The Get Down

The Get Down Information

The Get Down is an American 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 globally on August 12, 2016 on Netflix. The first part of its first season consists of six 53-93 minute episodes produced by Sony Pictures Television. 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.

Cast and crew have stated the second half of the season will be released on April 7, 2017.


Main cast

  • Justice Smith as Ezekiel "Zeke" Figuero, a smart, resourceful teen, brimming with untapped talent and unrequited love, who is determined to make his mark in this world. He is in love with Mylene, but her desire to leave the Bronx hinders their relationship.
  • Shameik Moore as Shaolin Fantastic, a child of the streets, thrill-seeking, unpredictable, eccentric but above all, enigmatic. He is distrustful of Mylene and sees her as a distraction to Ezekiel.
  • Herizen F. Guardiola as Mylene Cruz, a tenacious girl with an incredible voice who dreams of becoming a disco star, a dream that is far outside the realm of her fiercely religious background. She loves Ezekiel, but fears that he won't ever leave the Bronx.
  • Skylan Brooks as Ra-Ra Kipling, a loyal, respected, protective friend and brother with his head screwed on tight, he's the voice of reason beyond his years.
  • Jaden Smith as Marcus "Dizzee" Kipling, the most artistically minded of the Kipling brothers, Dizzee is a graffiti artist who tags as Rumi 411.
  • T. J. Brown Jr. as Boo-Boo Kipling, a mechanically minded kid who is an irrepressible 40-year-old in a 14-year-old's body.
  • Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Clarence "Cadillac" Caldwell, a "fly gangster", prince of the disco world, and son of the owner of the most notorious after-hours night spot in the Bronx.
  • Jimmy Smits as Francisco "Papa Fuerte" Cruz, a South Bronx political boss who delivers services to his constituents that the city has failed to provide, such as jobs, housing and healthcare.

Recurring cast

  • Giancarlo Esposito as Pastor Ramon Cruz, Papa Fuerte's brother and Mylene's father, the charismatic head of the local Pentecostal church who attracts a flock of followers with his fiery sermons and firm, steady leadership.
  • Mamoudou Athie as Grandmaster Flash, hip hop recording artist and DJ. He is considered to be one of the pioneers of hip-hop DJing, cutting, and mixing. He serves as a mentor for Shaolin Fantastic as well as the rest of the Get Down Brothers.
  • Eric D. Hill Jr. as DJ Kool Herc, DJ who is credited with originating hip hop music in the early 1970s in The Bronx, New York City. He serves as a mentor for the Notorious Three (The Herculoids).
  • Frank Wood as Ed Koch, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 18th district and Democratic primary of the New York City mayoral election, 1977. Koch has a tough stance against crime (particularly graffiti) and wants to restore public safety back to New York City, so he reluctantly allies himself with Papa Fuerte to help in his campaign in the Bronx.
  • Yolonda Ross as Ms. Green, the caring but tough English teacher who nurtures the potential in her students and advocates for them to pursue their talents.
  • Kevin Corrigan as Jackie Moreno, a record producer
  • Qaasim Middleton as DJ Big Planet, a member of The Notorious Three (The Herculoids). The mortal enemies of The Get Down Brothers.
  • RayJonaldy Rodriguez as Silent Carlito, a member of The Notorious Three (The Herculoids). The mortal enemies of The Get Down Brothers.
  • Zurhi Khalil Middleton as MC Luke Skywalker Cage, a member of The Notorious 3 (The Herculoids). The mortal enemies of The Get Down Brothers.
  • Zabryna Guevara as Lydia Cruz, the wife of pastor Ramon Cruz and the mother of Mylene
  • Daveed Diggs as adult Ezekiel Figuero, who rap-narrates the series. His rapping voice is dubbed by hip hop artist Nas.
  • Lillias White as Fat Annie, owner of the Les Inferno-club and mother of Cadillac
  • Eric Bogosian as Roy Asheton, record executive and president of Marrakech Star, a disco label, responsible for the success of Donna Summer and Misty Holloway.
  • Barrington Walters Jr. as Doo-wop, street hardened little roughneck drug dealers.
  • Stefane Martin as Yolanda Kipling, sister of Boo-Boo, Dizzee and Ra-Ra. One of Mylene's best friends and a member of the Soul Madonnas.
  • Shyrley Rodriguez as Regina, another one of Mylene's best friends who is outrageous and a rebel, who's in an abusive relationship with Little Wolf and a member of the Soul Madonnas.
  • Noah Le Gros as Thor, a graffiti artist who lives a free lifestyle and is a potential love interest for Dizzee.
  • Tory Devon Smith as Little Wolf, Regina's abusive boyfriend and one of the neighborhood's dealers.
  • Billy Porter (entertainer) as DJ Malibu, a DJ at Les Inferno
  • Nas as adult Ezekiel Figuero (vocals only)


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 and Tremaine Brown Jr. would play the show's lead male roles. On April 16, 2015 it was announced that newcomer Herizen 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.


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Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2016 Hollywood Music in Media Awards
Best Outstanding Music Supervision - Television Stephanie Diaz-Matos

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