The Lady and the Dale: Season 1

The Lady and the Dale: Season 1

The Lady and the Dale: Season 1

HBO's docuseries centres on entrepreneur Elizabeth Carmichael and her product, a fuel-efficient three-wheeled vehicle which took off during the 1970s gas crisis. However, a completely different spotlight dawns on her when investigators suspect it's a scam.

2021Rating: MUSA
Documentary

Streaming (1 Provider)

EPISODE 1.1
21 February 2021

Soldier of Fortune

Meet Liz Carmichael, trailblazing promoter of the fuel-efficient car of the future: The Dale. Just as publicity for the three-wheeled automobile reaches its peak, Liz, a trans woman, is outed as a fugitive who's spent... MORE the last several decades running from the law with her wife Vivian and their five children. As Liz's family and friends guide us through her chaotic yet riveting life, we learn how it all came to a crashing halt with the 1974 rise of The Dale.

EPISODE 1.2
21 February 2021

Caveat Emptor: Buyer Beware

With Liz at the helm, the 20th Century Motor Car Company launches The Dale, which soon takes on a life of its own. Investigative reporters question the operation and its leader, leading to government attempts... MORE to reign in Liz's sales practices, upheaval at the company, and a fatal shooting.

EPISODE 1.3
21 February 2021

The Guilty Fleeth

Just as Liz moves the company to Dallas, news breaks of a murder at the 20th Century Motor Car Company showroom. As the press turns on her and law enforcement begins to close in, Liz... MORE once again goes on the lam. But she's soon found and subjected to mounting media scrutiny, transphobia, and a lengthy, unpredictable trial.

EPISODE 1.4
21 February 2021

Celestial Bodies

Liz's legacy as a trans woman, entrepreneur, and parent is contextualized within the broader history of transphobia.

The Lady and the Dale: Season 1 / Reviews

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The rare biographical doc in which the subject's domestic self is as interesting as their "professional" feats.

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NPR

NPR

Thanks to lots of old clips and some shockingly candid interviews, this close look at the media treatment of her is one of the most valuable aspects of The Lady and the Dale.

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

If the four-part documentary The Lady and the Dale were someone you met at a post-pandemic cocktail party, it would be sidling up and saying, "Want to hear a crazy story?"

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Vulture

Vulture

Distinguishes itself as the rare true-crime documentary that asks us to consider both why some people opt to live a life rooted in one long con after another.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Weaves each unbelievable twist of fate into an astonishing pastiche of industry and identity, on scales both national and personal.

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Salon

Salon

An explosion of lively stop-animation...

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Decider

Decider

The first hour of The Lady And The Dale is a bit slow, but we know it'll pick up once we get into the story of Carmichael's marketing of The Dale and how it all came crashing down.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Inside the smooth fascination of "The Lady and the Dale" is a tragedy that hasn't fully emerged.

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