For the first time in its history, Netflix has canceled an original series after just one season. The victim: Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down, the ambitious, troubled series about 1970s hip-hop that ultimately proved too costly for even the deep-pocketed Netflix to continue producing.
Launched in 2016, it was the most expensive Netflix show ever produced (later surpassed by the royal drama The Crown), costing the streaming service $120 million for its debut season.
Although audience reaction to the series was lukewarm at best, critics were more receptive to it. They praised the show’s scope, its musical creativity, and Luhrmann’s signature cinematography. Despite the trouble behind the scenes, The Get Down was a diverse, energetic period piece, filling a niche in Netflix’s ever-growing library of content.
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