|Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj|
|Directed by||Richard A. Preuss|
|Presented by||Hasan Minhaj|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||40 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22–30 minutes|
|Original release||October 28, 2018 –|
June 28, 2020
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj is an American comedy streaming television talk show hosted by Hasan Minhaj that premiered on October 28, 2018, on Netflix and ran until June 28, 2020. It also had all the episodes, exclusives, and deep cuts on its YouTube channel. 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. With 40 episodes across six seasons, the show has won an Emmy, a Peabody Award, and two Webby Awards. In August 2020, Netflix canceled the series after six seasons. Legal action threatened by female producers for a hostile work environment were settled out of court. 
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj aims to "explore the modern cultural and political landscape with depth and sincerity." 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."
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, split into several volumes. 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. When writing episodes about the show Minhaj frequently excluded or limited the role that researchers played in developing content and could be dismissive of fact checkers.  On June 7, 2018, it was reported that Jim Margolis had joined the series as showrunner and an executive producer. 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. Volume 3 taped and aired on Netflix in May and June 2019, and Volume 4 was released on August 4. Volume 5 of Patriot Act released on Netflix on November 10, 2019. Volume 6 was due to release on March 29, 2020 but was postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. On August 18, 2020, Netflix canceled the series after six seasons.
On October 4, 2018, the first trailer for the series was released.
|First aired||Last aired|
|Volume 1||7||October 28, 2018||December 2, 2018|
|Volume 2||6||February 10, 2019||March 17, 2019|
|Volume 3||6||May 12, 2019||June 16, 2019|
|Volume 4||6||August 4, 2019||September 8, 2019|
|Volume 5||7||November 10, 2019||December 22, 2019|
|Volume 6||8||May 17, 2020||June 28, 2020|
Volume 1 (2018)
|Title||Original release date|
|1||1||"Affirmative Action"||October 28, 2018|
|Minhaj examines Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College, a lawsuit brought by Edward Blum that alleges the university discriminates against Asian Americans in their admission process.|
|2||2||"Saudi Arabia"||October 28, 2018|
|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||3||"Amazon"||November 4, 2018|
|Minhaj looks at the role of Amazon in the United States economy, as well as the company's controversies and recent decisions.|
|4||4||"Oil"||November 11, 2018|
|A closer look at the United States' continued reliance on and expanding production of oil, and the Taylor oil spill.|
|5||5||"Supreme"||November 18, 2018|
|A discussion about hype culture, particularly streetwear brand Supreme and their 50% ownership by private equity firm The Carlyle Group.|
|6||6||"Immigration Enforcement"||November 25, 2018|
|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||7||"Content Moderation and Free Speech"||December 2, 2018|
|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 (2019)
|Title||Original release date|
|8||1||"Censorship in China"||February 10, 2019|
|Hasan responds to his Saudi Arabia controversy, then dives in on the unlikely persistence of a feminist movement in China, despite the country's strict censorship laws under the rule of Xi Jinping.|
|9||2||"Drug Pricing"||February 17, 2019|
|As millions of Americans find it increasingly difficult to afford life-saving drugs like insulin, Hasan examines the many ways drug companies get away with price gouging.|
|10||3||"Student Loans"||February 24, 2019|
|Minhaj takes aim at student loan servicers, who prey on vulnerable Americans in their attempt to pay off debilitating student loan debt, an increasingly severe and uniquely American problem.|
|11||4||"Civil Rights Under Trump"||March 3, 2019|
|Civil Rights are being quietly dismantled by Trump's cabinet officials. Hasan explores how they are doing it and why it is so dangerous.|
|12||5||"Hip-hop and Streaming"||March 10, 2019|
|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||6||"Indian Elections"||March 17, 2019|
|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.|
Volume 3 (2019)
|Title||Original release date|
|14||1||"Brazil, Corruption and the Rainforest"||May 12, 2019|
|Hasan takes on President Bolsonaro of Brazil, who is threatening the Amazon and its indigenous people like never before. Then, he analyzes the upcoming critical election in the Philippines. Also features an interview with Sônia Guajajara.|
