The fairy-tale themed TV show Galavant was created by Dan Fogelman. Fogelman is also responsible fore writing and executive producing the series. Alan Menken and Glenn Slater are executive producers and songwriters; Chris Koch is director and executive producer; and Kat Likkel and John Hoberg are executive producers and writers. The series was first shown on ABC, serving as the midseason fill-in for another similar TV show called Once Upon a Time. Slater, Fogelmen, and Menken are once again able to work together as they once did on the popular film Tangled. The teaser trailer for Galavant debuted on September 28th, 2014, and the show aired in January 4th of 2015. A second season was ordered on May 7th, 2015. The series is described as being a musical comedy and the running time is 22 minutes long.

galavant-tv-mini-seriesThe cast for the series Galavant includes Joshua Sasse as Galavant, Vinnie Jones as Gareth, Luke Youngblood as Sid, Timothy Omundson as King Richard, Mallory Jansen as Queen Madalena, and Karen David as Princess Isabella Maria Lucia Elizabetta of Valencia. Recurring characters and actors include Ben Presley as Steve Mackenzie, the Jester and the Narrator, Genevieve Allenbury as the Queen of Valencia, Darren Evans as Chef Vincenzo, and Stanley Townsend as the King of Valencia. Guest stars include Rutger Hauer as Kingsley, Hugh Bonneville as Peter the Pillager, “Weird Al” Yankovic as Confessional Monk, Anthony Stewart Head as Galavant’s father, Sophie McShera as Gwynne, Ricky Gervais as Xanax the wizard, and John Stamos as Sir Jean Hamm.

The hero and central character of the show is a young dashing knight we know as Galavant. The story quickly unravels in the form of a romance as Galavant’s love, Madalena, is kidnapped by King Richard. The King forces her to marry him and obviously Galavant is determined to do something. His adventures to save his love do not go at all how he expected they would and he embarks on an exciting journey as he does what he can to save his love. Before Galavant realizes it he soon discovers the truth —that Madalena seems to have chosen power over love.

galavant-villan2Completely distraught Galavant takes up drinking, but he does not despair forever and soon he rouses himself for another mission. Dethroned princess Isabella’s family has been stolen away by the same King Richard, and since Galavant cannot save his love he sets off to rescue Princess Isabella’s family. While Galavant is off on his new series of adventures Madalena makes a point to torture her husband the king. Galavant is still set on getting back at the evil King Richard and has plans to get back his reputation with the help of Princess Isabella and Sid, Galavant’s trusty squire.

Because the series debuted to 7.42 million viewers and a 2.0 in the 18-49 on the demographic but ended off with only 4.37 million viewers and a rating of 1.1, it came to a surprise to a few people that the series actually got renewed for a second season. Galavant also has a somewhat awkward schedule, as it is placed in the narrow time-frame because in cable’s fight against Netflix they have made an effort to provide year-around programming. This means something has to fit between all of the other programs. Despite the declining viewers, however, it seems that Galavant has promise and has struck some chord of appeal somewhere.

galavant-weddingIt certainly does have some weight in its starpower through actors like Hugh Bonneville, Ricky Gervais, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and John Stamos. The talented actors are familiar to many and have given the show a greater edge of attraction. Vinnie Jones, the ex-football player, even has a place in the show and the audience gets a chance to hear him sing. Galavant has been likened to some old classics like Princess Bride and Monty Python, but, of course, reinvented and set to music.

The new show features original songs and it is certainly not subtle, but many people are calling it surprisingly brilliant and outrageous. The songwriters Alan Menken and Glenn Slater are well known for their work. There are references to another popular show also set in the middle ages but that is perhaps a little darker, still, most people have heard of Game of Thrones. Galavant is not based on a currently established, well-known fairy-tale, but it does have most of the same traditional fairy-tale themes, like a damsel in distress, an evil king, and a knight in shining armor. Galavant is fresh, new, and modern, throwing in pop-culture references, but many say it still maintains its family-friendly charm. If you do choose to watch Galavant you are in for plenty of music, “yo mamma” jokes, pirates, nonsense, and adventure.

galavant-tv-seriesSo far Galavant has made some pretty good impressions among its audience. IMDb has given it a rating of 7.7/10 stars and gives it 8.6/10 stars. Viewers on these websites rave about the series and already it seems the show has gathered quite a fanbase. Fans call it quirky, witty, light, and of course, funny, many saying they want the show to continue on for the next season, and it appears it will. Some reviews have actually said it may not be a family TV show due to its crudeness, curse words, and even sexual references, but it seems there are quite a few adults who still enjoy it.

There are of course those who did not like the show, too. These individuals say the characters are not relatable, that they are creepy and not easy to watch. They say that the storyline is boring and moving along at a slow pace, and obviously, for those who dislike the characters, the plotline would not be enjoyable. Many people do not like the writing or even the song lyrics. Interestingly, quite a few of the people who did not like Galavant still claim to like very similar shows like Pincess Bride, Monty Python, and Mel Brooks, which is somewhat surprising as many claim that Galavant is basically in the same boat. If you do like those other productions, however, there is a chance you might like Galavant. You can check out the television series online when you sign up with a high speed Internet service provider.