The Get Down

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The Get Down

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Fridays, 3:00 AM EST on Netflix
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1 Seasons, 11 Episodes
60 Minutes
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Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them – except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans. From Bronx tenements, to the SoHo art scene; from CBGBs to Studio 54 and even the glass towers of the just-built World Trade Center, The Get Down is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco -- told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city, and the world...forever.

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by Chuck_Finley

Sep 16, 2016 6:22 AM EDT

This is a semi-fantasy genesis story through rose coloured spectacles...and it works perfectly! The Get Down tells the story of artistic genesis set in a very creative time & place in human history, that being New York in the late 70s/early 80s.
Before Hip-Hop became what we know today, rap, DJing, break dancing and street art/graffiti were all intricately linked. The Get Down tells the story of their creation/evolution in a wonderful mix of storytelling, music & aesthetic. There's not much more to say, it's all very entertaining and nostalgic.


Aug 12, 2016 1:36 PM EDT

Get beyond the first episode (which is very, very Baz Luhrmann) and you just might get hooked. This is a big, colorful series with a sprawling cast of veterans and newcomers. It's about the rise of hip-hop (executive producer Nas and adviser Grandmaster Flash are around to keep things real), but as with any Luhrmann project, it's also a love story — a star-crossed love story between an aspiring rapper and disco singer.

by Irdween Dominique

Aug 21, 2016 3:40 PM EDT

I love it ! I'm a 80's baby and seeing this show it's like going through time and seeing what I missed out. A series that makes you feel like your living it at the exact moment as it's playing in front of a silent participant in a captivating story.
Love the music too !

by georgiaraepink

Aug 20, 2018 1:58 AM EDT

Glad I found this, it's different to what I'd normally watch.

by Lucy

Jul 28, 2017 12:44 PM EDT

Sprawling with a great blend of hip hop, rap and disco tunes, The Get Down is the 70's music filled, star-crossed-lovers, polictical, gangster drama you never knew you needed in your life. It's a fond (if slightly rose tinted) view of the emerging music and arts scene, heavilly focused on the South Bronx and the diversity of people who call it their home.

The first episode, is a movie in itself and Baz Luhrmann stamps his mark all over it, BUT it is a fantastic opening to the three main storylines: Zeke, his friends and his talent for rapping, Mylene and her dreams of becoming a disco star and the political battleground of the Bronx is a focus of the mayor elections. I didn't care too much for any of the political storyline, it was a bit dry but did serve as context for the hip hop and disco art scenes.

Zeke is a likeable guy, trying to survive in the Bronx not dreaming of anything big until he means Shao, who's the series 'bad boy with a good heart' who introduces him to "The Get Down" and the different DJ crews of the Bronx. Together with 3 similarly artistic brothers, they form the Get Down Brothers and aim to start their own hip hop, rapping crew and make it big in the music world. By far the most interesting of the three storylines, over the series we see Zeke take charge over his life, follow his music dreams and stand up for what he believes in through a solid character arc of growing up and speaking out. Shao is on the cusp of the music and gangster world and has the 'street smarts' to pull off just about anything. I was really glad he wasn't a full time gangster, but saw gang life as a means to an end rather than join in with Fat Annie fully and put his love of music above everything else.

Mylene's journey is parallel to Zeke's in some ways as she too wants to make her own music and get it out to the world. However, she's more 'clean cut' and tries to go through a record producer etc etc... I get that it's hard to get a music deal but really the show could have cut out some of the struggles with Mylene getting a record contract and just had more of her singing, she is an AMAZING singer and can really belt out both gospels and disco music.

Zeke and Mylene's relationship goes back and forth, but like a typical Luhrmann drama, they overcome challenges, see the best in each other and fall for each other nicely (if quickly). Mylene's supportive friends and Zeke's crew are great supporting characters in their own right, and it was a shame not to get to know more about them. (Apart from Dizee's sub plot about being graffiti artist and experiencing the growing art and LGBTQ scene, which really would have been nice to be expanded on a bit, or at least not been quite such a solo effort).

Although the episodes were a uneven in terms of pacing, and any scenes about the gang violence or upcoming election were sluggish, the music of the series shone out and the parties and DJ battles where Zeke busts out his rhymes were really entertaining. Loved the final Get Down DJ battle, some great music and collboration there!

I’m so sad that The Get Down has been cancelled, it had good acting, lots of current themes explored and some really catchy music. Although there were obvious plot lines that fizzled out, there was plenty of good stuff to keep writing about.

