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6 Great Musical Episodes From TV Shows

18 January 2017 by Emily Moulder
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Every now and again, TV shows create a musical episode and we get to see our favourite characters suddenly burst into song. Whether they’re under a magical curse, they’re having a musical internal monologue or it’s some kind of fantasy sequence, we love these kinds of special episodes. Here are our top picks for TV shows that have song and dance episodes – tell us your favourites on Twitter with #MusicalTVShows.

1. Scrubs

Avenue Q star Stephanie D’Abruzzo appeared in medical comedy Scrubs as a patient who checks in with a mysterious illness: she hears everything as a musical. JD, Turk, Carla and Dr. Cox all joined appeared singing in musical numbers like ‘Welcome To Sacred Heart‘, ‘Everything Comes Down To Poo‘ and ‘Guy Love‘. If the songs have a familiar feeling, it’s probably because they were written by a team including award winning Avenue Q creators, Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez.

2. The Simpsons

No stranger to adding songs to episodes, The Simpsons send up Mary Poppins perfectly in their episode ‘Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious‘. A magical but lazy nanny called Shary Bobbins comes to help the Simpsons, but their destructive ways soon have a depressing effect on the usually chipper Shary.

3. Buffy The Vampire Slayer

In Buffy The Vampire Slayer‘s episode, ‘Once More With Feeling’, the town of Sunnydale is taken over by a demon who’s making people sing and dance about everything from being a vampire to mustard stains on a shirt. Fun fact: the crazy dancing demon is played by three-time Tony Award winner Hinton Battle.

4. Greys Anatomy

When Doctor Callie Torres (Tony winner Sara Ramirez) is involved in a car crash that puts her and her baby in danger, Greys Anatomy gets a musical makeover as her team try to save her. Check out the video see the cast performing the iconic song ‘How To Save A Life’ by The Fray, made famous by being featured in the very first season.

5. Futurama

In Futurama‘s episode, The Devil’s Hands Are Idle Playthings, the hapless Fry makes a deal with the Robot Devil so that he can create a magnificent opera to impress Leela. Based loosely on the story of Doctor Faustus, the episode was packed with lots of gorgeous songs and music, especially showcasing Katey Sagal‘s singing talents as Leela.

6.  Family Guy

The often controversial animated series, Family Guy, addressed Christmas consumerism and the mystery of Santa Claus in the episode, Road To The North Pole. Baby Stewie (originally based on My Fair Lady‘s Rex Harrison) wants to find Santa at the North Pole and Brian travels with him, wanting to stop him from discovering that Santa isn’t real. They’re surprised to find he is real and he needs their help.

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