“Daisy Jones & The Six” is the latest American mini-series to premiere on Amazon Prime Video. The documentary-style show is adapted from Taylor Jenkins Reid’s book of the same name and follows “Daisy Jones & The Six,” a rock band at the height of their fame in the 1970s, to their abrupt breakup. The show inquires about the reason behind the split of the beloved band while showcasing the wild and chaotic music scene of that time. The mockumentary style would prompt some audiences to think that the show is based on a real-life story, but that isn’t necessarily the case here as the story is fictional, although major inspirations were said to be drawn from a popular rock band that goes by the name ‘Fleetwood Mac.’ The early reviews of the show have all been positive, and if you are looking for shows similar to “Daisy Jones & the Six,” then check out some of the series listed below.
The Get Down (2016–2017)
Set in the same time period as “Daisy Jones & The Six” while also featuring an emerging band, “The Get Down” derives its inspiration from pioneers of the hip-hop genre such as Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, and many others. The show follows a group of teenagers in The Bronx, NY, who would eventually go on to form the band “The Get Down Brothers,” rejuvenating disco music, which was on its way out while also pioneering the hip-hop genre. The show also focuses on the gang scene in and around the Bronx. “The Get Down” features an up-and-coming cast consisting of Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Herizen F. Guardiola, Skylan Brooks, and Jaden Smith, among many others, and is well-received by the critics and audiences for its vibrant direction, heartfelt story, and colourful presentation.
The film was created by music and film industry legends such as Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, and Rich Cohen and followed Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), a record executive in the 1970s, on a desperate mission to save his record label from going under due to the changing music landscape of the time. Following the classic Scorsese style, the show is filled with drugs and violence. Cannavale is accompanied by stars such as Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, and Paul Ben-Victor, among others. Along with some more Scorsese trademarks, such as a massive New York fetish combined with tracking shots, voiceovers, and flashbacks, the show is also filled with gorgeous 70s set pieces and costumes.
I’m Dying Up Here (2017-2018)
The show follows a group of aspiring stand-up comedians trying to make it big in 1973 Los Angeles. Created by Jim Carrey and David Flebotte, the show features talents such as Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Michael Angarano, Clark Duke, RJ Cyler, and Andrew Santino, among others. Equal parts funny and dramatic, the show delves deep into the lives of its characters, exploring their struggles and backstories. It also follows up on fame and how each person responds to it differently.
Based on Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones’ memoir, “Lonely Boy: Tales From a Sex Pistol,” this British biopic tells the tale of the band’s rise to fame from its humble beginnings. “Pistol” is atmospheric, loud, and transports you back to the frenetic era of the 1970s. The characters are all troubled or flawed in one way or another, be it through drug addiction or childhood trauma. The show spends significant runtime on how the band created the idea and aesthetics of the punk rock genre, with major importance given to the creation of punk fashion. While lacking a certain depth in its storytelling, the show still manages to portray the anger, chaos, and erratic nature of the music scene in the 1970s perfectly.
We Are Lady Parts (2021-)
Written and directed by Nida Manzoor, this British sitcom tells the tale of a punk rock band in London consisting entirely of Muslim women. We see the band taking inspiration from the diverse culture of London. “We Are Lady Parts” serves as one of the few accurate representations of minorities on the silver screen and gives a multi-layered perspective on Islamic culture and the struggles of Islamic individuals who chose to lead a less traditional way of life. The show is praised for its nuanced take on modern Muslim women, along with its witty dialogues and vibrant soundtracks.
“Jonas” follows Kevin Jonas, Nick Jonas, and Joe Jonas as they play fictitious versions of themselves as up-and-coming music stars. The show focuses on their school life, romantic interests, and brotherly relationships. “Jonas” does follow the standard Disney tone, similar to shows like Hannah Montana. But the show manages to keep things interesting, thanks to its abundance of quality humour and the endearing relationship between the brothers.
The Office (2005-2013)
Regarded as one of the best sitcoms of all time, this mockumentary about the daily lives of the employees of a regional branch of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company has been considered one of the funniest shows of all time thanks to its magically perfect balance of comedy and dramatic moments. The humour is what the show is known for, and the characters here play a major role in it. Steve Carell produces wonder with his portrayal of the slightly dumb but endearing regional manager Michael Scott, who manages to add an extra layer of humour with his charisma and mannerisms. The show finds new and unique situations to make you laugh, situations that don’t feel forced at all; this hilariousness is mixed with genuinely endearing relationships, making “The Office” a must-watch.