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The Trailer For Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Politician’ Is Basically ‘Election’ With Much More Blood

The term 'butt muncher' is really thrown around, too.

The first trailer for Ryan Murphy's 'The Politician' gives off extreme 'Election' vibes

Our first peek at The Politician, Ryan Murphy’s first show as part of a massive Netflix deal, is here. Judging by the trailer, we’re in for a Glee-like dose of petty high-school politics with more than a dash of menace and blood, as a school presidential race becomes seemingly life-or-death.

Starring Broadway star Ben Platt as Peyton Hobart, a high-schooler who ‘knows’ he’ll be US president one day, The Politician sees him enter the world of school politics with ruthless determination — and then anger when it’s revealed his running mate (Zoey Deutch) used a gay slur (“butt muncher”) at a journalist. As the competition heats up, Peyton refuses to lose — he’s pushed by his up-tight mother (Gwyneth Paltrow), even as his ex-running mate’s mother (Jessica Lange) threatens him.

Essentially, the show looks like a mixture between Glee and Election, the 1999 cult classic film starring Reese Witherspoon as student body elective hopeful Tracy Flick. Blood, ambulances and an EDM-remix of Charli XCX‘s ‘Trophy’ abound.

The cast also includes Bette Midler, Judith Light, January Jones, Bob Balaban and 13 Reasons Why‘s Dylan McDermott.

The Politician is the first of Murphy’s shows under his five-year and US $300 million deal with Netflix, and it is scheduled to follow Hobart throughout his political career, with each season focusing on a different election race. The show joins Murphy’s many currently on-air, including American Horror Story, American Crime Story, Feud, Pose and 9-1-1.

The Politician‘s first season will be released on Netflix September 27. Watch the trailer below.