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The Politician (Episodes Guide)

1.01 – Pilot (September 27, 2019)
Directed by: Ryan Murphy • Written by: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan

After a charismatic candidate joins the race for student body president, Payton searches for a running mate who will make him seem more authentic.

1.02 – The Harrington Commode (September 27, 2019)
Directed by: Brad Falchuk • Written by: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan

Amid escalating concerns about his vice presidential pick, Payton gets plunged into a family crisis that stokes long-seething resentments.

1.03 – October Surprise (September 27, 2019)
Directed by: Janet Mock • Written by: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan

While Payton plays hardball with Harvard admissions, shocking betrayals and a scandalous videotape take the election to a new level of ruthlessness.

1.04 – Gone Girl (September 27, 2019)
Directed by: Helen Hunt • Written by: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan

With the election just days away, Payton faces tough questions about just how far he’s willing to go to defeat his opponent.

1.06 – The Assassination of Payton Hobart (September 27, 2019)
Directed by: Gwyneth Horder-Payton • Written by: Ian Brennan

As Payton confronts hard truths about his ambition following an election day bombshell, he reconnects with a former ally – and becomes a target.

1.07 – The Assassination of Payton Hobart: Part 2 (September 27, 2019)
Directed by: Gwyneth Horder-Payton • Written by: Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan

Payton faces his darkest hour and the fight of his life as transgressions are revealed, backs stabbed and confessions made.