The First Lady, a new epic anthology series starring Designated Survivor’s Kiefer Sutherland, will reintroduce him to the Oval Office, this time as President Franklin D. Roosevelt, with Gillian Anderson as his wife Eleanor.
The series, which will premiere on Showtime in the United States and Paramount Plus in other territories, is described as a revelatory reimagining of American leadership told through the eyes of the women at the heart of the White House, with Michelle Pfeiffer portraying Betty Ford, who took office in 1974, and Viola Davis portraying Michelle Obama, who took office much more recently.
The following contains all of the information currently available regarding Showtime’s ambitious new drama series The First Lady…
Episode Guide for the First Lady
Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, and Michelle Obama alternate as the First Lady, and here is our episode guide, which we will update as the series progresses…
The First Episode: That White House
Eleanor commits to Franklin’s uncertain political future; Betty assumes the role of second Lady following Jerry’s candidacy, and Michelle grapples with the repercussions of Barack being the United States’ first African-American president.
The Second Episode: Voices Carry
Eleanor convinces Franklin to take a more active stance against the Great Depression; Betty becomes first lady days before a scheduled state dinner following Nixon’s resignation; Michelle faces pushback from members of Barack Obama’s transition team.
What Is the First Lady Plot?
The First Lady will dig into the emotional and political lives of three extraordinary First Ladies, tracing their journeys to Washington via the interconnected stories of each episode. It will cover not just their lives as Presidential spouses, but also their path to the White House, beginning with their early years and ending with their relocation to Washington, D.C.
Who Else Is Starring in the First Lady?
The First Lady boasts an impressive ensemble cast. Consider the remaining members of the cast…
- Dakota Fanning is Susan Elizabeth Ford
- Judy Greer is Nancy Howe
- Jackie Earle Haley is Louis McHenry Howe
- Maria Dizzia is Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd
- Kate Mulgrew is Susan Sher
- Derek Cecil as Donald Rumsfield
- Aya Cash as Esther Liebowitz
- Kathleen Garrett is Laura Bush
- Evan Parke is SS Allen Taylor
- Isiah Williams is Martin Luther King III
- Marc Hills is Jack Ford
- Cayden Boyd is Michael Ford
- Ben Cook is Steven Ford
- Lexi Underwood is Malia Obama
- Saniyya Sidney is Sasha Obama
- Regina Taylor is Marian Robinson
- Lily Rabe is Lorena ‘Hick” Hickory
- Jayme Lawson is a young Michelle Obama
- Ellen Burstyn is Sara Delano Roosevelt
- Jeremy Bobb as Theodore Roosevelt
- Cailee Spaeny is Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
Is There a Trailer for the First Lady?
Yes, Showtime has published a trailer for The First Lady, which has all three exceptional actresses in their respective roles as presidential wives Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, and Michelle Obama. Take the following into consideration…
The First Lady Release Date
In the United States, The First Lady will air on Showtime on Sunday, April 17. It will premiere in the United Kingdom later this summer on Paramount Plus UK – yes, the United Kingdom will have Paramount Plus! We’ll keep you updated as more information about the UK and international air date becomes available.
Is the First Lady Streaming Online?
The First Lady is available on Showtime exclusively. This means that it will be available on television and Showtime’s streaming service. This is a link to the show’s landing page on the site, which you may bookmark and return to regularly to catch up on new episodes.
How to Watch ‘The First Lady’
The first episode of “The First Lady” will air on Showtime on April 17 at 9:00 p.m. ET. The first season’s final nine episodes will air once a week on Sundays.
You’ll need a cable subscription or access to the Showtime streaming service to see the show. Subscribe to Showtime’s streaming platform for $11 per month. Showtime is also available as part of a more affordable package called Paramount Plus, which starts at $12 per month.
Showtime is also available to Amazon Prime Video members for the same $11 monthly cost.
How to Watch ‘The First Lady’ for Free
If you join up for a Showtime trial, you can watch “The First Lady” for free. For the first 30 days, new users can experience the streaming service for free.
If you want to view the complete first season for free, you should wait until June to sign up, as the season finale is scheduled for June 19.