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There are few music albums that would call for or justify a documentary focused solely on their creation, and if asked to pick from Michael Jackson's body of work, "Thriller" would be the more obvious choice to receive such treatment. But Spike Lee's "Bad 25," which makes its broadcast premiere on Thursday, November 22nd at 9:30pm on ABC, doesn't just make a case for the importance of "Bad" on its 25th anniversary (a point no one's likely to question); it uses the album as a way of looking at its creator as a person, as an artist and as a formidable cultural force whose influence is felt throughout music, fashion and film. Rather than fawn over Jackson and the album or structure the film in a more traditional VH1 special style, Lee has chosed to let the people who helped make it, who witnessed it or who »


- Alison Willmore

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