Memphis Beat: Season 1, Episode 1

It's All Right, Mama (22 Jun. 2010)

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Detective Hendricks investigates a case of abuse involving a legendary D.J. that he idolized in his youth, even after his new police lieutenant gives him a break from the case.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Collins / Ray Pruitt
TJ Williams
Mildred Covert ...
Dottie Collins
Angel Campbell ...
Tamara Sully
Jeffrey Friend
Leon Lamar ...
Morris Tisdale (as Leon LaMar)
Sabine Basquie (as Darcel Moreno)


Detective Dwight Hendricks (Jason Lee) investigates the abuse of elderly woman who happens to be a legendary Memphis disc jockey known as the "First Lady of the Airwaves." But his loose investigative style is cramped by his new by-the-book boss, Lt. Tanya Rice (Alfre Woodard), who brings a den mother approach to her job. Meanwhile, Dwight's mother (Celia Weston) starts dating a charming new neighbor. Written by TNT

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Music





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One of the better pilots in the past two years, engaging and entertaining
25 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Alright! This was a solid pilot. I knew that the cast was great, but it actually has decent writing and fantastic music.

And maybe somebody else knew Jason Lee could sing, but I didn't. He's no Elvis, but nobody is and he did alright.

Yes, the Elvis songs were there. But the episode also had Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come," Rufus Thomas' "Walking the Dog," Booker T.'s "Time Is Tight" and others. Going to be a heck of an album.

Yes, it is a crime procedural. But elderly abuse is an unusual subject for any such show and it is a growing problem in this country. It was a solid initial subject for what is sure to be a different take on the crime procedural.

I'm looking forward to the show gaining rhythm as the actors and writers get comfortable with the characters and settings. Also I'm curious about the purposing of "the mothers" within the show.

As you can see, I was impressed with this pilot, one of the better ones in the last two years with a good story arc and without trying to overwhelm viewers with all the details and back story of the five or six principle characters in an hour.

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