Highlighting themes that film and television have tackled in the past, Underground is a fresh and thrilling escape odyssey emblematic of the thousands of real-life journeys that shaped American history.
In the first season, a case of mistaken identity strips freeman Noah (Aldis Hodge) of his liberty, and he’s believed to be a runaway slave. But when Noah discovers a coded map, which reveals a route north via the Underground Railroad, he assembles a team of fellow slaves who combine their unique strengths to plan an escape. There’s Zeke (Theodus Crane) the strongman, an inscrutable preacher and orator named Moses (Mykelti Williamson), a woodworker named Sam (Johnny Ray Gill), and the unshakably loyal Henry (Renwick Scott). Complicating matters is a budding love interest between Noah, and the beautiful Rosalee (Jurnee Smollett-Bell). Lastly, there’s the devious Cato (Alano Miller), who once appeared to be in the pocket of the masters, but is now just as determined as the rest to successfully escape—and he’s willing to do anything to achieve his aims.
Underground’s accompanying soundtrack is also a big reason to tune in. It’s so charged with energy, that it rivals the show’s riveting on-screen performances and plot twists penned by Heroes alumnae Misha Green and Joe Pokaski. Influenced by John Legend (who serves as one of the show’s executive producers), the soundtrack features the anachronistic sounds of artists like Kanye West, Zack Hemsey, The Weeknd, Great Wolf, Jamie N Commons, X Ambassadors, and The Electric Owls.