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Like much of the more personal elements of "The Reagans," they're whispers that sometimes coalesce but are left up to the audience to ascribe their own level of validity to... [It] still manages to be a compelling overview.
A skillful assemblage of archival footage and talking-head interviews with former colleagues, journalists, and scholars, it casts a critical gaze...
The Reagans doesn't adequately dig into who Ron and Nancy were or tell us much of anything we don't already know about them within its four hours. But at some point somebody should.
The Reagans is certainly more pointed and zippily edited than if it had run on, say, PBS. But there's little here that isn't conventional progressive history, even if some of the minor details retain their power to shock.
That assessment isn't as widely shared as the series indicates, but Tyrnauer is on firmer ground with his corollary argument that Reagan's election was the pivot that brought American politics and public life to where they are today.
The testimony is steeped in acid, especially about matters like the Reagan administration's passion for cutting social services... It should be noted that, along with all its charges, this richly compelling series gives Reagan his due for achievements.
On the off chance that there are viewers out there not yet utterly exhausted by American politics, this revealing Showtime documentary series provides plenty of fascinating insights into how the Republican Party has come to be how it is today.
Tyrnauer's docuseries is a visceral reminder that America has always been - and likely will always be - fertile ground for reactionary showmen like Trump and Reagan.
For those who love Presidential history or Reagan, the series will fulfill an itch. However, it never rises to become a definitive document on the man
By re-contextualizing Ronald Reagan's presidency, the series makes a clear case for how we got to this point as a country.
Each episode is well-paced and manages to cover several subjects in less than an hour without being too truncated or confusing.
Audience Reviews for The Reagans: Season 1
Jan 09, 2021What a powerful series! Really enjoyed learning about some of the backstory of Ronald and Nancie. A lot of fascinating stuff that ties into what is going on in our country now. A must see if you are interested in politics or the history of power in America.
Jan 04, 2021It is extremely well done and very informative. It is extremely biased against Reagan, and certainly comes across as somewhat of a hit job, but at the same time is extremely informative. Despite the decidedly anti-Reagan commentary provided by Leslie Stahl and two other talking heads, it allowed anyone who had lived through the Reagan era to form their own opinions. Reagan was far from perfect, as was every single human being who has ever lived, but he was a good President to anyone in the middle and above. No, his policies did not directly benefit the poor and needy, but let's not forget that the poor and needy were obviously not helped by the economic policies and programs of past Presidents either. His second term was almost derailed by the Iran-Contra affair, and this documentary covered that in good detail, and pointed out that he used his charisma and charm to escape from a seemingly inescapable predicament. No matter what side of the aisle you lean towards, you will probably really like this documentary, even if some Republicans may find it decidedly anti-Reagan.
Dec 27, 2020Excellent documentary series about the real Regans. It's hard for republicans to face the true historical facts about their god Ronald but beyond the facade was an unsurprisingly racist corrupt administration that prioritized the rich and corporations.
Dec 09, 2020Reagan was far from a prefect President but this series is so biased it's unbelievable. I would have preferred an actual documentary. One that offered a balanced view of what actually happened.
Dec 07, 2020GOP corruption goes back decades.
Dec 06, 2020Reagan administration being called out is way overdue.
Dec 06, 2020Entirely negative bias toward Reagan. Not informative so much as "Conservatives and southerners are racist".
Dec 06, 2020Fascinating look into how to slant a documentary. When an average person hears the term "documentary film," they tend to envision something reasonably factual and objective. The Reagans is a nice object lesson in showing that something can be factual, but at the same time so biased that it distorts the truth. Like most documentaries, it intersperses archival film footage with modern day talking heads. Most of the talking heads are people who either personally disliked Ronald Reagan or were politically opposed to him. The archival film footage has an added soundtrack -- whenever Reagan appears onscreen, the music turns creepy and sinister like in a bad horror movie. The end result is a documentary so over-the-top and clownish that no one except those who already hate the Reagans will think it is any good.
Dec 06, 2020A sad hit job on a dead American president. Half the content is about race and racism. If you are not sick of that same old tune after 2020, enjoy I guess. It's a skewed take on a complex president that does not do history justice.
Dec 01, 2020Contradictory hatchet job on the Reagans. There are conservative voices, but they are purposefully muted.