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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Great Watergate drama highlights sexism, has mature content.

TV Starz Drama 2022
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The well-produced and well-acted docudrama gives a voice to Martha Mitchell (Julia Roberts), whose controversial and tragic story has been largely ignored by historical narratives about the Watergate scandal. It follows the major players involved in organizing, carrying out, and covering up the bungled break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex on June 17, 1972, often highlighting some of their over-the-top personalities and ridiculous antics with a touch of humor. However, the story's real focus is Martha, a colorful Washington, D.C., conservative socialite whose uncensored comments about political issues, events, and people eventually made her a liability to the Nixon administration. The series acknowledges her role as one of the first people to go public with information about CRP's activities, and what she endured from Nixon's inner circle, including her husband. It also demonstrates how the patriarchal norms of the time made it easier for them to victimize Martha while effectively rendering the once strong and popular public figure invisible. Even if you're not a fan of politics-themed entertainment, it's easy to get caught up in the Gaslit story and appreciate its attempt to help Martha Mitchell regain her spotlight.

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