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Lynn Whitfield

Lynn Whitfield (née Smith, born February 15, 1953) is an American actress. She began her acting career in television and theatre before progressing to supporting roles in film. She won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special and a NAACP Image Award for her performance as Josephine Baker in the HBO movie The Josephine Baker Story (1991). She also won NAACP Image awards for her work in Touched by an Angel (1998), The Planet of Junior Brown (2000) and Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004). Her film work includes performances in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996), Eve's Bayou (1997), Stepmom (1998), Head of State (2003), The Cheetah Girls (2003), The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006), Madea's Family Reunion (2006), The Women (2008), Nappily Ever After (2018), and Vacation Friends (2021). From 2016 to 2020, she starred as Lady Mae Greenleaf on OWN's dramatic series Greenleaf, for which she won critical acclaim and garnered two NAACP Image Awards and a Gracie Award. She has won a total of seven NAACP Image Awards. Born : 15th-Feb-1953

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A Thin Line Between Love and Hate

Nightclub manager Darnell Wright is a perpetual playboy who is almost as devoted to his job as he is to the pursuit of beautiful women. After he sets his sights on the ultra-classy Brandi Web, he launches an all-out assault to win her heart. Ultimately, charm, lust and passion prevail, but Darnell learns the hard way that when you play, you pay. Brandi is much harder to get rid of than she was to get--especially when she realizes that she has a rival vying for Darnell's affection. When he finally decides to call it quits, Brandi becomes an obsessed femme fatale stalking the new love of her life.
Released : 4th-Apr-1996

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The Josephine Baker Story

Biography of the African-American who became a major performer in the Paris cabarets of the 1920s and 1930s. The film follows her life beginning as a struggling performer in 1917 St. Louis, her frustrations leading to her move to France, and follows to her death in 1975. Written by John Sacksteder
Released : 16th-Mar-1991

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King's Faith

When eighteen-year-old Brendan King attempts to leave his turbulent gang life behind him, his past continues to threaten his new-found faith, family, and future
Released : 26th-Apr-2013

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Somebody's Child

A woman (Lynn Whitfield) dying of kidney disease learns that God works in mysterious ways after convincing her son (Michael Jai White) to help a repentant ex-con (Byron Minns) whose unexpected presence prompts a startling deathbed confession.
Released : 11th-Aug-2012

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Dangerous Evidence

The Lori Jackson Story - A civil rights campaigner, Lori Jackson, champions the the cause of a black marine convicted of rape, as she thinks he is innocent of the crime. Based on a real case.
Released : 11th-Apr-1999

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The Planet of Junior Brown

Powerful story about love, struggle and passion of an over protective mother and her piano prodigy.
Released : 6th-Sep-1997

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Sophie and the Moonhanger

A woman pits herself against her husband and his Ku Klux Klan member friends when she learns that they are planning an attack against her black maid and her husband.
Released : 15th-Jan-1996

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Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI

A police officer is called by F.B.I. to infiltrate into gang of arms smugglers.
Released : 21st-Oct-1986

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Stompin' at the Savoy

As the Harlem Renaissance flourishes in jazzy New York City, Pauline, Esther and Alice struggle to survive. By day, they toil at dreary jobs, dreaming of stardom, riches and happiness. By night, they dance their troubles away at the famous Savoy Ballroom. But when World War II appears on the horizon, the girls find their fortunes unfolding too unevenly to reconcile, and they inevitably begin to drift apart.
Released : 19th-Apr-1992

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The Ugly Duckling

By Hans Christian Andersen; Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; Narrated by Lynn Whitfield Only a mother could love this ugliest of ducklings who is teased for his awkward appearance. But seasons change---and so does he---into a graceful swan.
Released : Unknown

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Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story

Redemption tells the story of Stan "Tookie" Williams, founder of the Crips L.A. street gang. Story follows his fall into gang-banging, his prison term, and his work writing children's novels encouraging peace and anti-violence resolutions which earned him multiple Nobel Peace Prize nominations. After exhausting all forms of appeal, Tookie was executed by lethal injection.
Released : 3rd-Mar-2004

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The George McKenna Story

Washington plays a school principal in a tough inner city Los Angeles high school out to rid it of drugs, gangs, low moral of teachers, and restore educational values.
Released : 1st-Aug-1988

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Mama, I Want to Sing!

