Surviving R. Kelly: Season 1 (2019)

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Surviving R. Kelly

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By unearthing previously suppressed histories, Surviving R. Kelly exposes the dangers of enabling predatory behavior and gives necessary voice to its survivors.

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Critic Ratings: 21

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User Ratings: 47

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Air date: Jan 03, 2019

As singer R. Kelly rises to fame and power as a rhythm and blues icon, he forms relationships with younger singers and dancers; rumors about his marriage to a 15-year-old Aaliyah do little to stop his meteoric trajectory.

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Air date: Jan 03, 2019

After his marriage to Aaliyah is annulled, R. Kelly continues to soar on top of the charts; a talented choreographer becomes the new Mrs. Kelly in a secret ceremony.

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Air date: Jan 04, 2019

As journalists uncover a trail of lawsuits and confidential settlements concerning underage girls, an underground sex tape emerges that puts R. Kelly in a compromising position.

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Air date: Jan 04, 2019

R. Kelly goes to trial in Chicago on multiple counts of child pornography for his alleged participation in a sex tape involving a minor.

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Air date: Jan 05, 2019

Parents of girls in R. Kelly's camp accuse him of keeping them psychologically and sexually imprisoned; one mother fights to get her daughter back, and wins.

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Air date: Jan 05, 2019

As other major public figures fall from grace, women's groups come forward to take aim against the sexually brazen superstar.

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Kathy Chaney
Candice Norcott
Jody Adewale

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  • Nov 29, 2020
    Relationship to truth: we are in the vicinity of, the law. I would probably pass. Or say, the care-worn wisdom, that one needs evidence. I don't know, in short. Description: chronology of a man, going on a spree with his penis. Reaction: harrowing. Going through "Hell"- keep going, springs to mind. Thanks.
  • Sep 30, 2019
    This wasn't easy to watch. I think the most convincing thing about this documentary was the argument that he was just hiding in plain sight. If you were a fan of the R., like me, you're gonna think "how did I not see this shit?" I don't think the girls are liars, and I think it's worth watching because it shows how our culture will just excuse seriously disturbing behavior because of the privilege of fame. The only problem is that the R.'s songs are still bumpin', so you don't know whether to watch this thing and vomit or go back and listen to his remixes. His plays on streaming/Spotify rose after this came out.
  • Sep 24, 2019
    I'm watching the fourth episode . I've got to warn you, this is VERY hard to watch . It's very repetitious, and the details are disgusting. I believe R. Kelly is almost certainly guilty. It's hard to believe how many people covered for this guy . I'm (kind of ) glad I saw it.
  • Jul 27, 2019
    Exposes the horrendous crimes of R Kelly and gives a perfect timeline. Must see for everyone, especially parents.
  • Mar 10, 2019
    Women who didnâ??t have a choice to speak up, have now spoken. We are hear to listen #blackgirlslivematter #muterkelly #timesup
  • Jan 20, 2019
    Very unnerving expose on a sexual predator who should have been put in jail decades ago:
  • Jan 10, 2019
    This documentary is total bs, probably the worst documentary I’ve seen since May of 2014. Not only is, what is stated not factually true, but it is evident the sole purpose of the film, was to paint R Kelly as some kind of monster, when he’s no such thing. This documentary puts political agenda before facts, and I will not stand for that.
  • Jan 08, 2019
    R. Kelly needs to die, a slow and painful death.
  • Jan 06, 2019
    This is a documentary trying to desperately reach out to inform people and get support to stop an extremely sick, abusive, sexual predator who has gotten away with his perverted and vile behavior for over 25 years because he's famous and chart-topping songs. Yes, this piece can get a bit repetitive in the 6 1-hour segments of interviews and maybe it could have been cut in half, but I found this show very informative and necessary as a voice for the survivors/victims. Similar to Harvey Weinstein, Kelly seems to continually get away with crimes even though people around him knew/know what's going on. What's worse is Kelly's victims were more often underage girls (12-17-years old). Hearing from survivors, people in the industry, friends and family of Kelly, psychiatrists, and the families of girls still caught in R Kelly's web is informative and heart-wrenching. It is so sad that people turn their back or are even complicit in helping these narcissistic, bullies just because the perpetrator is famous and people don't want to loose their friendship, risk their job or just don't want to get involved so it goes on and on and on creating more and more victims and more and more pain and brokenness. It's also shocking at how many people so easily don't want to believe that a smooth voiced, smooth talking, charismatic, handsome musician would "do such a thing" when the damning evidence and witnesses are plentiful (I mean sex tape people!!) Finally, after all these years, people in the music industry are starting to stand up for these victims and let Kelly know they won't condone this disgusting behavior and treatment of girls/women and it's because of courageous people like the ones who made and spoke out in this documentary and the #MuteRKelly movement. Why do we let people harm others? Harvey Wienstein, Bill Cosby, OJ Simpson, R Kelly...maybe this film will help us open our eyes and recognize these predators, encourage us to stand up for victims (instead of judging, ignoring, or accusing them) and also maybe we can get these predator the help they need... hurt people, hurt people.
  • Jan 05, 2019
    Often times frustrating and other times heartbreaking, "Surviving R. Kelly" is a powerful documentary that highlights the alleged victims of R. Kelly in horrific detail while exposing his predatorial behavior and calls on authorities to take action against the R&B singer.

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