‘Daisy Jones & The Six’ Is a Must-Watch for Music Lovers and Plays Out Like a Spectacular Documentary

Just like how Lydia Tár is not a real composer, the new Amazon Prime original series, Daisy Jones & The Six, is not about an actual rock band. However, you'll feel convinced this show is based on real-life musicmakers, thanks to the power of its story, adapted from Taylor Jenkins Reid's bestselling novel of the same name.

Daisy Jones & The Six follows the fictional rise and eventual disbandment of a ’70s rock group who love, argue and jam out in a chaotic dynamic that will remind viewers of the lore surrounding Fleetwood Mac. (Unsurprisingly, Reid's book was inspired by the Fleetwood Mac albums she listened to growing up.)

But, because there are no real-life figures to act as the show's basis, the story is able to run free without viewers having to worry about historical accuracy or a proper portrayal of their beloved musical icons. And based on the first episode, this miniseries is a breezy, intriguing journey, buoyed by powerful performances from leads Riley Keough, Camila Morrone and Sam Claflin. Keep reading to see why Daisy Jones & The Six is a must-watch for music lovers.

To make Daisy Jones & The Six feel more realistic, the show is told in a documentary-style format, like one of those Dan Rather interviews you might catch on AXS TV. At the beginning, a title card pops up, revealing that it's been 20 years since Daisy Jones & The Six broke up, and for the first time ever, each member of the band is sitting down for an exclusive interview to explain what *really* went down after their final performance. Dun dun dunnn.

As each of the members offer their memories, we flash back and forth in time, learning just how this famous band came to be. In a narrative format similar to shows like Yellowjackets, we're given just enough information to be intrigued, while still constantly searching for new pieces of the puzzle. We're rewarded by watching as the two separate timelines slowly converge.

Still from 'Daisy Jones and The Six.'
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Daisy Jones feels like an homage to the seventies, from the bell bottoms the characters wear to the type of music they want to perform. Similar to how Stranger Things fully embraced the ’80s aesthetic, Daisy Jones will feel like a comfy blip back in time for viewers who grew up during this distinctive era, while also acting as an exciting portal for younger viewers who never lived it themselves.

However, this musical drama doesn't only stand out only for its impressive props and accurate wardrobe. The ensemble also breathe life into their individual vignettes. We watch Daisy's (Keough) lyrical mastery get questioned by everyone from her lovers to her mother, while brothers Billy (Claflin) and Graham (Will Harrison) use their father's abandonment as a vehicle to drive them closer together. Meanwhile, we watch Camila (Morrone) make the tough decision to leave her family and follow her boyfriend as he chases his dreams, but realize that she shouldn't be giving up her own.

Still from 'Daisy Jones.'
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This miniseries is a love letter to audiophiles, and if you consider yourself someone who devours musical memoirs like Patti Smith's Just Kids, or someone whose vinyl collection only continues to grow in 2023, then you'll likely love this show.

And the best part? The original music in the series is über-catchy, so much so that you truly believe these artists could chart their way to the top. Much like how those Glee covers used to trend every week on iTunes charts, we wouldn't be surprised if the original tracks in Daisy Jones find their way into TikTok videos and springtime Spotify playlists.

But, if there's one complaint about Daisy Jones, it's that there's been an influx of musical biopics recently, like Elvis, Respect, Bohemian Rhapsody and even more to come. So, we wouldn't blame viewers for getting tired of this type of storytelling. However, because the show is fictional, it offers a detour away from the usual format, and thanks to its popular source material, it will hopefully be enough to attract audiences.

Still from 'Daisy Jones.'
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PureWow Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Daisy Jones & The Six is a tribute to the ’70s and a gift for music fans who are engrossed by backstage tales. Thanks to its groovy aesthetic, powerful performances and catchy bops, this miniseries will surely have viewers buzzing (and humming along), even if they may be a little weary of biopic-style stories at this point.

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Associate Editor, News and Entertainment

Joel is the Associate Editor for News & Entertainment and has been reporting on all things pop culture for over 5 years. Before working at PureWow, he served as a Features...