The New Edition Story Fans Share the Love on Social Media

Day 1 of BET miniseries gets high marks from both viewers and critics

by | January 25, 2017 | Comments


The New Edition Story captured the hearts of fans of the ’80s R&B vocal group starting from the very first strains of “Candy Girl.” The three-day miniseries kicked off Tuesday night on BET, stirring up more than a little nostalgia in viewers through the band’s beloved music and the series’ writing and acting — and earning the event programming a 100% Tomatometer score at the time of this writing.




In addition to the gifted child actors who play the group members — we see you, Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things) — and the adults who played Ralph, Bobby, Ronnie, Ricky, and Mike, fans also applauded the actresses who played their mothers. The list includes Lisa Nicole Parker (Ally McBeal) on the comeback trail as Ricky’s mom Mae.


THE NEW EDITION STORY mini series, Los Angeles, California, May 12, 2016. (Bennett Raglin/BET)

But who are we kidding? This is a biopic, and fans wanted the tea, the dirt, and all the gossip on what was really going on behind the scenes, including how the boys kept getting ripped off by the adults managing their careers and the growing rivalry between Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown, both of whom had the talent and leadership ability even as kids.

Making matters more complicated, more than one producer saw Tresvant as the next Michael Jackson.

You could argue that shady managers and spotlight scuffles are tropes found in all musical group biopics—  these kinds of conflicts happen all the time within the industry — so the real fun of The New Edition Story is seeing who did what to whom and why. Fans couldn’t stop tweeting, for instance, about Brooke Payne (Wood Harris), the real-life manager and choreographer who helped groom New Edition for the big leagues.

After the boys’ moms intervene, Brooke is fired and replaced by the fictional Gary Evans (Michael Rapaport), who promises New Edition the world and helps them land a deal at MCA. The guys, of course, are rough around the edges and have to be groomed yet again — and Ralph is the golden boy yet again.

And that’s where night one ends: with #NewEditionBET as Twitter’s No. 1 trending topic. Parts two and three promise more wild parties, hot girls, rivalries, and conflicts.

The New Edition Story continues Wednesday and Thursday on BET 

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