The Plot Against America: Season 1

The Plot Against America: Season 1

The Plot Against America: Season 1

An alternate American history told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey, as they watch the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who becomes president and turns the nation toward fascism.

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DramaScience Fiction
EPISODE 1.1
17 March 2020

Episode 1

Herman takes his family to look at a house in an upwardly mobile neighborhood, though Bess is wary of leaving the safety of their tight-knit Jewish community amid growing anti-Semitism sparked by Lindbergh's ascendancy.

EPISODE 1.2
24 March 2020

Episode 2

Lindbergh's increasingly popular campaign captures some in the Levin family, as well as Bengelsdorf, while Sandy, enamored of the aviator's charm, celebrity, and history, begins a rebellion of his own.

EPISODE 1.3
31 March 2020

Episode 3

The family endures a trip to D.C., despite Bess' desire to visit Canada, where many frightened Jewish families are moving. Alvin stands out in his military training abroad.

EPISODE 1.4
7 April 2020

Episode 4

Evelyn and Bengelsdorf receive an invitation from Mrs. Lindbergh to a state dinner for Nazi Germany's foreign minister, as Evelyn makes Sandy the face of the youth assimilation program.

EPISODE 1.5
14 April 2020

Episode 5

After learning the family has been selected for a forced relocation, Herman looks to make a challenge in court.
EPISODE 1.6
21 April 2020

Episode 6

As riots and conspiracies spread across the country in the lead up to election day, Herman takes measures to keep his family safe.

The Plot Against America: Season 1 / Reviews

Variety

Variety

This is a show that, even as it depicts a precarious moment and exists in one, cannot bear uncertainty. That's a tendency that makes it both a fairly unpleasant watch, and a sacrificed opportunity.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The Plot Against America is a uniformly handsome piece of television, blending production design, cinematography and seamless special effects to build out the world of 1940s New Jersey.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

The show is chilling in the ways that life has begun to imitate its source material's art. But it's yet another example of how Simon and his collaborators manage to craft riveting entertainment out of incisive commentary on the way we live now.

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The Australian

The Australian

The ensemble cast is flawless too, totally convincing as real people of the period, with perfect pitch at the crucial turning points in the plot, and carrying that beguiling authenticity that characterises anything David Simon does.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Factoring out the speculative aspects of the story, one is left with a moderately diverting drama of a family under pressure, arguing about whether what looks like trouble is really trouble.

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Stuff

Stuff

It all adds up to enthralling, essential viewing.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

How Simon escalates the story, and just how close to home the series hits, is yet to be seen. But "The Plot Against America" is off to a promising beginning - if not in content, then in form.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

Simon is TV's master of realism, and here the groundedness of his storytelling combines with the distinctiveness of Roth's characters to deepen the political profundity as well as the visceral impact of this speculative fiction.

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

That was my feeling going in, a hesitance to spend even more time contemplating the clenching grip of fascism. But Simon and Burns, as they have done in the past, find a graceful path through the grimness.

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NPR

NPR

Roth's story becomes a meticulously detailed and gorgeously directed miniseries.

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BBC

BBC

The conclusion is moving and more pessimistic about the possibilities for equality in the US than Roth was. Yet even that sobering ending doesn't escape the tone of a classroom lecture.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

It's also a reminder that even as the world slides into violence and chaos, kids are still kids, and some things don't change. That's a truth at once reassuring and mortifying.

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Financial Times

Financial Times

To paraphrase Trotsky, The Plot illustrates that even if you are not interested in politics, politics is interested in you.

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