Surviving R. Kelly: Miniseries (2019)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Air date: Jan 3, 2019
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Air date: Jan 3, 2019
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Air date: Jan 4, 2019
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Air date: Jan 4, 2019
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Air date: Jan 5, 2019
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Air date: Jan 5, 2019

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Celebrated as one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, R. Kelly's genre defining career and playboy lifestyle has been riddled with rumors of abuse, predatory behavior, and pedophilia. Despite damning evidence and multiple witnesses, to date, none of these accusations have seemingly affected him. For the first time ever, survivors and people from R. Kelly's inner circle, are coming forward with new allegations about his sexual, mental, and physical abuse. They are now finally ready to share their full story and shed light on the secret life the public has never seen.

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Critic Reviews for Surviving R. Kelly Miniseries

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (13)

The series is comprehensively damning and powerfully disturbing.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It is a staggering, stomach-churning narrative work -- especially for those who have experienced similar traumas.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Surviving R. Kelly is all about making sure the women who have gone unheard get a chance to speak. It is brutal viewing. But it's so good to know it exists.

Jan 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Gives voice to those who have been neglected for decades.

Jan 3, 2019 | Full Review…
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There are moments where they sit back and they say, but we do have to look at the full picture... just a reminder, there's more there... and I admire that.

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

It is an important and powerful watch, providing an opportunity for R. Kelly's alleged victims to share their horrific experiences of abuse.

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Bit by bit the stories of the participants become spellbinding, as each word adds to a vivid portrait. In a way, it is a symphony; each voice is an instrument.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

We failed these women by thinking R. Kelly was just an envelope-pushing artist of vulgarity when he is in fact an unrepentant abuser, most often of children. Surviving R. Kelly doesn't let us forget it.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Surviving R. Kelly calls on music fans to consider how their support, while seemingly innocuous on an individual level, is one of the many threads upholding a predator's web-and how, in some cases, it can be the catalyst.

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

What Surviving R. Kelly does magnificently and somewhat extraordinarily is to center the experience of the women whose lives have been torn apart.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

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