The Defiant Ones: Miniseries (2017)

The Defiant Ones

Critics 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.



Critic Ratings: 25


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User Ratings: 243
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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…
Top Critic

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

  • Feb 26, 2018
    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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  • Oct 08, 2018
    I think this is the best doc. iv ever seen
  • Jul 16, 2018
    Good interviews from both Dre and Iovine who open up a lot more than they have in the past about their lives.
  • May 19, 2018
    great documentary, well ressourced!
  • May 06, 2018
    Very interesting, with such a wide array of artists yourbound to be starstruck!
  • Apr 01, 2018
    Incredible! Highly recommend! So interesting and engaging from start to finish.
  • Mar 23, 2018
    a gripping and incredible story put together perfectly by hbo. if you've seen "straight out of compton" though, the first two and a half episodes will basically just be repeating what the film told. Not a major issue, i still sat through it but what made the documentary so amazing was the last episode where everything came together for jimmy & dre.
  • Jan 29, 2018
    Wow. What a phenomenal mini series. A lot of documentaries rely on reenactments or imagination by the viewer. The footage that they have and show of some of our great performers is incredible. Anyone interested in some pop culture history from 1970 until today or music artist and industry fans will love this series. But if not, the series will still captivate you to watch evolution of two icons who start from nothing and evolved into present day, billionaire moguls with their successes and failures in between. This is a must see.
  • Dec 05, 2017
    Very well done Music Documentary .. The Documentary presents the cross cut biographies of 2 music moguls Dr. Dre (Hip-hop) and Jimmy Iovine (Rock, Pop) and how they came together to make Interscope Records a powerful force for Music artists in the 90s before the dawn of Internet Music Services .. The Internet certainly has changed the music landscape and there will probably never be another Interscope Records ever again .. it was a little sad at the end when I realized from what they were saying; Internet Music Services dont make music exciting like it used to .. its all about the "download" of the single rather than the quality of the album .. I still prefer music the old fashioned way.. hell , I still buy CDs , and Vinyl , and go to concerts to listen to the opening acts to discover music .. I even refuse to record or photograph during concerts .. to me , Digital only is not the complete Music experience .. the Artist is the complete music experience ..
  • Sep 13, 2017
    As retrospective documentaries go, there is simply no finer piece of work than "The Defiant Ones" (2017). Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre are not just Hall of Famers in multiple categories in the music industry, but their histories read like a Who's Who of the 80s, 90s, and 00s. Outstanding production quality, fantastic stories & insight, and a list of stars that's literally unparalleled, all contribute to an exceptional telling of the American dream. 9/13/17

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