Genius: Aretha (2021)

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Aretha
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Cynthia Erivo captures the spirit of the singular singer with poise and passion - if only Aretha's writing were as strong as her performance.

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Air date: Mar 21, 2021

Aretha travels to Muscle Shoals in 1967 to record her first album with Atlantic Records; after losing her surrogate mother, Little Re braves her first solo in 1953 in her father's church.

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Air date: Mar 21, 2021

Aretha catches the attention of Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records in 1966; Little Re has her first touring experience on the Gospel Circuit in 1954 with C.L. Franklin and meets her idol, Clara Ward.

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Air date: Mar 22, 2021

Aretha juggles her music career and her commitment to the civil rights movement; Little Re leaves behind her newborn child to return to the Gospel Circuit in 1955, meeting with music legends James Cleveland and Little Sammie Bryant.

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Air date: Mar 22, 2021

Aretha is featured on the cover of Time magazine in 1968, but she's devastated when the article focuses on the scandalous details of her personal life; Barbara Franklin and Young C.L. Franklin struggle to establish themselves in Memphis.

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Air date: Mar 23, 2021

Aretha records her protest album, "Young, Gifted and Black," in 1970; despite Jerry Wexler's uncertainty, the album is a success; Barbara Franklin makes a decision that has a devastating effect on Little Re.

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Air date: Mar 23, 2021

Aretha records her bestselling live gospel album "Amazing Grace" in 1972 at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church; Little Re discovers that she's pregnant with her second child, forcing her to leave school.

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Air date: Mar 24, 2021

Aretha steals an opportunity from her sister Carolyn; she receives a Grammy nomination but is ultimately snubbed from winning the award; she meets with Arista founder Clive Davis; Jerry Wexler leaves Atlantic Records, and he and Aretha part ways.

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Air date: Mar 24, 2021

Despite significant emotional losses, Aretha pushes herself artistically and triumphs; she begins a career at Arista with the help of Clive Davis, and in a Grammy performance in 1998, she solidifies her eternal reign as the Queen of Soul.

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Cast & Crew

Cynthia Erivo
Aretha Franklin

Actor
Anna Culp
Co-Executive Producer
Brian Grazer
Executive Producer
Ron Howard
Executive Producer
Francie Calfo
Executive Producer
Gigi Pritzker
Executive Producer
Jeff Cooney
Executive Producer
Rachel Shane
Executive Producer
Sam Sokolow
Executive Producer
Ken Biller
Executive Producer
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