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Surviving R. Kelly

Surviving R. Kelly

Lifetime 2019

Celebrated as one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, R. Kelly’s genre defining career and playboy lifestyle has been riddled with rumors of abuse, predatory behavior, and pedophilia. Despite damning evidence and multiple witnesses, to date, none of these accusations have seemingly affected him. For the first time ever, survivors and people from R. Kelly’s inner circle, are coming forward with new allegations about his sexual, mental, and physical abuse. They are now finally ready to share their full story and shed light on the secret life the public has never seen.

Warning: the following content contains spoilers!

The 10 Best Episodes of Surviving R. Kelly

Surviving R. Kelly - S1E6

#1 - Black Girls Matter (Season 1 - Episode 6)

As other major public figures fall from grace, women's groups come forward to take aim against the sexually brazen superstar. Is R. Kelly's time finally up?

The episode was rated 7.93 from 269 votes.

Surviving R. Kelly - S1E5

#2 - All The Missing Girls (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Parents of girls in R. Kelly's camp accuse him of keeping them psychologically and sexually imprisoned. One mother fights to get her daughter back -- and wins.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 315 votes.

Surviving R. Kelly - S2E3

#3 - Please Come Forward (Season 2 - Episode 3)

R. Kelly faces his first round of criminal charges after the airing of "Surviving R. Kelly;" survivor Jerhonda Pace reveals a shocking pact she made.

The episode was rated 7.75 from 79 votes.

Surviving R. Kelly - S2E2

#4 - The Settlement Factory (Season 2 - Episode 2)

Tiffany Hawkins, the first person to attempt to hold R. Kelly legally responsible for his actions, breaks her silence and tells her story on camera after more than two decades.

The episode was rated 7.66 from 92 votes.

Surviving R. Kelly - S1E2

#5 - Hiding In Plain Sight (Season 1 - Episode 2)

After his marriage to Aaliyah is annulled, R. Kelly continues to soar on top of the charts. A talented choreographer becomes the new Mrs. Kelly in a secret ceremony.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 380 votes.

Surviving R. Kelly - S2E1

#6 - It Hasn't Stopped (Season 2 - Episode 1)

As the world reels from the release of Surviving R. Kelly, a gun threat wreaks havoc at the premiere.

The episode was rated 7.61 from 92 votes.

Surviving R. Kelly - S1E1

#7 - The Pied Piper of R&B (Season 1 - Episode 1)

As R. Kelly rises to fame and power as an R&B icon, he forms relationships with younger singers and dancers. Rumors about his marriage to a 15 year old Aaliyah do little to stop his meteoric trajectory.

The episode was rated 7.60 from 452 votes.

Surviving R. Kelly - S2E4

#8 - After the Rescue (Season 2 - Episode 4)

R. Kelly is released from jail and does a controversial interview with Gayle King. Following her rescue by her mother in Surviving R. Kelly, Dominique Gardner speaks on camera for the first time.

The episode was rated 7.60 from 72 votes.

Surviving R. Kelly - S1E3

#9 - Sex Tape Scandal (Season 1 - Episode 3)

As journalists uncover a trail of lawsuits and confidential settlements concerning underage girls, an underground sex tape emerges that puts R. Kelly in a compromising position.

The episode was rated 7.59 from 348 votes.

Surviving R. Kelly - S2E5

#10 - Bring Our Girls Home (Season 2 - Episode 5)

As R. Kelly is taken into federal custody without bail, the families of Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary wonder if they'll ever return home.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 66 votes.

Surviving R. Kelly - S1E4
#11 - The People vs. R. Kelly
Season 1 - Episode 4

R. Kelly goes to trial in Chicago on multiple counts of child pornography for his alleged participation in a sex tape involving a minor.

The episode was rated from 331 votes.

Last updated: sep 16, 2022



Sorry, I don't think your skin color has anything to do with it. It's not that nobody cares because they are black girls... The thing is, he is famous, he has money, he has power, he has fans, connections, and a lot of people probably think they are after the money. Some girls saw R Kelly as a chance to become big too. They let him do whatever he wants on hope for better days. He has money and some people are buy-able. Also to shut people up. It's a heartbreaking documentary! I'm shocked... What shocked me the most is that he gets away with this, he should be locked up for life. He destroyed the lives of so many people. the young girls are not to blame here. We need justice for those victims. It saddens me to see how naive some people are to this day and want to believe that he is innocent. I can't believe the people that still support him. There was one girl Jerhonda Pace that went to his trial, supporting him. She knew, and you can tell me everything but this girl was after him. Sorry! R Kelly is for sure a predator a disgusting pedophile and he made a lot of innocent victims. But her story didn't add up to me. After this documentary I watched some more interviews she did, and sorry but I don't believe some things she is saying. I hope there comes justice for his victims. For a man to use his position and power to abuse women and enslave minors for his sexual pleasure is disgusting and evil. He got away with this for way too long!


This feels more like a rant than a review, nevertheless - The testimony of this series and its implications are disturbing. RANT: Isn't it time society dismantles the cult of celebrity that drives our culture (lest you feel exempt, it is not just the folly of our young - adults put a reality TV celebrity in the White House!). Parents talk with your children about their heroes and teach them how to identify/decipher a brand or a public persona to separate it from the person. It is so important that we remember that, regardless of their bursts of maturity, teens are biologically children and need guidance and protection until their natural facilities are matured. Also, official agencies and populous movements have power, so we need to be wise enough to weigh the testimony and act with social responsibility, according to the evidence (for example - Mute R. Kelly.) I truly hope this important documentary will bear fruit to protect or rescue the helpless. For an update on the response since the documentary aired, follow >https://www.thecut.com/2019/01/what-happened-to-r-kelly-after-documentary-timeline.html< (they promise to keep it updated as things change) END RANT. I give this series an 8 (important) out of 10. [Documentary Series]


Will there be a season 3?


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