20 musical series, after which you want to sing

What better, more powerful mood booster is there, if not TV shows about music and musicians? In response to a cool melody, our brain gushes with endorphins, and when the music is backed up by a strong plot, high spirits are guaranteed. And to refuel with the hormones of joy, catch this selection of serial films in different genres, where sparks simply fly from vocal and dance hits.

Shmigadun! (2021)

A serial comedy that resurrects and parodies classic musicals from their heyday in the middle of the 20th century. Melissa and George go on a hiking trip to refresh their tarnished senses. On the way, they meet a town with a strange name Shmigadun, similar to a Hollywood studio. From the constantly singing and dancing locals, the heroes learn that they will not be able to get out of here until they find love. Will George and Melissa make it back home or will they be stuck in Schmigadoun forever?

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original Title :
Schmigadoon!

Genre:
Musical, comedy, romance

Actors:
Keegan-Michael Key, Cecily Strong, Fred Armisen …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist (2020 – 2021)

The heroine of the comedy series from the list of the best musical projects is a young resident of San Francisco. Zoe Clark was undergoing a brain MRI when the earthquake started . After such a coincidence, the girl opened up the gift of hearing the thoughts of other people, only in the form of vocal numbers. Now her life is a continuous musical, but not always a holiday, since she would not like to know everything. However, Zoe tries not to lose heart and, to the best of her ability, to help those who need it, sometimes getting into funny and ridiculous situations.

Original title:
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Genre:
Musical, drama, comedy

Actors:
Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Peter Gallagher…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.1

Age limit:
16+


Music lover (2020)

The second film adaptation of the British novel “Hi-Fi” by Nick Hornby, this time in the form of a series, where instead of a music lover from London, there is a charming Rob Brooks from New York, performed by Zoe Kravitz. The girl owns a vinyl record store in Brooklyn and makes playlists for all occasions. When her boyfriend flies to London for good, Rob tries to figure out the reasons for the breakup and remembers all the failed romances, healing a broken heart with the help of friends and music.

Original title:
High Fidelity

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, music

Actors:
Zoe Kravitz, Jake Lacey, Da’Vin Joy Randolph …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.7

Age Limits :
12+


Magomaev (2020)

A drama series about the love story of famous Soviet musicians Muslim Magomayev and Tamara Sinyavskaya. Young, but already popular opera singers met at the recording of the concert and fell in love, but both were not free. The owner of a velvety baritone and noble appearance Magomayev was the idol of women, but his heart was won by no less talented and spectacular Tamara. A new meeting on tour in the city of love Paris marked the beginning of a creative and family union of performers who were separated only by death.

Genre:
Biography, drama, music

Actors:
Milos Bikovich, Irina Antonenko, Svetlana Ustinova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Whirlpool (2020)

After tragic events, talented musician Elliot Udo moves from New York to Paris, hiding from past glory and painful memories. Here he owns a stake in the Eddie bar, where he plays jazz music and starts an affair with vocalist Maya. Elliot’s out-of-control teenage daughter is sent to live with Elliot by his ex-wife , while his business partner Farid is targeted by the local mafia . Will a creative person be able not to drown in the whirlpool of worldly prose?

Original title:
The Eddy

Genre:
Drama, music

Actors:
Andre Holland, Joanna Kulig, Leila Behti …

Country:
UK, Germany, USA, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Wu-Tang: An American Saga (2019 – 2021)

The history of the creation of one of the best American rap teams “Wu-Tang Clan” in the form of a musical series. In the early 1990s, black guys from the poor neighborhoods of New York had the only way to earn decent money – to sell drugs . But Bobby Diggs decided to break the pernicious tradition that leads to prison or to the cemetery. Under the pseudonym RZA, an ambitious guy gathered friends and acquaintances who want to make music, and made a famous band out of them, taking the first step towards recognition and fame.

Original Title :
Wu-Tang: An American Saga

Genre:
Drama, Biography, Music

Actors:
Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore, Siddiq Saunderson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.3


Mixtape (2019)

A drama series about music and life, whose characters sing old and new hits, using them to convey their emotions and experiences. Single father Samson after the death of his wife left his dreams of a career as a musician. For the sake of raising a 6-year-old son, the widower moved closer to his relatives and works as a cook . This plot is intertwined with the stories of aspiring actress Nelly, her star mother Margo, aunts and cousins ​​Samson, each of whom has something to tell and sing to the audience.

