48 episodes

For our fourth season, we're bringing you the story of Pam Grier as only she can tell it. Her overnight stardom, her iconic roles, her fights against the system. It’s a story of bravery, both onscreen and off. It’s a story about race in Hollywood and race in America. And it’s a story about how real life is a lot messier than the movies. Pam Grier joins host Ben Mankiewicz for the new season of The Plot Thickens, starting October 25.

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    • 4.6 • 4.4K Ratings

For our fourth season, we're bringing you the story of Pam Grier as only she can tell it. Her overnight stardom, her iconic roles, her fights against the system. It’s a story of bravery, both onscreen and off. It’s a story about race in Hollywood and race in America. And it’s a story about how real life is a lot messier than the movies. Pam Grier joins host Ben Mankiewicz for the new season of The Plot Thickens, starting October 25.

    The Black West

    The Black West

    Growing up in Colorado, young Pam Grier endures racism and trauma, but finds solace in horses and the beautiful countryside.  As a teen, she visits Los Angeles for the first time, and gets caught in the middle of the historic Watts Rebellion.  But after winning a beauty pageant, she meets a Hollywood agent who encourages her to give L.A. a second chance.
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    • 44 min
    I'm Not From Here

    I'm Not From Here

    Newly arrived in Los Angeles, Pam learns underground filmmaking at UCLA and sings backup for some of the biggest musical acts of the 60s. She also has her first serious romance, with a towering basketball phenom named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Then, a chance audition for a low-budget movie leads to Pam’s first opportunity in front of the camera, as an actor.
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    • 40 min
    An Actor Prepares

    An Actor Prepares

    Pam heads to the Philippines to star in a pair of “women in prison” movies, where she endures volatile weather, skimpy costumes, and cobra encounters. She studies acting and learns everything she can about filmmaking, and her raw talent is soon recognized on the set. But Pam’s relationship with Kareem is tested when his religious convictions clash with her feminist ideals.
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    • 46 min
    The Queen of Blaxploitation

    The Queen of Blaxploitation

    Pam’s career hits new heights as Black-themed movies take the country by storm.  She stars in four low-budget films in the span of one year, including two bonafide hits: Coffy and Foxy Brown.  Yet her celebrity is tied to controversy, as Blaxploitation gets criticized by the Black community and snubbed by the Hollywood establishment.
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    • 45 min
    Bonus: Pam Grier in Italy

    Bonus: Pam Grier in Italy

    Pam is almost killed when a horse goes wild on the set of a gladiator movie. But instead of losing her life, she meets a new friend, who just happens to be one of the most famous filmmakers in the world.
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    • 8 min
    Looking Good

    Looking Good

    As the Blaxploitation craze comes to an end, Pam fights for better roles and hobnobs with the biggest names in showbiz. She meets the love of her life, a hot young comedian named Freddie Prinze -- whose personal demons lead to heartbreak and tragedy.
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
4.4K Ratings

4.4K Ratings

Schiffee ,

Pam Grier’s Story is Amazing!!

From small town girl, to acting with the likes of Paul Newman, to dating Richard Pryor and Freddie Prinze, this story is a must listen to and an amazing revelation in her personal life and professional career. Keep these awesome stories coming please!

JohnnyBlaze112 ,

Worth the listen

Amazing life story and told so well through this podcast. I fell in love with Pam in 1997 after seeing Jackie Brown and then followed her career backwards and forwards. There is so much to learn in this podcast. The Plot Thickens does it again. Well done.

Tomasarana ,

Wonderful insight into the great Pam Grier and that period of the US & Hollywood

Terrific !!!! I loved hearing Pam Grier telling her stories of her life and how she took chances to change her life. Fearless woman with great humanity and super intelligent.
Show is produced very well and has a smooth, deliberate rhythm which is a pleasure.
Ben is great, as always, as are the many different people brought on to give context or different points of view on that period and the various complexities of the US in those days and after. I have three sons and have urged them and friends to follow the podcast .
Outstanding!!!!
Thanks- Tomas Arana

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