The First Lady: Release date, cast, synopsis, trailer and more

The First Lady is an eloquent retelling of American leadership from the perspective of the First Ladies – Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama.

Release date

The First Lady will premiere on 17th April, 2022, on Showtime.

Cast and creators

  • Viola Davis
  • Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Gillian Anderson
  • Dakota Fanning
  • O-T Fagbenle
  • Kiefer Sutherland
  • Aaron Eckhart

Directed by Susanne Bier
Created by Aaron Cooley


“The First Lady is a reframing of American leadership, told through the lens of the women at the heart of the White House. In the government’s East Wing, many of history’s most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America’s charismatic, complex and dynamic First Ladies.”

“The series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of three unique, enigmatic women and their families, tracing their journeys to Washington, dipping into their pasts and following them beyond the White House into their greatest moments. Through interweaving storylines so intimate it’s as if the White House walls are talking, season one focuses on the enlightening lives of Michelle Obama, Betty Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt.”

Other details

Starring Viola Davis as Michelle Obama, Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford and Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt, this series delves deep into the First Ladies’ personal and political lives. It highlights the narrative of Michelle Obama and what it has been for her to be in such a powerful position yet somehow always in the shadow of her husband.


Viola Davis is introduced as Michelle Obama in the trailer. It gives a peek into her fear of public speaking as she conquers it and addresses the issue of race publicly, while the West Wing discourages the same.

The trailer provides a look into the interactive relationship of Michelle Obama and Barack Obama, and their attempts in aligning their responsibilities with their ideologies, in a country where shades of racism are present at every stage.

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