|15||2||"The NRA's Global Impact"||May 19, 2019|
|The National Rifle Association is going global. Hasan takes an insightful look at the ways the organization has been hypocritically spreading its dangerous message and business practices around the world.|
|16||3||"Cricket Corruption"||May 26, 2019|
|Although cricket could be a global force for good, Indian cricket's governing body is holding it back. This episode features an interview with former chairman of the IPL, Lalit Modi.|
|17||4||"Indian Elections Update and 1MDB Scandal"||June 2, 2019|
|Hasan follows up on India's election results, then gets into the risks of sovereign wealth funds without oversight, as demonstrated by the recent 1MDB scandal.|
|18||5||"Protests in Sudan"||June 9, 2019|
|Sudan is at a major crossroads in their political history: will they embrace democracy or be doomed to a brutal military dictatorship? This episode features an interview with Sudanese protestor Marine Alneel.|
|19||6||"Why Your Internet Sucks"||June 16, 2019|
|Hasan examines how the government and cable providers fail to provide adequate Internet for millions of rural and low income Americans.|
Volume 4 (2019)
|Title||Original release date|
|20||1||"The Dark Side of the Video Game Industry"||August 4, 2019|
|Hasan addresses allegations of worker abuse and toxic culture at many video game developers.|
|21||2||"Fentanyl"||August 11, 2019|
|Hasan discusses the opioid crisis, drug addiction and both legal and illegal manufacturing of fentanyl, including the companies that have been instrumental in promoting it.|
|22||3||"Why Your Public Transportation Sucks"||August 18, 2019|
|Hasan examines how the U.S. government and the Koch brothers are sabotaging plans to revive and expand public transportation as infrastructure crumbles.|
|23||4||"The Real Cost of Cruises"||August 25, 2019|
|Hasan talks about the dangers of traveling on cruise ships and the apparent negligence of cruise companies to rectify said dangers.|
|24||5||"The Two Sides of Canada"||September 1, 2019|
|In advance of Canada's election, Hasan talks with Justin Trudeau and scrutinizes the prime minister's reputation as a champion of progressive policies.|
|25||6||"The Broken Policing System"||September 8, 2019|
|Hasan takes on United States' police misconduct including the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Laquan McDonald in 2014. Then, he discusses the seminars conducted by Dave Grossman and the privilege cops get due to the Officers' Bill of Rights.|
Volume 5 (2019)
|Title||Original release date|
|26||1||"Mental Health"||November 10, 2019|
|Mental health is finally having a moment in the national conversation, but insurance companies, like Blue Cross and UnitedHealth, are finding ways to deny mental health treatment to thousands of patients. Hasan talks about his own experience with mental health therapy, the Mental Health Parity Act, and shines a spotlight on the fight to bridge the disparity in treatment between mental and physical health.|
|27||2||"Trump's Worst Policy: Killing Asylum"||November 17, 2019|
|As record numbers of migrants flee perilous conditions in Central America’s Northern Triangle, Hasan looks at all the unscrupulous ways the Trump Administration is trying to block them from seeking asylum in the United States.|
|28||3||"The Ugly Truth of Fast Fashion"||November 24, 2019|
|Fast fashion brands like H&M and Zara are churning out cheap, new clothes every few days, fueling us to shop more than ever before. Hasan explores how our desire to look “fresh to death” is actually killing the planet.|
|29||4||"Why Billionaires Won't Save Us"||December 1, 2019|
|The wealthiest Americans are often celebrated for their prolific giving, but is it altruism or is it all just hype? Hasan dissects how the ultra-rich use philanthropy to get richer, distract from the injustices on which they built their fortunes, and dictate politics and policy.|
|30||5||"Don’t Ignore the Asian Vote in 2020"||December 8, 2019|
|The Asian American population has grown large enough to swing elections, but it remains one of the least politically active groups in the country. Hasan travels to Asian American communities to hear the issues that matter to voters and to sit down with two politicians running to represent them––presidential candidates Andrew Yang and Cory Booker. Hasan also reaches out to more conservative voices in the Asian American community, but gets barred from an event featuring Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump.|
|31||6||"Why We Can't Retire"||December 15, 2019|
|With the help of Senator Bernie Sanders, Hasan breaks down the financial burden of younger generations caring for their aging parents - and themselves.|
