Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj

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Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj
GenreVariety show
Created by
Directed byRichard A. Preuss
Presented byHasan Minhaj
Composer(s)Ludwig Göransson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Hasan Minhaj
  • Jim Margolis
  • Prashanth Venkataramanujam
  • Michelle Caputo
  • Jennie Church-Cooper
  • Shannon Hartman
CinematographyCameron Barnett
  • Nathan Floody
  • Paul Frost
Running time21–28 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Art & Industry
  • Margolis Superstore
  • Minhaj Inc
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseOctober 28, 2018 (2018-10-28) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj is an American web television variety show hosted by Hasan Minhaj that premiered on October 28, 2018, on Netflix. The series was created by Minhaj and Prashanth Venkataramanujam, both of whom also executive produce alongside Jim Margolis, Michelle Caputo, Shannon Hartman, and Jennie Church-Cooper.


Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj aims to "explore the modern cultural and political landscape with depth and sincerity."[1] In an attempt to separate his show from similar political satire shows, Minhaj said he wanted to create a show that is "timely and timeless".[2]


On March 1, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given a series order to a new weekly series created by Hasan Minhaj and Prashanth Venkataramanujam for a first season consisting of thirty-two episodes. Executive producers were expected to include Minhaj, Venkataramanujam, Michelle Caputo, Shannon Hartman, and Jennie Church-Cooper. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Art & Industry and Haven Entertainment.[3] On June 7, 2018, it was reported that Jim Margolis had joined the series as showrunner and an executive producer.[4]

On August 9, 2018, it was revealed that the series had been titled Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj and that it would premiere on October 28, 2018.[1]



On October 4, 2018, the first trailer for the series was released.[5]


In October 2018, a segment of the episode "Saudi Arabia" included reference to offensive language—the term "Negro Blood"—used in an online manual for US troops deployed to Saudi Arabia to describe the indigenous population of that country. Following the episode's release, U.S. Central Command issued an apology and removed the online manual.[6]

On January 1, 2019, it was reported that the episode "Saudi Arabia" had been removed from Netflix's service in Saudi Arabia after the country's Communications and Information Technology Commission issued a request to the company to take it down over concerns regarding its content which included criticism of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen. However, the episode was still available in the country at the time of the report through the show's official YouTube channel.[7]


No.TitleOriginal release date
Volume 1
1"Affirmative Action"October 28, 2018 (2018-10-28)
Minhaj examines Students for Fair Admission v. Harvard, a lawsuit brought by Edward Blum that alleges the university discriminates against Asian Americans in their admission process.
2"Saudi Arabia"October 28, 2018 (2018-10-28)
Minhaj discusses the United States' relationship with Saudi Arabia, following the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the crime's possible connection to Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman.
3"Amazon"November 4, 2018 (2018-11-04)
Minhaj looks at the role of Amazon in the United States economy, as well as the company's controversies and recent decisions.
4"Oil"November 11, 2018 (2018-11-11)
A closer look at the United States' continued reliance on and expanding production of oil, and the Taylor oil spill.
5"Supreme"November 18, 2018 (2018-11-18)
A discussion about hype culture, particularly streetwear brand Supreme and their 50% ownership by private equity firm The Carlyle Group.
6"Immigration Enforcement"November 25, 2018 (2018-11-25)
A focus on recent immigration policies in the United States, ICE, and the Trump Administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents.
7"Content Moderation and Free Speech"December 2, 2018 (2018-12-02)
A look at the rules governing the content uploaded to social media platforms, and the role those companies have in moderating it; also, an update on the United States' relations with Saudi Arabia and crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman.
Volume 2
8"Censorship in China"February 10, 2019 (2019-02-10)
9"Drug Pricing"February 17, 2019 (2019-02-17)
10"Student Loans"February 24, 2019 (2019-02-24)
11"Civil Rights Under Trump"March 3, 2019 (2019-03-03)
12"Hip-hop and Streaming"March 10, 2019 (2019-03-10)
Minhaj dissects how the rise of music streaming on platforms like YouTube, Spotify, and SoundCloud has influenced the sound, reach, and impact of modern day hip hop, especially as a form of dissent against oppressive regimes.
13"Indian Elections"March 17, 2019 (2019-03-17)
An overview of the 2019 Indian general election, discussing the Bharatiya Janata Party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the opposition including the Indian National Congress and Rahul Gandhi. Also features an interview with Shashi Tharoor.


The series has been met with a positive response from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a 100% approval rating with an average rating of 7.79 out of 10 based on 15 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Patriot Act stands apart from other like-minded comedy shows thanks to Hasan Minhaj's masterful blending of thought and feeling, catharsis and criticism."[8] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 78 out of 100 based on 4 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[9]


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  1. ^ a b de Moraes, Lisa (August 9, 2018). "Netflix Launching 'Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj' In October". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  2. ^ Rami, Trupti (November 19, 2018). "Hasan Minhaj Wants to Update Late-Night Comedy Model With 'Radioactive' Topics". Vulture. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  3. ^ Hipes, Patrick (March 1, 2018). "Netflix Inks Talk-Show Deal With Hasan Minhaj, Who Will Exit 'Daily Show'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  4. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (June 7, 2018). "Jim Margolis Joins Netflix's Hasan Minhaj Project As Showrunner". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  5. ^ Yang, Rachel (October 4, 2018). "TV News Roundup: 'Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj' Drops New Netflix Trailer". Variety. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  6. ^ Vandiver, John (November 1, 2018). "CENTCOM apologizes for training manual with phrase 'Negro blood'". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  7. ^ Al Omran, Ahmed (January 1, 2019). "Netflix pulls episode of comedy show in Saudi Arabia". Financial Times. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  8. ^ "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  9. ^ "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  10. ^ Blanchard, Margaret (April 18, 2019). "Entertainment & Children's Winners Named". Peabody Awards.

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