HBO Max has just become Max in the United States, a conversion that will arrive in Spain in January of next year, and which will promise a major formula change in Warner’s platform. However, the streaming service has continued with its trajectory in the same way. So, while we wait for the series of Harry Potter or A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, we can delight ourselves with the new productions launched by HBO, as is the case of The Idol.
One of the latest to premiere on the platform may not catch your attention because of its title, but I promise it’s perfect for a weekend marathon: White House Plumbers. Starring Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux, the series barely has 5 episodes and is one of those that you can’t stop watching as soon as you turn on the screen.
What is White House Plumbers about?
Surprisingly, the HBO series is based on a true story, although they have fictionalized it in a similar way as they do in Pam & Tommy, mixing fictional and real facts to make it more interesting. The story takes us back to 1971, the year in which the White House hires E. Howard Hunt (Harrelson) and Gordon Liddy (Justin Theroux) to investigate the motive behind the Pentagon Papers leak.
Hunt is a former CIA agent, while Liddy is with the FBI, and the two must team up to find out what’s behind this political plot and sabotage some careers while they’re at it. Initially, they try to achieve great results for the White House, but failing to achieve their goal, they end up getting into the Committee for the Re-election of the President to carry out covert plots of the most incredible.
One of these plots, for example, is the bugging of the Democratic National Committee offices in Watergate. But there are many more, and all of them have a real basis. Between comedy and political drama that makes it very clear how the U.S. electoral system works, the series begins with what seems like an anecdote but ends with a very funny and relevant phenomenon: the overthrow of the president they were trying to protect.
White House Plumbers doesn’t just have that name, but it’s not that it’s a live-action remake of Super Mario Bros. Rather, it’s the nickname given to this duo that no one quite knew what they were doing but actually had a pretty important task to carry out at the time.
Cast of White House Plumbers
Beyond Woody Harrelson as E. Howard Hunt and Justin Theroux as G. Gordon Liddy, the series stars an all-star cast. It features all kinds of actors that make it a guaranteed hit in the United States: Ike Barinholtz, Lena Headey, Kiernan Shipka, Yul Vazquez, Rich Sommer, David Krumholtz, Nelson Ascencio, Judy Greer, Gary Cole, Kim Coates, Zoe Levin, Tony Plana, Zak Orth, Tre Ryder, Toby Huss, John Carroll Lynch, Kathleen Turner and Liam James, among others.
The series has every chance of qualifying for the upcoming Golden Globes in the best miniseries category, and it certainly has the ingredients to be a hit in the United States. We do not know how it will work beyond its borders, but it is a perfect fiction to spend a few hours on the weekend.
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