5 Shows To Check Out This Weekend If You Liked Riz Ahmed’s ‘Sound of Metal’

5 Shows To Check Out This Weekend If You Liked Riz Ahmed’s ‘Sound of Metal’

By Manasi Rawalgaonkar7 April, 2021 2 min read
5 Shows To Check Out This Weekend If You Liked Riz Ahmed’s ‘Sound of Metal’

British Pakistani actor, rapper, musician and activist Riz Ahmed has been in the news recently for making entertainment history. His portrayal of Ruben, a punk-metal drummer and recovering heroin addict struggling with hearing loss in the movie Sound of Metal has earned him an Oscar nomination, making him the first Muslim to be nominated for lead actor. Ahmed spent nearly a year learning American Sign Language and drumming in New York for this role. Sound of Metal, which has received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. If this movie sounds right up your alley, here’s a guide to the best musical dramas streaming on major OTT platforms.

‘The Get Down’

Created by Baz Luhrmann and Stephen Adly Guirgis, The Get Down (pictured above), is a music-driven drama about the birth and rise of hip-hop in New York. Set in 1977, the show follows a bunch of fictional aspiring rappers, DJs and musicians in South Bronx on their quest to make it big. The show also features actors playing real-life musicians such as Grandmaster Flash (Mamoudou Athie), DJ Kool Herc (Eric D Hill Jr) and Afrika Bambaataa (Okieriete Onaodowan).
Creators: Baz Luhrmann, Stephen Adly Guirgis
Cast: Shameik Moore, Justice Smith, Herizen Guardiola, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jaden Smith, Giancarlo Esposito
Streaming on: Netflix
Seasons: 1 (2016)


Empire has everything you need for in a good show about the music industry – fabulous drama, a great soundtrack and Taraji P Henson. The award-winning show chronicles the life of the illustrious Lyon family, owners of the fictional hip hop music company Empire Entertainment. Family patriarch Lucious Lyon’s (Terrence Howard) terminal illness diagnosis leads to a war for inheritance between his three sons and ex-wife Cookie (Taraji P Henson).
Creators: Lee Daniels, Danny Strong
Cast: Terrence Howard, Taraji P Henson, Trai Byers, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y Gray, Gabourey Sidibe
Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar
Seasons: 6 (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)

‘The Eddy’

Academy Award-winning writer-director Damien Chazelle made his foray into television with the eight-part miniseries, The Eddy. Set in Paris, it follows Elliot Undo (Andre Holland), a celebrated American pianist, struggling to keep his jazz club, The Eddy, open after the murder of his best friend and business partner Farid (Tahar Rahim).
Director: Damien Chazelle
Cast: Andre Holland, Tahar Rahim, Leila Bekhti, Randy Kerber, Joanna Kulig, Amandla Stenberg
Streaming on: Netflix
Seasons: 1 (2020)

‘Mozart in the Jungle’

Inspired by oboist Blair Tindall’s memoir Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music, this comedy-drama explores the classical music scene in New York City. It follows Hailey Rutledge (Lola Kirke), a rising oboist at the New York Symphony that has just hired a new, eccentric conductor Rodrigo De Souza (Gael García Bernal).
Creators: Alex Timbers, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman
Cast: Lola Kirke, Gael García Bernal, Saffron Burrows, Bernadette Peters, Malcolm McDowell
Streaming on: Amazon Prime
Seasons: 4 (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)

‘Selena: The Series’

Selena Quintanilla (Christian Serratos) was a young girl with a big voice and bigger dreams. Before her life was tragically cut short, she went on to become the Queen of Tejano Music. This two-part biographical drama explores her meteoric rise to stardom as the most successful female Latin artist of all time. The second part of the series premiers on May 4.
Creator: Moises Zamora
Cast: Christian Serratos, Gabriel Chavarria, Ricardo Chavira, Noemi Gonzalez, Seidy Lopez
Streaming on: Netflix
Seasons: 1 (2020)

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Tags: #Amazon prime #Disney+ Hotstar #Gael García Bernal #Musical Dramas #Netflix #Riz Ahmed #Taraji P. Henson
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