A preacher's daughter, Amara, sings in the church choir before being discovered by a well-established musician. Soon she rises to international fame as a pop singer.
Released : 19th-Jan-2011

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Deep in My Heart

A black woma is reunited with her white birth mother after being given up for adoption.
Released : 14th-Feb-1999

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Kings of the Evening

Homer Hobbs, home after two years in jail, discovers that life on the outside can be crueler than the back-breaking injustice of the chain gang...
Released : 1st-Jan-2008

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The Color of Courage

Based on the landmark civil rights case Sipes vs. McGhee, The Color of Courage chronicles the friendship between a white woman and a black woman whose family, the McGhees, has moved into a previously all-white neighborhood. A McGhee granddaughter, Kathleen McGhee-Anderson, wrote the script.
Released : 10th-Feb-1999

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State of Emergency

Medical drama about a major hospital whose emergency room regularly faces an overload of patients. One of the doctors finds it necessary to adopt an unorthodox procedure to try to save a patient, and finds himself in trouble in consequence.
Released : 21st-Feb-1994

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Taking the Heat

When Michael Norell witnesses a murder, he doesn't want to testify but he is forced to by the police. A cop is ordered to bring him to the court, but before they get there they have to deal with several attacks from killers.
Released : 6th-Jun-1993

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My Other Mother

When gruff and independent Candy meets her angry and stubborn birth mother, can the two open their hearts to each other?
Released : 21st-Sep-2014

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Battlefield America

A young businessman hires an instructor to turn a group of misfit kids into a team on the underground dance competition circuit.
Released : 1st-Jun-2012

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The Redemption of a Dog


Released : 28th-Aug-2012

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And Then There Was You

Natalie and Joshua appear to be the picture-perfect couple, but looks can be deceiving. When Natalie discovers her husband has led a secret life, she is forced to deal with losing everything she loves. Newly divorced and soured on relationships, Natalie is picking up the pieces of her shattered world. In the process of healing, she meets a new man who challenges the boundaries of her trust and her ability to fall in love again.
Released : 19th-Oct-2013

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The Wedding

Shelby Coles (Halle Berry) is engaged to marry talented white jazz musician Meade Howell, but the pair face opposition from both Meade's family, who object to an inter-racial marriage, and Shelby's parents, who want her to marry a professional. As Shelby is afflicted by pre-marital doubts, handsome Lute McNeil arrives on the scene, determined to make Shelby his at any cost.
Released : 22nd-Feb-1998

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30 Days in Atlanta

Akpos wins a 30-day holiday for two to Atlanta, Georgia. He takes his cousin (Richard), an IT specialist on the all- expense paid trip. Akpos flung his unique personality, showing-off his smartness and foolishness in an exciting mix of rhetoric andwitty humour.
Released : 30th-Oct-2014

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Confessions

Confessions of a Call Girl is a revealing story of a women's struggle for balance as she battles a secret addiction while fighting to save her family and find herself.
Released : 23rd-Jul-2006

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Intimate Portrait: Josephine Baker

From world-renowned performer of the Jazz Age, to WWII spy, to civil rights activist – a look into the iconic life and legacy of Josephine Baker, narrated by Arsenio Hall, including rare archive footage, and interviews with Debbie Allen, Lynn Whitfield (who portrayed Baker in The Josephine Baker Story), and two of Baker’s sons.
Released : 20th-Jul-1999

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We Need a Little Christmas

Julie is adjusting to being a single mother to a grieving child while facing her first Christmas without her husband when she develops an unexpected friendship with her older neighbor Irene.
Released : 22nd-Oct-2022

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John Henry

The story follow legendary railroad worker John Henry during the late 19th century.
Released : 1st-Dec-1986

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Gone Fishin'

Two fishing fanatics get in trouble when their fishing boat gets stolen while on a trip.
Released : 30th-May-1997

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All Things Fall Apart

50 Cent stars as gifted college running back Deon in this touching drama. Deon's world turns upside down when an unexpected crisis jeopardizes his professional ambitions -- and causes him to look at himself and his life in a new way.
Released : 5th-Mar-2011

