Amazon Original First is Special

An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win, which premieres Friday, October 21 on Amazon Prime Video, will mark a milestone for the streaming service.

An American Girl Story, starring Marsai Martin as title character Melody, will be the first Amazon original special.

The story takes place in 1963, in Detroit, when 10-year-old Melody’s eyes “are opened to the racial inequality surrounding her, including the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing.” Melody goes on “an emotional journey of self-reflection,” after which “her mother gives her the courage she needs by instilling in her that love brings out the best in everyone; reminding Melody that it’s important to “stand up for what’s right, even when it’s hard or scary.””

In addition to Martin, who plays Diane Johnson on Black-ish, the special stars Frances Fisher (Ruth Dewitt Bukater in Titanic), Frankie Faison (Commissioner Ervin Burrell from The Wire) as Melody’s grandfather Frank Ellison, and Idara Victor (Abigail from TURN: Washington’s Spies) as Melody’s mother Frances Ellison.

The October 21 entry will be the first of four American Girl specials.

An American Girl Story will be available to Amazon Prime subscribers via the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV and mobile devices, or online at

Subscribers can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing. Visit Amazon for a list of compatible devices.

You can view the trailer here:

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