Original title:
Soundtrack

Genre:
Musical, drama

Actors:
Paul James, Callie Hernandez, Jameel French…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 6.8


School of Rock (2016 – 2018)

American youth series about the inspiring influence of music on teenagers of the Texas school, united in a musical group. A teacher comes to one of the classes to replace Dewey Finn. The teacher, as it turns out, is far from pedagogy, but is a talented rock musician. The guy considered the creative abilities in students bored within the school walls, and created a team out of them. Unbeknownst to their parents and teachers, Zack, Lawrence, Freddie, Summer, and Tomika begin training for a prestigious music competition.

Original title:
School of Rock

Genre:
Musical, comedy, family

Actors:
Breanna Yde, Ricardo Hurtado, Jade Pettyjohn …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 4.5

Age Limits :
12+


Annealing (2016 – 2017)

Amid the rampant juvenile delinquency of the 1970s South Bronx, the poetic talent of orphaned teenage gang member Ezekiel alias Zeki Figuero flourished. The boy is inspired to write candid hip-hop lyrics by his love for the young singer Milena Cruz. The girl dreams of a big stage, and Zeki is ready to do anything to help her beloved record a demo version of a song that can pave the way for show business.

Original title:
The Get Down

Genre:
Musical, drama, music

Actors:
Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Erisen F. Guardiola …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.3


Galavant (2015 – 2016)

A costumed comedy musical based on a historical story about the confrontation between the noble knight Galavant and the treacherous King Richard. Richard takes away Galavant’s beloved, the beautiful Madalena, intending to marry her. When the knight almost manages to prevent the wedding, the kidnapped bride suddenly refuses to run away with him, choosing royal honors and riches. And it is not known which of the contenders for the beauty’s heart was more fortunate, since her character turned out to be far from sugar.

Original title:
Galavant

Genre:
Musical, fantasy, comedy, adventure

Actors:
Joshua Sass, Timothy Omandson, Vinnie Jones…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.1


These eyes are opposite (2015)

The amazing story of the life and musical career of one of the brightest stars of the Soviet stage, the owner of the charming voice of Valery Obodzinsky. In the 1970s, a handsome, talented inhabitant of Odessa had no end to the fans, to whom the artist dedicated heartfelt hits. The lyrical repertoire, without glorifying the Soviet system, raised questions from party ideologists, as a result, the full houses were replaced by years of oblivion of the intractable musician. But one day a devoted fan recognized Obodzinsky in a factory watchman, and his career was revived.

Genre:
Biography, romance, music

Actors:
Alexey Barabash, Evgenia Brik, Vyacheslav Chepurchenko, Lyubov Aksenova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Sex, drugs and rock and roll (2015 – 2016)

A musical comedy series about a long-running rock singer with the speaking name Johnny Rock, who received a second chance at public recognition. Twenty years ago, the Pagans, whose vocalist was Johnny, released a super-successful album, but soon broke up due to internal disagreements. Johnny’s ambitions and love for music were inherited by an adult daughter who suddenly appeared in New York with a proposal to revive the group, but with her as a soloist.

Original Title :
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

Genre:
Comedy, Music

Actors:
Denis Leary, John Corbett, Elizabeth Gillies…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 7.1


Empire (2015 – 2020)

The dramatic events of the family artistic saga unfold around the musical empire headed by Lucius Lyon. Upon learning that he is terminally ill , the “hip-hop emperor” thinks about who is worthy of inheriting his life’s work. The hero has three adult sons, but none of them live up to the expectations of a demanding father, and his wife was even imprisoned for drug trafficking. However, soon truly Shakespearean passions will boil among them in the battle for the vacant throne .

