So begins the tale of Galavant , a short-lived ABC TV series that ran in and somehow returned for an even longer second season the following year. The show starts by setting up a classic fairy-tale story in its impossibly earworm-y opening number — Galavant is a gallant knight, riding to save his beloved Madalena from the clutches wicked King Richard — and then promptly blows the entire premise to bits.
What follows are a few hours of fantasy-fueled musical comedy. There are jousts. There are sword fights. There are a variety of guest cameos. And of course, there are lot of enjoyable tunes, which range from clever to impossible to get out of your head. Season 2 takes everything further: more songs, more episodes, more off-kilter fairy-tale wackiness.
ABC also took a page out the book of the far more popular Glee , releasing songs individually on iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube in the hopes that social media buzz might help lead to more success for the series. It also means that all the music is available to listen to, which you will mostly likely want to do after watching Galavant. That the show even got renewed at all is a wild story. ABC had so little faith in the series that the eight-episode season was actually condensed into four weeks, with two episodes airing each Sunday.
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