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Eve's Bayou

Summer heats up in rural Louisiana beside Eve’s Bayou, 1962, as the Batiste family tries to survive the secrets they’ve kept and the betrayals they’ve endured.
Released : 7th-Nov-1997

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Madea's Family Reunion

Based upon Tyler Perry's acclaimed stage production, Madea's Family Reunion continues the adventures of Southern matriarch Madea. She has just been court ordered to be in charge of Nikki, a rebellious runaway, her nieces, Lisa and Vanessa, are suffering relationship trouble, and through it all, she has to organize her family reunion.
Released : 24th-Feb-2006

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Lonely Boy

While seeking answers to a past he cannot remember, a schizophrenic must find the strength to control his mental illness as he tries to build relationships with those he pushed away. Winner of multiple festival awards.
Released : 2nd-Mar-2013

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A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story

Ricky Bell, an all-pro running back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who died of a rare muscle disease in the prime of his career. The plot centers on Bell's relationship with a father-less handicapped boy, and his efforts to be a big brother to him. The boy ends up being an inspiration for Bell when his disease makes the athlete more afflicted than the boy.
Released : 2nd-Apr-1991

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The Dempsey Sisters

Three siblings return to their musical roots, agreeing to let their brother manage their family band.
Released : 2nd-Nov-2013

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Prayer Never Fails

When a high school basketball coach is fired for praying with one of his players, he follows God's calling and hires an agnostic, gambling lawyer to file a lawsuit.
Released : 12th-Feb-2016

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Solace

Following the death of her father, a 17-year-old girl is sent to live with her estranged family and finds comfort in a questionable friendship with a self-destructive neighbor, leading both on a startling path to self discovery.
Released : 23rd-Sep-2018

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The Rebound

Upon discovering her husband's infidelity, Sandy leaves the suburbs and moves into the city. There, she befriends Aram, a guy whose wife only married him so she could get a green card. Sandy hires Aram to be her nanny, and it isn't long until Aram and Sandy find out they get along wonderfully and start to date. But is their relationship real or is it, in fact, just a rebound for both of them?
Released : 16th-Sep-2009

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The Cheetah Girls

A four-member teen girl group named the Cheetah Girls go to a Manhattan High School for the Performing Arts and try to become the first freshmen to win the talent show in the school's history. During the talent show auditions, they meet a big-time producer named Jackal Johnson, who tries to make the group into superstars, but the girls run into many problems.
Released : 15th-Aug-2003

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Head of State

When a presidential candidate dies unexpectedly in the middle of the campaign, the Democratic party unexpectedly picks a Washington, D.C. alderman as his replacement.
Released : 28th-Mar-2003

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24 Hour Love

The greatest feeling in the world is when you learn to love! Follow the stories of seven everyday people as they experience laughter, life and matters of the heart. The all-star cast (Malinda Williams, Tatyana Ali, Keith Robinson, Lynn Whitfield and Darius McCrary) will take you through the good, the bad and the ugly of the many faces of love. Fall head over heels for this fresh, honest look at relationships and see what a difference a day makes.
Released : 19th-Mar-2013

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Espionage Tonight

In a reality TV show created by the U.S. government about spies, audiences go on fake undercover missions, but fact cannot be easily distinguished from fiction.
Released : 24th-Oct-2017

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Love Songs

Louis Gossett, Jr, Robert Townsend and Andre Braugher come together to each direct a short story, all of which are interconnected through themes of love and family. Set in the same predominantly black neighbourhood in North Philadelphia, these threecompelling tales tell the stories of an up-and-coming heavyweight boxer, a vegetable vendor, and a man who must protect a family member from the abuse of another.
Released : 25th-Apr-1999

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Thicker Than Blood: The Larry McLinden Story

A legal custody thriller
Released : 3rd-Jun-1994

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Doctor Detroit

A shy but gentle man named Clifford Skridlow is a professor of comparative literature at the financially-strapped fictional Monroe College in Chicago. A chance encounter with four beautiful women at a restaurant changes his life forever.
Released : 6th-May-1983

