Friday Fandom: Galavant

Why We Love Galavant

If you missed out on season 1 of Galavant, never fear! It’s available on Amazon and Hulu, and ABC has promised a second season. Let me explain. No, there’s not time. Let me sum up. Galavant was a four-week “medieval musical comedy” put on by ABC. The phrase “medieval musical comedy” was enough to intrigue me and every episode delivered on the hilarity in a big way.

Joshua Sasse, Tim Omundson and Vinnie Jones are fantastic, as is the rest of the cast!

Here’s more on what makes it so great:

The trailer

I dare you not to hum along!

The songs

The combo of Alan Menken and Glenn Slater is pretty unbeatable. As my cousin likes to say, Alan Menken composed the soundtrack of our childhood (Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast), and Galavant’s tunes deliver in a similar way. They’re catchy, and fun, and definitely get stuck in your head!

The guest stars

John Stamos as a pansy jerk of a knight is hilarious! (See the joust scene below) Weird Al, Rutger Hauer and Ricky Gervais also turned in excellent guest spots and cameos, though I must say Hugh Bonneville’s “Lords of the Sea” ditty might be my favorite!

The tongue-in-cheek fantasy tropes

Like the old Monty Python classics, Galavant is able to make fun of itself and the larger fantasy/ fairytale genre, while never veering far from its love of those same tropes and stereotypes. The noble knight, the fair maiden, the evil king. Galavant turns them delightfully on their heads, but still speaks to the heart of what we all love about those tales.

The joust scene

In traditional medieval showdown style, Galavant and his knight nemesis (John Stamos) face each other in the joust…only they’ve both been either drugged or overtrained into a stupor.

So, there you have it. A little glimpse of why we love Gaaaa-laaaa-vaaaant!!

And, if you’re looking for even more comedic fantasy gold, look no further than the Harry Potter tribute episode of Psych. It had me snorting and crying in laughter about two minutes in.

Have you seen Galavant? Does Monty Python have a classic place in your collection? Are Shawn and Gus your go-to comedy duo?

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