24 Musical TV Shows to Add to Your Queue Right Now

Perhaps it’s the synchronized choreography. Or maybe it’s the cast’s magical ability to make us randomly break into song. Either way, there’s something endearing about musical TV shows. Whether it’s a teen comedy about high school misfits or a high-stakes drama about navigating the music business, we can always count on these titles to give us the kind of escapism we need—even if they don't always hit the right notes. Keep reading for 24 of the best shows you can stream online right now, from Glee to The Get Down.

20 Best Musicals on Netflix Right Now, from ‘Vivo’ to ‘Hairspray’

1. ‘high School Musical: The Musical: The Series’

  • Who's in it? Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett, Matt Cornett
  • Rating: TV-PG

No, you won’t spot Troy and Gabriella, but this new crew from East High will definitely make you dance. HSMTMTS follows members of the school’s drama club and staff as they prepare for the opening night of their musical. Expect budding romances, catchy original tunes and an equally fabulous male version of Sharpay.

2. ‘schmigadoon!’

  • Who's in it? Keegan-Michael Key, Cecily Strong, Fred Armisen
  • Rating: TV-14

Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key star as a bitter couple in this delightful tribute to Golden Age musicals. To salvage their relationship, Melissa (Strong) and Josh (Key) go on a backpacking trip. But during their journey, they stumble upon a magical town called Schmigadoon, where everyone is stuck in a Golden Age-style musical.

3. ‘crazy Ex-girlfriend’

  • Who's in it? Rachel Bloom, Vincent Rodriguez III, Santino Fontana, Donna Lynne Champlin
  • Rating: TV-14

With a successful job and a cozy Manhattan apartment, Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) is at the top of her game. That is, until she has a chance encounter with one of her exes. On a whim, she decides to ditch her fancy New York lifestyle and relocates to Los Angeles to win her old flame back. But is he worth it?

4. ‘katy Keene’

  • Who's in it? Lucy Hale, Ashleigh Murray, Katherine LaNasa
  • Rating: TV-14

This Riverdale spinoff turns the spotlight on Archie Comics character Katy Keene (Lucy Hale), an aspiring fashion designer in her 20s, as she and her close pals try to make it big in New York City. And like its predecessor, the series features familiar tunes from Carrie and Heathers: The Musical. Ashleigh Murray, Camille Hyde, Jonny Beauchamp, Julia Chan and Lucien Laviscount also star.

5. ‘smash’

  • Who's in it? Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee
  • Rating: TV-14

Get a glimpse of what it takes to put together a Broadway show in this dazzling series, complete with steamy affairs and bitter rivalries. It follows newbie actress Karen (Katharine McPhee), who competes against Broadway veteran Ivy Bell (Megan Hilty) for the title role in an upcoming play about Marilyn Monroe. Prepare to get Jeremy Jordan's "Broadway, Here I Come” stuck in your head.

6. ‘girls5eva’

  • Who's in it? Sara Bareilles, Busy Philipps, Paula Pell
  • Rating: TV-MA

Sara Bareilles, Busy Philipps, Paula Pell and Renée Elise Goldsberry star as a ’90s girl group trying to make their big comeback. Only this time, they must balance their music career with kids, spouses and day jobs. What could possibly go wrong?

7. ‘glee’

  • Who's in it? Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison
  • Rating: TV-PG

Not only does it feature the best mashup covers, but it also does a phenomenal job of balancing humor with deep issues, like teen pregnancy, gun violence and racism. The series follows an unlikely group of McKinley High students, who bond through Glee club as they deal with the harsh realities of high school.

8. ‘rise’

  • Who's in it? Josh Radnor, Marley Shelton, Auli'i Cravalho
  • Rating: TV-14

Inspired by real-life teacher Lou Volpe, who spearheaded a theater program at Harry S. Truman High School in Pennsylvania, Rise follows a passionate English teacher named Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor), who takes charge of his school’s failing drama club and brings it to life, inspiring his students in the process.

9. ‘soundtrack’

  • Who's in it? Paul James, Callie Hernandez, Marianne Jean-Baptiste
  • Rating: TV-MA

From the executive producer of SMASH comes this riveting musical drama, which will definitely tug at the heartstrings. Soundtrack follows the love stories of a diverse group of people in Los Angeles—except their stories are told through music. If you’re into musical greats like Whitney Houston and Dolly Parton, then you’re in for a treat.

10. ‘zoey's Extraordinary Playlist’

  • Who's in it? Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell
  • Rating: TV-14

Zoey Clarke (Jane Levy), a brilliant software developer, discovers that she can hear people’s thoughts in the form of songs after a strange earthquake occurs. From quirky characters and juicy love triangles to perfectly synchronized dance numbers, this show has it all.

11. ‘flight Of The Conchords’

  • Who's in it? Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Rhys Darby
  • Rating: TV-MA

Meet Flight of the Conchords, a New Zealand band who will stop at nothing to find success in the great city of New York. The Emmy Award-winning comedy stars real-life duo Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, along with guest stars like Aziz Ansari, Patton Oswalt and Jim Gaffigan.

