THE FIRST LADY deals with major historical issues for all three women living in the White House. If what the writers are basing the scripts on, then all I can say is, “holy cow!” Who knew how these “acceptances” came to be for each president?

Eleanor Rosevelt (Gillian Anderson) had the most profound changes to her life in 1933. Secret passageways and entrances within the WH helped her establish her boundaries even with J Edgar Hoover hot on her tail. I never thought I would feel empathy for FDR (Kiefer Sutherland), but in the end, I did. Michelle Obama (Viola Davis) showed us her marriage’s “conniving, crafty” side. I would never mess with her for sure. She is one powerful lady who tempers strong conviction with sweetness, kindness, and brutal honesty. As for Betty Ford (Michelle Pfeiffer), the signs are there for her to “bottom out.” Their lives are so much more complicated than the public would like to believe.

THE FIRST LADY is still an interesting series with much to absorb and learn about these feisty women. I am just not loving the “jumping” from decade to decade and continually back throughout the hour. It doesn’t add to any smoothness or style from the editing department. I don’t think they need the little time dial on the bottom of the screen. We get where we are when we see each of the three ladies.

THE FIRST LADY is available to stream on SHOWTIME.

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Childrenโ€™s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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