Since graduating in May, I’ve had more time to catch some new TV shows and catch up on a few old ones. One of the new ones I’ve watched this summer is Tales on BET.
Created by record producer Irv Gotti, it’s a hip-hop anthology series exploring urban life through the lens of music. Each episode takes a different song and quite literally brings the story to life. The episodes so far have focused on police brutality (with a deep and eye-opening race reversal aspect) through NWA’s “F*ck Tha Police,” jealousy/betrayal through Meek Mill’s “Cold Hearted,” and infidelity through Biggie’s “I Got A Story To Tell.”
If you’re a fan of hip-hop, you’d definitely like this show. It’s so unique because it depicts an actual storyline behind the lyrics of each song, and to my knowledge no show or movie has done this yet. I find it so interesting! Now I’m not saying all the acting per se is spot on in every single episode, but the storylines are engaging and the directing is really good, so basically that’s enough to keep me interested in it… which, by the way, was a pleasant surprise because for me, BET original shows/movies are usually a hit or miss. Either the casting is great, the storyline is thorough, and I’m invested in the characters and their stories, or the exact opposite. So far, it’s three episodes in and it’s safe to say, I’m hooked!
What really made me want to continue to tune into this show was how the very first episode pulled me in. I was completely impressed at how well it was done—from the casting/acting to the storytelling. The bad part about this episode is that it’s a really important one for society, but it’s on a Black network, so there’s a very good chance other demographics won’t see it because they may not (or rarely) watch this channel. Which is disheartening because Black people already know, recognize, and can associate with what goes on in actual real life concerning violence and police brutality in the Black community; it’s other demographics that watching a show like this could potentially really impact. I would have loved to see this on another network, but then again I’m not sure how easy it would have been to get it approved since I’m sure it would be seen as extremely controversial.
One thing I do have to say is that I’m so annoyed now that the season doesn’t continue until October! Those three episodes were such a tease. But hey, gives me some good TV to look forward to. Apparently BET wants to wait until after the Hip Hop Awards to continue with the next episodes. I guess it’s probably smarter this way… building momentum/hype maybe?
If any of you have watched, let me know what you think in a comment below! If not, like I said, it’s only 3 episodes in, so you have time to catch up before October if you’re interested!