In 1998, NBC and Suzanne de Passe created a mini-series based on the legacy of the Motown Sound powerhouses The Temptations. That mini-series went on to become part of the Black pop culture landscape and defined the group for future generations, but what is the truth? How much of the lives of Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, and David Ruffin – not to mention other members such as Al Bryant and Dennis Edwards – was true and how much of it was just a producer’s imagination running away with them? The SSN crew, along with returning guests CoffeeLiteSweet and Greg aka tREBLEFREE, try to separate fact from fiction in a very special viewing party of “The Temptations” mini-series. Spoiler: somebody was possibly coming to see Otis!
(If you’d like to watch the miniseries along with us, you’ll need the unedited version as seen on either the 2004 Artisan Entertainment DVD release, or the current (2011) RHI Entertainment release. If you have the 2011 edition, please pause our show for one minute when the credits play at the end of Part 1 – the accompanying podcast timestamp is noted below – we used the Artisan Entertainment version which runs the entire miniseries together as one three-hour movie. Thanks!)
• 00:07:56: Start Part 1 of the miniseries here!
• 01:43:00: Start Part 2 of the miniseries here!
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