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Air Date: July 9th, 2017

Network: HBO

Series Summary
The story of the improbable partnership of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre.

Rating: TVMA

Genres: Music, Documentary


  • Season 1 - Episode 4 : Part 4 Jul 12, 2017

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    After some disappointing solo releases, Dre's fortunes turn when Jimmy turns him onto the music of unknown white rapper Eminem; an opportune sit-down between Jimmy and Dre leads to the idea of Beats Electronics, vaulting the partners to new heights.

  • Season 1 - Episode 3 : Part 3 Jul 11, 2017

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    Jimmy begins a new career as co-founder of Interscope Records, cutting a deal with Death Row Records for Interscope to become the label's distributor; Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur become embroiled in a violent feud with East Coast rap rivals.

  • Season 1 - Episode 2 : Part 2 Jul 10, 2017

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    N.W.A. evolves into a force to be reckoned with, but a series of calamities leaves Dr. Dre looking to make a fresh start; Jimmy continues to rise up the music ladder via successful collaborations with Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks.

  • Season 1 - Episode 1 : Part 1 Jul 9, 2017

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    Dr. Dre's story begins in Compton, Calif., where his fascination with dance music, DJ innovations and sound leads him to become part of N.W.A.; Jimmy Iovine works his way up in the recording industry, building a reputation as a talented producer.

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  • HBO's The Defiant Ones, written and directed by Allen Hughes, spends all of its four episodes on Dre and Iovine, covering their separate lives and their "improbable partnership" together in a gripping, digestible deep dive that always remains intimate. Show More

  • 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. Neither Iovine nor Dre is particularly eloquent about their own achievements, but The Defiant Ones does that work for them, excitingly. Show More

  • The Defiant Ones sends you away admiring the two guys who made the big score. Show More

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