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How To Survive the 2016 Election—With TV!

Whether you're watching "Veep" or tweeting with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, you can survive the 2016 presidential campaign with a little help from your oldest friend: TV.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus in “Veep”

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There’s one thing every American citizen must do this election season: vote. To complete your obligation (and privilege) as a member of the greatest country in the world, you need to be informed on the issues and learn what you need to learn in order to make an educated decision at the polls. But the level of necessary information varies for everyone. Undecided voters may need to read every relevant article and watch the nightly news every day in order to feel comfortable with their choices, while others may already know enough to have made up their minds.

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No matter where you find yourself, the campaign season is simply too much for anyone to handle without respite. We all need to escape the 24-hour news cycle from time to time, without totally forgetting there’s an important election coming up. So why not step into the fictional world of politics? Enjoy TV shows as entertaining as they are informative or lean into one more than other. Or head over to Twitter to enjoy real-world back-and-forth with witty asides related to your favorite shows.

Consider this a survival guide for everyone. On this week’s Very Good TV Podcast, TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller and TV Critic Ben Travers offer up the best Twitter accounts to follow and TV shows to watch to keep your head in the game without going nuts. From crucial voices like Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Patton Oswalt, and something called Riker Googling, to must-watch TV like “South Park,” “Homeland,” and, yes, “The West Wing” (worth a re-watch, now more than ever), there are enough great options to keep you healthy from now through November 8.

Don’t forget to subscribe via Soundcloud or iTunes, and follow IndieWire on Twitter and Facebook for all your pertinent TV news. Check out Liz and Ben’s Twitter feeds for more, more, more. Plus, don’t forget to listen to IndieWire’s other podcastsScreen Talk with Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson, as well as Michael Schneider’s new podcast Turn It On, which spotlights the most important TV of each week.

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