Just finished watching the New Edition series on BET. The series covered New Edition from their beginnings as pre teen kids singing in Talent shows to becoming one of the biggest names in R&B. The 3- part series highlights the amazing music and talent of all the members, the original 5 and the 6th member, Johnny Gill, added later to replace Bobby Brown. It also shows the struggles most musical talent have with record labels, family members, and managers. The series also focused on how the egos of each member threatened the break up of the group, but friendship and loyalty always kept them together. They also touch on the successes of the solo endeavors of Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, and Bell Biv Devoe.
For me personally, I enjoyed it because the music brought back memories of hanging with my friends and dancing to all of their great hits. I recommend this series, not only for the music and performances, but for the behind the scene story of struggle and triumph. A really good series.
As Beau highlighted in the above review, the New Edition Story really did cover all iterations of the group. From their humble beginnings as kids hitting it big with “Candy Girl,” through their break ups and solo careers, up to the present day. There were many bright points throughout the entire series. Of course the music was spectacular, and I liked how they played the entirety of at least one song from every album. It really helped you feel where musically the group was at the time. I also loved how much was covered within the series. All the way from 1978 Boston projects up until current times.
I especially liked how they included all of the solo and side group careers that the various members went on to do. But I feel the strongest part of the series was New Edition first forming and starting out as children (obviously episode 1). Jahi Di’Allo Winston, who played young Ralph, was outstanding and I really believe we will see more of him in the near future.
I’ve had a love affair with New Edition for most of my life. I bet most people have too, whether they realize it or not. I highly doubt there is anyone that doesn’t know at least one New Edition or Bobby Brown or Bell Biv Devoe song (and I’m sorry, if you don’t know all the words to “Poison” then we might as well stop talking now). I really enjoyed the mini-series a lot. I knew of the strife they had as a group and the infamous 1997 fight on stage during their tour between Bobby Brown and all of BBD, but this opened me up to so much more of New Edition’s history. Definitely worth a watch.
9 Candy girls out of 10
On a side note, BET really needs to tighten up their airing of mini-series like this. The New Edition story aired over three nights, each with a 2 hour episode. That’s 6 hours of television. But now they are re-airing the series as a whole in a 2 1/2 hour block. They cut down by 3 1/2 hours because there were SO MANY commercials. It was ridiculous and if I had not been able to skip the commercials, I don’t think I would have been able to watch it. I understand you have to sell air time to companies but come on BET. No reason it should have been that bad.