12. ‘galavant’

  • Who's in it? Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson, Vinnie Jones
  • Rating: TV-PG

Mallory Jansen, who plays Queen Madalena on the show, summed it up pretty well when she described the musical fairytale as "the bastard child of Monty Python and The Princess Bride." Joshua Sasse stars as Sir Gary Galavant, a charming knight who must defeat the evil King Richard (Timothy Omundson) after he kidnaps his wife.

13. ‘star’

  • Who's in it? Jude Demorest, Brittany O'Grady, Ryan Destiny
  • Rating: TV-14

Set in Atlanta, Star tells the story of three promising young singers as they strive for fame and success in the music industry. The songs are pure gold, and Queen Latifah fans will be happy to know that she steals every single scene.

14. ‘the Get Down’

  • Who's in it? Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Herizen F. Guardiola, Shaylan Brooks
  • Rating: TV-PG

The musical drama documents the rise of hip-hop during the ’70s, as seen through the lens of teenagers living in the South Bronx. Zeke (Justice Smith), a young poet, joins forces with his closest friends to form "The Get Down Brothers," who hope to become the biggest artists in their city.

15. ‘fame’

  • Who's in it? Carlo Imperato, Gene Anthony Ray, Debbie Allen
  • Rating: TV-14

We can’t forget about the iconic musical series that paved the way for practically every other entry on this list. Based on the 1980 film of the same title, Fame follows the lives of students and faculty at the fictional New York City High School for the Performing Arts. Debbie Allen shines as Lydia Grant, a role that earned her four Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe.

16. ‘girls From Ipanema’

  • Who's in it? Maria Casadevall, Pathy Dejesus, Mel Lisboa
  • Rating: TV-MA

This underrated gem revolves around Malu (Maria Casadevall), a young housewife from São Paulo who moves to Rio de Janeiro to be with her husband. But when she learns that he has fled with their money, she decides to pursue a new dream and finds love in the process.

17. ‘julie And The Phantoms’

  • Who's in it? Bruno Sigrist, Fabio Rabello, Marcelo Ferrari
  • Rating: TV-G

Arguably one of the best teen musical comedies ever, Julie and the Phantoms follows Julie Molina (Madison Reyes), a high school musician who inadvertently summons the spirits of a deceased ’90s band and becomes their lead singer. We know, it sounds ridiculous, but it’s got charm and well-rounded characters you can’t help but root for.

18. ‘empire’

  • Who's in it? Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett
  • Rating: TV-14

Two words: Cookie Lyon. From her extravagant style to her no-nonsense attitude, Taraji P. Henson is an absolute joy to watch in this role. Plus, the rest of the cast also bring their A-game. Terrence Howard, Bryshere Y. Gray, Jussie Smollett and Trai Byers all star as power-hungry members of the Lyon family, who fight for control of the Empire entertainment company.

19. ‘go! Live Your Way’

  • Who's in it? Pilar Pascual, José Gimenez Zapiola, Renata Toscano Bruzón
  • Rating: TV-Y7

After scoring a big scholarship, Mía (Pilar Pascual) is thrilled to attend her new workshop at a prestigious school. When she gets off on the wrong foot with the owner’s talented daughter, she realizes that she’ll have to work extra hard to achieve her goals.

20. ‘soy Luna’

  • Who's in it? Karol Sevilla, Ruggero Pasquarelli, Valentina Zenere
  • Rating: TV-G

This Argentine-Mexican telenovela follows a perceptive 16-year-old who’s struggling to adjust to her new life after relocating from Cancún, Mexico to Buenos Aires, Argentina. It’s a fun, family-friendly option that tackles friendship, respect and the importance of following your dreams.

21. ‘blackpool’

  • Who's in it? David Morrissey, Sarah Parish, Thomas Morrison
  • Rating: TV-14

Before they appeared together on Doctor Who’s "The Next Doctor," David Tennant and David Morrissey joined forces for this clever and offbeat drama. In the series, a mysterious murder in a Blackpool arcade leads to an in-depth investigation that slowly unravels the owner and his entire family.

22. ‘vinyl’

  • Who's in it? Bobby Cannavale, Paul Ben-Victor, P.J. Byrne
  • Rating: TV-MA

Here, we follow American Century Records founder and president Richie Finestra (Cannavale) as he tries to revive his label during the ’70s. With punk, disco and hip-hop dominating the music scene, this proves to be a challenge—until one life-changing event sparks an idea.

23. ‘pose’

  • Who's in it? Billy Porter, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore
  • Rating: TV-MA

This insightful series takes a deep dive into on New York ball culture and the LGBTQ community during the '80s and '90s. Expect all the dazzling costumes and a number of captivating performances.

24. ‘the Eddy’

  • Who's in it? André Holland, Joanna Kulig, Leïla Bekhti
  • Rating: TV-MA

When his son passes away, former jazz musician Elliot Udo (André Holland) moves to Paris to run a club called The Eddy. The miniseries briefly explores the backstory of each band member and also speaks to the healing power of music.

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