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The Reagans 

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A four-part documentary series that explores the many surprisingly unexamined aspects of the Reagan White House, and how Nancy Reagan's paper-doll image was at odds with the power she ultimately wielded throughout her husband's presidency.
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Series cast summary:
Maya Wiley ...  Self - Civil Rights Activist and Lawyer 4 episodes, 2020
Jonathan Alter ...  Self - Journalist 4 episodes, 2020
Ron Reagan ...  Self - Son of Ronald and Nancy Reagan 4 episodes, 2020
Robert Scheer ...  Self - Journalist 4 episodes, 2020
Stu Spencer ...  Self - Reagan's Chief Political Strategist 4 episodes, 2020
James Baker III ...  Self - Former White House Chief of Staff / ... 4 episodes, 2020
Kitty Kelley ...  Self - Nancy Reagan Biographer 4 episodes, 2020
Lesley Stahl ...  Self - Journalist 3 episodes, 2020
Ian Haney López ...  Self - Professor of Public Law 3 episodes, 2020
Derek Shearer ...  Self - Former Ambassador to Finland / ... 4 episodes, 2020
Ed Rollins ...  Self - Reagan Campaign Director 3 episodes, 2020
Lou Cannon ...  Self - Ronald Reagan Biographer / ... 3 episodes, 2020
Grover Norquist ...  Self - Founder, Americans for Tax Reform 3 episodes, 2020
Jason Johnson ...  Self - Political Scientist 3 episodes, 2020
Karen Tumulty ...  Self - Nancy Reagan Biographer 3 episodes, 2020
Ken Adelman ...  Self - Head of Arms Control for Reagan 3 episodes, 2020
George F. Will ...  Self - Political Columnist 3 episodes, 2020
Colin Powell ...  Self - Former Secretary of State 2 episodes, 2020
George Shultz ...  Self - Former Secretary of State 2 episodes, 2020
Landon Parvin ...  Self - Speechwriter for Nancy and Ronald Reagan / ... 2 episodes, 2020
Norman Lear ...  Self - Founder, People for the American Way 1 episode, 2020
Ruth Quigley ...  Self - Sister of Astrologer Joan Quigley 1 episode, 2020
James Rosebush ...  Self - Chief of Staff to Nancy Reagan 2 episodes, 2020


An eye-opening four-part series reexamining one of the most powerful and polarizing political couples of our time. Award winning documentarian and journalist Matt Tyrnauer combines archival footage, exhaustive research and first-person accounts from the couple's inner circle to craft a revealing portrait of their unlikely rise from Hollywood to the presidency - and Nancy Reagan's powerful position at the helm of their unprecedented partnership. A story of power, its legacy and a political performance few knew until now. Written by SHOWTIME

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TV documentary mini-series reassesses the legacy of Ronald and Nancy Reagan
15 November 2020 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"The Reagans" (2020 release; 4 episodes of about 55 min. each) takes a new look at the legacy of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. As Episode 1 "The Hollywood Myth Machine" opens, Reagan is in the White House taping a TV commercial for his 1984 re-election campaign. Ronald Reagan Jr. comments "My father was a strange fellow to be president of this country." We then go back in time to "1937" when Reagan, then 26 yrs. old is signed by Jack Warner to a studio contract. With the help of Hollywood gossip columnist Louella Parsons, it is the beginning of a how "the story became the reality", as the Reagans' daughter Patti Davis puts it. At this point we are less than 15 min. into Episode 1.

Couple of comments: please do not confuse this documentary mini-series with the same titled (and controversial) CBS mini-series from 2003. It is equally important to note that this series is not just about Ronald Reagan, but it is just as much about Nancy Reagan. Episode 1 is fascinating for a number of reasons, none more so to understand how Ronald Reagan, who grew up a Democrat, eventually evolved into a Republican, and not just any Republican, but a Barry Goldwater-type conservative at that. Reagan changed from being a union guy to an all-out pro-business/anti-union guy because it was politically convenient. Episode 1 also examines how Nancy became the rock in Reagan's life that would propel him to the presidency. Episode 1 concludes with Reagan's stunning victory in the 1968 California governor's race. Can't wait to see the remaining 3 episodes. By the way, I immigrated to this country, arriving from Belgium in Washington DC for graduate studies in 1983, yes smack in the middle of the Reagan two term presidency. I was welcomed by this country with arms wide open, and I've lived in the US ever since. Fast forward to 2016 when this country elected a blatant racist and xenophobe to the White House. Thankfully now fired by the American people.

"The Reagans" premiered this weekend on Showtime, and Episode 1 is now available on SHO On Demand and other streaming services. New episodes air Sunday evenings at 8 pm Eastern. If you have any interest in politics or in the history of this country, I'd readily suggest you check out "The Reagans" documentary mini-series, and draw your own conclusion.

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