The Right Stuff: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
The Right Stuff

Critics Consensus

The Right Stuff contains some grace notes in its depiction of America's first slate of astronauts, but this tired retread of Tom Wolfe's famed book mostly makes the wrong moves in revitalizing space race history for the modern era.

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Critic Ratings: 31

72%

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User Ratings: 75

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Air date: Oct 9, 2020

A new U.S. agency called NASA chooses seven test pilots to be the nation's first astronauts.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2020

The Mercury Seven become aware of their sudden fame and the pitfalls that come with it.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2020

Competition intensifies between the astronauts; Al has mysterious bouts of vertigo.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2020

As 1960 approaches, a humiliating rocket launch throws the future of NASA into question.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2020

An indiscretion leads to a greater conflict that could determine who will be chosen first.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2020

With JFK now in office, NASA finds itself under scrutiny, and Shepard's flight is delayed.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2020

The tensions between Glenn and Shepard hit a breaking point when weather endangers Shepard's flight.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2020

After Shepard's voyage to space, astronauts begin to wonder what's next.

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Cast & Crew

Patrick J. Adams
John Glenn

Actor
Aaron Staton
Wally Schirra

Actor
Colin O'Donoghue
Gordon Cooper

Actor
Danny Strong
John "Shorty" Powers

Actor
Eloise Mumford
Trudy Cooper

Actor
Eric Ladin
Chris Kraft

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Jake McDorman
Alan Shepard

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James Lafferty
Scott Carpenter

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Josh Cooke
Loudon Wainwright Jr.

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Micah Stock
Deke Slayton

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Michael Trotter
Gus Grissom

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Nora Zehetner
Annie Glenn

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Patrick Fischler
Bob Gilruth

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Shannon Lucio
Louise Shepard

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Leonardo DiCaprio
Executive Producer
Jennifer Davisson
Executive Producer
Mark Lafferty
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Critic Reviews for The Right Stuff: Season 1

Audience Reviews for The Right Stuff: Season 1

  • Mar 08, 2021
    Pretty good series. The attention to details on clothing, cars, and more helps the story a lot. But, the acting and writing were pretty strong. It captured the attitudes at the time. I'm hopeful they'll do a 2nd season!
  • Mar 06, 2021
    Well. One of humankinds greatest achievements and all the woke muppets could focus on is drinking and "bad-men", poor women. Pahetic. Watch the movie "the right stuff". Eons better.
  • Feb 05, 2021
    No plot or heart, and way too many "adult" scenes for a show on Disney+.
  • Dec 06, 2020
    Historia de los astronautas de la misión "Mercury", la primera en llevar un yanqui al espacio. Interesante, peor se vuelve mas un novelón y la parte dramática se pasa de la raya tornándola aburrida.
  • Dec 01, 2020
    First off, I have studied the early space program for years and I have literally seen just about every show and documentary on the subject. I have also read many books including 'Flight' which is the autobiography of Chris Kraft. So I have been wanting a long form, drama series on this for a long time. I loved this version. The positives: * Actors portraying Alan Shepard, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, and Chris Kraft are about as close as you can get to the real thing. They did a great job trying to cast actors that both looked and acted like the real person. * Although things are always somewhat dramatized, I was impressed how historically accurate the show was. The tension between Shepard and Glenn was a great focal point and very accurate. * I wanted more about Trudy Cooper. I found that storyline very interesting and compelling. * Visuals and sets were accurate and impressive and you truly felt like you were back in the 60's. The negatives: * Other astronauts weren't very accurate. Deke and Gus's characters were pretty badly portrayed. Also Bob Gilruth's character was portrayed woefully wrong. The actor played him like a somewhat weaselly, weak character when in reality, the real Bob Gilruth was very much an old school, gruff type of guy. * Too much focus on Gordo Cooper. The movie did this too, maybe because of the book. But in reality Gordo just doesn't really add to the program hardly at all. He was the last of the Mercury astronauts to fly and ended up being his last because he decided to buzz a hangar in his plane. The show focuses too much on his infidelity issues in my opinion. All in all, I loved it and hope they renew for another season. I really hope we can go beyond Mercury and see the story of Gemini and Apollo in a long form show.
  • Nov 29, 2020
    I think that Season 1 of The Right Stuff offers a much more detailed and intimate look at the astronauts, their wives, and NASA support group. Great writing and great special effects highlight what should be an exciting story for seasons to come as they progress through the balance of Mercury flights and then Gemini and Apollo. There are lots of stories that most of the General public are not aware of at this point. Terrific 1st Season! The guy playing Shepard is a real character.....good actor!
  • Nov 22, 2020
    Are actori si cam atat
  • Nov 21, 2020
    Imperfect, but watchable. The material is worth exploring, and the story of the Mercury 7 never gets dull. But the writing was humorless and lacked a sharp focus. As other critics have suggested, it seems as though the writers didn't appreciate author Tom Wolfe's humorous and insightful take on the early days of the space program. Wolfe brought genuine wisdom and real affection to the story; the show seems merely serviceable. That said, the rocky relationship between Gordo and Trudy Cooper nicely foreshadows the rising tide of feminism, and the season finale includes a bittersweet, yet hopeful moment when Trudy takes to the skies with her daughter in a small tailwheel airplane.
  • Nov 21, 2020
    LOVE! Good, quality, wholesome content we need more of to highlight the great and trying moments in our history.
  • Nov 20, 2020
    This series is a melodramatic soap opera that just happens to be set within the Mercury program. As other reviewers have noted, this incarnation of Tom Wolfe's astro-epic is more Peyton Place than dramatic adventure series. It started out "meh" and then just kept doubling down with each successive episode. Any science or space nerd will naturally feel compelled to watch, but don't expect complex characters, dramatic tension (save the astronaut-hubby v. left-on-the-ground wife argument scenes, which were too many to count), or any fresh info or insights into the Mercury program. The majority of the main characters are one-dimensional, entirely uninteresting, & always fail to surprise with their words or actions. The female astronaut subplot is based on historical fact, but it's just shoehorned into this series to accentuate the marital tension between one astro & his wife. Jamming this storyline in here just muddles up the main plot line, does a disservice to its actual history (which is fascinating and very complicated), and needlessly imposes a cloak of victimhood on the wives of the Mercury astronauts which I'm not sure they'd appreciate. Finally, the name of the series almost feels like an act of Grand Theft Title as the story bears only a minimal resemblance to either Wolfe's classic book or Kaufman's equally superb film.

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