Mozart in the Jungle

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  • TV-MA
  • 2014
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.8  (1,395)

Mozart in the Jungle is a television series on Amazon Studios that is a perfect example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Based on a memoir by Blair Tindall, the show follows the highs and lows of various characters within the New York classical music scene, touching on their personal relationships, complications of aging, and ongoing struggles for artistic recognition. It premiered in 2014 and ran for four seasons, garnering numerous awards and critical acclaim.

The show stars Lola Kirke as Hailey Rutledge, a young oboist who aspires to join the prestigious New York Symphony. Saffron Burrows plays Cynthia Taylor, the Symphony's outgoing and eccentric cellist, while Peter Vack portrays Alex Merriweather, a brooding crew member who sees himself as an unsung genius. Behind them are numerous other characters played by a talented ensemble cast, each of whom has their own backstory and motivations that contribute to the overall level of drama and levity within the series.

At the core of the show is the character of Rodrigo De Souza, played by Gael Garcia Bernal. Rodrigo is a hotshot conductor who is brought in to lead the New York Symphony, causing a stir within the group with his unconventional methods and penchant for group meditation. Initially, Rodrigo and Hailey have little contact, but over time their paths cross more and more as they each try to navigate tricky situations in their respective careers.

Mozart in the Jungle is a show that balances its musical and dramatic elements with ease, never feeling too heavy or overwhelming despite the high emotional stakes of many of the plotlines. While some viewers may find the narratives a bit predictable or the characters a bit stereotypical, overall the level of writing and acting is engaging enough to keep things interesting.

One of the biggest strengths of the show is its ability to balance between character-driven and plot-driven elements. Though there are some overarching storylines that carry through all four seasons (such as the ongoing debate over the future of the Symphony itself), most of the episodes revolve around more contained scenarios that allow the characters to shine. Some standout moments include Hailey's attempts to audition for a spot in the Symphony, Alex's experimentation with electronic music, and Rodrigo's efforts to stage a concert in Rikers Island.

Another element of the show that sets it apart from other series about musicians is its sense of humor. Though there are definitely moments of tension and drama (especially in the later seasons), overall the show has a lightheartedness and whimsy that makes it feel like a refreshing antidote to other shows with more intense, somber tones. The dialogue is witty and sharp, and the situations that the characters find themselves in often veer on the absurd (in a good way).

Of course, perhaps the most impressive aspect of Mozart in the Jungle is its commitment to showcasing and celebrating classical music. Whether it's Rodrigo conducting a sweeping rendition of Beethoven's 5th or Hailey playing a haunting solo piece on her oboe, the show makes sure to highlight the beauty and complexity of the music that its characters are striving to master. It's not often that a TV show can make you feel genuinely excited about symphonies and concertos, but Mozart in the Jungle manages to pull it off with aplomb.

Overall, Mozart in the Jungle is a charming and engaging show that balances its various elements with grace and humor. The characters are likable and relatable, the music is stunning, and the overall arc of the show is satisfying and entertaining. Whether you're a classical music aficionado or just looking for a smart and entertaining show to binge-watch, Mozart in the Jungle is definitely worth checking out.

Mozart in the Jungle is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (40 episodes). The series first aired on February 6, 2014.

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10. Dance
February 16, 2018
The premiere Hesby's new piece doesn't go exactly as planned. Hailey recommits herself to the music. Cynthia finds solace in her new endeavors. Rodrigo must make a choice about his role in the orchestra.
I Want You To Think Of Me
9. I Want You To Think Of Me
February 16, 2018
Rodrigo and Hailey return home to find their lives changed. Meanwhile, Gloria and Thomas are back too, but it's business as usual with them as the showdown over Hesby's piece intensifies.
Ichi Go Ichi E
8. Ichi Go Ichi E
February 16, 2018
Before saying goodbye to Japan, Rodrigo and Hailey experience a tea ceremony.
We're Not Robots
7. We're Not Robots
February 16, 2018
Rodrigo's calls out for Mozart. The conducting competition heats up for Hailey, despite her early success. In their toughest moments, they reach out for each other. Meanwhile, Gloria and Thomas finally have it out over the secrets they've been keeping.
Domo Arigato
6. Domo Arigato
February 16, 2018
Hailey faces off against new peers at the Fukusoft Conducting Competition in Japan. Rodrigo meets a new composer who claims to know more about Mozart than he does. Gloria tries to eclipse Betty in her fight for Fukumoto's attention, and Thomas is reluctantly reunited with an old flame.
The Coach
5. The Coach
February 16, 2018
Rodrigo distracts himself from the Requiem as he dives deeper into coaching Hailey for her big gig. Gloria gets a visit from a famous composer, eager to premiere his latest piece with the NY Symphony, but Thomas thinks his knows of a better fit. Despite doctor's orders, Cynthia returns to playing with renewed vigor.
An Honest Ghost
4. An Honest Ghost
February 16, 2018
On a mission to talk to Mozart, Rodrigo visits an unusual classical music collector (Michael Emerson) who might have what he needs. Hailey gets an exciting conducting opportunity, but has to prove she is up for the challenge. Thomas discovers the missing ingredient for the Queens Phil and invites Cynthia along for the ride.
Significant Lover
3. Significant Lover
February 16, 2018
After a disastrous night at the NY Symphony, Gloria finds herself in a PR whirlwind, having to re-secure a major donor. Rodrigo becomes fascinated with the ballet, while Hailey tries to make some professional connections without his help.
If I Was An Elf, I Would Tell You
2. If I Was An Elf, I Would Tell You
February 16, 2018
Hailey returns home to North Carolina to teach a master class at her high school and finds her parents have some surprising news. Gloria gloats about a very important guest set to visit the NY Symphony and Thomas gets a visit from a fan with an intriguing offer.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
February 16, 2018
As Rodrigo and Hailey navigate the status of their new relationship. She gives her Ensemble a fresh direction. Thomas steals Gloria away from work for some afternoon romance. And a world-renowned choreographer (John Cameron Mitchell) invites Rodrigo to collaborate on a new ballet.
Where to Watch Mozart in the Jungle
Mozart in the Jungle is available for streaming on the Amazon Studios website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Mozart in the Jungle on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    February 6, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (1,395)