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The First Lady

Season 1
 (106)
2022X-RayTV-MA
A dramatic revelation of the interwoven lives of three First Ladies.
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DramaHistorical
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. The First Lady: that white house
    April 16, 2022
    56min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Eleanor, Betty and Michelle enter new political roles.
  2. 2. The First Lady: voices carry
    April 23, 2022
    56min
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    English
    Eleanor, Betty and Michelle face challenges in their first days in office.
  3. 3. The First Lady: please allow me
    April 30, 2022
    58min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Eleanor, Betty and Michelle come of age and meet their future husbands.
  4. 4. The First Lady: cracked pot
    May 7, 2022
    59min
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    Eleanor, Betty and Michelle navigate the rising careers of their husbands.
  5. 5. The First Lady: see saw
    May 14, 2022
    54min
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    Eleanor, Betty and Michelle advocate for their own issues as First Lady.
  6. 6. The First Lady: shout out
    May 21, 2022
    57min
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    Eleanor, Betty and Michelle’s daring stances put them in the spotlight.
  7. 7. The First Lady: nadir
    May 28, 2022
    52min
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    Eleanor, Betty and Michelle battle public and personal hardships.
  8. 8. The First Lady: punch perfect
    June 4, 2022
    55min
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    Eleanor, Betty and Michelle refuse to stay quiet on issues they care about.
  9. 9. The First Lady: rift
    June 11, 2022
    55min
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    Eleanor, Betty and Michelle confront their most daunting challenges yet.
  10. 10. The First Lady: victory dance
    June 18, 2022
    57min
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    English [CC]
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    Eleanor, Betty and Michelle establish powerful legacies.

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Season year
2022
Network
Lions Gate Television Inc.
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3.9 out of 5 stars

106 global ratings

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  2. 5% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 8% of reviews have 3 stars
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Beth.MinardiReviewed in the United States on April 17, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
TIMELY. Revealing. Important
The role of "First Lady" describes little about the women who did far more than stand behind their husbands..Devoting one's life and love to a President is no easy task.

I enjoyed every moment of Episode One: The First Lady!. Women are traditionally "managed" into the role of "The Little Lady", so must work hard to maintain their own identities and sense of purpose. I enjoyed learning more about these strong individuals who found it necessary to work around a system that offered little acceptance other than hostess, arm candy, and smiling help mate!
31 people found this helpful
Andrew GoudyReviewed in the United States on April 18, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Big Mike
Don't you have to be a women to be a first Lady, 🤣
33 people found this helpful
Buckgrad00Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Finally recognizing power and influential women!
A wonderful representation of powerful women who made a difference in history! I've always admired Eleanor Roosevelt and this proves why! I can't wait to watch more episodes!!!!
23 people found this helpful
Kathryn Le VequeReviewed in the United States on April 19, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Outstanding - so far
I wasn't sure what to expect with this series. I don't watch much 'tv', but I was compelled by the cast. Curiosity, mostly. Wow, was I surprised with how good this is.

Viola Davis can do no wrong. Her skill and talent shine. It must be so hard to portray someone who is so beloved while they're still alive, so I applaud her for such a spot-on effort.

Michelle Pfeiffer blew me away. As Betty Ford, she is astonishing. She's vulnerable, tormented, but brave. So brave. Just a magnificent portrayal. Dakota Fanning makes an awesome appearance as Susan Ford.

Gillian Anderson, of course, is always worth watching. I love the way she has Eleanor Roosevelt's mannerisms and voice down pat. An incredibly interpretation of an iconic woman.

Since the series is called "The First Lady", I won't really comment on the men. This is about the ladies (although I will admit Aaron Eckhart is a favorite of mine and excellent as Gerald Ford).

Looking forward to the entire series - and seeing just how amazing Viola, Michelle, and Gillian can be.

Well done, ladies.
22 people found this helpful
Denise GriewischReviewed in the United States on May 3, 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
Very porr casting choices
While the quality of the actors chosen is irrefutable, casting these particular people in these particular roles is an absolute disaster. You can do only so much with makeup. But actors in the costumes and makeup must still be able to fully embody those characters and these do not. They're simply not the right people for the characters. And it's the fault of the producer and director, not the actors. Every role I've seen Viola Davis in she was spot on for the role. She completely transformed herself for Ma Raney, and did it so well, you could have been watching Ma Raney herself! She was made for How to Get Away With Murder and her role as Aibileene in The Help was hearth wrenching and heart warming all at once. She just isn't the right person for Michelle Obama. Kathy Bates would have been perfect for Eleanor Roosevelt, not Gillian Andersen! What was Susanne Bier thinking? Neither was Keifer Sutherland a convincing FDR. But the worst part about it was that, rather than giving each FLOTUS her own 3-4 epidsodes to allow the actor to better develop and deepen the role, the whiplash inducing time-machine changes makes one lose focus on any of the 3 First Ladies, much less all three at the same time. Could have been so good. What a shame.
18 people found this helpful
HPX97Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Political Propganda
I shut it off after about 10 minutes. I find it hard to believe that George Bush was a vicious racist who kept pictures of black people getting brutalized and told Obama that he was forced to meet with him because of the "Constitution." The show revealed itself from the start, so I am glad I didn't waste any more time on it.
16 people found this helpful
Vivienne H.Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Viola Davis as Michelle Obama in The First Lady tv series is the WORST casting and directing EVER!!!
Viola Davis is an excellent actress, however, in the role of Michelle Obama, she is horrific! She should NEVER have been cast in this role because she is too old to play a younger Michelle and looks twice the age of the Barack actor, purses her lips in EVERY single scene while wearing a horrible shade of pale lipstick which emphasizes her larger lips (which Michelle does not have), appears angry most of the time (angry black woman syndrome) which I feel was done on purpose!!! She curses, appears cold and unfeeling, wigs are gross, walk is nothing like Michelle who is classy and carries herself beautifully!!!

This role for Viola represents HORRIBLE casting and directing!!!!! Again, I feel that the only reason she was chosen was for her name recognition and her notoriety! There were several younger Black actresses (in their 30's or 40's) who would have been excellent! Not only that, as a Michelle Obama fan, I have never seen her purse her lips and, if she does, she would have a totally different look and would certainly not have had them pursed every breathing moment like Viola does in EVERY scene! This has been one of the most difficult series I've ever viewed primarily due to Viola in this role!!! I hope Viola will sit and look at the entire series objectively and she will see why the series has been so profusely and profoundly criticized!!!! So sad…………..and that's putting it mildly!!!!!!!!
12 people found this helpful
ShawnaLanneReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Engrossing
I have been staying away from anything that smacks of politics in my entertainment selection. So I took a few days of being tired of my re-runs to watch this. It's really really good, not overly political, unless you are a troglodyte who thinks women believing they are equal to men is political.

The storytelling is well done, fascinating. My only problem is that both Gillian Anderson and Viola Davis decided that the movement of their mouth was integral to their characterization? I guess. It is distracting.
13 people found this helpful
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