Fight for the 14th

Netflix debuts two six-episode series today dealing with decidedly divergent subjects: Amend:The Fight for America, a docuseries about the 14th amendment to the U.S. constitution; and Behind Her Eyes, a romantic thriller about a woman who has an affair with her psychiatrist boss.

Amend: The Fight for America

The 14th amendment was enacted in 1868 to grant all U.S. citizens – including recently emancipated slaves – equal protection under the law. That amendment, show host and executive producer Will Smith says, means “we’re all deserving of empathy and dignity.”

Amend: The Fight for America traces the never-ending struggle to ensure that the nation lives up to the 14th amendment’s promise. A long list of celebrities help Smith explore its ideals, including Mahershala Ali, Samuel Jackson, Tig Notaro, Larry Willmore, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bobby Cannavale and Helen Hunt.

It’s not clear how Amend might delve into Section 3 of the 14th amendment. That section gives Congress the authority to bar public officials from holding office again if, having taken an oath to protect the U.S. constitution, they engage “in insurrection or rebellion” against the country. On February 13, the Senate, failing to garner 67 votes for conviction, acquitted former President Donald Trump of incitement charges. Does Section 3 remain a viable option?

Stay tuned.

Behind Her Eyes

This British drama stars Simona Brown as a single mother who begins an affair with her psychiatrist boss (Tom Bateman) while secretly befriending his mysterious wife (Eve Hewson). The love triangle soon becomes fraught with unexpected revelations and dangers.

The cast also includes Robert Aramayo.

(Top image source: Netflix)

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