After watching Game of Thrones’ season five premiere this Sunday, you’ll probably need some laughs what with the show’s signature mix of death, despair and wet, muddy clothes. To assist in watering down your inevitable nightmares, HBO will lighten up the night post-Thrones with the season premieres of Silicon Valley and Veep.

Both series concluded their previous seasons in similar fashions, with Richard Hendricks of Silicon Valley successfully displaying the power of his compression engine at TechCrunch Disrupt only to end up having a panic attack and puking in a dumpster, and Veep’s Selina Meyer becoming President and immediately screwing up thanks to her inept staff. The Pied Piper team and Selina’s staff now find themselves in positions of great power with no idea how to handle it all, which should make for a boatload of great moments.

Silicon Valley charged out of the gate last year with an amazing first season made hilarious by series creator Mike Judge, its excellent ensemble cast, and now legendary season finale dick equation.




Heading into season two, Pied Piper has a proven product but must now navigate the waters of venture capitalists and continuing competition from Gavin Belson and his Hooli empire. Look forward to a hilarious, Sean Parker-esque character played by Chris Diamantopoulos, who will either help or hinder Pied Piper in becoming a big success.



Since it’s called Veep and not… Peep (?), it stands to reason that Selina’s time as President may not last very long, but as you grow accustomed to the show you realize that it’s not about the end result, but rather the ridiculous journey in getting there. Season 4 finds Selina’s staff trying to adjust to their new roles with varying levels of unsuccess. Like Silicon Valley, expect some new characters like VP office staffer Teddy played by Patton Oswalt, who forges a very odd relationship with Jonah.



See how it’ll all play out on Sunday directly following Game of Thrones with Silicon Valley airing at 10 p.m. ET/MT followed by Veep at 10:30 on HBO Canada. Don’t have HBO? Avoid being this guy and subscribe now!