Tales (TV series)

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Tales
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Genre Drama
Created by Irv Gotti
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes18 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Ron Robinson
  • Joy Kecken
  • Darcell Lawrence
  • John Bryant
  • James Seppelfrick
  • Keith Neal
  • Eric Tomosunas
Running time42 minutes
Production companyVisionary Ideas
Release
Original network BET
Original releaseJune 27, 2017 (2017-06-27) 
present
External links
Website

Tales is an American drama anthology television series created by Irv Gotti. The series premiered on BET on June 27, 2017. [1] [2] It was renewed for a second season which premiered on July 2, 2019. [3] [4] In March 2021, BET renewed the series for a third season. [5]

Contents

Premise

Each episode tells a new "tale" inspired by past and current hip-hop songs weaved into stories.

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1 8June 27, 2017 (2017-06-27)November 25, 2017 (2017-11-25)
2 10 [3] [6] July 2, 2019 (2019-07-02)September 3, 2019 (2019-09-03) [6]

Season 1 (2017)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
11"Fuck the Police" Irv Gotti Story by: Irv Gotti
Teleplay by: Sherman Payne and Joy Kecken
June 27, 2017 (2017-06-27)1010.544 [7]

The controversial killing of a young white boy at the hands of two black police officers ignites riots and a district attorney's struggle to convince the one witness to testify in court.

Cast: Boris Kodjoe, Matthew Noszka, Chet Hanks, Nafessa Williams, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Parker Sack, Tyrin Turner, Clifton Powell

Note: Inspired by N.W.A's "Fuck tha Police".
22"Cold Hearted" Benny Boom Denise HarkavyJuly 11, 2017 (2017-07-11)1020.451 [8]

A mega-star rapper who gets fatally shot, with his faithful sidekick by his side, and all suspects - his wife, manager and best friend.

Cast: Keith Powers, Christian Robinson, Michelle Hayden, Sean Baker, Maino, Clayton Landey, MC Lyte

Note: Inspired by Meek Mill's "Cold Hearted".
33"A Story to Tell" Jessy Terrero Story by: Irv Gotti
Teleplay by: Yule Caise and Joy Kecken
July 18, 2017 (2017-07-18)1030.432 [9]

After an apparent home invasion, an NBA superstar's fiancée looks back on dealing with her future husband's constant philandering ways, which led to her own affair with a neighborhood hustler.

Cast: Jennifer Freeman, Woody McClain, Elise Neal, Rico Ball, DC Young Fly, Lil Duval

Note: Inspired by The Notorious B.I.G.'s "I Got a Story to Tell"
44"Trap Queen"Benny BoomSara Feinberg and Joy KeckenOctober 10, 2017 (2017-10-10)1041.039 [10]

This is a story of devoted love: Crystal discovers that her boyfriend and the love of her life, Reggie, is running drugs out of the strip club they own together. Despite her initial hesitation, Crystal decides to join forces with Reggie in order to secure their dream future.

Cast: Lance Gross, Michelle Mitchenor, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Tammy Rivera, Woody McClain

Note: Inspired by Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen"
55"Children's Story" Erik White Sherman PayneOctober 17, 2017 (2017-10-17)1050.539 [11]

Two penniless teenagers brutally learn the lesson of karma when they start robbing people in their neighborhood.

Cast: Bre-Z, Jharrel Jerome, Tonea Stewart, Rick "Slick Rick" Walters

Note: Inspired by Slick Rick's "Children's Story"
66"99 Problems" Tasha Smith Story by: Joy Kecken
Teleplay by: Marcus J. Guillory
October 24, 2017 (2017-10-24)1060.542 [12]

When the Black Lives Matter movement is declared an enemy of the state, two college lovers and BLM activists flee the clutches of the police.

Cast: Peyton Alex Smith, Rhyon Nicole Brown, Mike Pniewski, Jerod Haynes, Charles Malik Whitfield, Tyra Ferrell

Note: Inspired by Jay Z's "99 Problems"
77"You Got Me"Erica A. Watson Joy Kecken October 31, 2017 (2017-10-31)1070.440 [13]

A highly disciplined, independent-minded dancer about to perform in an important show falls for a man who gets her to lose focus.

Cast: Sinqua Walls, Lex Scott Davis, Shayla Love, Alvester Martin III

Note: Inspired by The Roots featuring Erykah Badu's "You Got Me"
88"All I Need"Irv GottiAdam Wiesen & Patrick CokerNovember 25, 2017 (2017-11-25)1080.706 [14]

A war veteran suffering from PTSD falls in love with the wrong woman, the girlfriend of Taggert-- a dangerous pimp who will do whatever it takes to get his girlfriend back.

Cast: Demetrius Shipp Jr., Kyndall Ferguson, Sean Baker, John Bryant, Jim Jones, Tami Roman

Note: Inspired by Method Man featuring Mary J. Blige's "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By"

Season 2 (2019)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [4] [15] Prod.
code
US viewers
(millions)
91"Brothers"Irv GottiStory by: Irving Lorenzo
Teleplay by: Robert Munic
July 2, 2019 (2019-07-02) [4] 2010.342 [16]

A Shakespearean tale of two brothers, each carving out drastically different lifestyles in modern-day Atlanta.

