Galavant

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Galavant
Galavant Intertitle.png
Genre Comedy
Musical
Created by Dan Fogelman
Starring Joshua Sasse
Timothy Omundson
Vinnie Jones
Mallory Jansen
Karen David
Luke Youngblood
Narrated by Ben Presley
Theme music composer Alan Menken
Composer(s) Alan Menken
Christopher Lennertz
Glenn Slater
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Dan Fogelman
Alan Menken
Glenn Slater
Chris Koch
Kat Likkel
John Hoberg
Producer(s) Marshall Boone
Helen Flint
Editor(s) David L. Bertman
Cinematography Chris Seager
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) River Studios
ABC Studios
Rhode Island Ave.
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format 720p (16:9 HDTV)
Original run January 4, 2015 (2015-01-04) – present
External links
Official website

Galavant is an American fairy tale-themed musical comedy television series that was created, written, and executive produced by Dan Fogelman with executive producers Alan Menken, Glenn Slater (both also serving as songwriters and composers), Chris Koch (who is also a director), and Kat Likkel & John Hoberg (also serving as writers) for ABC Studios.[1]

The series debuted on ABC during the 2014–15 television season as the mid-season fill-in for Once Upon a Time.[2] The first season consisted of eight episodes which aired over four weeks, as ABC had scheduled two episodes per Sunday. The series reunites Fogelman, Menken, and Slater, who had worked together on the 2010 animated film Tangled (produced by ABC's corporate sibling Walt Disney Animation Studios).[3]

A teaser trailer debuted on September 28, 2014 on ABC during the Once Upon A Time season premiere, which described the series as a four-week "comedy extravaganza" that would air in January 2015. On November 5, 2014, ABC announced that the series would air on Sundays at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 p.m. Central starting January 4, 2015.[4]

Plot[edit]

The series follows the adventures of Galavant, a dashing knight hero down on his luck who is determined to reclaim his reputation and his "Happily Ever After" by going after the evil King Richard, who ruined it the moment he stole the love of Galavant's life, Madalena. He is assisted by Princess Isabella, whose kingdom of Valencia Richard has conquered, and Sid, his squire. Meanwhile, the murderous but weak-willed Richard tries to win over the scheming Madalena. The episodes chronicle Galavant's journeys (and the twists and turns that go along with them) through musical numbers composed and written by Menken and Slater.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

  • Ben Presley as Steve Mackenzie, the Jester and the Narrator[5]
  • Darren Evans as Chef Vincenzo[5][6]
  • Stanley Townsend as the King of Valencia[5]
  • Genevieve Allenbury as the Queen of Valencia[7]

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" Chris Koch Dan Fogelman January 4, 2015 (2015-01-04) 101 7.42[15]
After Madalena dumps Galavant for King Richard, Princess Isabella tries to bring him out of his drunken state to save her kingdom.
2 "Joust Friends" Chris Koch Dan Fogelman January 4, 2015 (2015-01-04) 102 7.42[15]
Galavant and Isabella train for a local joust, where Galavant will face his old rival, Sir Jean Hamm. Meanwhile, King Richard tries to "man up" to get Madalena's approval.
3 "Two Balls" Chris Koch Dan Fogelman January 11, 2015 (2015-01-11) 103 4.11[16]
A trip to Sid's hometown proves he has not been truthful; King Richard throws a ball for the people of Valencia.
4 "Comedy Gold" John Fortenberry Kat Likkel & John Hoberg January 11, 2015 (2015-01-11) 104 4.11[16]
Galavant, Isabella and Sid must learn to see past their petty arguments and work together when captured by stranded pirates; King Richard enlists the Jester to help him be funnier.
5 "Completely Mad...Alena" John Fortenberry Casey Johnson & David Windsor January 18, 2015 (2015-01-18) 105 3.42[17]
Galavant, Isabella and Sid arrive at the castle, only to be captured; Galavant realizes Isabella has betrayed him; Madalena decides to take control of the kingdom.
6 "Dungeons and Dragon Lady" James Griffiths Kirker Butler January 18, 2015 (2015-01-18) 106 3.42[17]
Galavant forgives Isabella and they admit a mutual attraction; Chef takes King Richard to see a wizard in order to find out the reason for his psychological problems; Madalena calls Richard's older brother Kingsley to usurp the throne.
7 "My Cousin Izzy" Chris Koch Scott Weinger January 25, 2015 (2015-01-25) 107 4.37[18]
Richard and Kingsley agree to fight a duel, but with Galavant fighting for Richard and Gareth fighting for Kingsley; Isabella's cousin Harry shows up to rescue everyone and reveals that, though only a child, he's betrothed to Isabella; Chef and Gwynne plot to poison the royals.
8 "It's All in the Executions" Chris Koch Kristin Newman January 25, 2015 (2015-01-25) 108 4.37[18]
Galavant and Richard plot to assassinate Kingsley but are caught; Gareth helps Richard and Galavant escape with the agreement that Gareth will look after Galavant's friends and Galavant will look after Richard; Gareth allows Isabella, her parents, Chef, Gwynne, and the Jester to escape but keeps Sid as a hostage; Madalena stabs Kingsley in the back and offers Gareth the throne; Isabella seeks asylum with Harry, who locks her in a giant dollhouse.

