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Harley and the Davidsons

Drama . Biography

A Harley-Davidson is more than a motorcycle. It is a symbol of Americana, built from the ground up by founders Walter and Arthur Davidson and their friend Bill Harley. But the road to success was not exactly smooth - it was filled with innumerable obstacles, ruthless competitors and extraordinary risks. Together these three young men, the sons of blue-collar immigrants, gave everything they had to ensure the survival of the company they founded. But just how far would they go to reach the ultimate American dream?Based on a true story, Harley and the Davidsons charts the birth of this iconic bike during a time of great social and technological change beginning at the turn of the 20th century. Walter, Arthur and Bill risked their entire fortune and livelihood to launch the budding enterprise. Each of these men faced very different challenges, but it was the motorcycle that united their dreams and ambitions.Walter, Arthur, and Bill cemented Harley-Davidson's reputation as a builder of bikes that go anywhere, can ride hard and ignore all the rules. It's a legacy that has endured over 100 years - and at the heart of the brand and its loyal riders.

Status: Ended
TV Channel: Discovery Channel
  • David Wiegand

    The script by Evan Wright, Seth Fisher and Nick Schenk bristles with appealing gee-whiz energy, and the performances by Huisman, Aramayo and Hall, as well as those of the supporting cast, are perfectly in tune with the retro sensibility of the film.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    The miniseries, allegedly based in fact, is one great big advertorial for the company, not that it doesn’t have its pleasures, chief among them some thrilling road contests that suggest the chariot races of “Ben-Hur.”

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    The series does a competent job of setting mood and character--notably that anything is possible, the sky’s the limit drive of the early 20th century that animated great inventions, and consequently great fortunes.

    Newsday Full Review
  • John Anderson

    It’s certainly energetic TV, but requires a strenuous suspension of disbelief.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Robert Yaniz Jr.

    Strong performances and an ambitious scope are underserved by disjointed pacing and a scattered focus in Discovery Channel's new miniseries Harley and the Davidsons.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    This is hog hagiography, pure and simple. It's three nights of American vehicular heroism.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    The series drops plot threads faster than the Harley prototype leaked oil, but it makes up for a lot (including hokey dialogue and predictable story turns) with thrilling race sequences.

    Collider Full Review
  • Sonia Saraiya

    Everything else is kind of a mess: The story never fully makes sense, and the characters are rarely fleshed out. It’s hard to begrudge the motorcyclists their fun, but Harley and the Davidsons is a historical production that doesn’t feel authentic in any capacity.

    Variety Full Review
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