The Plot Against America: Season 1 Reviews

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April 28, 2021
It's fiction, but all the worst bits have the jangling ring of truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 13, 2021
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.
July 31, 2020
The Plot Against America speaks so directly to today's politics one would have to be particularly obtuse not to notice.
July 29, 2020
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.
July 25, 2020
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"?
July 21, 2020
It's a slow unwinding. As you'd expect from a David Simon drama, the characters are nuanced.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 17, 2020
I loved its attention to detail, I love the richness of how it captures 1940s America, and how it shows extremist political opinions can have severe and terrifying consequences.
July 17, 2020
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
July 16, 2020
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 16, 2020
A powerful family portrait framed by the blaze that Lindbergh's election has set alight.
July 15, 2020
It's not a nihilistic vision of America, and it's all the more alarming for its plausibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 15, 2020
It makes for a chilling, cautionary tale of our times that - you suspect - will only preach to the converted. It's likely that the only ones listening to The Plot Against America will be those who want to hear what it's saying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 15, 2020
Simon and Burns do their usual exceptional work in delicately fitting pieces of a larger and larger puzzle together to reveal a bigger and more complicated picture at every step.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 29, 2020
Co-writer and executive producer David Simon was partly responsible for the great series The Wire. This is not one of his finest moments.
April 16, 2020
I've often thought Philip Roth should have been named Philippic Wroth since his characters love bitter verbal jousting. The strongest aspect of the HBO series is that it has kept the ideological battles of the novel, which have only become more salient...
April 6, 2020
The Plot Against America is very much a miniseries created for our times - every scene is loaded, urgent and terrifying. It's both a mirror and an oracle of what's to come.
March 30, 2020
An excellent, albeit slow-burning, look at a fleshed-out alternate reality where an everyday American family... face opposition from neighbors who quickly reveal their true colors.
March 25, 2020
To paraphrase Trotsky, The Plot illustrates that even if you are not interested in politics, politics is interested in you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 23, 2020
It watches as prejudice and injustice spread insidiously like a disease, as the abnormal and obnoxious and unthinkable become commonplace.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 23, 2020
It's a superb cast, and if you liked showrunner David Simon's The Wire and Treme, you'll find this fantasy world is catnip.
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