Original title:
Empire

Genre:
Drama, music

Actors:
Terrence Howard, Brisher I. Gray, Trey Byers…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.3


Mozart in the Jungle (2014 – 2018)

Based on the memoirs of a participant in the events, a comedy-drama series about the behind-the-scenes life of the musicians of the oldest New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Oboe graduate Hayley Rutledge miraculously finds herself in this prestigious band, where big changes are coming. The honored conductor of the orchestra retires and his young and temperamental colleague Rodrigo DeSuza, who began to break traditions, becomes his podium. Two newcomers, Rodrigo and Hayley, have to stick together, supporting each other in everything.

Original title:
Mozart in the Jungle

Genre:
Drama, comedy, music

Actors:
Lola Kirk, Gael Garcia Bernal, Saffron Burrows…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.1


Anna German. White Angel Mystery (2012)

A dramatic biography of a beautiful woman with an angelic voice, a Polish singer of German origin Anna German. Fate tested her for strength from birth: her father was repressed and shot, and the rise of Anna’s musical career was interrupted by a terrible car accident during a foreign tour. But the “white angel”, as many fans called her, had an iron character – she returned to the stage to delight and heal people with her creativity. The series tells what it cost the artist.

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Yoanna Moreau, Maria Poroshina, Marat Basharov, Ekaterina Vasilyeva …

Country:
Ukraine, Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Nashville (2012 – 2018)

Nashville is considered the capital of country music, and country music star Rayna James was born and lives here. She is only forty, but the once resounding success of Reina’s songs is on the decline. In addition, the life of a celebrity is overshadowed by the gigolo-husband, whom her domineering father , a politician , forced her to marry . Against this backdrop, it seems like a good idea to Reine to offer the impresario to tour with rising star Juliet Barnes. However, they forgot to warn the diva that the young singer has an unbearable character.

Original title:
Nashville

Genre:
Drama, romance, music

Actors:
Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Claire Bowen…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Dream Possessed (2011 – 2012)

In the center of the plot of the South Korean drama are young students of the Higher School of Arts. Song Sam Dong came here by accident, following the girl of his dreams, singer Ko Hae Mi, from his native village. Unexpectedly, even for himself, the guy showed the ability to art and was also accepted for training. The school is attended by the bully and talented dancer Jin Guk, Yoon Baek Hee, Ko Hae Mi’s friend and rival, and Jason, who came on an exchange. Each of them has a unique path to this prestigious institution, their own plans and dreams, but the boys and girls are united by their love for music and dancing.

Original title:
Deurim hai

Genre:
Melodrama, music

Actors:
Kim Soo-hyun, Bae Su-ji, Taegyong…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 7.6


Trimey (2010 – 2013)

A drama series dedicated to the destruction of New Orleans and its inhabitants by a deadly hurricane in 2005. Half of the legendary birthplace of jazz music and the site of the Mardi Gras carnival lies in ruins. Local residents are not allowed into their own houses, plundered by looters, bureaucrats withhold the payment of insurance, and relatives are missing. But the die-hard New Orleans remain in their hometown and, in spite of everything, are preparing for the next carnival.

Original title:
Treme

Genre:
Drama, Music

Actors:
Candy Alexander, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 8.2

Age Limits :
18+


Chorus (2009 – 2015)

Young and creative Spanish teacher Will Schuester plans to revive the school choir, once famous throughout the state. At first, local outsiders come to rehearsals of the musical, gaining friends and self-confidence here. With the help of the leader, the choristers solve not only creative, but also personal problems. Over time, music classes attract more popular students, and the line between losers and school stars becomes thinner, which does not like the coach of the local cheerleading team.

Original title:
Glee

Genre:
Musical, drama, comedy, music

Actors:
Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Matthew Morrison…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Flight of the Conchords (2007 – 2009)

Based on real events, a musical biographical series about the creation of a comedy duo of the same name, whose songs for this project were covered in Russian by the Degrees group. New Zealand musicians Jamaine Clement and Bret McKinsey play themselves during a period when students rented an apartment together, played in a bar, fell in love with girlfriends and raved about world fame. Dreams have come true – now the duet of singers, composers, radio hosts, film actors, awarded the Grammy Award and appearing in the cult animated series The Simpsons, is known and loved by the whole world.

Original title:
Flight of the Conchords

Genre:
Musical, comedy, music

Actors:
Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Reese Darby…

Country:
USA, New Zealand

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.5

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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