Watch "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" live on Monday, October 21 at 9 p.m. ET on VH1. In the meantime, you can watch exclusive VH1 TLC biopic teasers on the network website. The VH1 original movie follows the story of Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, better known as TLC, as they rise to fame in the '90s as the iconic chart-topping trio. The TLC biopic will also trace the girls' personal dramas and tragedies that coincided with their record-breaking success. This is surely a window into '90s kids' childhood, and while the movie itself is already getting mixed reviews, there is one thing most critics agree on: TLC is awesome. Here are five things you can expect to see in the VH1 premiere of "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story."
Music Video Reenactments
The TLC biopic would be nothing without the trio's classic hits. While it seems the execution of much of the film is being criticized as "cartoonish" and "hokey," the film pulls itself up from its bootstraps with the mingled music video reenactments. Watch "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" for the videos, if anything. "Waterfalls," "Creep" and "No Scrubs" are all delivered with spot-on performances, tugging at nostalgic heartstrings of now-millenials, then-TLC buffs.
Watch "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" to learn about the trials and tribulations of the '90s R&B trio. The VH1 film begins in 1990 as the girls catapult to fame ahead of their record deal. While the group sold 65 million records and became one of the best-selling female groups of all time, TLC also underwent plenty of drama, most notably the death of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in a car accident in 2002. The TLC biopic also details Watkins' battle with sickle-cell anemia and the band's public bankruptcy case, to name a few.
Fashion & Feat
TLC may have experienced a rollercoaster of a ride, but it wasn't without plenty of success. In fact, the group was so impactful that it is often labeled one of the most influential female empowerment groups of its time. "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" showcases the chart-topping number-one selling trio, revealing that in face of financial insecurity and personal hardships, they never lost sight of their unique identities. The artists were iconic for their individual fashion statements, "known for wearing condoms pinned to trademark baggy, psychedelic-colored outfits," a 1992 article by the LA Times notes. Their style was simultaneously a societal statement, using fashion to advocate for safe sex. The trio will be donning plenty of voluminous, vibrant outfits in the TLC biopic premiering on VH1 tonight.
The spot-on likenesses of the actresses portraying the TLC trio is possibly the most intriguing aspect of "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story." KeKe Palmer, Lil Mama and Drew Sidora play Thomas, Lopes and Watkins, respectively. The band may have debuted over 20 years ago, but the actresses portraying the trio in the VH1 biopic may as well be reincarnations of the original music trinity. Don't believe me? Watch the TLC biopic teaser below and see for yourself.
"CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" caps off with a performance of a new track, created post-TLC. Watkins and Thomas appear at the end of the film and sing their new single. The duo took a hiatus after the tragic death of Lopes, but have since begun to make music again. Watch the TLC biopic premiere on VH1 tonight to hear both the old and the new.
The TLC movie is VH1's first biopic in nearly a decade since Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story" in 2004. "When we looked at all the artists that would resonate with our audience, TLC was like on top of the list. Our audience came of age listening to TLC and our young viewers grew up listening to their songs. So it seemed like a perfect fit," said Jill Holmes, the network's senior vice president of West Coast production and development.
VH1 describes the TLC biopic synopsis as the following: "TLC's humble beginnings in Atlanta quickly led to an unprecedented rise to fame in the 1990's as one of the world's most talented, celebrated and highest-selling female groups of all time. Through very public and high profile success, turmoil and tragedy, TLC left an indelible stamp of female empowerment that changed the face of the music industry forever."
Watch "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" premiere tonight on VH1 at 9 p.m. ET. Additional airings will take place tonight at 11:30 p.m. ET; Sunday, October 27 at 8 p.m. ET; and Wednesday, October 30 at 9 p.m. ET. Check out the TLC biopic trailer below.