Wonderful show. It took me a long time to watch it, because the early reviews gave me the impression that this would be just another show with characters who are addicted to sex and drugs and horrible to each other, and a temperamental maniac of a conductor. Or, like that ballet show on Starz, so messed up and poverty stricken that they end up, not only addicted to sex and drugs and horrible to each other, but becoming strippers and prostitutes to make ends meet.
Mozart in the Jungle is the none of those things. It's a gentle comedy about world-class musicians who are dedicated to their music, actually seem to like each other, and while they have their occasional disagreements, are mostly kind to each other. The drugs so far are very minimal, and mostly related to a cello player's pain killer for her injured hand. The sex has been low key, firmly rooted in plot and character, and we're not subjected to long, explicit scenes more appropriate to porn channels (unlike most cable show these days),
The music is beautiful, always new pieces every week and nicely woven into the plot. It's mostly classical, but also some modern and Latin pieces. I love classical music, but for those who don't, there's never so much that you will get tired of it. More like a tantalizing taste to give you an idea why some people find classical music so transcendent, that might have you looking up the pieces online to listen to more. The Amazon app tells you what pieces are playing, which is a great added feature.
The characters are so engaging, you end up liking even the more curmudgeonly ones. The new maestro is amazing. He's supposed to be sort of a rock star in the classical world, but he's a sweet and kind and devoted to music and making the orchestra great. The old maestro, who has been replaced, is also sort of a lovable guy. Hailey, the oboist who becomes the maestro's assistant, is wonderful, and you can't help rooting for her.
This is a quiet comedy full of beautiful music, some sweet romantic moments, and likeable characters.