TV Review: ‘Galavant’: A fairy-tale comedy for TV in the key of C

Owen Meadows, Staff Writer

What happens when you take a humorous medieval fairy-tale TV show and then throw in ridiculous, over the top musical numbers? The answer: “Galavant,” ABC’s new musical masterpiece.

Taking place in the fictional kingdom of Valencia, the brave knight Galavant (Joshua Sasse) has lost all his his hope, and has lost his will to keep going. The love of his life, Madalena (Mallory Jansen), was kidnapped by the evil, yet flamboyant, King Richard (Timothy Omundson). In an attempt to save her, Galavant is torn apart by the fact that Madalena has chosen to marry the king instead Galavant. As she says, “I really like stuff. I mean, why would I give all this up to get fat and pregnant and grow my own food?”

It is revealed that Madalena is in fact a selfish woman obsessed with material status. Following this realization, Galavant falls into a drunken stupor, only to be broken some time later by a task from the princess of Valencia, Isabella (Karen David), to save her parents and her kingdom from the evil clutches of King Richard. Seeing this as an opportunity to defeat the king and reclaim his lost love, Galavant, his squire Sid (Luke Youngblood), and the princess set off for Valencia. It is this quest that encompasses the plot for the first season.

Coupled with this story is the show’s musical aspect. Each episode features multiple musical numbers, ranging from piratical sea shanties all the way to comedic, heartfelt ballads. This takes place as the main attraction of the show. Musical composers Alan Menken and Glenn Slater (“The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin”) the production has the air of a truly professional show. The show is reminiscent 1993 film “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” through its musical fantasy combination. The show features a wide range of talented vocalists (including a cameo from Weird Al) who work together to produce fantastic vocal performances.

The show originally premiered back in early January and ran for four weeks on a double release schedule. This meant that each week, two episodes were premiered in succession rather than the standard of one episode per week. Finishing its first season with eight episodes “Galavant,” although short, became very popular due to its innovative style. Featuring an open-ended final episode, the show left audiences, myself included, begging for more. Currently, there is no news on whether or not the show has been renewed for a second season, but based on fan reactions, it is highly predicted.

If you are not a fan of musicals or comedy, then “Galavant” may not be the show for you. However, if you are more inclined toward theater and music, I highly recommend that you take the time to watch the show. Coming from a theater background, I found a true love for this show and am looking forward to seeing more. Even if you may not be inclined to this style, the show may still be worth it simply for the great laughs.

All eight episodes of Galavant may be found on Hulu or ABC.

Our Grade: A
Genre: Musical, Comedy
Creator: Dan Fogelman
Starring: Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson, Mallory Jansen, Karen David, Luke Youngblood