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The Porter

BET • 2022 • IMDb: 5.1
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Railway workers from both Canada and the United States joined together to give birth to the world's first Black union. The Porter follows the journeys of characters who hustle, dream, cross borders and pursue their ambitions in the fight for liberation - on and off the railways that cross North America. It is a story of empowerment that highlights the moment when railway workers from both Canada and the United States join together to give birth to the world’s first Black union.

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American Soul

BET • 2019 • IMDb: 7.1
American Soul

This scripted drama combines fictional and real-life characters and moments to tell the story of a young, ambitious and troubled entrepreneur who created "Soul Train," one of the most predominant television shows for African-American culture. Set in the early 1970s and filled with music, dance, fashion and glamour, the series reveals what it took to launch the first nationally-syndicated black music show and what happened when the music stopped. Through it all, 30-something Don Cornelius sacrifices all that he loves to follow his dream.

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Sistas

BET • 2019 • IMDb: 5.2
Sistas

A group of single black females from different walks of life who bond over their one common thread: why am I single? The 10-episode one-hour series follows popular characters 'Zac,' played by Devale Ellis and 'Fatima,' played Crystal Renee Hayslett, as they navigate the ups and downs of their relationship. "Zatima" marks the second spin-off from a Tyler Perry top-rated linear show to get greenlit by BET+, the leading streaming service for Black audiences.

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First Wives Club

BET • 2019 • IMDb: 7.1
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First Wives Club is an American comedy television series, based on the film of the same name written by Robert Harling, that premiered in September 19, 2019 on BET+. On November 26, 2019, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on July 15, 2021. On September 8, 2021, the series was renewed for a third season.

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All The Queen's Men

BET • 2021 • IMDb: 6.2
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Centers around the life of Marilyn 'Madam' DeVille. Madam is a fierce businesswoman who is at the top of her game in the nightclub industry and surrounded by a band of trusted employees who are down to make sure that she is successful. But Madam, a self-proclaimed boss, soon discovers that more money and more power means more problems. Will Madam retain reign as she navigates this dangerous and sexy society? Will the sensuous world of exotic dancing cost Madam her queen house and potentially her life?

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Real Husbands of Hollywood

BET • 2013 • IMDb: 7.6
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Kevin Hart and other celebrities play a comic fictionalized version of themselves in this parody of similarly named reality shows. Episodes often feature Kevin Hart's attempts to gain celebrity and his jealousy of his friends. The new series will also feature a range of celebrity guest stars like the original series.

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House of Payne

BET • 2006 • IMDb: 3.6
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Atlanta firefighter Curtis "Pops" Payne thinks his home is his castle, but he needs a bigger moat. His nephew CJ and kids have invaded the place for an extended stay, and money-challenged son Calvin also keeps showing up, mainly around meal time and on laundry day. Thankfully, Curtis has loving but no-nonsense wife Ella to help him keep it together. The midseason premiere of "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" premieres Tuesday, October 12, at 8 PM ET/PT- The hilarious comedy features retired fire chief Curtis Payne and his lovely wife Ella. Together the loving couple navigates the problems of life with their quirky modern-day family. Starring LaVan Davis as "Curtis Payne," Cassi Davis Patton as "Ella Payne," Allen Payne as "C.J. Payne," Lance Gross as "Calvin Payne," Larramie "Doc" Shaw as "Malik Payne," and Keshia Knight Pulliam as "Miranda Payne." Ahmarie Holmes as "Lisa" and Quin Walters as "Laura" join as recurring characters. "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" is the #1 comedy series on cable for African Americans P2+ on Cable in the calendar year 2020. In the midseason premiere episode "Me Against The World," a family game night at the Payne's is crashed by a surprise guest and Curtis is asked to fill in at the firehouse for CJ. #HouseOfPayne

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The Family Business

BET • 2018 • IMDb: 6.2
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Welcome to the world of the Duncan family. They appear to be upstanding citizens running one of New York's most respected car dealerships, but in reality, they're leaders of the black mafia who control most of the East Coast underworld. No matter which job is at hand, one thing is true about the Duncans: there is nothing they won't do for family. The Family Business is an American crime family drama created by Carl Weber and based on his bestselling crime drama book series. Originally developed as an independent film franchise, BET produced it as an eight-episode limited series in 2018. Midway through its second season, BET+ has picked up a third season of Carl Weber’s The Family Business, based on Weber’s bestselling crime drama book series. Production is scheduled to begin next month in Los Angeles. You can watch a trailer below. The Family Business follows the Duncans, an upstanding, tightknit family that, by day, owns and operates an exotic car dealership in New York. By night, their business activities are more illicit in nature. Returning for Season 3 are series stars Ernie Hudson, Valarie Pettiford, Darrin DeWitt Henson, Javicia Leslie, Sean Ringgold, Tami Roman, Miguel A. Nunez, Arrington Foster, KJ Smith, Dylan Weber, Yadi Valerio and Emilio Rivera.

