|The Lady and the Dale|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||4|
|Cinematography||Nathan M. Miller|
|Original release||January 31 –|
February 14, 2021
The Lady and the Dale is an American documentary television miniseries revolving around Elizabeth Carmichael, who launched Twentieth Century Motor Car Corporation and created a car called "The Dale". It consists of four episodes and premiered on HBO on January 31, 2021.
In 1970, entrepreneur Elizabeth Carmichael rose to fame with her creation: "The Dale", a fuel efficient three-wheeled car. As the car rose to prominence, it thrust Carmichael into media scrutiny about the car's technology and her own past.
The series features interviews with Carmichael's children Candi Michael and Michael Michael; grandchild Jeri Buchard; news anchors and journalists Dick Carlson, Pete Noyes and Mark Lisheron; Carmichael's brother-in-law Charles Richard Barrett; former employees of Twentieth Century Motor Car Corporation; and Susan Stryker, Mia Yamamoto and Sandy Stone.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||"Soldier of Fortune"||Zackary Drucker & Nick Cammilleri||January 31, 2021||0.206|
|2||"Caveat Emptor: Buyer Beware"||Zackary Drucker & Nick Cammilleri||January 31, 2021||0.139|
|3||"The Guilty Fleeth"||Zackary Drucker & Nick Cammilleri||February 7, 2021||0.114|
|4||"Celestial Bodies"||Zackary Drucker & Nick Cammilleri||February 14, 2021||0.167|
In August 2020, it was announced that Nick Cammilleri and Zackary Drucker would direct the series and executive produce, with Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass serving as executive producers under their Duplass Brothers Productions banner, with HBO Documentary Films producing and HBO set to distribute.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 100% based on 19 reviews, with an average rating of 8.12/10. The website's critical consensus states, "An intoxicating blend of historical footage, candid interviews, and animation that deftly captures Liz Carmichael's incredible life, The Lady and the Dale is a wild ride."On Metacritic, the series has a weighted average score of 76 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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