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Parlement

Streaming on the Topic Web site Film & TV

A lot of people consider the European Parliament, in Brussels, a joke and that’s the setting and premise of the political comedy series Parlement, now available in the U.S. on Topic. It follows Samy, who, newly hired as an assistant to a sweetly dim French politician, finds himself at the mercy of scheming aides, clueless committee heads, and callous fellow assistants. The characters and the show’s style of sardonic humor owe a lot to HBO’s Veep, but the international setting and battles over Brexit,the Finnish far right, and Spanish fishing rights bring their own set of inanities. Fittingly, the dialogue is in French, English, and a little German, and it’s very funny in all three languages. —Alessandra Stanley

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