The Best Episodes of 'The First Lady'

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Vote up your favorite episodes of The First Lady to air.

There may not be many episodes of The First Lady yet, but which already stand out? Do you like the early episodes the best, or are the episodes that plumb the impact of each First Lady your favorite episodes? To determine what the best episodes of The First Lady are, let's rank every The First Lady episode from best to worst.

The First Lady is an anthology drama that reframes American history around the stories of different First Ladies of the United States. Each episode follows their stories from their journey to Washington to how they changed the world. The First Lady premiered on Showtime on April 17, 2022, with season one focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, and Michelle Obama.

Exercise your right to vote up your favorite episodes of The First Lady. It can be difficult to put one The First Lady episode over the other when each episode has such a great cast and story, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.


  • please allow me
    Photo: Showtime
    • Original Airing: May 01, 2022
    • Season: 1
    • Episode Number: 3
    • Episode Description: Young Eleanor makes her societal debut in New York and meets her ambitious cousin, Franklin; young Betty, trapped in an abusive marriage, finds herself pursued by hotshot lawyer Jerry; young Michelle trains an idealistic summer intern named Barack.
  • that white house
    Photo: Showtime
    • Original Airing: April 17, 2022
    • Season: 1
    • Episode Number: 1
    • Episode Description: Eleanor commits to Franklin's uncertain political future; Betty unexpectedly becomes second lady upon Jerry's nomination; Michelle wrestles with the consequences of Barack becoming the first Black president of the United States.
  • See Saw
    Photo: Showtime
    3
    2 votes
    • Original Airing: May 15, 2022
    • Season: 1
    • Episode Number: 5
    • Episode Description: Eleanor holds the White House's first all-female press conference and grows closer to journalist Lorena "Hick" Hickock; Betty publicly announces her breast cancer diagnosis; Michelle prompts new legislation with her healthy school lunch program.
  • Nadir
    Photo: Showtime
    4
    2 votes
    • Original Airing: May 29, 2022
    • Season: 1
    • Episode Number: 7
    • Episode Description: Eleanor doubles down on her efforts to confront racism; Betty helps Jerry secure the Republican nomination for reelection while her problems with addiction worsen; Michelle grieves after gun violence tragedies and advocates for legislative action.
  • voices carry
    Photo: Showtime
    5
    2 votes
    • Original Airing: April 24, 2022
    • Season: 1
    • Episode Number: 2
    • Episode Description: Eleanor presses Franklin to act more boldly against the Great Depression; after Nixon's resignation, Betty becomes first lady days before a scheduled state dinner; Michelle faces opposition from members of Barack's transition team.
  • Rift
    Photo: Showtime
    6
    0 votes
    • Original Airing: June 12, 2022
    • Season: 1
    • Episode Number: 9
    • Episode Description: Eleanor rallies the country as the United States enters World War II; after Betty's addiction spirals, Jerry and her family intervene; Michelle joins Hillary Clinton on the 2016 presidential campaign trail to advocate for the dignity of women.