|The Get Down|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||11|
|Production location(s)||New York City|
|Running time||53-93 minutes|
|Picture format||4K (Ultra HD)|
|Original release||August 12, 2016- April 7, 2017|
Produced by Sony Pictures Television, the series is set in the South Bronx region of New York City in the late 1970s; its title refers to parts of disco and R&B records that could be repeated using multiple turntables and were enjoyed most by dancers. A five-episode second part concluding the series was released on April 7, 2017. On May 24, 2017, Netflix announced that the series is concluded after part 2 and that there would be no more parts.
The series is set in the 1970s in the Bronx, New York City, and follows the rise of hip-hop and disco music through the eyes of a group of teenagers. Each episode begins with MC Books, a famous artist that raps his story to a large crowd during a concert in 1996. The short rap serves both as a recap of previous episodes and as a setup of the events of the next. Each episode is also intercut with real footage and newscasts from the 1970s.
Part 1 begins in 1977 with Zeke (young MC Books), a young poet who lives with his aunt Wanda following the death of his parents, meeting Shaolin Fantastic, a graffiti artist and aspiring DJ. The two band together with Zeke's friends to become "The Get Down Brothers" with a dream to become successful music artists and take over the city. Mylene, Zeke's long-time love, dreams of becoming a disco singer and leaving the Bronx, but faces obstacles such as her religious father. Alongside this, the show depicts various gangs and gangsters of the area, especially Fat Annie and her son Cadillac, and observes the poverty and violence faced by those living in the Bronx.
Part 2 is set in 1978, which sees the group members facing adulthood and their futures in the music industry.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|Part 1 (1977)|
|1||"Where There Is Ruin, There Is Hope for a Treasure"||Baz Luhrmann||Story by : Baz Luhrmann & Stephen Adly Guirgis |
Teleplay by : Baz Luhrmann & Stephen Adly Guirgis & Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
|August 12, 2016|
|2||"Seek Those Who Fan Your Flames"||Ed Bianchi||Sam Bromell & Sinead Daly & Jacqui Rivera||August 12, 2016|
|Grandmaster Flash begins his training of Shaolin Fantastic. He begins by giving Shao a crayon that he refers to as the "key", and twenty-four hours to figure out its use. While the other boys give up and leave, Shao and Zeke stay overnight and realize the crayon is used to mark the "get down" point on the records. After further explanations, Grandmaster instructs Shao to perfect one record using his techniques. After working for a while, the boys take a break and return to discover that Shao's home has been set on fire, destroying his records and turntables. Meanwhile, Mylene's uncle Papa Fuerte arranges for a music producer to listen to her sing in church. Just before the service begins, however, Mylene's father tells her she will no longer sing solos due to her recent actions and foray into disco music. As the choir sings, the producer starts to leave, so Mylene defies her father's wishes and sings to stop him from leaving. The episode ends with Cadillac investigating who ordered the shootout at Les Inferno, during which he shoots a young boy from a rival gang.|
|3||"Darkness Is Your Candle"||Andrew Bernstein||T Cooper & Allison Glock-Cooper & Stephen Adly Guirgis||August 12, 2016|
|4||"Forget Safety, Be Notorious"||Ed Bianchi||Aaron Rahsaan Thomas||August 12, 2016|
|5||"You Have Wings, Learn to Fly"||Michael Dinner||Seth Zvi Rosenfeld||August 12, 2016|
|Whilst hunting down the person responsible for the bootlegged tapes, the Get Down Brothers run into DJ Kool Herc but manage to prove it was one of his own men. He challenges the boys to a DJ battle against the Notorious Three. Grandmaster lifts Shao's ban so he can compete. Meanwhile Pastor Cruz confronts Papa Fuerte and is shocked to see Mylene there. Fuerte reminds Cruz of his past sins before Moreno, trying to defuse the situations, explains he wants Mylene to record a hymn with a disco twist in his church. Cruz agrees and makes peace with his daughter when he hears the final song. Zeke is late to his interview but after some hard truths from Ms. Green goes back and fights for his internship with Gunn. At the same time he works with Shao and the Kipling brothers to prepare for the upcoming battle discovering they each have different musical skills. When Mylene comes to play her record to Zeke, Shao realizes a beat in her record is the missing link for their performance and forcibly takes a copy causing an argument between Glendale and Shao. The episode ends with the Get Down brothers finding the brother of the boy killed by Cadillac on their roof.|
|6||"Raise Your Words, Not Your Voice"||Ed Bianchi||Seth Zvi Rosenfeld & Sam Bromell||August 12, 2016|
|Part 2 (1978)|
|7||"Unfold Your Own Myth"||Lawrence Trilling||Stephen Adly Guirgis||April 7, 2017|
|8||"The Beat Says, This Is the Way"||Ed Bianchi||Aaron Rahsaan Thomas||April 7, 2017|
|9||"One by One, Into the Dark"||Clark Johnson||Nelson George||April 7, 2017|
|10||"Gamble Everything"||Ed Bianchi||Seth Zvi Rosenfeld||April 7, 2017|
|11||"Only from Exile Can We Come Home"||Ed Bianchi||Sam Bromell & Jacqui Rivera||April 7, 2017|
The series was announced in February 2015, after Luhrmann had spent over ten years developing the concept. The series is described as "a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco". The Sony Pictures Television show takes place in Bronx tenements, the SoHo art scene, CBGB, Studio 54 and the just-built World Trade Center. On April 9, 2015, it was announced that Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Skylan Brooks, Jaden Smith, and newcomer Tremaine (TJ) Brown Jr. would play the show's lead male roles. On April 16, 2015 it was announced that newcomer Herizen F. Guardiola would play the show's female lead.
Rap legends Grandmaster Flash, Kurtis Blow and Nas hosted a Hip-Hop boot camp to educate the young actors. The production crew used the Eisner Award-winning comic series Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor as a reference point.
The trailer for part two was released in February 2017, with episodes being made available on Netflix on April 7, 2017. The series picked up a year later in 1978. The accompanying soundtrack was released on April 21, 2017.
Part 1 holds a score of 77% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 73 reviews, with the critic consensus reading, "The Get Down's vibrant music and energetic young cast help to elevate its meandering narrative." The season has a score of 69 out of 100 based on 31 reviews on Metacritic which is classified as "generally favorable reviews". Part 2 received an 86% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 14 critics, with an average score of 7.68/10.
The uptempo musical numbers and soundtrack were generally praised as well as the performances from the main cast and cinematography of the show. However, the overly dramatic love story and sometimes "cartoonish" violence have been criticized, saying it detracts from the darker, authentic feel of the show and its setting. Reviews improved with later episodes as critics felt that the series had toned down its more outlandish and over the top elements in favor of a more cohesive and balanced episode structure.Matt Zoller Seitz of Vulture gave high praises to the series' second season, stating that, "A promising show has become a terrific one." Seitz later named The Get Down as the 4th best TV series of 2017, writing that it is "one of a handful of series that can be said to have devised its own language."
|2016 Hollywood Music in Media Awards|
|Best Outstanding Music Supervision - Television||Stephanie Diaz-Matos||Nominated|
|2017 MPSE Golden Reel Awards|
|Best Music Editor - Television Short Form||Jamieson Shaw||Won|
|Best Music Editor - Television Long Form||Nominated|
|2017 Hollywood Music in Media Awards|
|Original Song - TV Show/Limited Series||"Power" for Elliott Wheeler, Baz Luhrmann, Homer Steinweiss, and Donna Missal||Won|