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The Oval

BET • 2019 • IMDb: 3.9
The Oval

"Tyler Perry's The Oval," lifts the veil of what can happen when the leader of the free world, his wife and family are crazed maniacs. The series also highlights the personal side and everyday lives of the staff who run the inner workings of the nation's most iconic residence. Ed Quinn, Kron Moore, Javon Johnson, Ptosha Storey, Vaughn Hebron, Teesha Renee, Daniel Croix Henderson, Lodric D. Collins, Ciera Payton, Walter Fauntleroy, Taja V. Simpson, Brad Benedict, Travis Cure, Matthew Law, Bill Barrett, Derek A. Dixon, Nick Barrotta, Kaye Singleton, and Russell Thomas star in the one-hour drama. Written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry, "The Oval" is a political drama series on BET. It tells the story of U.S President Hunter Franklin and first lady Victoria Franklin, a power-hungry interracial couple, who present a perfect facade to the world while indulging in wildly scandalous behavior behind closed doors. Not to be outdone, their children -- Gayle and Jason -- bring their own brands of volatility and excess to the Executive Residence. The soap opera-style series also tells the stories of White House staff members whose lives become intertwined with those of the first family. Head butler Richard Hallsen is an ex-serviceman who struggles to maintain his integrity in the face of greed and corruption. In "The Oval," Tyler Perry supercharges the political genre with off-the-charts levels of scandal, sex, depravity, and betrayal. "Tyler Perry's The Oval" is executive produced, directed, and written by Tyler Perry. Michelle Sneed will also serve as Executive Producer of the series for Tyler Perry Studios. In the season premiere episode, "An Eye For An Eye," The President and First lady barely dodge death but continue in their ways. Hunter vows for revenge, Victoria has lustful eyes on Sam, and Jason is ready to finish the job someone else started: taking his mother out. #TheOvalonBET

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Ruthless

BET • 2020 • IMDb: 4.6
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When chaos is king the rules of power will be broken. A new season of Tyler Perry's Ruthless premieres 3/10, only on BET+ A spinoff of "The Oval," follows Ruth Truesdale as she's forced to play nice with a scandalous religious cult of powerful sex crazed fanatics in the hopes of freeing herself and her daughter. In a backdoor pilot during the first three episodes of The Oval, Ruth Truesdale (Melissa L. Williams) kidnaps her daughter Callie to join her and the sex-crazed members of the Rakudushis cult. Ruth is a devoted member of the Rakadushi cult. After helping to severely punish her rebellious, best friend Tally, she becomes an "Elder," a high ranking member of the cult. However, in order to be initiated into the position of Elder, she was required to be gang raped, by seven, high ranking cult members, Including Andrew and Dikhan, in the presence of The Highest. After being gang raped, Ruth no longer wanted to be a member of the cult and began planning an escape, along with her best friend, Tally. The leader of the Rakadushis is "the Highest" (Matt Cedeño). The Highest has long hair and is always wearing white. His demeanor is very calm, peaceful, and welcoming. This is to cover up the fact that he is a sexual sadist. He uses drugs to make newcomers black out and lose all memory to violently rape them. He himself is also a drug addict. Dikhan (Lenny Thomas), is a high ranking cult member who is the right hand to The Highest. He is the overseer of everything that happens on the cult's property. Dikhan is very handsome and loyal to The Highest, but he is also extremely invasive and stern. It is revealed in Season one, episode seven, that Dikhan and The Highest have been in a homosexual relationship for twelve years. The Highest's fondness of Andrew causes Dikhan to be jealous and insecure. Members of all ranks of the cult fear Dikhan. Dikhan reports all wrongdoing of the cult members to The Highest and often recommends and inflicts their punishment. The Rakadushi cult was infiltrated by undercover FBI agent Andrew (Blue Kimble) who eventually converted his beliefs into that of the religious sex cult and is in the process of becoming a high ranking member of the Rakadushis. Andrew is married to Sarah and they have one son. After the infiltrating and becoming a unwavering believer of the Rakadushi religion, he began a secret, forbidden, sexual affair with Tally (Yvonne Senat Jones) who is also a member of the Rakadushi cult. Andrew falls in love with Tally, and eventually gets her pregnant. Tally does not know that Andrew is an undercover FBI agent who is also married. Andrew is a very loyal member and believer of the Rakadushi cult and its beliefs. However, he is frequently torn between his beliefs and his love for Tally, when Tally is severely and continuously punished for her mistakes and rebellious behavior. Tally question Andrew's love for her after finding out Andrew was part of the seven men who gang raped Ruth. Andrew had homosexual sex with The Highest one time, proving his loyalty to the cult, but causing friction between he and Dikhan, due to Dikhan being in love with The Highest. As the season continues, many of the faithful followers have begun to uncover the evil that exists beneath the surface of the Rakudushis movement. Armed with this knowledge, Ruth and several new fearful cult members try to take control of their individual destinies. The attempts will prove to be almost impossible for anyone who does not have allies they think they can trust. Viewers will see more sex, lies, and murder in this cult that is living up to its fate. The adage 'beware false prophets' has never reigned more true. "Tyler Perry's Ruthless" stars Melissa L. Williams, Matt Cedeño, Lenny D. Thomas, Yvonne Senat Jones, Baadja-Lyne Odums, Jaime Callica, Nirine S. Brown, Blue Kimble, Stephanie Charles, Hervé Clermont, Anthony Bless, and Bobbi Baker. New cast members joining the series include Stevie Baggs, Jr., Colin McCalla, Samantha L. Thomas, Michelle Nunez, Alise Willis, and Jael Pettigrew. The one-hour drama will drop three episodes on its premiere date, with new episodes launching every Thursday on BET+.

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