The Best Episodes of Mozart in the Jungle

Last Updated: Oct 26, 2018

Mozart in the Jungle is all about sex, drugs-and classical music-and shows that what happens behind the curtains at the symphony can be just as captivating as what happens on stage. Mozart in the Jungle was written by Oscar-nominated writer and director Roman Coppola, actor and musician Jason Schwartzman, and Tony-nominated writer and director Alex Timbers. The project is based on the memoir Mozart in the Jungle by Blair Tindall.

Opening Night

#1 - Opening Night

Season 1 - Episode 10

After a harsh verdict from Betty, Hailey is ready to give up on her dream. But as the crowd fills the hall for opening night, Betty has gone missing. No one in the orchestra is prepared for what happens next. As their tempestuous new soloist, Ana Maria, goes off the rails, Rodrigo is forced to make a choice.

star 8.26
405 votes
Directors: Paul Weitz
Writers: John Strauss, Paul Weitz
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Dance

#2 - Dance

Season 4 - Episode 10

The premiere Hesby's new piece doesn't go exactly as planned. Hailey recommits herself to the music. Cynthia finds solace in her new endeavors. Rodrigo must make a choice about his role in the orchestra.

star 8.19
125 votes
Directors: Paul Weitz
Writers: Paul Weitz
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You're The Best Or You F'ng Suck

#3 - You're The Best Or You F'ng Suck

Season 3 - Episode 10

The New York Symphony holds auditions and Hailey gets the shot she's been waiting for. Rodrigo learns exactly what it takes to grow the orchestra. Gloria gives Thomas a special gift and Cynthia takes a step into the unknown. Every end is a new beginning.

star 8.02
298 votes
Directors: Paul Weitz
Writers: Paul Weitz
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The Rehearsal

#4 - The Rehearsal

Season 1 - Episode 6

As pressure mounts before the launch of the new season, Rodrigo erupts. His behavior alarms the symphony's business advisor, Edward, who warns Gloria to rein him in - just as her star conductor takes the orchestra on a surprise field trip. In the wake of all the drama, Hailey arrives home to find Alex, wondering why she hasn't returned his calls.

star 8.00
414 votes
Writers: Paula Yoo
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Creative Solutions For Creative Lives

#5 - Creative Solutions For Creative Lives

Season 3 - Episode 9

Rodrigo takes matters into his own hands and tries to get financial assistance for his new musical venture. Preparing for her first time conducting, Hailey faces some unexpected challenges from a difficult composer. Lizzie shines on her big opening night and Thomas shows Gloria how he really feels.

star 7.93
271 votes
Writers: Susan Coyne
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You Go to My Head

#6 - You Go to My Head

Season 1 - Episode 7

At a fundraising gala at an estate, Edward offers a large sum if Rodrigo will play the violin. Rodrigo ups the ante and turns the tables. Hailey runs into Lizzie, and discovers her roommate has been hiding her upper crust roots -- before spending the rest of the night impressing a man with aristocratic credentials of his own.

star 7.91
397 votes
Directors: Roman Coppola
Writers: Adam Brooks, Kate Gersten
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Home

#7 - Home

Season 2 - Episode 10

Things are about to erupt between the board and the orchestra, and Rodrigo prepares to do whatever it takes. As the tables turn with each double cross, no one is safe. Not even the greatest composers in history. The future is uncertain.

star 7.91
325 votes
Directors: Paul Weitz
Writers: Paul Weitz, Kate Gersen, Matt Shire
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How to Make God Laugh

#8 - How to Make God Laugh

Season 2 - Episode 6

Rodrigo shows Hailey HIS Mexico and takes her to a performance of his childhood youth orchestra. Thomas and Gloria meet with Juan Luis Delgado, the richest man in Mexico. Cynthia gets a surprise visitor and ends up in an unexpected position. Maestro Rivera, Rodrigo's mentor, asks him to fulfill a promise.

star 7.90
346 votes
Directors: Roman Coppola
Writers: Stuart Blumberg, Adam Brooks
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Now I Will Sing

#9 - Now I Will Sing

Season 3 - Episode 5

Rodrigo conducts Alessandra in the concert of a lifetime. When the night is over, both of their lives will be forever changed.

star 7.85
311 votes
Directors: Paul Weitz
Writers: Paul Weitz
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The Coach

#10 - The Coach

Season 4 - Episode 5

Rodrigo distracts himself from the Requiem as he dives deeper into coaching Hailey for her big gig. Gloria gets a visit from a famous composer, eager to premiere his latest piece with the NY Symphony, but Thomas thinks his knows of a better fit. Despite doctor's orders, Cynthia returns to playing with renewed vigor.

star 7.79
129 votes
Directors: Azazel Jacobs
Writers: Andrew Pierce Fleming, Matt Kriete
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Circles Within Circles

#11 - Circles Within Circles

Season 3 - Episode 8

Rodrigo loses sleep as he tries to figure out exactly how the orchestra family must evolve for its next chapter. Against better judgment, Gloria introduces Thomas to her parents. Cynthia is finally forced to confront a problem she's been trying her best to ignore.

star 7.77
281 votes
Directors: Tricia Brock
Writers: Noelle Valdivia
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Domo Arigato

#12 - Domo Arigato

Season 4 - Episode 6

Hailey faces off against new peers at the Fukusoft Conducting Competition in Japan. Rodrigo meets a new composer who claims to know more about Mozart than he does. Gloria tries to eclipse Betty in her fight for Fukumoto's attention, and Thomas is reluctantly reunited with an old flame.

