watch The First Lady season 1 online

The First Lady season 1 is scheduled to premiere on Sunday, April 17 at 9 PM EST/PST. The upcoming anthology drama looks at American leadership through the eyes of the first ladies. A 10-episode series, it stars the likes of Viola Davis as Michelle Obama, Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford, and Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt. Traveling outside the US? The First Lady will be region locked so you’ll need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) in order to watch it online from anywhere.

Note that we’ll only be recommending official sources for watching The First Lady online. It’s worth knowing that unlicensed streams typically offer inferior resolution. You may also find your streaming experience to be interrupted with lag and buffering. Besides, many unauthorized streams end up being taken offline for violating copyright. To avoid wasted time and energy, it’s best to stick with the official sources listed further down in this post.

The First Lady will only be streaming on region-locked platforms. Traveling overseas? A VPN is required if you want to continue watching via your usual home streaming service.

How to watch The First Lady season 1 online with a VPN

A VPN is a service that you can use to secure your browsing and streaming as well as bypass content restrictions. This is achieved by connecting to a server in another country and changing your IP address. You can then spoof your location and watch The First Lady season 1 from anywhere.

Here’s how to live stream The First Lady from abroad using a VPN:

  1. You can get started by signing up with a VPN provider. We recommend NordVPN although Surfshark and ExpressVPN are two popular alternatives for streaming.
  2. Next, download and install the appropriate VPN app for your streaming device. You’ll be able to secure multiple devices simultaneously via the VPNs listed above.
  3. Log in to the VPN app and connect to a server in the US. With a US IP address, you’ll be able to access Showtime and stream The First Lady season 1 from abroad.
  4. Go to Showtime and sign in. Select your preferred content (such as an episode of The First Lady) which should now stream without further restrictions.
  5. If you still can’t stream The First Lady, try clearing your browser’s cookies. Alternatively, you may find that connecting to a different server does the trick.

The First Lady season 1 will air live on Showtime. As such, it’s worth testing your VPN with Showtime ahead of the show’s premiere. If you run into any trouble, you’ll then have enough time to troubleshoot the issue with your VPN’s customer support.


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How to watch The First Lady season 1 online in the US

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The First Lady will premiere on Showtime on Sunday, April 17. There are multiple ways to watch the network. In particular, it’s possible to add Showtime to your pay TV subscription (prices vary). If it’s already included in your cable package, you can watch The First Lady at no additional cost. To watch it online, simply sign in to Showtime using your cable TV login credentials (a username or email address and password).

You can also watch Showtime cable-free by signing up for Showtime Now. The good news is that this comes with a 30-day free trial and then only costs $3.99 (GBP £3.00)a month for the first three months. After this, the subscription reverts to the usual price of $10.99/GBP £8.30 a month. You can also add Showtime to the likes of Apple TVFuboTVHuluPrime Video Channels, Sling TV, and YouTube TV. However, you also have to account for the base subscription, which makes these options more expensive.

Showtime is only available in the US. If you’re traveling abroad, you’ll need to connect to a VPN server in the US. You’ll then have a US IP address so you can continue streaming as normal. NordVPN unblocks Showtime and even includes a 30-day money-back guarantee. This gives you the chance to try it out risk free and, if you’re at all unsatisfied, you can request a full refund for your money back.

Where else can I watch The First Lady season 1 online?

If you’re not from the US, don’t worry. The First Lady is also coming to Paramount+. It arrives just one day later on Monday, April 18. The streaming service is already available in Australia as well as dozens of countries across Scandinavia and South America. Like Showcase, it requires a paid subscription. Prices vary by country but in the US, it costs $4.99/GBP £3.77 a month with ads or $9.99/GBP £7.54 ad-free. A one-week free trial is also available. Paramount+ content becomes geo-blocked if you travel abroad, so a VPN is required.

Who is in the cast of The First Lady?

The First Lady features an impressive cast, headlined by Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Gillian Anderson who play the show’s three first ladies (Michelle Obama, Betty Ford, and Eleanor Roosevelt, respectively). The three presidents are played by O.T. Fagbenle (Barack Obama), Aaron Eckhart (Gerald Ford), and Kiefer Sutherland as Franklin D. Roosevelt. Further cast members include Dakota Fanning as Susan Ford and Judy Greer as Nancy Howe.

What do we know about The First Lady?

A 10-episode anthology drama series, The First Lady offers a fresh perspective on American leadership through the eyes of the women in the white house. It follows three first ladies: Michelle Obama, Betty Ford, and Eleanor Roosevelt. From what we can see in the official trailer, there are distinct parallels between all three first ladies, despite the different time periods. The show explores their personal and political lives as they juggle public expectations versus their need to be heard and do what is right.