TV: Mrs. America – Season 1

Premiered: April 15, 2020

On: FX on Hulu

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth Banks, Kayli Carter, Ari Graynor, Melanie Lynskey, Margo Martindale, John Slattery, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Tracey Ullman, Sarah Paulson, Niecy Nash, James Marsden, Olivia Scriven, Bria Henderson, Jay Ellis, John Bourgeois, Ben Rosenfield, Jake Lacy, Cindy Drummond, Annie Parisse, Anna Douglas, Melissa Joyner, Teresa Pavlinek, Andrea Navedo, Melinda Page Hamilton, David Eisner, Marcia Bennett, Novie Edwards, Brendan Cox, Norm Lewis, Adam Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Josh Hamilton, Tara Nicodemo, Roberta Colindrez, Miriam Shor, Julie White & Dan Beirne

Hollywood heavyweights come together to tell the stories of women who both supported and opposed the feminist movement of the 1970s and the fight to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) into the Constitution, which – not-so-spoiler-alert – still hasn’t happened today.

Housewife Phyllis Schlafly (Cate Blanchett) doesn’t believe women should receive equal rights as men and denounces the ERA and its supporters, including political activists Gloria Steinem (Rose Byrne), Bella Abzug (Margo Martindale) and Shirley Chisolm (Uzo Aduba).

The show does well in giving its vast number of characters appropriate screen time. While Schlafly is the main antagonist in each episode, the main female characters almost all get an episode where they’re the central focus.

Mrs. America is full of outstanding performances, which are lifted by the historically accurate fashion, sets and filming style.

Final say: United we stand. ★★★★★

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