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In this musical comedy, Galavant is a dashing knight who has retired from adventuring after his one true love, who has been kidnapped by the evil king Richard, decides she’d actually prefer being queen over going back to her former lover. The story follows Galavant, his squire, and the princess Isabella, whose family has also been captured by the king. On the way, the trio encounters twists and turns – of the musical variety.

(This review relates to both seasons)


If there is one show that is TRAGICALLY underrated, it has to be Galavant. This show is SO GOOD you guys. I love musicals. Like, I super love musicals. The music in this show is written by Alan Menken. Astute observers will probably know the name, as he is the writer of some of the most popular Disney movie musicals of all time. Because of this, musically, the show is perfect. It has recurring motifs and a consistently of quality that is just chef’s kiss.


It actually reminds me a bit of Disney’s Enchanted, you know, the one where a fairy tale princess ends up in New York and sings with rats and pigeons? Galavant has a similar style of humour.


While this show is primarily a comedy, the characters actually have a remarkable amount of depth. The plot is based on common fantasy tropes that get twisted at any point, basically. No really, there are a lot of plot twists in this show that I absolutely did not see coming, and they’re all incredibly funny and don’t actually make the show confusing at all.


I would recommend Galavant to anyone who enjoys Monty Python, the Music of Alan Menken, and fantasy that is a bit more on the quirky side. It’s also not unlike Terry Pratchett’s books in humour, so if that’s your jam (haha, get it?), you should definitely check this out. I actually spent way too long writing this review because I got stuck watching songs from this show on Youtube. Oops.

(This review relates to both seasons)


This hilarious parody on fairy tales and knightly stereotypes is a hidden gem. The main selling point for me was most definitely the fact that it is a musical, with music composed by Alan Menken, in a way only Alan Menken can. The songs are still blasting through our living room every now and then. It is an easy series to binge, with a simple plot that has a few twists, mostly due to the flaws of our likeable main characters. There is a lot of humour in every episode, but there is still room for some character growth and story arcs.


With only two seasons, why not give it a go? Warning: the songs will get stuck in your head.

(This review relates to both seasons)


I was sceptical. Most musicals are too melodramatic for me. Most short comedies too – how can I describe that – too  much, too American. But this… This was extraordinary fun!


The best thing about this show is how not-serious it takes itself. It knows exactly what it is and uses that to poke fun at itself and the genres of fantasy, musical and comedy. And from that point, it finds a surprisingly good story to tell, with character growth and plot twists. 


But of course the highpoint of the show are the songs. With 18 episodes of around 20 minutes it has an astonishing 118 minutes soundtrack, meaning that for less than every 8 minutes of screentime there is a minute of song. And they are all so good!


You have to be open to musicals and a bit of absurdity, but if you are only a little bit, give Galavant a try!

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