The Reagans: Season 1 Reviews

December 16, 2020
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.
December 9, 2020
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
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
November 17, 2020
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 16, 2020
A skillful assemblage of archival footage and talking-head interviews with former colleagues, journalists, and scholars, it casts a critical gaze...
November 16, 2020
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.
November 16, 2020
By re-contextualizing Ronald Reagan's presidency, the series makes a clear case for how we got to this point as a country.
November 14, 2020
Each episode is well-paced and manages to cover several subjects in less than an hour without being too truncated or confusing.
November 14, 2020
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.
November 14, 2020
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.
November 12, 2020
A near-hypnotic scrutiny of the self-creation of a president and, as a consequence, modern America.
November 12, 2020
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.
November 11, 2020
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.