The series opens in the South Bronx in 1977 and centers on a group of young adults who are coming of age in this interesting point in music history. Music, dance, and art are key parts of their lives, but they have other challenges as well. The trailer shows shots of a chaotic neighborhood, with one quote summing it up well: “This ain’t Disneyland, this is the Bronx.”
Based on the preview, it looks like many of the characters are exploring what they want in life and how far they can pursue their dreams. Not surprisingly, music is a biggie for several, and we get to see them showcase their impressive talents. Their work suggests that the creative team did its job in producing some irresistible music for viewers.
The series, which is produced by Sony Pictures Television, comes from executive producers Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Nas, Stephen Adley Guirgis, and Nelson George, with Grandmaster Flash serving as associate producer. Together, they form a strong group of collaborators with ample hip-hop know-how between them. The musically minded cast stars Shameik Moore, Justice Smith, Herizen Guardiola, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jaden Smith, Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Brown Jr., Mamoudou Athie, Jimmy Smits, and Giancarlo Esposito.
When the series premieres on August 12, viewers will be able to binge on the first six episodes, but then they’ll have to wait until 2017 for the rest of the 13-episode first season. The schedule marks a deviation from Netflix’s typical all-at-once release model, which means that viewers will have to exercise a rare degree of patience.