Music[edit]

Songs[edit]

The following songs featured on Galavant are performed by the Galavant cast, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater.[19]

No. Episode Song Name
1 "Pilot" Galavant
Galavant Rides
Galavant (Isabella Reprise)
She'll Be Mine
Galavant Wrap-Up
2 "Joust Friends" Hero's Journey
Stand Up
Maybe You're Not the Worst Thing Ever
3 "Two Balls" Previously On Galavant
Oy! What a Knight
Jackass in a Can
Dance Until You Die
4 "Comedy Gold" Togetherness
Comedy Gold
Lords of the Sea
Togetherness (Reprise)
5 "Completely Mad...Alena" Galavant Gallivants
No One But You
Hey, Hey, We're the Monks
If I Could Share My Life With You
Hey, Hey, We're the Monks (Reprise)
6 "Dungeons and Dragon Lady" I Love You (As Much As Someone Like Me Can Love Anyone)
A Day in Richard's Life
Love Is Strange
7 "My Cousin Izzy" Moment in the Sun #1
Moment in the Sun #2
A Happy Ending For Us
Moment in the Sun #3
Moment in the Sun #4
Moment in the Sun #5
8 "It's All in the Executions" Galavant Finale
Goodnight My Friend (Short)
Secret Mission
Goodnight My Friend
Goodnight My Friend (Reprise)

Soundtrack[edit]

An official soundtrack was released on iTunes on January 19, 2015.[20]

All songs written and composed by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. 

No. Title Performers Length
1. "Galavant"   Ben Presley and the Cast of Galavant 2:21
2. "She'll Be Mine"   Timothy Omundson, Vinnie Jones, and the Cast of Galavant 2:11
3. "Maybe You're Not the Worst Thing Ever"   Timothy Omundson, Mallory Jansen, Karen David, and Joshua Sasse 1:42
4. "Oy! What a Knight"   Faith Prince, Michael Brandon, Luke Youngblood, Karen David, and the Cast of Galavant 1:52
5. "Jackass in a Can"   Joshua Sasse and the Cast of Galavant 1:44
6. "Togetherness"   Joshua Sasse, Luke Youngblood, and Karen David 2:23
7. "Comedy Gold"   Ben Presley and Timothy Omundson 2:21
8. "Lords of the Sea (feat.Hugh Bonneville)"   Cast of Galavant 1:46
9. "No One But You"   Mallory Jansen 2:00
10. "Hey, Hey, We're the Monks (feat. "Weird Al" Yankovic)"   Cast of Galavant 1:16
11. "If I Could Share My Life With You"   Darren Evans and Sophie McShera 2:20
12. "A Day in Richard's Life (feat. Ricky Gervais)"   Cast of Galavant 2:47
13. "Love Is Strange"   Karen David and Joshua Sasse 1:43
14. "Goodnight My Friend"   Timothy Omundson 2:20

Reception[edit]

Galavant has received generally positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show holds a rating of 84%, based on 24 reviews, with an average rating of 7.1/10. The sites critical consensus reads, "While the jokes in Galavant ride the line of predictability, their execution, along with campy themes and silly musical numbers, make it memorably entertaining."[21] On Metacritic, the show has a score of 61 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[22]

The New York Times‍ '​ Neil Genzlinger gave it a mixed response saying, "Despite some amusing bits and clever songs, it's only occasionally as much fun as it ought to be."[23] Brian Lowry of Variety gave it a mostly positive review saying, "Owing a strong debt to Monty Python and a lesser one to spoofs like 'When Things Were Rotten,' 'Galavant' largely overcomes the challenges that have traditionally bedeviled TV musicals with rambunctious energy, cheeky lyrics and music, and — significantly — a half-hour format, thus condensing the need to create songs into a manageable task."[24]

TV Line's Matt Webb Mitovich wrote, "With some resignation, given a colleague’s 'meh' reaction to the pilot, I finally cued up Galavant… and found myself binge-watching the six episodes available to me. (And I seldom binge anything.) That’s why I think ABC is smart to double-pump episodes, because yes, the plot progression is a bit slow, pausing as it does to allow for song-and-dance numbers and vamping by the more colorful characters (the king included). You’ll want two at a time to come away satisfied."[25] Alan Sepinwall of HitFix, however, was more negative, writing, "...the whole is less than the sum of its comic and musical parts."[26]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" January 4, 2015 (2015-01-04) 2.0/5[15] 7.42[15] 0.9 2.53 2.9 9.95[27]
2 "Joust Friends" January 4, 2015 (2015-01-04) 2.0/5[15] 7.42[15] 0.9 2.53 2.9 9.95[27]
3 "Two Balls" January 11, 2015 (2015-01-11) 1.3/3[16] 4.11[16] TBA TBA TBA TBA
4 "Comedy Gold" January 11, 2015 (2015-01-11) 1.3/3[16] 4.11[16] TBA TBA TBA TBA
5 "Completely Mad...Alena" January 18, 2015 (2015-01-18) 0.9/2[17] 3.42[17] 0.6 TBA 1.5[28] TBA
6 "Dungeons and Dragon Lady" January 18, 2015 (2015-01-18) 0.9/2[17] 3.42[17] 0.6 TBA 1.5[28] TBA
7 "My Cousin Izzy" January 25, 2015 (2015-01-25) 1.1/3[18] 4.37[18] TBA TBA TBA TBA
8 "It's All in the Executions" January 25, 2015 (2015-01-25) 1.1/3[18] 4.37[18] TBA TBA TBA TBA

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