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Genius: Aretha

GENIUS is an Emmy-winning anthology series that dramatizes the fascinating stories of...more

GENIUS is an Emmy-winning anthology series that dramatizes the fa...More

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Episode 1

Respect

Aretha travels to Muscle Shoals in 1967 to record her first album, while Little Re braves her first solo in C.L. Franklin’s church in 1953.
Episode 2

Until the Real Thing Comes Along

Aretha struggles to find her sound, and meets Jerry Wexler. Little Re goes on her first Gospel Circuit tour led by her father, C.L. Franklin.
Episode 3

Do Right Woman

Aretha juggles her music career and her commitment to the civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Episode 4

Unforgettable

Aretha is featured on the cover of Time Magazine, and young C.L. Franklin and Barbara Franklin struggle to establish themselves in Memphis.
Episode 5

Young, Gifted and Black

Aretha Franklin records her protest album "Young, Gifted and Black," while Little Re loses her mother.
Episode 6

Amazing Grace

Aretha records her album, "Amazing Grace" in an older James Cleveland's church; while Little Re discovers that she's pregnant with her second child.
Episode 7

Chain of Fools

Aretha struggles to stay relevant as she enters the age of disco. She parts ways with Jerry Wexler and meets Arista founder Clive Davis.
Episode 8

No One Sleeps

Despite significant emotional losses including a second divorce and the death of her father, Aretha pushes herself artistically and triumphs.

About this Show

Genius: Aretha

GENIUS is an Emmy-winning anthology series that dramatizes the fascinating stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators, their extraordinary achievements and their complex personal relationships. This season will explore Aretha Franklin’s musical genius, her incomparable career, and the immeasurable impact and influence she has had on music and culture around the world.

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