The Politician Season 1: Ryan Murphy’s First Original, Plot, Cast, Trailer & Netflix Release Date

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Since the release of Glee, musicals have certainly grown exponentially in popularity. Hoping to continue that trend is one of Netflix’s most exciting new Originals, The Politician. We have everything you need to know about The Politician including the plot, cast, trailer, and Netflix release date.

The Politician is a Netflix Original comedy-musical series created by the minds behind the smash-hit series Glee. This is the first Original series created by Ryan Murphy since Netflix signed a deal with the writer worth around $300 million. The full writing team behind Glee (Brad Murphy, Brad Fulchuk, Ian Brennan) are involved in The Politician, so if you love Glee then you’re going to love this.


What is the plot of The Politician?

Since he was the age of seven Payton Hobart has always known that one day he’s going to be President of the United States. But before he can take the first step to become president of the country he must first face the torturous political landscape of Saint Sebastian High School.


Who is in the cast of The Politician?

The following cast members have been confirmed to star in the first season of The Politician:

Role Cast Member Where Have I Seen/Heard Them Before?
Ben Platt Payton Hobart Pitch Perfect | Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk | Pitch Perfect 2
Georgina Hobart Gwyneth Paltrow Shakespeare in Love | Sliding Doors | Iron Man
Rose Jessica Lange Tootsie | King Kong | Blue Sky
Infinity Zoey Deutch Flower | Set It Up | Before I Fall
Astrid Lucy Boynton Sing Street | Bohemian Rhapsody | Murder on the Orient Express
TBA Theo Germaine Artificial Intelligence | Adam | Work In Progress
TBA Julia Schlaepfer Instinct | Charlie Says | Madam Secretary
TBA Laura Dreyfuss Glee | After Party | The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
TBA Bob Balaban Gosford Park | Close Encounters of the Third Kind | Lady in the Water
River David Corenswet The Tap | Affairs of the State | Moe & Jerryweather
Skye Rahne Jones *Making debut in The Politician*
TBA Benjamin Barrett Badsville | Super Fighting Tian Cai | The Night Stalker .00

Not all of the roles have been confirmed but we can expect to learn more soon.


Are there any images for The Politician?


Is The Politician set in the same fictional timeline as Glee?

Sadly for you Gleeks out there, The Politician isn’t set in the same fictional timeline as Glee.


Will any of the Glee cast members star in The Politician?

Currently, the only cast members from Glee starring in The Politician is Laura Dreyfuss and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Dreyfuss portrayed Maddison Murphy for 11 episodes in the final season of Glee.

Gwyneth Paltrow portrayed everyone’s favorite substitute teacher Holly Holiday.


How many episodes will land with season 1?

The first season of The Politician will be airing 8 episodes upon release.

What are the episode run times?

Considering the last musical series Ryan Murphy made was Glee, it wouldn’t be a stretch to suggest each episode will be approximately 45 minutes long.

Will the series be available in 4K?

Sadly we can’t confirm if the series will be available to stream in 4K. But considering Netflix’s effort to have as many of their latest Originals as possible in 4K, there’s definitely a good chance it will be.


Is there a trailer for The Politician?

Netflix has yet to release its trailer for The Politician but we can expect to see one soon.

Instead here’s some of the cast of The Politician playing “fishing for answers” during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

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When is the Netflix release date?

The Politician will be available to stream on Netflix on Tuesday the 27th of September, 2019.

Is the series a global Original?

As this is the first of Ryan Murphy’s released originals, it will indeed be available globally.

What time can I stream The Politician from?

The following table below are the times that The Politician will be available to stream in the different regions across the world:

Time Zone Time available to stream
Pacific Standard Time 12:00 AM
Mountain Standard Time 1:00 AM
Central Standard Time 2:00 AM
Eastern Standard Time 3:00 AM
British Summer Time 8:00 AM
Central European Time 9:00 AM
Eastern European Time 10:00 AM
India Standard Time 12:30 PM
Japan Standard Time 16:00 PM
Australian Eastern Time 18:00 PM
New Zealand Day Light Time 20:00 PM

New releases are always dropped at midnight Pacific Standard Time. This means subscribers across the other side of the world receive new titles later in the evening.


Can we expect to see a second season of The Politician?

Yes! When Netflix won the bidding war for The Politician, the purchase came with the order of two seasons. This is very unusual for Netflix to dedicate to two seasons for a new series but it suffices to say there’s great confidence that The Politician will be a smash hit.

The second season is expected to drop in 2020.


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