Entertaining enough with its blend of biographical storytelling and theory-illustrating special effects...
...gives the physicist’s life sassy, whip-smart on-screen treatment.
...there are some inspired moments—namely when we see how science and theory come alive in Einstein’s mind...
...it’s Flynn who best captures Einstein’s rebellious nature early on in the series.
...an intriguing exploration of the often very flawed and human side of someone with a superhuman mind.
Aretha travels to Muscle Shoals in 1967 to record her first album with Atlantic Records; after losing her surrogate mother, Little Re braves her first solo in 1953 in her father's church.
Aretha catches the attention of Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records in 1966; Little Re has her first touring experience on the Gospel Circuit in 1954 with C.L. Franklin and meets her idol, Clara Ward.
Aretha juggles her music career and her commitment to the civil rights movement; Little Re leaves behind her newborn child to return to the Gospel Circuit in 1955, meeting with music legends James Cleveland and Little Sammie Bryant.
Aretha is featured on the cover of Time magazine in 1968, but she's devastated when the article focuses on the scandalous details of her personal life; Barbara Franklin and Young C.L. Franklin struggle to establish themselves in Memphis.
Aretha records her protest album, "Young, Gifted and Black," in 1970; despite Jerry Wexler's uncertainty, the album is a success; Barbara Franklin makes a decision that has a devastating effect on Little Re.
Aretha records her bestselling live gospel album "Amazing Grace" in 1972 at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church; Little Re discovers that she's pregnant with her second child, forcing her to leave school.
Aretha steals an opportunity from her sister Carolyn; she receives a Grammy nomination but is ultimately snubbed from winning the award; she meets with Arista founder Clive Davis; Jerry Wexler leaves Atlantic Records, and he and Aretha part ways.
Despite significant emotional losses, Aretha pushes herself artistically and triumphs; she begins a career at Arista with the help of Clive Davis, and in a Grammy performance in 1998, she solidifies her eternal reign as the Queen of Soul.