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In the Army Now

Bones Conway and Jack Kaufman didn't really know what they were in for when they enlisted in the U.S. Army; they just wanted to get a job and make some money. But these new recruits are so hapless, they run the risk of getting kicked out before their military careers even begin. Soon, though, they're sent to the Middle East to fight for their country -- which they manage to do in their own wacky ways.
Released : 12th-Aug-1994

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Nappily Ever After

After an accident at the hair salon, Violet realizes she's not living life to the fullest. A soulful barber helps her put the pieces back together.
Released : 21st-Sep-2018

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Stepmom

Jackie is a divorced mother of two. Isabel is the career minded girlfriend of Jackie’s ex-husband Luke, forced into the role of unwelcome stepmother to their children. But when Jackie discovers she is ill, both women realise they must put aside their differences to find a common ground and celebrate life to the fullest, while they have the chance.
Released : 25th-Dec-1998

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Vacation Friends

When a straight-laced couple that has fun with a rowdy couple on vacation in Mexico return to the States, they discover that the crazy couple they met in Mexico followed them back home and decide to play tricks on them.
Released : 27th-Aug-2021

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The Making of Jaws The Revenge

A behind the scenes look on Jaws The Revenge with interviews from the cast and crew.
Released : 10th-Jul-1987

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Jaws: The Revenge

After another deadly shark attack, Ellen Brody decides she has had enough of New England's Amity Island and moves to the Caribbean to join her son, Michael, and his family. But a great white shark has followed her there, hungry for more lives.
Released : 17th-Jul-1987

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TV Credits

Martin

- Sassy sitcom centering on radio and television personality Martin Payne. Series focuses on his romantic relationship with girlfriend Gina, her best friend Pam and escapades with best friends Tommy and Cole.
Released : 27th-Aug-1992

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Miami Vice

- The story of the Miami Police Department's vice squad and its efforts to end drug trafficking and prostitution, centered on the unlikely partnership of Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs - who first meet when Tubbs is undercover in a drug cartel.
Released : 16th-Sep-1984

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Matlock

- Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of criminal defense attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Productions, Viacom Productions and Paramount Television originally aired from September 23, 1986 to May 8, 1992 on NBC; and from November 5, 1992 until May 7, 1995 on ABC. The show's format is similar to that of CBS's Perry Mason, with Matlock identifying the perpetrators and then confronting them in dramatic courtroom scenes. One difference, however, was that whereas Mason usually exculpated his clients at a pretrial hearing, Matlock usually secured an acquittal at trial, from the jury.
Released : 3rd-Mar-1986

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Cagney & Lacey

- Mary Beth Lacey and Chris Cagney are teamed up as NYPD police detectives. Their opposing personalities (one is tough and the other sensitive) mesh to make this one of the great crime-fighting duos of all time.
Released : 25th-Mar-1982

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The Cosby Mysteries

- The Cosby Mysteries was an American television mystery series that starred Bill Cosby. It is the first television series to star Cosby since The Cosby Show and lasted only one season. Actor/Rapper Mos Def appeared in several episodes.
Released : 31st-Jan-1994

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Equal Justice

- Equal Justice was a television legal drama broadcast in the United States by ABC from March 27, 1990 to July 3, 1991. This series details on the lives of the district attorney's office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The series stars George DiCenzo, Cotter Smith, Kathleen Lloyd, Jane Kaczmarek, Sarah Jessica Parker, Barry Miller, Joe Morton, James Wilder, Jon Tenney and Debrah Farentino. Despite earning critical acclaim, the show received low ratings throughout its run and was cancelled after only two seasons.
Released : 27th-Mar-1990

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Boston Public

Louanna Harper - Principal Steven Harper runs Winslow High School as best as he can while dealing with the demands of the faculty, the students and their parents.
Released : 23rd-Oct-2000

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Shark

- Notorious Los Angeles defense attorney Sebastian Stark becomes disillusioned with his career after his successful defense of a wife-abuser results in the wife's death. After more than a month trying to come to grips with his situation, he is invited by the Los Angeles district attorney to become a public prosecutor so he can apply his unorthodox-but-effective talents to putting guilty people away instead of putting them back on the street.
Released : 21st-Sep-2006