|32||7||"How America Is Causing Global Obesity"||December 22, 2019|
|Obesity used to be a problem in the United States, but has now expanded globally. Hasan examines how it became worldwide as the United States exported its unhealthy diet to smaller countries with the help of free trade; particularly, how Samoa, China, and Mexico have been ruined by obesity caused by U.S. companies (especially Coca-Cola.)|
Volume 6 (2020)
|Title ||Original release date |
|33||1||"What Happens If You Can't Pay Rent?"||May 17, 2020|
|During the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans struggle to pay rent and face a mass eviction crisis.|
|34||2||"The Legal Marijuana Industry Is Rigged"||May 24, 2020|
|Hasan delves into the fight for the legalization of marijuana in the United States and investigates the now-booming legal marijuana industry and how people of color are disenfranchised by it to both use and sell it in America.|
|35||3||"How Coronavirus Broke America"||May 31, 2020|
|With healthcare and food workers at risk, Hasan examines Trump's actions which have continued to exacerbate the economic crisis.|
|36||4||"We Cannot Stay Silent About George Floyd"||June 6, 2020|
|Hasan makes a passionate plea to the world but especially to his own community, the Asian American community, about taking action to support the Black community after the murder of George Floyd and the recent events of police brutality.|
|37||5||"Why the News Industry Is Dying"||June 7, 2020|
|Local newspapers are the source of some of the nation's biggest news breaks. However, these institutions are in danger of disappearing due to private equity firms.|
|38||6||"Is College Still Worth It?"||June 14, 2020|
|As colleges increase in price and offer less, Hasan considers whether a college degree is worth its value.|
|39||7||"We're Doing Elections Wrong"||June 21, 2020|
|America's winner-take-all elections drive a divisive, two-party machine that limits choice. Hasan explains - and champions a viable alternative.|
|40||8||"Why Doing Taxes Is So Hard"||June 28, 2020|
|Hasan exposes how TurboTax pushes taxpayers away from its free service to a paid option, and why efforts to simplify filing have repeatedly failed.|
The series has been met with widespread critical acclaim from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the first season of 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." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 78 out of 100 based on 4 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Influence and controversies
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 Gulf Arabs of that country. Following the episode's release, U.S. Central Command issued an apology and removed the online manual.
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.
Patriot Act has also drawn controversy in other countries the show has covered. The March 2019 episode "Indian Elections" covered the 2019 Indian general election, criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his BJP government, interviewed Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, and tackled issues such as Hindu nationalism, the Kashmir conflict, and mob lynchings against Muslim and Dalit minorities. The episode drew controversy in India, among supporters and opponents of Modi's BJP government. The May 2019 episode "Brazil, Corruption and the Rainforest" covered the 2019 Philippine general election, criticized President Rodrigo Duterte, and tackled issues such as the Philippine Drug War. The episode drew controversy in the Philippines among supporters and opponents of Duterte, leading to a response from the Malacañang Palace attacking the show.
The show's influence was recognized by Time, which included Hasan Minhaj on its list of the 100 most influential people in the world in April 2019. The Daily Show host Trevor Noah described Patriot Act as a "groundbreaking Netflix show."
After the show's cancellation, several producers including Nur Ibrahim Nasreen, Sheila V Kumar, and Amy Zhang claimed to have experienced abuse, mistreatment, and harassment while in the workplace. The matter was settled out of court. 
Awards and nominations
|2019||Peabody Awards||Entertainment Award||Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj||Won|||
|Time||100 Most Influential People||Hasan Minhaj||Won|||
|Webby Awards||Video Entertainment||"Deep Cuts"||Won|||
|Special Achievement||Hasan Minhaj||Won|||
|Social Campaign for Television & Film||Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj||Nominated|||
|Emmy Awards||Outstanding Motion Design||Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj||Won|||
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