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  • Premiered: 
    May 29, 2023
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  • Network: History
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Biography
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the 1994 book (No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt) by Doris Kearns Goodwin 
  • Subject Matter: Political
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Plot Synopsis

Based on historian Doris Kearns Goodwin's 1994 book, "No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II," FDR is a three-part documentary that chronicles the life of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, unpacking how his own fight with polio prepared him for the challenges of leading the United States through the Great Depression and World War II. This three-parter charts Roosevelt's formative years, his marriage to Eleanor Roosevelt, his early political career, being afflicted by polio, and how he translated his personal struggle with disability to connect to and help the American people navigate the depths of the Depression, ultimately culminating in his partnership with UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill that aided in his adept handling of World War II. Told through exceptional, dramatic narrative sequences, insightful expert interviews and contemporary scholarship, dynamic archival footage, and never-before-seen documents, this six-hour miniseries will chronicle his growth as a leader at one of the most perilous moments in history, with the immeasurable help of his wife and advisor Eleanor by his side. This premium miniseries features expert commentary from renowned authors, historians and witnesses to history including Pulitzer Prize-winner Jon Meacham, Michael Beschloss, Allida Black and Evan Thomas, internment camp survivor and actor George Takei, Holocaust survivor Paul Galan, professors Leah Wright Rigeur, Dr. H.W. Brands and Col. USMC Ret. Doug Douds as well former speechwriter for President Barack Obama Sarada Peri. FDR is a three-night event that premieres 8-10pm nightly from Monday, May 29 through Wednesday, May 31, 2023:

"Nothing to Fear" (Monday, May 29, 2023 from 8-10pm): Franklin Roosevelt overcomes crushing personal setbacks and leads the nation through the Great Depression with optimism, energy, and a firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

"Rendezvous With Destiny" (Tuesday, May 30, 2023 from 8-10pm): As Hitler sweeps across Europe, Franklin prepares a reluctant nation for war. Following the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, he leads America into the greatest conflict the world has ever seen.

"Arsenal of Democracy" (Wednesday, May 31, 2023 from 8-10pm): Franklin rallies the industrial might of the nation and leads the Allied forces through the darkest days of the war.

Production & Distribution

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  • In association with GroupM Motion Entertainment