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The Tyra Banks Show

- The Tyra Banks Show, also known as and shortened to Tyra or The Tyra Show, is an American talk show hosted by Tyra Banks. The last new episode aired on Friday, May 28, 2010. The show featured many special guest stars which include Mike Epps, Cheryl Tiegs, Miley Cyrus, LL Cool J, Rihanna, Michael Rapaport, and Robbi Morgan.
Released : 12th-Sep-2005

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Without a Trace

Paula Van Doren - The series follows the ventures of a Missing Persons Unit of the FBI in New York City.
Released : 26th-Sep-2002

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Hill Street Blues

- A realistic glimpse into the daily lives of the officers and detectives at an urban police station.
Released : 15th-Jan-1981

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Saturday Night Special

- Saturday Night Special is an American comedy-variety show that aired weekly on Saturday nights on Fox.
Released : 13th-Apr-1996

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FlashForward

Anastasia Markham - When the entire world blacks out for two minutes and seventeen seconds, everyone sees a flash of their own future 6 months from the present. For some, the future is hopeful, while for others, it is unexpected. For a few, it doesn't seem to exist. Knowing their fate will alter each person's life, destinies will be changed.
Released : 24th-Sep-2009

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Trauma Center

- Medical drama that aired on ABC from September 22, 1983 to December 8, 1983.
Released : 22nd-Sep-1983

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How to Get Away with Murder

Mary Walker - A sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor. They become entangled in a murder plot and will shake the entire university and change the course of their lives.
Released : 25th-Sep-2014

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Chasing Life

Karen Callahan - April, an aspiring journalist, is balancing her ambitious career with her family and a new office romance. In an unexpected twist of fate, April learns that she has leukemia.
Released : 10th-Jun-2014

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HeartBeat

Dr. Cory Banks - The professional and private lives of the predominantly female staff of the Women's Medical Arts, a progressive clinic with a mandate to breathe new life into the doctor-patient relationship.
Released : 23rd-Mar-1988

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Greenleaf

Lady Mae Greenleaf - The unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Born of the church, the Greenleaf family love and care for each other, but beneath the surface lies a den of iniquity—greed, adultery, sibling rivalry and conflicting values—that threatens to tear apart the very core of their faith that holds them together.
Released : 21st-Jun-2016

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Promised Land

Dr. Serena Hall - Promised Land is an American drama series which aired on CBS from 1996 to 1999. It is a spin-off from another series, Touched by an Angel.
Released : 17th-Sep-1996

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The Resident

Josephine Okeke - A tough, brilliant senior resident guides an idealistic young doctor through his first day, pulling back the curtain on what really happens, both good and bad, in modern-day medicine.
Released : 21st-Jan-2018

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Tall Tales & Legends

Pollie Ann - An anthology series that showcases various mythical characters and incidents throughout history.
Released : 25th-Sep-1985

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Tamron Hall

Self - Guest - Former news host and journalist Tamron Hall discusses all things topical and engages those she interviews in thorough meaningful and entertaining conversations.
Released : 9th-Sep-2019

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Fatal Attraction

Narrator (voice) - Each pulse-pounding hour-long episode centers around an incredible and dangerous romance. Shocking crime, kidnapping or even murder is only half of the story! In the end, the “true love” that draws these couples together isn’t the kind that celebrates silver anniversaries – instead it leads to cross-country manhunts, bizarre cover-ups and dramatic trials. Driven by powerful, real-life stories, Fatal Attraction weaves together intimate, first-person interviews, exclusive interrogation footage and rare archival material. Along the way, it gives you a glimpse into the dark heart of a dangerous romance. Listen as the key players, family of the survivors and those that investigated the horrific crimes reveal the secrets to each sordid tale. Fatal Attraction… because love doesn’t just hurt, it can kill!
Released : 3rd-Jun-2013

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Hill Street Blues

Jill Thomas - A realistic glimpse into the daily lives of the officers and detectives at an urban police station.
Released : 15th-Jan-1981

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Matt Houston

Val - Matt Houston is an American crime drama series that aired on ABC from 1982 to 1985. Created by Lawrence Gordon, the series was produced by Aaron Spelling.
Released : 26th-Sep-1982

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