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Perfect Harmony is an NBC Sitcom starring Bradley Whitford and Anna Camp that debuted in 2019.

Arthur Cochran is a former Princeton music instructor who recently moved to rural Kentucky as it was his wife's dying wish to be buried in her hometown. Struggling as a widower, he finds himself drunk and contemplating suicide when the horrifically out-of-tune choir of the Second First Church of the Cumberlands distracts him and causes him to angrily stomp into their practice to point out their many flaws.

Realizing that they desperately need help, the choir persuades Arthur to become their new director and giving him a new, if unwanted, purpose in life.

The show co-starred Rizwan Manji, Tymberlee Hill, and Geno Segers. It was cancelled after 1 season.

This series provides examples of:

  • Amicable Exes: Ginny and Wayne are trying desperately to be civil for the sake of Cash, their son. Clashes occur, unfortunately.
  • The Big Guy: Dwayne is by far the largest member of the choir. Wayne can't get him to budge with an angry tackle.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Arthur has a snide remark for every occasion.
  • Dodgy Toupee: Pastor John Magnus wears an obvious wig, which Arthur subtly mocks him for.
  • Easily Forgiven: Wayne becomes furious at learning Dwayne is in love with Ginny, threatening the two's lifelong friendship. However, in the course of a single episode, Wayne forgives Dwayne because he knows how wonderful Ginny is and the two go back to being friends.
  • Faking the Dead: Turns out Adams didn't murder her husband. He just moved out of town to open a drag bar, and she ran with the assumption.
  • Granola Guy: Dwayne is revealed to be a vegan and enjoys hunting for truffles in the woods.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: When first introduced, the choir is horrifically out-of-tune. Arthur soon fixes this by getting the voices into balance and forcing members to sing in their natural ranges.
  • Idiot Ball: Arthur somehow thinks it’s a good idea to tell off his hairstylist in the middle of a dye job rather than wait until it’s over. He ends up with pink hair.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Adams is brusque and short with pretty much everyone. Bu she's also a good friend to Jenny and absolutely adores Cash.
  • Last-Name Basis: Adams is only referred to by her last name.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: The town's rumor mill goes into overdrive claiming Ginny cheated on Wayne. Wayne revels in the female sympathy this nets him but finally has to publicly declare that there was no infidelity in their marriage.
  • One-Steve Limit: Downplayed with Wayne and Dwayne. The fact that they're often together and in love with the same woman can complicate things a bit.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Second First Church of the Cumberlands choir is made up of a group of clashing voices and personalities. Arthur's challenge is to try and get all of them to gel.
  • Rich Bitch: Adams owns a good chunk of Conley Fork and the town's surrounding lands. She's also not above flexing her financial muscle to get her way.
  • Running Gag: At least once an episode, Jax will mention a movie by the name his very strict religious parents called it rather than its actual name, such as Mean Girls Named Heather Go To Hell or All Of This Could Have Been Avoided If Rosemary Had Just Baptised Her Baby. Frequently dips into Overly Long Gag territory.
  • Shout-Out: To Glee, with regular references to upcoming regionals despite the characters not doing much to actually prepare.
  • Worst Aid: Wayne decides to help Dwayne with a cold by pouring a neti pot full of grain alcohol up his friend's nose.