Melissa and Josh are two doctors from New York who have been dating for around four years. When the relationship stalls Melissa decides they should go on a backpacking retreat to rekindle the romance. But when the weather turns bad and they get lost, they end up in Schmigadoon!
Schmigadoon, for those of you unfamiliar with the show, is a magical world that exists in a musical. Yep, you read that right. These two not-so-lovebirds find themselves slap bang in the middle of an old fashioned musical. Based on the likes of Brigadoon and Oklahoma, the residents of Schmigadoon are ready to down tools and sing and dance at the drop of a hat, much to the horror of Melissa and Josh.
With only one way in and out of the town, via a bridge, they also discover that they cannot leave until they have found true love. That's not so difficult, they can just leave together. Can't they?!? Nope. In the world of Schmigadoon!, Melissa (Cecily Strong) and Josh (Keegan-Michael Key) are not soulmates and soon find themselves broken up and trying to make the best of a very unusual situation. With their modern-day approach to life a complete juxtaposition to the life in Schmigadoon!, leaving is not their only problem.
Schmigadoon!, on Apple TV+, is a brilliantly conceived 6-part comedy from Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio and Lorne Michaels. It boasts an incredible cast that features the absolute best from stage and screen including Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Ariana DeBose (Hamilton), Fred Armisen (SNL) and Marton Short. It's sharp and witty and both Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key (Jingle Jangle) shine as two very confused and funny characters who find themselves adrift in an unfamiliar world.
One thing I will say though is that you have to at least like musicals to fully appreciate the show. Most of the songs are very tongue in cheek parody and manage to both pay homage and be quite satirical simultaneously. So if you want to watch a very unique comedy and you don't mind the cast bursting into song every now and then, check out Schmigadoon!