May 16, 2017 by 7mangoes
By Marel Terregone
“The Get Down is a Netflix original series that captures the emergence of a new art form. Set in the late 1970’s , when New York was at the brink of bankruptcy and disco was dying out. The rise of hip-hop is told through the lives , art , music , and dance of a group of young people in the South Bronx.” – netflix.com
The show was created by legendary people in music such as Nas , Dj Grandmaster Flash , and hip-hop historian Nelson George.
Yet , when a show has an amazing dialogue , why is it so underrated ?
The first part of the season begins in 1997 with Zeke Brooks ( Justice Smith ) , a young ambitious poet who lives with his aunt Wanda, because of his parents’ death. He meets his soon to be brother and friend Shaolin Fantastic , a graffiti artist and aspiring DJ. The two band together along with Zeke’s friends to become ” The Get Down Brothers ” with a dream to become successful music artists and take over the city. Again, I have to ask why is this show underrated.
The show has everything a person of color or a music lover can relate to. The show also features Black and Puerto Rican actors and actresses. Most importantly it features a gay character who isn’t portrayed in a clichéd way like other shows do. Throughout the show, the characters explore sexuality and love while finding their passions.
The show also deals with racism and poverty as well as addiction as they all intersect together. The show portrays the different type of abuse that someone can go through ; sexual , domestic , emotional , substance , but it doesn’t overwhelm you . It is all portrayed through their music.
You honestly owe it to yourself to watch The Get Down so it doesn’t get cancelled and so it can get renewed for another season . I would rate this show 100/10 if I could.