Why You Should Binge On Baz Luhrmann's 'The Get Down' On Netflix This Weekend

Why You Should Binge On Baz Luhrmann's 'The Get Down' On Netflix This Weekend

The latest Netflix Original series will bring hip-hop and disco to your summer binge list

The latest Netflix Original series will bring hip-hop and disco to your summer binge list

Text: Jillian Selzer

It's no secret Netflix has some sort of magic touch when it comes to releasing original content. From Stranger Things to Orange Is The New Black and House of Cards, the streaming service is a gold mine for binge-watchers and cult followings. The latest addition? Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down. The series follows the rise of hip-hop in a poverty-stricken Bronx circa the 1970's, a peak time for both New York City and the music industry. The first half of the 12-episode series premieres on Friday, August 12, while the second half is slated to return in 2017. While you've surely circled through your regular binge cycles of other Netflix Originals, The Get Down is yet another show to tack off your list. As preparation for your next marathon, we've rounded up the many reasons to add this series to your watchlist.

The Fashion

Stranger Things hit the nail on the head with '80s fashion, and The Get Down is taking it back another decade. If you're a fan of anything retro, the series is a fashion dream. Costume designer Jeriana San Juan perfectly captures the funk aesthetic by tapping in Gucci, Puma and custom-made pieces to perfectly channel an urban '70s aesthetic. Even if you aren't the biggest fan of hip-hop, the show is worth watching just for the fashion flashback. Where can we get Mylene Cruz's (played by Herizen F. Guardiola) metallic gold dress?

The Music

Whether or not you religiously listen to hip-hop or are just in it for the dance scenes, the show is bound to have some incredible hits. While it's certainly no Glee, the show will have it's fair share of original hits to obsess over. Luhrmann is capitalizing on a prime time in the music world with the rise of hip-hop and the fall of funk. Any music buff can appreciate the little piece of history the show will chronicle and will likely catch references to Afrika Bambaataa and other revolutionaries of the era.

The Cast

Save for a light sprinkling of well-known figures with the likes of Jaden Smith, Jimmy Smits (NYPD Blue, Sons of Anarchy), and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), the main cast is comprised of unknown newbies to the industry. Tremaine Brown Jr., who plays the character Boo-Boo, was discovered in a New York subway. Shameik Moore, Justice Smith and Herizen F. Guardiola are all seeing their first top-billings with the show. With such a diverse combination of actors, it will be interesting to see what each newcomer will bring to the show. Hopefully we'll adopt a new favorite character as a replacement for the late Barb Holland of Stranger Things (rest in peace).

The Crew

The Netflix series is Australian producer Baz Luhrmann's first venture into television, which is motivation enough to tune in. Known for his flashy costuming, unique cinematography and modern touch on dated stories (remember Leo DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet?), The Get Down is by far a new direction and new kind of narrative for the Hollywood dark horse. It's easy to tell just by watching the trailer Luhrmann has already put his unique spin on the story. In addition to Luhrmann's direction, Hamilton's Daveed Diggs will apparently rap-narrate the show while hip-hop artist and Brooklyn native Nas earned a spot as an executive producer.

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