4. The Temptations (1998)
Produced by Temp baritone Otis Williams, this Emmy-award winning four-hour series also got a hand from leading Motown executive Suzanne de Passe, who cut her miniseries teeth on the incredible Jacksons film (see Entry #1). A quintessential tale of infighting among a band of childhood friends ripped apart by sudden fame, the film went on to become one of the highest rated television events of the year. Choc full of tales from early Motown, the drama is matched only by the killer soundtrack and flawless dance moves.
3. The Beach Boys: An American Family (2000)
Folks who think that the Beach Boyswere merely fun in the sun will have their minds blown when they watch this two-part biopic produced by John Stamos (yes, that’s Uncle Jesse). The Wilson brothers (along with their cousin Mike Love, and school friend Al Jardine) lived a true rock ‘n’ roll myth, rife with violence, drugs, mental illness, and even run-ins with mass murderer Charles Manson! Seriously, the only thing that comes close to their musical legacy is their personal story. Several miniseries have chronicled the band’s career over the years, but this one is (in our opinion) the best. At least if you can look past the fairly shabby treatment of the group’s resident genius, Brian Wilson…