Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker: Miniseries (2020)


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Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

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Self Made doesn't always live up to its namesake, but there's no denying that Octavia Spencer's spectacular embodiment of the singular Madam C.J. Walker is a sight to be seen.

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Critic Ratings: 25

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User Ratings: 172

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Air date: Mar 20, 2020

Aspiring to be more than a washerwoman, Sarah resolves to sell Addie's hair product; when she's cruelly rebuffed, the gloves come off.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2020

Sarah's dream of opening a factory hinges on securing the support of black businessmen as well as an endorsement from the famous educator Booker T. Washington.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2020

Sarah's ambitious plans for expanding her empire take her to New York and lead to betrayals both personal and professional that threaten all she's built.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2020

Sarah endures a health scare, worker issues and a tragedy that hits close to home, pushing her to take decisive action about her life and legacy.

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Cast & Crew

Octavia Spencer
Sarah Breedlove

Actor
Tiffany Haddish
Lelia

Actor
Carmen Ejogo
Addie Munroe

Actor
Blair Underwood
C.J. Walker

Actor
Kevin Carroll
Freeman Ransom

Actor
Bill Bellamy
Sweetness

Actor
Janine Sherman Barrois
Executive Producer
Lois Johnson
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Maverick Carter
Executive Producer
LeBron James
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Octavia Spencer
Executive Producer
Mark Holder
Executive Producer
Christine Holder
Executive Producer
Kasi Lemmons
Executive Producer
Jamal Henderson
Executive Producer
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  • 5d ago
    This is most definitely an "inspired" series and not a one-to-one reenactment of the already interesting life of Madam C.J. Walker. While, at times, inaccurate to historical records, I find myself in love with the miniseries and the incredible acting showcased throughout. The story is captivating, even at times when expected to be slower paced.
  • Mar 28, 2022
    Uma das melhores histórias reais, de uma mulher de muita força lutando com ambos preconceitos seja o machismo ou racismo, Madam C.J. Walker sempre será reconhecida como uma revolucionária no ramo dos negócios, sempre focada em seu objetivo ser reconhecida e foi ótimo que a Netflix fez essa minissérie assim como outras que eles acertaram a mão mostrando que uma história nunca pode ser apagada.
  • Oct 31, 2021
    Once again, Octavia Spencer does a wonderful job. A well done production.
  • Oct 15, 2021
    When I 1st saw it the highlights, I was like no not this movie, but one raining day i watch it, and it was good.
  • Feb 16, 2021
    I thought this movie was excellent. I generally have low expectations for movies based on "true events," but this one was riveting and inspiring. If you get nothing from it but the history of this incredible woman, than you have time well spent. I'm so glad this movie was made.
  • Nov 08, 2020
    If they put this movie in a better time period it might be better, but very fictional. Maybe should of called this "the stolen formula"
  • Oct 11, 2020
    This series had lots of historical inaccuracies (I read up on the subject beforehand) and it was not interesting to watch.
  • Oct 11, 2020
    Despite the historical inaccuracies, I found this show entertaining, informative, and inspiring. The only thing I disliked was the emphasis on rivalry! I definitely recommend giving this show a watch.
  • Oct 10, 2020
    This series is boring, even though the life it's based on is interesting. That's a kind of achievement, I guess. Octavia Spencer is a good actress, but she's wasted on this material.
  • Aug 14, 2020
    Self Made is a Netflix shining gem! From the first moment you begin to watch, it is like sliding into a huge tub of honey. Comfortable, warm, the characters envelop you and, so quickly, you feel as if you have known some of them your whole life only, you haven't. Perhaps that's what falling in love feels like? By the end of the first two episodes, I felt every emotion that this amazingly strong, defiant, stubborn, beautiful woman must have felt. Joy and sorrow, success and disappointment, trust and betrayal all the while battling against not only prejudice against people of colour but, many people of colour and their low opinions of themselves. I was truly unable to switch off my TV once I began to watch. Definitely a weekend binge series! AWESOME!

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