Anyway I did enjoy watching part 2 of The Get Down, the kids are much more grown up and able to make informaed choices that will determine the course of their futures. Zeke has to choose between education and music, ultimately realising that he needs to find where he fits into the world, and join his family rather than be the token minority. Myleene goes through a journey of being ‘used’ by her record company but emerges stronger because of her experiences of fame, choosing to go to LA and be a movie star. I was pleased that the ‘star crossed lovers’ theme from part 1 was still a key theme of Zeke and Myleene’s relationship and that for the most part they got through relationship troubles together in a more adult way than in part 1.

The Get Down Brothers have more funky beats to play this season and their dance/song routines are slick. Sad that the other brothers only had very minor storylines, it would be good to see more character development for Boo, Dizzee and Ra Ra as they were all set up to have interesting personalities but failed to develop beyond very set stereotypes. Although the disbanding the Get Down Brothers was a solid place to end the season, it felt very sudden and lots of questions are unresolved - we know what Myleene and Shao are doing but what about everyone else? I hope there’s a finale of some sort to let us know where the characters are all now.

There were only 5 episodes in this part 2 of The Get Down so very little actually happens in terms of plot. Lots of relationship drama, and growing up/moving on troubles. Shao probably has the biggest shift, after breaking free of Annie, he ultimately returns to his abuser by the series end - a really heartbreaking scene that undercut much of the emotional development Shao had undertaken over the season. The biggest plot point was a subplot about Myleene’s uncle actually being revealed to be her father and her ‘father’ shooting himself in a church. Very dramatic, but really aside from making Myleene a bit sad for an episode, it didn’t move the plot forward successfully.

My main reason for tuning into the show though were the musical numbers. Myleene is an incredible singer and her songs are great, as are the raps by the Get Down Brothers. Arguably the disco music that forms most of the background music is catchy too and with a bigger budget for musical/dance numbers, those moments are where the show really shined best. Oh and to see if Thor/Dizzee continued their relationship (yay they did) but it would have been so so good to see more of the LGBT and artistic community of the Bronx in the show. Ah well, so long, farewell, thanks for a fun few hours The Get Down!

by Sarah_G

Jan 25, 2017 7:31 AM EST

Great music, great characters, needs even more Mylene.

by OiaInTime

Sep 10, 2016 1:08 AM EDT

Hot damn. The first episode got me hooked, but only because the last couple scenes. Highly recommend it if you like musicals, crime, or documentaries. We're watching the fall of disco and the rise of a new art form, hip hop. The showdowns/battles are amazing. I am in love with the main characters. There's a slight romantic twist, but it's kind of cute. A bit of a religious background to it, so if your get triggered by religious supremacy and abuse, be warned.

by hmab

Aug 21, 2016 5:08 AM EDT

An Urban Cult Classic...
Great musical flashbacks..

by Mounie2

Aug 17, 2016 4:56 PM EDT


by Kirsten Brontmire

Jun 07, 2017 6:53 AM EDT

Wasn't a bad show so I don't know why it got cancelled. I never watched Part 2 because it got cancelled so I didn't see a point.

by Toya Davis

Apr 15, 2017 9:40 PM EDT

I Freaking love Netflix

by lola10

Apr 10, 2017 1:39 AM EDT

A great watch, through the transition of music... a slow start but good acting mainly from justice smith... i see great things to come from him... he made this show work.. starting season two, lets see what happens...

by kaidenlaw

Apr 06, 2017 6:44 PM EDT

Snowflakes can't imagine a world without cell phones, fax machines, or the series of tubes and wires we call the internets.

by Michelle Mashuro

Feb 19, 2017 3:01 AM EST

One of my favourites of the year!

by Rashid Alzayani

Dec 03, 2016 7:43 AM EST


by dforce10

Aug 15, 2016 2:09 PM EDT

I'm 30 minutes into the first episode and I'm not sure what to make of The Get Down. I thought it was supposed to be a serious drama about the foundation Hip Hip/Rap but so far it's coming across like some kinda spoof movie. It reminds of that movie from 2009 Black Dynamite(check out the trailer on IMDB and you'll see what I mean). I've heard that the series changes its style a few episodes in but as far as I can tell it's supposed to be a comedy maybe!(?) targeted at a very specific audience. I'll finish watching this episode and maybe the second but if something doesn't change drastically I probably won't continue to watch.

by steelsheen

Aug 14, 2016 6:40 PM EDT

flawed but very entertaining look at the beginning of hip hop in the 70's Bronx.