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The Defiant Ones: Miniseries (2017)



Critic Consensus: The Defiant Ones is a compelling, comprehensive portrait of two visionaries that illuminates both their colorful pasts and their historic influence on the music industry.


Air date: Jul 9, 2017
Air date: Jul 10, 2017
Air date: Jul 11, 2017
Air date: Jul 12, 2017

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Set amid many of the defining events of the past four decades, this four-part documentary event tells the stories of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, their improbable partnership and their leading roles in a series of transformative events in contemporary culture. Directed by Allen Hughes, who conducted extensive interviews with both men, the show also includes interviews with such music icons as Bono, David Geffen, Eminem, Nas, Stevie Nicks, Ice Cube, Gwen Stefani, Jon Landau, Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, … More

Genre: Documentary
Network: HBO
Premiere Date: Jul 9, 2017
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Critic Reviews for The Defiant Ones: Miniseries

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (14)

The Defiant Ones is witty, polished, grand in scale, ambition and budget, while remaining totally engrossing. The other music docs may as well give up now.

March 26, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's an incredible story, filled with larger-than-life characters, tragedy and folly, glory and ignominy.

March 19, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
Financial Times

While it might have made more sense to profile Iovine and Dre's lives separately, the basic device of telling them concurrently works, and Episode One holds your attention throughout.

December 27, 2017 | Full Review…

The Defiant Ones works on almost every level: as a primer on the music industry, as gossip, as biography, as a time capsule of the 1980s, the 1990s, and the beginning of the 21st century.

December 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Men have flaws, and for these two icons, the ultimate act of defiance might be showing them.

December 13, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Defiant Ones succeeds because it realizes that while Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre might be a billionaire boy's club now, the divergent histories of these men track the relatively early days of rock and roll and rap

December 13, 2017 | Full Review…
Hollywood Reporter
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Audience Reviews for The Defiant Ones: Miniseries


If for nothing else, watch this for Snoop Dogg's impression of Jimmy Iovine.

Also, Dr. Dre and Bruce Springsteen are apparently the same people in two completely different genres.

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