Queens
GenreMusical drama
Created byZahir McGhee
Starring
ComposerSwizz Beatz
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producers
Production locations
CinematographySidney Sidell
Production companiesHow My Hair Look
Windpower Entertainment
ABC Signature
DistributorDisney Platform Distribution
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseOctober 19, 2021 (2021-10-19) –
February 15, 2022 (2022-02-15)

Queens is an American musical drama television series that premiered on October 19, 2021, on ABC.[1][2] It stars Eve, Naturi Naughton, Nadine Velazquez and Brandy. In May 2022, the series was canceled after one season.[3]

Plot

Brianna, Naomi, Jill and Valeria once appeared as the "Nasty Bitches" in the 1990s. Together, the four of them not only turned the world of hip-hop upside down but also achieved legendary status through their music. The four women are now in their forties, unworldly and largely estranged from one another. By reuniting the four, there is now a chance to return to old fame and prestige. But will the former megastars, also known as Professor Sex, Butter Pecan, Jill Da Thrill, and Xplicit Lyrics, manage to achieve this ambitious goal?

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

Guest

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [15]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"1999"Tim StoryZahir McGheeOctober 19, 2021 (2021-10-19)1.75[16]
2"Heart Of Queens"Tim StoryZahir McGheeOctober 26, 2021 (2021-10-26)1.48[17]
3"Who You Calling a Bitch?"Shiri ApplebyZahir McGhee & Heather MitchellNovember 2, 2021 (2021-11-02)1.16[18]
4"Ain't No Sunshine"Crystle RobersonNjeri BrownNovember 9, 2021 (2021-11-09)1.34[19]
5"Do Anything for Clout"Benny BoomJordan Reddout & Gus HickeyNovember 16, 2021 (2021-11-16)1.23[20]
6"Behind the Throne"Daniel WillisTeleplay by : Zahir McGhee & Heather Mitchell
Story by : Stacy Traub
November 23, 2021 (2021-11-23)1.11[21]
7"Who Shot Ya"Crystle RobersonTess LeibowitzDecember 7, 2021 (2021-12-07)1.46[22]
8"God's Plan"Stacey MuhammadHeather MitchellDecember 14, 2021 (2021-12-14)1.14[23]
9"Bars"Rachel RaimstMamoudou N'DiayeJanuary 4, 2022 (2022-01-04)1.47[24]
10"Nasty Girl Records"Sidney SiddellKyra JonesJanuary 11, 2022 (2022-01-11)1.19[25]
11"I'm A Slave 4 U"Menhaj HudaValeska RodriguezJanuary 18, 2022 (2022-01-18)1.30[26]
12"Let the Past Be the Past"Ruba NaddaNjeri Brown & Jordan ReddoutFebruary 8, 2022 (2022-02-08)1.03[27]
13"2022"Crystle RobersonLee Johnson & Zahir McGheeFebruary 15, 2022 (2022-02-15)1.07[28]

Production

Development

In January 2021, ABC ordered a pilot for a musical drama titled Queens from Scandal writer and executive producer, Zahir McGhee.[29] In March 2021, it was announced that Tim Story would direct the pilot episode.[30] On May 14, 2021, Queens was given a series order, with an official premiere date of October 19, 2021.[2] On May 6, 2022, ABC canceled the series after one season.[3]

Casting

In February 2021, Eve was cast to play the role of Brianna.[4] Later that month, Naturi Naughton landed the role of Jill.[6] In March, it was announced that Pepi Sonuga would portray Lauren Rice.[9] On March 8, 2021, Brandy was cast in the role as Naomi.[5] The following day, Nadine Velazquez was cast as Valeria, and the day after that, Taylor Sele was cast as Eric Jones.[7][8]

Music

On October 1, 2021, the first promo single from Queens (“Nasty Girl") was released featuring Norwood alongside the cast: Eve, Naughton and Velazquez.[31] A music video, directed by Tim Story, was released on the same day.[32] This was followed on October 18, 2021, by another rap song from the Queens soundtrack (“The Introduction”) which was co-written by Nas.[33] A solo song from the soundtrack (“Hear Me”), performed solely by Norwood, was also released worldwide on digital download and streaming sites on the same day.[34] The music producer for the series is Swizz Beatz.[35] To coincide with the second episode of the series, three new tracks were released to all digital download and streaming sites. These were “Belly of the Bitch”, “Heart of Queens” (featuring rapper Cam’ron) and a cover of Miley Cyrus' “Wrecking Ball” performed by Brandy.[36] “Girls Gonna Run That”, rapped by the four leads, was released on November 1, 2021.[37] Another Brandy solo was released on November 8, 2021, a cover of Bill Withers’ “Ain't No Sunshine”.[38] Brandy's "Until My Final Breath" was released on December 13, 2021.[39] On January 3, 2022, "Lady Z Strikes Back (Can't Stop You)" by Brandy and Remy Ma was released.[40]

Release

In the United States, the series premiered on October 19, 2021, on ABC.[1][2] In Canada, the series is set to air on CTV.[41] The series is also set to premiere on Disney+ via the streaming hub Star as an original series in selected countries.[42][43][44] In Latin America, the series will premiere as a Star+ original.[45] In India, Disney+ Hotstar will premiere the show exclusively.[46]

Reception

Critical response

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 100% approval rating with an average rating of 8/10, based on 13 critic reviews.[47] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 75 out of 100 based on 7 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[48]

Queens debuted on October 19, 2021, and reviews were largely positive; Caroline Framke for Variety praised the quartet’s musical offering, calling their raps “sharp and distinct […] making clear their talent as both individuals and a swaggering collective”.[49] Liz Shannon Miller for Collider enthused the show “may become addictive viewing for longtime fans of the stars, as well as newcomers to the scene.”[35] Joel Keller for Decider felt “There’s nothing revolutionary or daring about Queens, […] but, judging by the first episode, it’s well-executed froth that can go in any direction McGhee and his writers feel like going in.”[50]

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per episode of Queens
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "1999" October 19, 2021 0.4 1.75[16] 0.2 1.76 0.5 2.51[51]
2 "Heart of Queens" October 26, 2021 0.3 1.48[17] TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 "Who You Calling a Bitch?" November 2, 2021 0.3 1.16[18] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "Ain't No Sunshine" November 9, 2021 0.3 1.34[19] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "They Do Anything for Clout" November 16, 2021 0.3 1.23[20] 0.2 0.54 0.5 1.77[52]
6 "Behind the Throne" November 23, 2021 0.3 1.11[21] 0.2 0.60 0.5 1.72[53]
7 "Who Shot Ya" December 7, 2021 0.3 1.46[22] 0.2 0.46 0.5 1.92[54]
8 "God's Plan" December 14, 2021 0.2 1.14[23] TBD TBD TBD TBD
9 "Bars" January 4, 2022 0.3 1.47[24] TBD TBD TBD TBD
10 "Nasty Girl Records" January 11, 2022 0.3 1.19[25] TBD TBD TBD TBD
11 "I'm A Slave 4 U" January 18, 2022 0.3 1.30[26] TBD TBD TBD TBD
12 "Let the Past Be the Past" February 8, 2022 0.2 1.03[27] TBD TBD TBD TBD
13 "2022" February 15, 2022 0.2 1.07[28] TBD TBD TBD TBD

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