In her review of the season, /Film critic Valerie Ettenhofer wrote that despite its flaws, the series succeeds on the merits of its excellent cast:
“”The First Lady” ultimately works because it understands that the political is personal. The show isn’t consistent in everything, but it’s consistent in its proclamation that the walls of the White House don’t entirely divide these women from the people they serve … Though it doesn’t particularly stand above other historical dramas on television, “The First Lady” works as an empathetic yet formally straightforward biopic. The show manages to effectively convey the fullness and historical importance of its central figures’ lives, thanks in large part to its three powerful lead actors.”
Despite everywhere that it went right, “The First Lady” will not return for more. Regarding the series cancelation, Showtime released the following statement via Variety:
“Showtime can confirm that the anthology series ‘The First Lady’ will not be moving forward with another season. We would like to applaud the artistry and commitment of our showrunner Cathy Schulman, director Susanne Bier, their fellow executive producers, our amazing cast, led by executive producer Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Gillian Anderson, and our studio partner Lionsgate for their dedicated work in telling the unique stories of three remarkable leaders.”
The article also mentions that executive producers Schulman and Bier planned for future installments to possibly feature Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Hillary Clinton, Edith Wilson, Martha Washington, Rosalynn Carter, or Melania Trump. While its a tragedy to miss out on the parallels between the Clinton and Trump White Houses, there is a bright side: being an anthology series means that despite cancelation, the first season of “The First Lady” stands alone as a complete story.