Apple TV+ announces ‘Lincoln’s Dilemma’ docuseries to premiere February 18th

Apple TV+ today announced a new four-part docuseries “Lincoln’s Dilemma,” a fresh exploration of Republican President Abraham Lincoln and the complex journey to end slavery.

“Lincoln’s Dilemma” premieres globally Friday, February 18 on Apple TV+.
“Lincoln’s Dilemma” premieres globally Friday, February 18 on Apple TV+.

Narrated by Jeffrey Wright and featuring the voices of Bill Camp as Abraham Lincoln and Leslie Odom Jr. as Frederick Douglass, the series is a 21st century examination of a complicated man and the people and events that shaped his evolving stance on slavery. All four parts of “Lincoln’s Dilemma” will premiere globally on Friday, February 18 on Apple TV+.

Abraham Lincoln, the United States of America's first Republican President (1861–1865)
Abraham Lincoln, the United States of America’s first Republican President (1861–1865)
Based on acclaimed historian David S. Reynolds’ award-winning book, “Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times,” the series features insights from a diverse range of journalists, educators and Lincoln scholars, as well as rare archival materials, that offer a more nuanced look into the man dubbed the Great Emancipator. Set against the background of the Civil War, “Lincoln’s Dilemma” also gives voice to the narratives of enslaved people, shaping a more complete view of an America divided over issues including economy, race and humanity, and underscoring the first Republican president’s battle to save the country, no matter the cost.

“Lincoln’s Dilemma” is produced by Eden Productions and Kunhardt Films. Executive producers are Peter Kunhardt, Teddy Kunhardt, George Kunhardt, Josh Tyrangiel, Richard Plepler, Jacqueline Olive, Barak Goodman and Jelani Cobb. Olive and Goodman direct the series.

The new series joins a growing lineup of acclaimed and award-winning docuseries and documentaries on Apple TV+ including Emmy Award-winning “Boys State”; “The Velvet Underground,” the acclaimed documentary from director Todd Haynes; Critics Choice Award-winning and Emmy and Grammy Award-nominated “Beastie Boys Story”; the global smash hit documentary “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry”; Werner Herzog’s Critics Choice Documentary Award nominee “Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds”; as well as upcoming docuseries about Magic Johnson, “The Supermodels” and “Number One on the Call Sheet,” from acclaimed storytellers Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Datari Turner and Dan Cogan.

Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all your favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries, and series have been honored with 195 wins and 829 award nominations and counting.

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  1. That’s right, anyone who unfortunately attended U.S. public schools after 1990:

    It took a Republican president to free the slaves.

    And it’ll take a Republican president, Senate, and House to fully and finally free America from the Democrat COVID fear merchant authoritarians.

    1. The good news is that the mass formation psychosis is finally breaking:

  2. I’m looking forward to some of these historicals that AppleTV+ is producing. Napoleon is another one that was mentioned a few weeks ago.
    Provided they make it a genuine documentary on the Abraham Lincoln the man (not trying to support any politics), it should be super engaging. It’ll dovetail nicely into the other historicals and the big Masters of The Air coming sometimes this year.

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