Thursday, 10 p.m., CMT


The eight-part limited series based on the Tony-winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet” follows the early years of rock’n’roll as Sam Phillips (Chad Michael Murray) guides the rise of such stars as Elvis Presley (Drake Milligan), Johnny Cash (Kevin Fonteyne), Jerry Lee Lewis (Christian Lees), and Jimmy Swaggart (Jonah Lees).

What The Critics Say (Metascore 65)

  • The show has fun stacking its cast of future legends. But next to the soapy melodrama of Nashville or the cocaine-dusted ’70 Gomorrah of HBO’s doomed Vinyl, Records feels oddly sedate–rolling along, and only moderately rocking. — Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
  • Entertaining. … While the musical numbers are all beautifully realized–everything seems to be performed live–the miniseries is more drama than musical; and as a drama it’s more a sampler of Early Scenes from Great Lives than a deep or driven narrative. — Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times
  • Repetitious (okay, we get it: Sam Phillips had an unhappy marriage and made out with Marion as frequently as possible) and clumsy in its lurch from one disparate subplot to another, Sun Records is such a slow burn, it’s kind of a fizzle. — Ken Tucker, Yahoo TV