star 7.73
125 votes
Directors: Paul Weitz
Writers: [Peter Morris, Paul Weitz
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You Have Insulted Tchaikovsky

#13 - You Have Insulted Tchaikovsky

Season 1 - Episode 4

Gloria hosts a fundraiser to introduce Rodrigo. Hailey is sent to retrieve him and Thomas steps in to perform. When Rodrigo finally arrives to wow the crowd, Thomas can no longer contain himself. But the new maestro isn't enjoying himself -- he's haunted by a message: someone important is coming.

star 7.71
431 votes
Writers: David I. Stern
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La Fiamma

#14 - La Fiamma

Season 3 - Episode 1

With orchestra and management still at odds in New York, Rodrigo arrives in Venice, Italy to conduct the grand return concert of a famous, reclusive opera diva. Hailey takes a European adventure of her own, touring with the Andrew Walsh Ensemble and finding it's not exactly what she had hoped.

star 7.67
369 votes
Directors: Paul Weitz
Writers: Paul Weitz
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Silent Symphony

#15 - Silent Symphony

Season 1 - Episode 3

Alex helps Hailey figure out an easy way to make money, while back at the symphony hall, an older musician collapses when Rodrigo pushes him too hard. After being humiliated by Rodrigo's assistant, Hailey lets off a lifetime of steam, and is caught off guard when Rodrigo makes her an offer.

star 7.65
456 votes
Writers: Mark Steilen
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Symphony of Red Tape

#16 - Symphony of Red Tape

Season 3 - Episode 6

Rodrigo takes extraordinary measures to bring his orchestra family back together. Hailey reunites with Lizzie and finding her friend totally transformed, realizes she must think seriously about what is next for her.

star 7.64
285 votes
Directors: Azazel Jacobs
Writers: Hannah Bos
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The Boyfriend

#17 - The Boyfriend

Season 4 - Episode 1

As Rodrigo and Hailey navigate the status of their new relationship. She gives her Ensemble a fresh direction. Thomas steals Gloria away from work for some afternoon romance. And a world-renowned choreographer (John Cameron Mitchell) invites Rodrigo to collaborate on a new ballet.

star 7.63
169 votes
Directors: Paul Weitz
Writers: Paul Weitz
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Now, Fortissimo!

#18 - Now, Fortissimo!

Season 1 - Episode 9

Rodrigo summons Hailey to drive him upstate to find Ana Maria, explaining that she "makes him alive," exactly what the symphony needs opening night. Back in the city, Cynthia takes some pills for her wrist, and ends up seeing a co-worker in a whole new light. Hailey finds Alex, ready to feel alive.

star 7.62
379 votes
Directors: Daryl Wein
Writers: Alex Timbers
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Pilot

#19 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

Sex, drugs and classical music illustrate what happens behind the curtains at the symphony can be just as captivating as what occurs on stage. Brash new maestro Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal) is stirring things up, and young oboist Hailey (Lola Kirke) hopes for her big chance.

star 7.59
664 votes
Directors: Paul Weitz
Writers: Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Alex Timbers
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My Heart Opens to Your Voice

#20 - My Heart Opens to Your Voice

Season 3 - Episode 3

In a last ditch attempt to resolve the lock out, the Mayor calls the orchestra and management to City Hall for mediation. Rodrigo tries to keep Alessandra focused as the pressure mounts and old demons resurface. Hailey gets a surprising visit from Erik.

star 7.59
323 votes
Writers: Will Graham
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Amusia

#21 - Amusia

Season 2 - Episode 9

Lennox, a guest "enfant terrible" conductor, brings some anger and fury to the orchestra. Thomas battles his oldest demons and hears the crash of his legacy. Rodrigo does everything in his power to keep the world around him from going out of tune. Nina and Cythia disagree on negotiation tactics. Through the chaos, priorities become clearer. Changes will be made.

star 7.59
325 votes
Directors: Paul Weitz
Writers: Kate Gersten, Matt Shire
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We're Not Robots

#22 - We're Not Robots

Season 4 - Episode 7

Rodrigo's calls out for Mozart. The conducting competition heats up for Hailey, despite her early success. In their toughest moments, they reach out for each other. Meanwhile, Gloria and Thomas finally have it out over the secrets they've been keeping.

star 7.58
110 votes
Directors: Azazel Jacobs
Writers: Susan Coyne
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Fifth Chair

#23 - Fifth Chair

Season 1 - Episode 2

Inspired by Hailey's passion, Rodrigo insists that she play with the orchestra, over the objections of Gloria (Bernadette Peters). Veteran maestro Thomas (Malcolm McDowell) tries to rise above his resentment of Rodrigo, only to face more humiliations. Hailey pays a late night visit to Alex, on the eve of her big day -- the moment she's been waiting for.

star 7.57
528 votes
Directors: Paul Weitz
Writers: Paul Weitz, John Strauss
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Avventura Romantica

#24 - Avventura Romantica

Season 3 - Episode 4

Rodrigo faces an unexpected roadblock to the concert. He leaves a very important task in Hailey's hands as he runs off to find his diva. Gloria and Thomas arrive in Venice for Thomas's debut as a classical-turned-electronic music star.

star 7.56
308 votes
Writers: Susan Coyne
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The Modern Piece

#25 - The Modern Piece

Season 3 - Episode 2

Rodrigo pushes Alessandra out of her comfort zone by challenging her traditional repertoire with a new piece. Alessandra makes an intriguing proposition to Hailey. Meanwhile in New York, the orchestra is up in arms about the new tenant in residence at Symphony Hall.

star 7.56
325 votes
Directors: Will Graham
Writers: Kate Gersten
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