Cast: Thomas Q. Jones, Elijah Kelley and Draya Michele

Note: Inspired by Kanye West featuring Charlie Wilson's "Brothers", song made exclusively for the series
102"Slippery"Erik WhiteStory by: Irving Lorenzo
Teleplay by: Marcus J. Guillory
July 9, 2019 (2019-07-09) [4] 2020.451 [17]

When a zealous FBI agent targets an Atlanta rap group funded by drug money, the rappers and their lawyer must find a way to translate their Machiavellian tactics from the streets to the courtroom in order to beat the case.

Cast: Johnell Young, Dawn Halfkenny, Jamila Thompson, Steve Harris, Irv Gotti, DeRay Davis and Boogiie Byrd

Note: Inspired by Migos featuring Gucci Mane's "Slippery"
113"My Life"Tasha SmithLeah Keith and Robert MunicJuly 16, 2019 (2019-07-16)2030.592 [18]

Recovering addict and hotel maid Edie dreams of being a fashion designer, but her life is drastically disrupted when she learns her mother, Clarice, is terminally ill.

Cast: Morocco Omari, Grace Byers, Debbi Morgan and Rick Ross

Note: Inspired by Mary J. Blige's "My Life"
124"Deep Cover"Robert MunicMichael CobianJuly 23, 2019 (2019-07-23)2040.435 [19]

In a Shakespearian tale of betrayal and deceit, two of Atlanta's biggest dealers rise and fall; a man and his nephew go to war over weight and territory with a shocking twist at the end that will expose everyone in this bloody story of greed.

Cast: Mack Wilds, Hassan Johnson, Chris Greene, Walnette Marie Santiago, Gonzalo Menendez and Louis Ferreira

Note: Inspired by Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg's "Deep Cover"
135"Bodak Yellow"Ellie FoumbiStory by: Irving Lorenzo
Teleplay by: John Barcheski & Robert Munic
July 30, 2019 (2019-07-30)2050.444 [20]

Exotic dancer Violet, 23, raises her teenage sister while looking for her shot at becoming a hip-hop superstar.

Cast: Romeo Miller, Justine Skye, Monique MoMo Gonzalez, Danny Pardo, Rasheeda, Lil Duval, Tyla Harris and Lani Blair

Note: Inspired by Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow"
146"XO Tour Lif3"Irv GottiStory by: Irving Lorenzo
Teleplay by: Adam Wiesen & Patrick Coker
August 6, 2019 (2019-08-06)2060.267 [21]

Janelle, the neglected teenage daughter of wealthy lawyers, throws a drug-fueled party while her parents are on a business trip; when her parents return home early to discover their house in disarray, Janelle resorts to drugs to cope with her anger.

Cast: Guyviaud Joseph, Brandon Thomas Lee, Bella Thorne, Britney Atkins, Devoun Dallas Stewart, Parker Sack, Emily Huff, Juwan Chapman, Robert Praigo and Debra Stipe

Note: Inspired by Lil Uzi Vert's "XO Tour Llif3"
157"My Mind Playing Tricks On Me"Joshua BulterStory by: Irving Lorenzo
Teleplay by: Larry D. Spivey
August 13, 2019 (2019-08-13)2070.506 [22]

Smooth-talking ladies man Davis uses a Mardi Gras celebration as a hunting ground for a very particular type of woman; Davis lures these women to his enigmatic family home where a series of mysterious occurrences unfold.

Cast: Mo McRae, Brad T. Jordan, Trayce Malachi, Jaxon Rose Moore, Ric Reitz, Inanna Sarkis, Deja Dee, Alexandra Wright, Nikka Duarte, Charles Lawlor, Ana Mackenzie and Greg Clarkson

Note: Inspired by Geto Boys's "My Mind Playing On Tricks On Me"
168"I Gave You Power"Benny BoomStory by: Irving Lorenzo
Teleplay by: Adam Wiesen & Patrick Coker and Larry D. Spivey
August 20, 2019 (2019-08-20)2080.472 [23]

Tracking the life cycle of a Desert Eagle handgun as it travels from the factory floor into the hands of the prideful, the weak and the vindictive, giving them all a false sense of power while creating a path of pain and death on city streets.

Cast: Antoine Harris, Little JJ, Isaiah Smith, Brii Renee', Rhonda Saunders, Kjay Saifullah, Jessica Fontaine and Jaxon Rose Moore

Note: Inspired by Nas's "I Gave You Power"
179"Ex-Factor"Leah BenavidsLeah BenavidsAugust 27, 2019 (2019-08-27)2090.446 [24]

Powerful female architect Billie is caught up in a love triangle between her soul mate, Micah, and her husband, David, and she is forced to decide whom to be with.

Cast: Tyler Lepley, Kj Smith, Amin Joseph, Kaye Singleton, Chase Alexander Jackson, Jaidi Ventura and C.J. Lindsey

Note: Inspired by Lauryn Hill's "Ex-Factor"
1810"Moonlight"Bryant BarberStory by: Irving Lorenzo
Teleplay by: Trevor Vandelac
September 3, 2019 (2019-09-03)2100.377 [25]

A romantic fable set in the artistic underbelly of Atlanta with street artist Dario who harbors a beautiful, deep secret and the young woman, Ruby, whom he loves but cannot be with.

Cast: Uriel J. Winfree III, Birgundi Baker, Odiseas Georgiadis, Chase Anderson, Monet A. Chandler, Maurie A. Chandler, Dwayne A. Thomas, Charmin Lee and Adrienne Ballenger

Note: Inspired by XXXTentacion's "Moonlight"

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