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In the first of eight episodes, we meet Elena Richardson (Reese Witherspoon) as she sits outside of her burnt-down house being questioned by police who suspect it was arson – then the real story, which is set in the 80s, begins.
The Richardson family has it all; wealth, status and great children, but if matriarch Elena is anything to go by, we know this is all a smoke-screen hiding what’s truly happening in the home.
Elena then meets Mia Warren (Kerry Washington) and her daughter Pearl (Lexie Richardson) and notices their down-and-out circumstances and offers them a place to stay – not for free, of course. As we get to know the characters and follow the storyline, there’s one question that comes to mind: What really happened between wealthy mom Elena and poor, struggling mom Mia? And boy, are there hidden secrets and unexpected surprises galore!
Although the TV adaption does deviate from the book ever so slightly, the series will still stay true to the main narratives of race, class and privilege. Witherspoon and Washington co-produced the show, as well as playing the starring roles. New Republic praises their performances, saying it’s “the interplay between its two leads that generates the most worthwhile heat.”
IMDB rating: 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 77%