If you love musicals, here is a list of 6 TV shows available on streaming platforms that you should definitely watch! Whether it is a true story about performers or teenagers entered in a choral singing competition, you will find your guilty pleasure!
Of course, this list could not but start with Glee! Despite being a somewhat dated series, with the last season airing in early 2015, you can’t help but fall in love with the songs and stories of its main characters.
Glee centers on a high school show choir, also known as a glee club, in the fictional William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio, while its disparate members deal with social issues, especially regarding sexuality, race, family, teen relationships and teamwork.. Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) takes over the glee club after the former teacher Sandy Ryerson (Stephen Tobolowsky) is fired for inappropriate contact with a student. With a rag-tag group of misfit teenagers, Will attempts to restore the glee club to its former glory while tending to his developing feelings for his co-worker, guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays), as well as defending the glee club’s existence from the conniving cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch).
A major focus of the series is the students in the glee club: their relationships as couples, their love of singing and desire for popularity coming into conflict due to their membership in the low-status club, and the many vicissitudes of life in high school and as a teenager.
Glee Season 1-6 is now available to stream on Disney Plus
Turning to a little gem that tells a story based on real-life events, let me introduce you to Fosse/Verdon!
Fosse/Verdon tells the story of the romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams). Fosse was a filmmaker and one of theater’s most influential choreographers and directors. Verdon was a critically acclaimed actress and Broadway dancer who won 4 Tony Awards.
The story of the entire series unfolds through back-and-forth flashes of the couple’s relationship through the years. It includes the reversals of power and status as well as the contexts in which they happened. It also presents Fosse and Verdon’s contributions to the entertainment industry.
Fosse/Verdon is now available to stream on Disney Plus
3. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
If you love lighter and even slightly trashy shows, you absolutely must watch Crazy Ex-Girlfriend!
Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) is a Yale- and Harvard-educated lawyer who works for a top New York City law firm. When offered a promotion, she panics, flees the building, and happens to encounter Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III), whom she dated briefly as a teenager. Josh tells her that he is moving back to his hometown of West Covina, California. She decides to follow Josh to West Covina in search of happiness, while telling herself that Josh was not the reason she decided to move. She gets a job at Darryl Whitefeather (Pete Gardner) ‘s law firm, becomes friends with the firm’s paralegal Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin) and her neighbor Heather (Vella Lovell), and begins an on-again-off-again relationship with Josh’s friend Greg (Santino Fontana – Skylar Astin), all while trying to reconnect with Josh, much to the displeasure of his girlfriend Valencia (Gabrielle Ruiz).
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 1-4 is available to stream on Netflix!
4. Mozart in the Jungle
If you prefer something more dramatic, but comic, and less sung, although still centred on music, Mozart in the Jungle is your ideal choice!
Rodrigo De Souza (Gael Garcia Bernal) is a child prodigy totally devoted to his role as the new conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Rebellious and obsessed with his own image, with his genius and his disorientating lifestyle, Rodrigo is proof of how captivating the world of classical music is both on stage and behind the scenes, where his frequent interlocutors are the young and beautiful oboist Hailey (Lola Kirke), who is hoping for a big break and in the meantime also makes ends meet by working as a children’s music teacher, and the cynical and prickly Thomas Pembridge (Malcolm McDowell), the orchestra’s historic maestro, who is being questioned for marketing reasons.
Mozart in the Jungle Season 1-4 is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video!
5. Julie and The Phantoms
Imaginative, colourful and suitable for any age or taste, Julie and the Phantoms cannot be missing from this list!
Julie (Madison Reyes) is a young girl who, despite her love for music, is no longer able to play and compose after her mother’s death a year earlier. While she is busy clearing out her mother’s studio, while cataloguing her things, she finds a CD, decides to listen to it and suddenly three young musicians who died in 1995 appear out of nowhere.
Julie and The Phantoms is available to stream on Netflix
6. Little Voice
Also very recent, a story that singer Sara Bareilles, together with JJ Abrams, tried to bring to the small screen with this Apple Tv+ series, Little Voice.
The little voice referred to in the title is Bess’, played by Brittany O’Grady. Bess is a bit of Abrams’ musical Felicity, a twenty-something who we see doing a thousand jobs throughout the day. She watches others perform and compliments them at the club where she works, but she never does it herself, because she made a fool of herself once and can’t get over it. She has rented herself a garage where she can compose in absolute privacy, because no one will ever have to listen to her music. But maybe fate has other plans.
Little Voice is available to stream on Apple TV+!
So which of these series will you choose? Which one have you already watched?