The Get Down

The Get Down
Genre Period drama
Created by Baz Luhrmann
Stephen Adly Guirgis
Starring Justice Smith
Shameik Moore
Jaden Smith
Herizen F. Guardiola
Skylan Brooks
Tremaine Brown Jr.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Jimmy Smits
Narrated by Daveed Diggs
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Baz Luhrmann
Shawn Ryan
Catherine Martin
Nasir Jones
Stephen Adly Guirgis
Marney Hochman
Thomas Kelly
Paul Watters
Location(s) New York City
Running time 53–93 minutes
Production company(s) Bazmark Films
Sony Pictures Television
Budget $120 million[1] ($10 million per episode)
Original network Netflix
Original release August 12, 2016 (2016-08-12) – present

The Get Down is an American web musical drama television series set in the New York City section of the South Bronx in 1977. Created by Baz Luhrmann and Stephen Adly Guirgis, the series premiered its first six episodes on August 12, 2016 on Netflix.[2] The first part of its first season consists of six 53–93 minute episodes produced by Sony Pictures Television.[3] The first six episodes of the series premiered on August 12, 2016.[4] The show's title refers to parts of disco and R&B records that could be repeated using multiple turntables and were enjoyed most by dancers.[5]

Cast and Crew have stated the second half of the season will be released sometime in 2017.


Main cast

Recurring cast


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".[13] The Sony Pictures Television show takes place in Bronx tenements, the SoHo art scene, CBGB, Studio 54 and the just-built World Trade Center.[14] On April 9, 2015, it was announced that Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Skylan Brooks and Tremaine Brown Jr. would play the show's lead male roles.[15] On April 16, 2015 it was announced that newcomer Herizen Guardiola would play the show's female lead.[16]

Rap legends Grandmaster Flash, Kurtis Blow and Nas hosted a Hip-Hop boot camp to educate the young actors.[17] The production crew used the Eisner Award-winning comic series Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor as a reference point.[18][19]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Where There Is Ruin, There Is Hope for a Treasure"Baz LuhrmannStory by: Baz Luhrmann & Stephen Adly Guirgis
Teleplay by: Baz Luhrmann & Stephen Adly Guirgis & Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
August 12, 2016 (2016-08-12)
In the present day, a famed artist named Zeke raps his story to a large audience. In Bronx, 1977, Zeke is a teenage high school student in love with his friend Mylene. Mylene wishes to escape the Bronx and become a singer, so she and her friends plan on impressing a DJ that night at a nightclub. Hoping to impress her, Zeke gets the record of a rare recording of her favorite song. However, a popular graffiti artist by the name of Shaolin Fantastic is instructed to acquire the same record by Grandmaster Flash, another DJ who has promised to mentor him if he can procure the record. The two lock eyes as Zeke gets away with the record, and prepares to surprise Mylene at the club by having the DJ play the song before he dances with her. After Mylene and her friends get in, Zeke is unable to do so. When Shao sees Zeke there, he attempts to fight him to get the record, Zeke explaining his situation. Shao, who is impressed by Zeke's wordsmithing, tells him he'll get Zeke into the club as long as he gets the record by the end of the night. He agrees, and Zeke and Mylene dance to the song, kissing each other. However, a gang shootout happens within the club, killing the DJ and several others, with Zeke, Mylene, and her friends barely getting away. Bringing her home, Zeke confesses his love for her, but it is unrequited despite her feelings for him, as she believes his reluctance to fulfil his life will stop her from leaving the Bronx if they were to fall in love. A heartbroken Zeke cries to his friends in the park when Shao shows up, asking for the record back. Zeke gives it to him, asking why he wants the record. He tells him it's for a DJing technique called "the get down," and Shao brings Zeke and his friends to a club. Here, Shao gives the record to Grandmaster Flash, who uses it for the get down, creating a consistent, never-ending beat with a second record that's never been done before. Shao and Zeke then impress the entire club with Shao's dancing and Zeke's freestyle rapping abilities, Shao bringing Zeke and his friends to his home. Meanwhile, Mylene has run away after being beaten by her father, going to her uncle, Papa Fuerte, a political figure hoping to improve the neighborhoods. Zeke and Shao discuss their future, the two hoping to team up and use their music to take the city by storm.
2"Seek Those Who Fan Your Flames"Ed BianchiSam Bromell & Sinead Daly & Jacqui RiveraAugust 12, 2016 (2016-08-12)
3"Darkness Is Your Candle"Andrew BernsteinT Cooper & Allison Glock-Cooper & Stephen Adly GuirgisAugust 12, 2016 (2016-08-12)
4"Forget Safety, Be Notorious"Ed BianchiAaron Rahsaan ThomasAugust 12, 2016 (2016-08-12)
5"You Have Wings, Learn to Fly"Michael DinnerSeth Zvi RosenfeldAugust 12, 2016 (2016-08-12)
6"Raise Your Words, Not Your Voice"Ed BianchiSeth Zvi Rosenfeld & Sam BromellAugust 12, 2016 (2016-08-12)



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