7.1
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The Plot Against America

The Plot Against America

HBO 2020

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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The 10 Worst Episodes of The Plot Against America

The Plot Against America - S1E1

#1 - Part 1

7.09

Season 1 - Episode 1

Herman Levin, anticipating a promotion at work, takes his family to look at a house in an upwardly mobile neighborhood, though Bess is wary of leaving the safety of their tight-knit Jewish community and raising a family amid growing anti-Semitism sparked by Lindbergh's ascendancy. As the family spinster, her sister Evelyn has a disappointing rendezvous with a married lover, but later, finds herself charmed by a distinguished local clergyman, Rabbi Lionel Bengelsdorf. Meanwhile, getting an earful from Herman for being fired from his job, his orphaned nephew, Alvin Levin seeks retaliation for an aggrieved friend.

The episode was rated from 395 votes.

The Plot Against America - S1E2

#2 - Part 2

7.28

Season 1 - Episode 2

Lindbergh's increasingly popular campaign sweeps through the United States and captures some in the Levin family as well as Bengelsdorf, with Evelyn as his assistant and lover, becoming a fundamental asset in the Lindbergh camp, while Sandy, enamored of the aviator's charm, celebrity, and history, begins a rebellion of his own within the family of New Deal Democrats. Meanwhile, Alvin brings his pride and conscience to bear as he must decide between serving a local real estate magnate and developer or risking an open fight with the fascist forces he sees spreading across the world.

The episode was rated from 287 votes.

The Plot Against America - S1E3

#3 - Part 3

7.46

Season 1 - Episode 3

In the early days of the Lindbergh administration, Herman decides the family will continue with their planned trip to Washington, D.C., despite Bess' desire to visit Canada, where Jewish families are emigrating. After paying a visit to Evelyn, Sandy shows interest in an assimilation program targeting Jewish youth and spearheaded by Bengelsdorf. In London, Alvin stands out during his military training and is selected for a special mission.

The episode was rated from 247 votes.

The Plot Against America - S1E4

#4 - Part 4

7.51

Season 1 - Episode 4

Evelyn and Bengelsdorf receive an invitation from Mrs. Lindbergh to a state dinner for Nazi Germany's foreign minister, as Evelyn makes Sandy the face of the youth assimilation program. Back from war, Alvin takes a job at his uncle's warehouse. Philip is traumatized by a death in the neighborhood.

The episode was rated from 232 votes.

The Plot Against America - S1E5

#5 - Part 5

7.65

Season 1 - Episode 5

After learning the family has been selected for an essentially forced relocation to Kentucky under the Homestead Act, Herman looks to make a challenge in court, while Bess and Philip appeal to Bengelsdorf and Evelyn, respectively. Later, Bess gives Herman an ultimatum when violence breaks out at a rally for Lindbergh's most public liberal challenger.

The episode was rated from 225 votes.

The Plot Against America - S1E6
#6 - Part 6
7.84
Season 1 - Episode 6

As riots and conspiracies spread across the country in the lead up to Election Day, Herman takes measures to keep his family safe. Meanwhile, Bess does all she can at a great distance to help a small child caught in a maelstrom of anti-Semitism in Kentucky. Alvin is recruited for a new and secret mission as the ties that bind the Levins together are stressed.

The episode was rated from 221 votes.

Last updated: feb 06, 2021

Comments

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I figured I was in for a hell of a ride with a mini serie of only 6 eps. Truth be told, it's not. It's a slow folding of what happens if you let fascism let into your country. A good one at that to be fair. I'd wish their would either be a second season or they would increase the episodes so we could actually see more of the upcoming time period. Anyhow, a great show for anyone interested in the subtlelty of what makes a society and how fragile it is. A good life lesson even in modern age. Maybe especially in modern age.

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Just had to comment about the nugget above,

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"im here to kill nazis" -dont tease me.. dont whisper that in mt ears. im all turned on now.

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The reconstructed reality to warn about the dangers of fascism. Philip Roth wrote the novel when the "War on Terror" was raging. David Simon and Ed Burns serialize it in the middle of the Trump era. It is the danger of indifference. And the series has the hallmark of Simon's big productions. His miniseries, such as the splendid "Show me a hero" (HBO, 2015) are short, but they are enough to create the uneasiness of reality (or supposed reality) made fiction.

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The overall premise and story is interesting and serves as a cautionary tale in any time. I don't think the actual plot really taps its full potential, though. So much meat is carved out of it that the series revolves more around establishing the setting itself than around telling much of a story within that setting. And as a result of that, the show somehow feels too long and too short at the same time. Where you would normally expect larger subplots, this show basically just gives you a peak at them and leaves it at that. All of the necessary filler parts remain, though, and the deliberately slow pace on top of that can sometimes make it a bit hard to stay engaged. But then there are so many time-jumps forward, often skipping fairly significant events, that can make the viewing experience feel a bit jarring and unfocused. This also creates more perceived distance to the story than there should be. While I think the miniseries format was the right choice for the story, I'm not sure that the limitation to only six episodes was. There may be a great version of this show that makes six episodes work, but it's not this one. There are many great elements in here, though. The acting is really good (Zoe Kazan's performance especially is fantastic), there are some truly intense individual scenes and overall, from a technical standpoint, the series is very competently made. But the scripts often make it feel like someone took all the slower parts from a longer and better version of this story and just presented that as the whole thing. I don't regret watching the show, but I don't think they did the best they could with the premise and source material, and I don't see myself rewatching it.

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A good show. However six episodes don't cut it. In a world where people like happy endings more than anything (hi comments) this show ends being a pro racism show.

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Story seemed great... until you realize it is 6 episodes. Then it just comes off pro Nazi, pro anti semitism, hate filled and message is clear. The Nazis and racists and fascists win no matter what. Give up folks. Shame on HBO one season. Same message as Bezos running the pro Nazi show for several seasons just a new twist at it.

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Don't bother. Pro racist when it comes right down to it. They'll argue that last super rushed episode is anti racist. But no. it's garbage. More I think about it. Close to reality? Maybe. But do we really want the racists to win? Aren't we all sick of it? Sure we are. That's why we don't want to watch it on TV

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Non spoiler comment. Seems to play the fence for anti racism, anti semitism, anti hate.... but six episodes? It seems to dance against those ideas while just skirting whether they were wrong. . I'm not even Jewish but it's so pro racism and very pro white male. Don't watch episode 6 if you bother.

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