On Monday, beloved Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren posted a message to her Facebook page in solidarity with the Writers Guild of America, which is currently mulling a strike. Innocuous enough at first glance, a closer look at the post yields a stunning revelation: beloved Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren is a fan of Ballers. In fact, she is such a fan of Ballers that she also mentions the show in the prologue of her new book, This Fight is Our Fight — twice.
This bombshell prompts a closer look at the favorite TV shows of various politicians. From former presidents and first ladies to current congressmen and senators, whose TV tastes are most unexpected? And whose are as predictable as a fourth-wall-breaking Frank Underwood aside? Below is our list, ranked from most to least surprising.
While she’s also copped to enjoying Big Little Lies (who hasn’t?!), I can’t say I expected this earnest, straight-laced, 67-year-old grandmother of three to list Ballers — which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a retired football star in Miami — as one of her faves. The woman truly contains multitudes.
In 2012, when he was just announced as presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan told Entertainment Weekly that he’s a big fan of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Even more unlikely — he admitted to watching, and somehow enjoying, Jon Stewart’s Daily Show, even though he was a favorite target of the show.
It’s not too shocking that the 42nd president watches (or watched) Boston Legal and House of Cards. It is slightly more surprising to discover that Bill Clinton is a fan of Shonda Rhimes productions Grey’s Anatomy and, in particular, Scandal — a show about a president who has a flagrant affair with a staffer.
Like many politicians, Joe Biden cites Modern Family as among his favorite shows (I guess it’s a safe, middle-of-the-road bet?). But according to the Washington Post, Biden’s also got a soft spot for Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which he used to watch on trips aboard Air Force Two. You do you, Biden!
It is somewhat surprising that Ted Cruz has decent taste in TV, citing Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Veep, and Criminal Minds among his most-watched. It is far less surprising that Cruz, a professed superfan of The Simpsons, agreed to record a video impersonating various Simpsons characters for BuzzFeed in June 2015, a few months after announcing his presidential run. Just…no.