2Pac's 'Dear Mama' Docuseries Shatters FX's Unscripted Premiere Records

2Pac's 'Dear Mama' Docuseries Shatters FX's Unscripted Premiere Records

Published Fri, April 28, 2023 at 3:55 PM EDT

The new Allen Hughes-directed five-part docuseries, Dear Mama, about 2Pac and Afeni Shakur has already made history.

According to The Wrap, FX has reported that it scored the most-watched premiere episode for an unscripted series in FX’s history. Dear Mama premiered on FX before becoming available to stream on Hulu, and the combined numbers account for the record-breaking performance. The first two episodes of the docuseries premiered on April 21.

“It’s only fitting that Allen Hughes definitive piece on Tupac and Afeni Shakur delivered a record performance for us and it speaks to Tupac’s enduring legacy,” Nick Grad, president of FX Entertainment, said in a statement.  “Allen’s examination of Tupac viewed through the prism of his mother Afeni is a fascinating take that really gets beneath the education and experience that shaped his life and inspired him to become one of the greatest artists ever.”

In an interview with Roxanne Shanté for Rock The Bells radio, Hughes detailed why it was so important for him to make the film, saying he was driven by a need to understand the enigmatic rapper/actor.

"I wanted to understand him and I didn't understand him even though I knew him and I worked with him," Hughes admitted. "Me and my brother did his first three music videos and we had a complex relationship that gotta little funky toward the end."

Episode 3, “So Many Tears,” will premiere on FX Friday (April 28) at 10/9c p.m. It'll be available to stream on Hulu the following day.

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