The Plot Against America: Season 1 Reviews

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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.
March 20, 2020
The Plot Against America seeks to answer no less grand a question than what this country means.
March 19, 2020
I don't know where your head is at right now, a week into a societal shutdown with no definitive end...But, weirdly, I found The Plot Against America somewhat reassuring.
March 19, 2020
A demagogue like Lindbergh is an unmistakably resonant villain. This is not an easy watch, nor a perfect one, but its unmistakable seriousness makes it worthy of your time.
March 19, 2020
More than anything, HBO's adaptation nails a tricky dynamic to depict in a dramatic form like film or television: the sensation that significant, world-shaping historical events are unfolding around you and there's no way to control them.
March 18, 2020
The narrative precision of the auteurs is admirable. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 18, 2020
"The Plot Against America" is visceral anti-fascist art, but it is also one of the season's best six hours of television.
March 18, 2020
An alternative history that feels all too plausible (and familiar).
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
March 17, 2020
David Simon has once again shown that he is one of the best television playwrights. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 17, 2020
The Plot Against America is a story that feels especially urgent in the context of the Trump administration, but it was written under a different president and it will remain relevant under presidents to come. This is, in fact, who we are.
March 17, 2020
Roth's novel was at its best in depicting how fascism leads to a quiet corrosion of morals and liberty. The miniseries, with contemporary models to learn from, is even better.
March 17, 2020
David Simon and Ed Burns are out to show how thin the divide is between the country we know and the nightmare many of us are afraid we'll become. It's riveting and ruthless.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
March 17, 2020
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 17, 2020
"The Plot Against America" is indelible piece of work about how politics reaches into personal lives.
March 17, 2020
Creative geniuses David Simon and Ed Burns have struck thought-provoking gold again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.6/5
Top Critic
March 17, 2020
Roth captured big, complicated ideas about a big complicated country. They're far too big for any screen. Sorry - even one as lovingly attended to as this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 17, 2020
It is gorgeously made without having overt sepia-toned-nostalgia visual impact. Remarkably, it doesn't feel like a blunt lesson in social or political responsibility.
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