine, except it already has a highly acclaimed, star-studded, and viciously funny series set in the upper echelons of government, Veep. Is it possible to assess The Brink fairly without thinking of Veep? Nope! It’s not fair to The Brink, which shows promise but struggles out of the gate, as TV editor Erik Adams and senior editor Kyle Ryan discuss—and Vikram Murthi details in his TV Club review, while making his own comparisons to Dr. Strangelove.

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