This five-part drama is an intimate portrait of a uniquely independent woman who finds herself newly divorced during the Depression years, as she struggles to carve out a new life for herself and her family.
The drama explores Mildred's unreasonable devotion to her insatiable daughter Veda, as well as the complex relationships she shares with the indolent men in her life, including her polo-playing lover Monty Beragon and ex-husband Bert Pierce.
S1 E1: Part One
After throwing her cheating husband out of the house, a young mother named Mildred Pierce tries to find suitable work in Depression-era California.
S1 E2: Part Two
With her pie side-business thriving, Mildred sets in motion a plan to start a business for herself and falls for a handsome stranger named Monty Beragon.
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S1 E3: Part Three
In the wake of tragedy, Mildred opens her new restaurant and reconnects with Monty, whose lethargy tests the bonds between Mildred and Veda.
S1 E4: Part Four
Mildred opens a profitable new restaurant but her good fortune is tempered by Veda's manipulation of a smitten society bachelor and his wealthy family.
S1 E5: Part Five
In this mini-series finale, as Veda's singing career takes off, Mildred's efforts to reconcile with her estranged daughter finally pay off, though at a painful price.