Decoded: 6 Made-For-TV Biopics and Why We Loved (or Hated) Them
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Decoded: 6 Made-For-TV Biopics and Why We Loved (or Hated) Them

The Jacksons: An American Dream (ABC, 1992)


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This film was a five-hour epic movie made with the blessing of the Jackson family and produced by Motown power woman Suzanne de Passe. It featured the Jackson family’s rise to musical mega-stardom in the late ’60s  through the Motown reunion tour and Michael Jackson’s Thriller release in 1982. The star-studded cast included Angela Bassett, Terence Howard and Vanessa Williams.

An American Dream became one of the most popular and successful music-biography miniseries of the 1990s. Overall, the miniseries was watched by 38.4 million viewers.  The two-night average for the Jacksons (22.2/33) was the highest for any two-parter since an NBC movie in 1989 called “I Know My Name Is Steven.”


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