The Plot Against America: Season 1

The Plot Against America: Season 1

The Plot Against America: Season 1

An alternate American history told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey, as they watch the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who becomes president and turns the nation toward fascism.

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Variety

Variety

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This is a show that, even as it depicts a precarious moment and exists in one, cannot bear uncertainty. That's a tendency that makes it both a fairly unpleasant watch, and a sacrificed opportunity.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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The Plot Against America is a uniformly handsome piece of television, blending production design, cinematography and seamless special effects to build out the world of 1940s New Jersey.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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The show is chilling in the ways that life has begun to imitate its source material's art. But it's yet another example of how Simon and his collaborators manage to craft riveting entertainment out of incisive commentary on the way we live now.

The Australian

The Australian

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The ensemble cast is flawless too, totally convincing as real people of the period, with perfect pitch at the crucial turning points in the plot, and carrying that beguiling authenticity that characterises anything David Simon does.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Factoring out the speculative aspects of the story, one is left with a moderately diverting drama of a family under pressure, arguing about whether what looks like trouble is really trouble.

Stuff

Stuff

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It all adds up to enthralling, essential viewing.

IndieWire

IndieWire

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How Simon escalates the story, and just how close to home the series hits, is yet to be seen. But "The Plot Against America" is off to a promising beginning - if not in content, then in form.

Time Magazine

Time Magazine

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Simon is TV's master of realism, and here the groundedness of his storytelling combines with the distinctiveness of Roth's characters to deepen the political profundity as well as the visceral impact of this speculative fiction.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

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That was my feeling going in, a hesitance to spend even more time contemplating the clenching grip of fascism. But Simon and Burns, as they have done in the past, find a graceful path through the grimness.

NPR

NPR

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Roth's story becomes a meticulously detailed and gorgeously directed miniseries.

BBC

BBC

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The conclusion is moving and more pessimistic about the possibilities for equality in the US than Roth was. Yet even that sobering ending doesn't escape the tone of a classroom lecture.

3.0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

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It's also a reminder that even as the world slides into violence and chaos, kids are still kids, and some things don't change. That's a truth at once reassuring and mortifying.

Financial Times

Financial Times

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To paraphrase Trotsky, The Plot illustrates that even if you are not interested in politics, politics is interested in you.

Variety

Variety

press

This is a show that, even as it depicts a precarious moment and exists in one, cannot bear uncertainty. That's a tendency that makes it both a fairly unpleasant watch, and a sacrificed opportunity.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The Plot Against America is a uniformly handsome piece of television, blending production design, cinematography and seamless special effects to build out the world of 1940s New Jersey.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

The show is chilling in the ways that life has begun to imitate its source material's art. But it's yet another example of how Simon and his collaborators manage to craft riveting entertainment out of incisive commentary on the way we live now.

The Australian

The Australian

press

The ensemble cast is flawless too, totally convincing as real people of the period, with perfect pitch at the crucial turning points in the plot, and carrying that beguiling authenticity that characterises anything David Simon does.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Factoring out the speculative aspects of the story, one is left with a moderately diverting drama of a family under pressure, arguing about whether what looks like trouble is really trouble.

Stuff

Stuff

press

It all adds up to enthralling, essential viewing.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

How Simon escalates the story, and just how close to home the series hits, is yet to be seen. But "The Plot Against America" is off to a promising beginning - if not in content, then in form.

Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

Simon is TV's master of realism, and here the groundedness of his storytelling combines with the distinctiveness of Roth's characters to deepen the political profundity as well as the visceral impact of this speculative fiction.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

That was my feeling going in, a hesitance to spend even more time contemplating the clenching grip of fascism. But Simon and Burns, as they have done in the past, find a graceful path through the grimness.

NPR

NPR

press

Roth's story becomes a meticulously detailed and gorgeously directed miniseries.

BBC

BBC

press

The conclusion is moving and more pessimistic about the possibilities for equality in the US than Roth was. Yet even that sobering ending doesn't escape the tone of a classroom lecture.

3.0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

It's also a reminder that even as the world slides into violence and chaos, kids are still kids, and some things don't change. That's a truth at once reassuring and mortifying.

Financial Times

Financial Times

press

To paraphrase Trotsky, The Plot illustrates that even if you are not interested in politics, politics is interested in you.

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