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.


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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, Snoop Dogg, Bruce Springsteen, Diddy and THE DEFIANT ONES also features never-before-seen footage from a multitude of recording and writing sessions with Eazy-E, JJ Fad, Stevie Nicks, N.W.A., Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and U2, among others.

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Critic Reviews for The Defiant Ones Miniseries

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (15)

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

Mar 19, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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

Dec 13, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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The Defiant Ones remains essential viewing for any fan of popular music. It shows the power of friendship, partnership and the relentless quest to be the best.

Dec 13, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

[Defiant Ones] allows insight into two men who lived up to the adjective in the title of this show.

Aug 18, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Defiant Ones is nothing if not entertaining, shot slick and edited sharp; it's no chore for anyone seeking a chaperoned visitor's pass to music history.

Jul 18, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Defiant Ones does spend a little too much time praising and mythologizing its subjects. But it's also a comprehensive look at Dre's and Iovine's history.

Jul 10, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

All about pushing ahead of the game... The brilliant first episode was full of eureka moments.

Feb 11, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Dec 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.

Dec 13, 2017 | Full Review…

By getting vulnerable with legendary control freaks, the doc reaches soaring heights.

Sep 7, 2017 | Full Review…

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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