Best TV shows about the White House

Taryn Davies
Published: April 20, 2015

The White House is one of the world’s most iconic buildings as is the man who resides inside, so it’s only natural that there have been a number of fictional TV shows based on it, and this week sees the release of another.

Sky Living this week premieres Madam Secretary a new show penned by Barbara Hall, at 9pm Thursday April 23, and it’s a show we’ve been excited to watch for quite some time.

Tea Leoni stars as Elizabeth McCord, the newly appointed Secretary of State. The series follows the determined and shrewd character as she navigates through politics both in the Oval Office and at home.

But of course there have been numerous shows concerning politics and the White House, so we’ve picked out some of our favourites.

The West Wing

One of NBC’s best ever series, the White House drama won 26 Emmy’s over its seven-year run. Aaron Sorkin’s political TV show is about the inner workings of the West Wing of the White House, which obviously includes the Oval Office, and as with many of Sorkin’s work, the dialogue is fantastic.

If you’ve never seen this show and you’re looking for a political drama, and have an ample amount of time to see the storylines completed, The West Wing is the show for you.


Former White House Communications Director Olivia Pope and her team of gladiators fix things that can’t be fixed in conventional ways. Pope’s close relationship with the President of the United States puts strain on the political aspect of running a country.

House of Cards

One of Netflix’s biggest and best original shows; Congressman Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) has his eyes set on bigger and better things within the USA’s political sphere, as does his wife Claire (Robin Wright), and neither of the care about stepping on people and ruining relationships along the way.

Netflix has thankfully renewed the hit show for a fourth season, which is scheduled to be released in 2016, the same year as the next US Presidential election.

House of Cards


Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars in this comedy show about the Vice President of the United States. Her character is Selina Meyer, a former senator, and she finds that her role in office is nothing like she was hoping, but is everything that people had warned her about.

The series is a spin-off set in the same universe as The Thick of It, also created by Armando Iannucci, who also created the Academy Award-nominated film In the Loop, which starred several Veep cast members alongside several, The Thick of It cast members.

Just this month the series has been ordered by HBO for a fifth series.