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The First Lady

The First Lady

Photo Credit:  Jackson Lee Davis/Showtime
  • Premiered: 
    April 17, 2022
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  • Network: Showtime
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Aaron Cooley 
  • Subject Matter: Historical
  • Tags: politics, first ladies

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Plot Synopsis

Created by author Aaron Cooley, THE FIRST LADY is a one-hour drama series that tells stories of the personal and political lives of the women at the heart of the White House, tracing their journeys to Washington through interweaving storylines. In the East Wing of the White House, many of history's most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America's charismatic, complex and dynamic First Ladies. Each season focuses on a different group of first ladies.

The 10-episode inaugural season debuted on Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 9pm ET/PT on Showtime, and focuses on Michelle Obama, Betty Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt. Season 1 also stars Kiefer Sutherland as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Aaron Eckhart is President Gerald Ford, and Dakota Fanning portrays Susan Elizabeth Ford, the only daughter and youngest child of President Gerald and Betty Ford, who as a teenager in the White House during the tumultuous mid-'70s, often introduced progressive ideas to the presidential family. Regina Taylor plays Marian Robinson, O-T Fagbenle is President Barack Obama, Jayme Lawson portrays a young Michelle Obama, and Lily Rabe plays Lorena "Hick" Hickock.
On Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 9pm ET/PT, Showtime premiered "Victory Dance," the Season 1 finale of FIRST LADY. Eleanor receives a last gift from an ailing Franklin: the charter for the League of Nations, a blueprint for their shared lifelong dream of world peace. Betty overcomes vulnerable hurdles in rehab and, with Jerry's support, vows to build a new clinic to help others with addiction problems. Barack and Michelle solemnly prepare to leave the White House, disappointed with the incoming administration but determined to continue making a difference in the world after leaving office.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Showtime
  • Produced by Lionsgate