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The Plot Against America 

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Characters live in an alternative history in which Franklin D. Roosevelt was defeated in the U.S. presidential election of 1940 by Charles Lindbergh.


Ed Burns, David Simon
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Series cast summary:
Winona Ryder ...  Evelyn Finkel 6 episodes, 2020
Anthony Boyle ...  Alvin Levin 6 episodes, 2020
Zoe Kazan ...  Elizabeth 'Bess' Levin 6 episodes, 2020
Morgan Spector ...  Herman Levin 6 episodes, 2020
Michael Kostroff ...  Shepsie Tirchwell 6 episodes, 2020
David Krumholtz ...  Monty Levin 6 episodes, 2020
Azhy Robertson ...  Phillip Levin 6 episodes, 2020
Caleb Malis ...  Sandy Levin 6 episodes, 2020
Jacob Laval ...  Seldon Wishnow 6 episodes, 2020
John Turturro ...  Rabbi Lionel Bengelsdorf 6 episodes, 2020
Ben Cole ...  Charles Lindbergh 5 episodes, 2020
Kristen Sieh ...  Selma Wishnow 4 episodes, 2020
Steven Maier ...  Shushy Margulis 4 episodes, 2020
Billy Carter ...  Walter Winchell 4 episodes, 2020
Jarrett Winters Morley ...  Wounded Soldier 4 episodes, 2020
Caroline Kaplan ...  Anne Morrow Lindbergh 3 episodes, 2020
Eleanor Reissa Eleanor Reissa ...  Mrs. Finkel 3 episodes, 2020
Philip Hoffman ...  Norman Peretsky 3 episodes, 2020
Graydon Yosowitz ...  Earl Axman 3 episodes, 2020
Ed Moran ...  Henry Ford 3 episodes, 2020
Douglas Schneider ...  Saul 3 episodes, 2020
Bob Leszczak ...  Mayor Raymond 1 episode, 2020
Lee Tergesen ...  Agent Don McCorkle 2 episodes, 2020
David Pittu ...  Irv Simkowitz 2 episodes, 2020
Russell Posner ...  Daniel 2 episodes, 2020
David Greenspan David Greenspan ...  Billy Schapp 2 episodes, 2020
Keilly McQuail ...  Minna Schapp 2 episodes, 2020
Andrew Polk ...  Jacob Finder 2 episodes, 2020
Zach McNally ...  Billy Murphy 2 episodes, 2020
Josh Lissauer Josh Lissauer ...  Cantor 2 episodes, 2020
Orest Ludwig ...  Joachim von Ribbentrop 2 episodes, 2020
Steve Axelrod Steve Axelrod ...  Barber 2 episodes, 2020
Richard Hollis 2 episodes, 2020
Tuffy Questell ...  Mack 2 episodes, 2020
Jason Liebman ...  Samuel Lechner 2 episodes, 2020
Bryce Biederman Bryce Biederman ...  Young Gangster 2 episodes, 2020


THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA, a limited series based on the acclaimed Philip Roth novel of the same name, imagines an alternate American history during World War II, told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey as they endure the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who captures the presidency and turns the nation toward fascism. Created by frequent collaborators David Simon and Ed Burns (HBO's "The Wire" and "Generation Kill"), the six-part limited series THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA debuts MONDAY, MARCH 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

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Freedom is Never Completely Won. But It Can Be Lost.


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The series takes place from June 1940 to November 1942. See more »


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The dangers of complacency and forgetting our ideals
18 April 2020 | by olmakiSee all my reviews

The show depicts how Charles Lindberg defeats FDR in the 1940 elections and how a country, in this case the US, can gradually slide into fascism and totalitarism. The show depicts a struggle between America's ideals and racism/bigotry/intolerance and shows is how fragile our liberties and freedoms really are.

The cast is amazing. Every main character seems real and fleshed out. Morgan Spector and Zoe Kazan are brilliant as Herman and Bess. The kid actors are wonderful and every supporting actor is perfectly cast. I really felt like I got a unique perspective into the Jewish community in the 1940s.

The dialogue is engaging and insightful. Characters debate about issues and you feel invested in the arguments. The shows beauty and horror is how the scenarios in these arguments don't remain distant possibilities for long and start to materialize. What the show really excels at is how an atmosphere of uncertainty and dread starts to creep in and it really shows how suddenly you can lose your country.

This show is shot beautifully and it really transports you to the 40s. The lighting is soft and creamy and the color palette really captures the era. The details are meticulous: the costumes, old cars, locations and even pinball machines. I haven't really seen a show shot like this and it feels more like a movie than a mini series.

It seems crazy that we still need to be reminded about equality and human rights in the 21st century. We are all human. We are all created equal. We all have the same rights. Anyone who tries to divide a country and claim otherwise should not be in charge. I will fight for your freedom and I hope you will fight for mine.

I urge you to watch this show. I maybe a more patient viewer but I never felt like the show was moving slowly. The plot moves quickly through time and I felt like almost each scene sets up relevant plot points that are payed off later, just like in the Wire.

I have watched all five episodes so far and I wanted to write a review and recommend the show to others. Can't wait to see how the show continues.

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16 March 2020 (USA) See more »

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Jersey City, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital



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16:9 HD
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