Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker - Season 1

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker - Season 1

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker - Season 1

Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is Madam CJ Walker in Netflix's biographical mini-series detailing how she grew a haircare empire and became the first African American self-made millionaire. Co-stars Emmy winner Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) and Carmen Ejogo (True Detective).

2020USANetflix
DramaTrue Story & Biography

Streaming (1 Provider)

EPISODE 1.1
20 March 2020

The Fight of the Century

Aspiring to be more than a washerwoman, Sarah grows determined to sell Addie's hair product. But when she's cruelly rebuffed, the gloves come off.

EPISODE 1.2
20 March 2020

Bootstraps

Sarah's dream of opening a factory hinges on securing the support of local Black businessmen — and an endorsement from the famous Booker T. Washington.

EPISODE 1.3
20 March 2020

The Walker Girl

Sarah's ambitious plans for expanding her empire take her to New York — and lead to betrayals personal and professional that threaten all she's built.

EPISODE 1.4
20 March 2020

A Credit to the Race

The combined blows of a health scare, worker issues and a tragedy that hits close to home push Sarah to take decisive action about her life and legacy.

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker - Season 1 / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Its reverence towards Walker isn't matched by stodgy storytelling; it finds in moments a briskness and charge that might elude a more straightforwardly told period drama.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

What it doesn't do, across four episodes and 190 minutes, is give a very strong idea of who Walker was or how she accomplished what she did.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Spencer's performance is dazzling. The role of pioneer comes naturally to her, and her character shows the scars of what it means to be a successful woman in a community and era where there were few.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It's ultimately, thankfully, Spencer's show and she's in supreme command, selling every second of Walker's story as well as convincing us, and hopefully any director that's watching, that she deserves more time in the spotlight.

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Salon

Salon

It is decidedly an old-school, good-time miniseries dropped into a world that will measure it by upper-crusty limited series standards.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

It's been long past time for Madam C.J. Walker to get her due on the small or big screen, but this series is sadly a disservice to her.

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