I have fallen head over heels in love with the new musical comedy show Galavant. I have actually made it my new bedtime ritual to re-watch clips of the musical numbers every night before I go to sleep…the last time I did that was when I was flailing over the perfection that was Lois and Clark on Smallville. Unfortunately the ratings for the show have not been stellar and that’s not the show’s fault AT ALL. It did pretty well the first week, but the second week it was up against The Golden Globes and then last Sunday it was competing against football. Obviously a popular awards show hosted by two of the current queens of comedy (Amy Poehler and Tina Fey) was going to draw in more viewers than a new series and football is like America’s national sport so there goes the ratings for the show for the last two weeks. Here’s my pitch as to why you should watch this show if you’re not watching it already:
It’s a freaking musical comedy fairytale set in the middle ages! Can you name one other show on tv that’s like that?
It is legitimately hilarious. It funny in a ridiculous sort of way and it is very aware that it is a musical and it constantly pokes fun at itself for it.
It is like the lovechild of Stardust, The Princess Bride and the Monty Python movies. And honestly who doesn’t love The Princess Bride? That would be totally, completely, and utterly
It has music by Alan Menken…you know the guy who did The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas, Hercules, Enchanted, and Tangled? Yeah that genius.
The lyrics are absolutely brilliant. In the very first song of the show “adventure” is rhymed with “real butt clencher”, then in the villain’s first song on the show he sings “I want to skewer him with swords and slowly twist ‘em all around his reproductive system”. Like how AMAZING is that? Also the lyrics for the songs, especially the love songs are so refreshingly incredibly honest. One of the songs in a recent episode was a duet between a chef and a handmaiden and these are the lyrics:
If I could share my life with you Just think how happy we’d be We’d share a hovel built for two Complete with vermin for three We could wile away each hopeless day Comparing open sores Yes life would blow, but much less so, If I could share mine with yours
If that doesn’t tell you all you need to know about life in the middle ages for the lower class, I don’t know what will.
The show features scene stealing performances by Timothy Omundson as the evil King Richard. I mean just look at this delightful jackass:
The show also turns the whole “damsel in distress” trope on its head and makes that character into a woman who is refreshingly honest. She becomes someone who knows what she wants and goes after it and she turns into an unapologetic villain.
The show is also surprisingly diverse given the time period it’s set in. Now granted, there are only two POCs on the show, but that just so happens to be one third of the main cast and filmakers and showrunners often fall back on the tired excuse of “People of color weren’t there yet” when it comes to period movies/shows and Galavant, thank God, does not do that.
The show has an interracial romance with two gorgeous, super talented indivuals who radiate chemistry and UST. Just look at these two cupcakes
In conclusion: THIS SHOW IS MADE OF SUNSHINE AND RAINBOWS AND EVERYTHING GOOD IN THE WORLD! There’s still time to get caught up before the finale this Sunday, January 25th at 8pm EST on ABC. Six episodes have aired but each episode is only 22 minutes long. That’s approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. I’ve done the math. PLEASE WATCH THIS SHOW SO THAT IT DOESN’T GET CANCELLED! IF YOU DON’T WATCH IT YOU’RE MISSING OUT