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I have to admit, if anyone had told me I'd be reviewing the fourth season of "Mozart in the Jungle," I would have suggested psychotherapy. The comedy-drama is set in the world of classical music; the main characters are a young Mexican conductor and members of the fictional New York Symphony, including a young oboe player; and the show features guest stars like Caroline Shaw, John Cameron Mitchell, Pablo Heras-Casado and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Well, his ghost, anyway. Not exactly what you'd call the makings of a hit show. But the series, whose delicious fourth season is available on Amazon Prime on Friday, Feb. 16, has succeeded not in spite of its quirky creative choices, but entirely because of them.

The series was created by Alex Timbers and cousins Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman, and is based on the memoir by oboist Blair Tindall. Like real-life symphonies, the New York is facing financial challenges and the challenge of how to get younger butts into seats. With conductor Thomas Pembridge (Malcolm McDowell) moving to emeritus status, the orchestra's president, Gloria Windsor (Bernadette Peters), hires a Mexican hotshot named Rodrigo de Souza (Gael García Bernal). The set-up is clearly inspired by the Los Angeles Philharmonic hiring Venezuelan hotshot Gustavo Dudamel a few years ago. Dudamel made a guest appearance in season two.

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