The Plot Against America: Season 1 (2020)

Season 1
The Plot Against America

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A cautionary tale that hits close to home, The Plot Against America's handsomely realized revisionist history is disturbingly relevant, making it difficult, but essential viewing.



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Air date: Mar 16, 2020

Series premiere. On the eve of the 1940 election cycle, Herman Levin anticipates a promotion at work and taking his family to look at a house in an upwardly mobile neighborhood, though his wife, Bess, is wary of leaving the safety of their tight-knit Jewish community and raising a family amid growing anti-Semitism sparked by Charles Lindbergh's ascendancy. As the family spinster, her sister has a disappointing rendezvous with a married lover, but later finds herself charmed by a local rabbi.

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Air date: Mar 23, 2020

Lindbergh's increasingly popular campaign sweeps through the U.S. and captures some in the Levin family, as well as Bengelsdorf, with Evelyn as his assistant and lover, becoming a key asset in the Lindbergh camp, while Sandy, enamored of the aviator's charm, celebrity and history, begins a rebellion of his own within the family of New Deal Democrats. Meanwhile, Alvin must decide between serving a local developer or risking an open fight with the fascist forces he sees spreading across the world.

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Air date: Mar 30, 2020

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

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Air date: Apr 6, 2020

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. Back from war, Alvin takes a job at his uncle's warehouse. Philip is traumatized by a death in the neighborhood.

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Air date: Apr 13, 2020

Herman learns the family has been selected for an essentially forced relocation to Kentucky under the Homestead Act, so he looks to make a challenge in court, while Bess and Philip appeal to Bengelsdorf and Evelyn, respectively. Later, Bess gives Herman an ultimatum when violence breaks out at a rally for Lindbergh's most public liberal challenger.

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Air date: Apr 20, 2020

Series finale. Riots and conspiracies spread across the country in the lead-up to Election Day, so Herman takes measures to keep his family safe. Meanwhile, Bess does all she can at a great distance to help a small child caught in a maelstrom of anti-Semitism in Kentucky. Alvin is recruited for a new and secret mission as the ties that bind the Levins together are stressed.

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Cast & Crew

Michael Kostroff
Shepsie Tirschwell
Winona Ryder
Evelyn Finkel
Anthony Boyle
Alvin Levin
Zoe Kazan
Elizabeth "Bess" Levin
Morgan Spector
Herman Levin
John Turturro
Rabbi Lionel Bengelsdorf
Azhy Robertson
Philip Levin
Caleb Malis
Sandy Levin
Jacob Laval
Seldon Wishnow
David Simon
Executive Producer
Ed Burns
Executive Producer
Nina K. Noble
Executive Producer
Sue Naegle
Executive Producer
Susan Goldberg
Executive Producer
Joe Roth
Executive Producer
Megan Ellison
Executive Producer
Jeff Kirschenbaum
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Plot Against America Season 1

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (36)

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

Mar 16, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 16, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

But the series' feet are in the 1940s while its head is in the late 2010s. And as a result doesn't feel like it fully belongs anywhere.

Mar 16, 2020 | Full Review…

[A] complex, character-driven drama that will linger in your head long after it's over.

Mar 13, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It watches as prejudice and injustice spread insidiously like a disease, as the abnormal and obnoxious and unthinkable become commonplace.

Mar 23, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

"The Plot Against America" is indelible piece of work about how politics reaches into personal lives.

Mar 17, 2020 | Full Review…

That an insidious version of initially smiling and "friendly" fascism, which wraps itself in homilies and "Americanism," can and will arise, given the right circumstances, is a truth, and a reality, that millions need to understand.

Feb 13, 2021 | Full Review…

The Plot Against America speaks so directly to today's politics one would have to be particularly obtuse not to notice.

Jul 30, 2020 | Full Review…

In the circumstances, it's no wonder that the regular anti-Trump nudges feel more like a distraction from a pretty good piece of speculative historical drama than a savage indictment of contemporary America.

Jul 29, 2020 | Full Review…

What if a demagogic Republican interloper with no experience in politics or foreign affairs won the US presidency by spouting divisive rhetoric, vilifying the media, and always promising to put "America first"?

Jul 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Struggles to captivate from the offset but it's worth the perseverance. As the story unfolds the disturbingly horrifying events of what could so easily come into fruition layers on a quiet intensity and leaving a thirst of wanting more.

Jul 17, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

It's a disturbing evocation of an America that superficially looks the same, but is being horribly transformed. This is a fascinating dramatization of a complex, chilling novel.

Jul 15, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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