(L-R): Lexi Underwood as Malia, Viola Davis as Michelle Obama, Regina Taylor as Marian Robinson and Saniyya Sidney as Sasha in THE FIRST LADY, "106". Photo credit: Jackson Lee Davis/SHOWTIME.

THE FIRST LADY shared growing pains as Betty Ford (Michelle Pfeiffer), Eleanor Rosevelt (Gillian Anderson), and Michelle Obama (Viola Davis) had to deal with heartbreaking issues. Watching these women maneuver through racial inequality, campaign woes, and the Sandy Hook tragedy gave new meaning to inspirational moments of strength. 

This limited series is quirky. It fills in blank bits of history that you hope are honest and truthful. The acting is superb. The writing does not pull any punches. My only complaint is the blunt editing from decade to decade, but I do enjoy the mix of reality meshed with a little piece of fantasy. It is an interesting show for history buffs. 

This week on THE FIRST LADY did not move the plot forward. It did, however, highlight the courage these ladies exemplified for our country. It 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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