The First Lady

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  • TV-MA
  • 2022
  • 1 Season
  • 7.2  (5,636)

The First Lady is a highly anticipated American drama television series set to premiere on Showtime in 2022. With a star-studded cast that includes Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Gillian Anderson, O. T. Fagbenle, Dakota Fanning, Lily Rabe, Regina Taylor, Kiefer Sutherland, Aaron Eckhart, Kristine Froseth, Charlie Plummer, Eliza Scanlen, Jake Picking, Jayme Lawson, Julian De Niro, Arlo Mertz, Clea DuVall, Jackie Earle Haley, Kate Mulgrew, Derek Cecil, Michael Potts, Rhys Wakefield, Ellen Burstyn, Judy Greer, Lexi Underwood, Cayden Boyd, Gavin White, Marc Hills, Jack Stanton, Ben Cook, Paul Holcomb, Leslie Kritzer, Evan Parke, Gloria Reuben, Rosalind Chao, Donna Lynne Champlin, Cailee Spaeny, Olivia Cannon, Jeremy Bobb, Kathleen Garrett, Mark Moses, Maria Dizzia, and Saniyya Sidney, the show promises to be an exciting addition to the television landscape.

The First Lady centers around the lives of three women who have held the prestigious position of First Lady of the United States: Michelle Obama (played by Viola Davis), Betty Ford (played by Michelle Pfeiffer), and Eleanor Roosevelt (played by Gillian Anderson). The series explores the impact these women had on their husbands' presidencies, as well as their own legacies.

The show gives insight into the personal and political lives of these women, showcasing their inner struggles and triumphs. Michelle Obama's story focuses on her experience as the first African-American First Lady, her background, and her involvement in national initiatives. Betty Ford's character explores her advocacy for feminism and her fight for women's rights, as well as her struggles with addiction. Meanwhile, Eleanor Roosevelt's character delves into her role as a humanitarian and human rights activist.

The show incorporates flashbacks, which will take the audience back to pivotal moments in American history, highlighting the significant events that took place during each First Lady's tenure. The stories also touch on the challenges and sacrifices these women had to endure and the ways in which they managed to overcome them.

The First Lady is written by Aaron Cooley, with Davis serving as an executive producer of the show. The first season consists of ten hour-long episodes, each highlighting different aspects of the First Ladies' lives. The series promises to offer a unique perspective on powerful women who have shaped America's political and social landscape.

Overall, The First Lady is a captivating show that promises to take viewers on a journey through history. With its all-star cast, multi-faceted characters, and intriguing plotline, this series has all the ingredients to be a hit. Whether you're a fan of American history, political dramas or simply great storytelling, The First Lady is a show that is not to be missed.

The First Lady is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on April 17, 2022.

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Victory Dance
10. Victory Dance
June 19, 2022
Eleanor, Betty and Michelle establish powerful legacies. Season finale.
9. Rift
June 12, 2022
As Franklin helms the United States' entry into World War II, Eleanor patriotically rallies the country as First Lady, which leaves Hick neglected on the sidelines. After Betty's spiraling addiction reaches a breaking point, Jerry intervenes with the help of family and friends. When Donald Trump's Access Hollywood tape ignites a national debate during the 2016 presidential campaign, Michelle joins Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail to advocate for the dignity of American women.
Punch Perfect
8. Punch Perfect
June 5, 2022
Dissatisfied with Franklin's complacency over growing international atrocities in Europe, Eleanor forces his hand to assist Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany.
7. Nadir
May 29, 2022
After African-American opera singer Marian Anderson is banned from performing for the Daughters of the American Revolution, Eleanor leaves the group and doubles down on her efforts to confront racism.
Shout Out
6. Shout Out
May 22, 2022
Eleanor moves Hick into an adjacent bedroom in the White House while Franklin has the FBI surveil her actions. Inspired by her growing influence and popularity, Betty steers a White House campaign office to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, which aggravates Jerry's staff who worry about a conservative challenge for the upcoming Republican Party presidential nomination. Michelle pushes Barack to take a firm moral stand in favor of marriage equality over his political concerns about losing re-election.
See Saw
5. See Saw
May 15, 2022
Eleanor holds the White House's first all-female press conference and grows closer to journalist Lorena "Hick" Hickock. Meanwhile, Betty's public announcement of her breast cancer diagnosis shifts opinion of the Ford Administration, and Michelle launches a new healthy school lunch program, which prompts a stalled Congress to enact new legislation.
Cracked Pot
4. Cracked Pot
May 8, 2022
Years before first entering the White House, Eleanor discovers Franklin's marital indiscretions. While Jerry rises through the ranks in Congress, a stubborn shoulder injury drives Betty to seek help from a doctor. After toddler Sasha is rushed to the hospital with meningitis, Michelle vows to hold Chicago's inadequate healthcare system to task.
Please Allow Me
3. Please Allow Me
May 1, 2022
Frustrated by the male dominated world of media and politics, Eleanor holds the White House's first all-female press conference and grows closer to journalist Lorena "Hick" Hickock. Betty's public announcement of her breast cancer diagnosis shifts opinion of the Ford Administration away from Jerry's controversial pardon of Nixon and makes Betty a popular figure among American women. After Barack gets clobbered in the midterms, Michelle launches a new healthy school lunch program, which prompts a stalled Congress to enact new legislation.
Voices Carry
2. Voices Carry
April 24, 2022
Moved by the toll the Great Depression has taken on the country, Eleanor presses Franklin to act more boldly and lobbies for an unprecedented formal position in the administration while helping craft his inaugural address. After Nixon's resignation, Jerry assumes the presidency and Betty becomes First Lady days before an important state dinner, which Jerry's staff try to cancel. In the days leading up to Barack's inauguration, Michelle faces opposition from members of his transition team who plan to diminish her role.
That White House
1. That White House
April 17, 2022
After Franklin's sudden polio diagnosis, Eleanor Roosevelt commits to enabling his political future despite pressure from her mother-in-law, Sara. As the Watergate scandal unfolds, Betty Ford unexpectedly becomes Second Lady upon Jerry's nomination as Vice President and she clashes with his staff over her newly public role. Following the historic 2008 election, Michelle Obama wrestles with the expectations and dangers that Barack and their children face as the first Black family to live in the White House.
Where to Watch The First Lady
The First Lady is available for streaming on the Showtime website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The First Lady on demand at FuboTV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 17, 2022
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (5,636)