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It’s a slice of American history that put a lot of people on blast. These were people we’d never heard of and they held a nation captive for nearly a year.

The true story of what went down between attorneys Anita Hill andClarence Thomas may never be told—not even in HBO’sConfirmation, an entertaining replay of that she-said, he-said drama regarding inappropriate conduct in the workplace. Hill asserted that Thomas had routinely sexually harassed her when she worked for him at the U.S. Dept. of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Kerry Washington, in a welcome departure from Olivia Pope, the character that made her a household name on ABC’s Scandal, may miss some of Hill’s nuances while portraying her, but nonetheless does a decent job. Unfortunately for Washington, we’ve become way too accustomed to seeing her “fix” things in haute couture to fully accept her in Hill’s far less dazzling wardrobe on Capitol Hill.

Wendell Pierce, the HBO alum from Treme, plays Thomas. He makes him seem almost human, which is not the perception we got by watching him at his Supreme Court confirmation hearings in 1991.

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