Mrs. America: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Mrs. America

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Mrs. America captures the complicated life and times of Phyllis Schlafly with poise and style to spare, brought to vivid life by a superb ensemble led by another masterful performance from Cate Blanchett.

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Critic Ratings: 81

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User Ratings: 133

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Episodes

1
Air date: Apr 15, 2020
2
Air date: Apr 15, 2020
3
Air date: Apr 15, 2020
4
Air date: Apr 22, 2020
5
Air date: Apr 29, 2020
6
Air date: May 6, 2020
7
Air date: May 13, 2020
8
Air date: May 20, 2020
9
Air date: May 27, 2020

Tv Season Info

Cast

Cate Blanchett
as Phyllis Schlafly
Uzo Aduba
as Shirley Chisholm
Rose Byrne
as Gloria Steinem
Kayli Carter
as Pamela
Ari Graynor
as Brenda Feigen-Fasteau
Melanie Lynskey
as Rosemary Thomson
John Slattery
as Fred Schlafly
Jeanne Tripplehorn
as Eleanor Schlafly
Tracey Ullman
as Betty Friedan
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Critic Reviews for Mrs. America Season 1

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (26)

There are a lot of plots in "Mrs. America..." But they're woven together organically, unfolding with the same grace of the phenomenal cast.

Apr 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Schlafly is ostensibly the subject here, and Blanchett's performance is masterful, but Mrs. America is an ensemble piece in which its central figure functions as an event.

Apr 9, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"Mrs. America" is a show that will leave you thinking and, if you're femme in any way, questing for a revolution.

Apr 2, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Mrs. America has zip to spare, bounding along on a '70s soundtrack, limning complex history, ideas, alliances, and personal dynamics with assuredness, tact, and insight.

Apr 16, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Something seems amiss, separate from the filmmaking, separate from the artistry. Maybe it's just that it can be hard to separate Mrs. America's utter bleakness from its quality.

Apr 15, 2020 | Full Review…
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Mrs. America is maybe the first great television series of 2020, a project that manages to capture the complicated essence of real characters while telling a story at both micro and macro levels.

Apr 17, 2020 | Full Review…

...there is an element of tragedy to all that's presented here, head-scratching moments that show just how shameful the American political process was on almost every level

Jun 1, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Mrs. America, the new miniseries about Phyllis Schlafly, doesn't want us to come away with a harsh view of its subject. But we should: Schlafly's right-wing views were consistently monstrous, doing untold damage to the country.

May 29, 2020 | Full Review…

I suppose, in the end, my only real disappointment with the series is that there isn't more of it.

May 27, 2020 | Full Review…

Even without Blanchett playing her, Schlafly's blithe willingness to bear anything and come up with a quippy one-liner afterward makes for an inherently compelling character, as well as a herald of incoming President Ronald Reagan himself.

May 22, 2020 | Full Review…

"Mrs. America" may cover serious political history, but it's also entertaining and avoids the eat-your-vegetables pitfalls that can sometimes mar "important" prestige TV.

Apr 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Excellent.

Apr 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mrs. America: Season 1

  • Jun 27, 2020
    Excellent rendition of the era. Fascinating for a history lesson.
  • Jun 20, 2020
    Incredible cast but it's the story that is the real star. How does a country who does not see fit to enshrine the equal rights of it's women have any credibility in declaring itself a democracy?
  • Jun 09, 2020
    The performances and ambitious styling is great, as well as it mostly successfully fulfilling its stance as a character study. The BIG downfall of the series is its twisting of actual events in favor of those who are pro-ERA. Is it any wonder a Google search of the series will return publication after publication correcting the actual history and play out of certain events. Granted, it is a work of art and things have been adapted to fulfill the artistic merits. The issue is in the flat-out lies this biographical/historical representation demonstrates, as well as the fictional scenes, that show obvious preference to one side than the other. Its bias makes it difficult to take seriously as a portrayal of the events. A great opportunity to explore both sides of the ERA itself in an informative fashion was sourly missed.
  • Jun 01, 2020
    Really good, although slow in parts. The characters are all interesting and it's a story that really needs to be told. The very end was fantastic!
  • May 30, 2020
    Mrs. America is a great piece of historical fiction that's much needed now more than ever. The series does an incredible job portraying the iconic heroines of the 1970s without sugar coating their lives and achievements. Cate Blanchett's Phyllis Schlafly was a knockout, as she balanced between getting you to hate the already known characteristics of Schlafly, while making you realize that deep down Schlafly was just as much a feminist as her so-called rivals. Each episode touched upon women's issues that are still unfortunately relevant today, even going as far as drawing similarities between Reagan and Trump's presidential campaigns. I'm also glad they touched upon women of color and their struggles with intersectionality, especially through Shirley Chisolm's presidential campaign. But my favorite moments came from episode 8, where Sarah Paulson's Alice interacted with women from all backgrounds. Her self-realization and the monologue she gave about how there's "a lot of land" to share, speaks to the audience and to America's current social and political climate. Mrs. America is look at our past in hopes of a better future for women. I hope Mrs. America becomes a stepping stone to continue the ratification of the ERA Amendment.
  • May 29, 2020
    Cate Blanchett is stellar. She's terrifying and vulnerable as Schlafley. The series is so well done - stylish and well written and perfectly cast. It's got humor but it's effective in its accounting of the push to ratify the ERA. I cried at about half of the episodes. The series is a must see.
  • May 28, 2020
    Muy bien contada la historia de estas grandes mujeres - Gloria Steinem, Shirley Chisholm, Jill Ruckelshaus, Bella Abzug y Betty Friedan - que lucharon por sacar la ley de igualdad de derechos en EUA, terminando derrotadas por la ultraderecha de la mano de Reagan y Phyllis Schlafly. Muy bien narrada, muy apegada a la realidad y muy bien hecha esta historia que deja ver lo muy atrasada que esta EUA en cuestiones sociales.
  • May 28, 2020
    This is a spectacular series bringing history and the women's movement into focus. Even though the story has been fictionally embellished, it's still a valuable look back to a period of history easily passed by. The cast is phenomenal, the writing is very good and the pacing (so far) definitely keeps you engaged. Sidenote, I love the level of detail from the clothes to music & culture.
  • May 28, 2020
    Fantastic! Cate Blanchett needs an Oscar for this, but as it is not possible...An emmy would go well too
  • May 26, 2020
    Absolutely obsessed! Mrs. America is an ensemble show which captures both sides to the ERA debate. The costumes and that intro! I mean c'mon. Definitely one of my favorite shows of all time. Great great job.

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