It’s always enjoyable to see our favourite characters step out of their usual scene and step into a pair of dancing shoes. They say your show isn’t complete without one episode dedicated to musical numbers.
Today we’re going to look at five of the best musical specials and the stand out tracks they gave us.
That 70’s Show – That 70’s Musical
The 100th episode of the series was definitely a special one. Fez gets a part in the school’s musical, but is worried that the rest of the gang won’t show up to support him.
Throughout the episode, he daydreams about him and his friends performing hit songs from the 70’s. This jukebox musical includes iconic hits from bands such as The Everly Brothers and Peaches and Herbs.
Song of the episode: ‘The Joker’ – Laura Prepon, Danny Masterson, Topher Grace and Ashton Kutcher
Community – Regional Holiday Music
One by one, the Greendale study group are pulled into the Christmas pageant in this parody of Glee. The show’s writer Dan Harmon has never been subtle about his dislike for Glee and this episode does a perfect job of poking fun at the campy show. Pierce’s repeated unanswered question, “What the hell are Regionals?” is a highlight of the references to the Fox show.
Song of the episode: ‘Christmas Infiltration’ – Donald Glover and Danny Pudi
Futurama – The Devil’s Hands are Idle Playthings
The technical final episode of this hugely succesful cartoon, this musical special is loosely based on the German legend of Faust. While trying to impress Leela by playing the holophonor, Fry ends up switching his hands with the Robot Devil. The episode follows the Robot Devil on his quest to get his hands back.
Song of the episode: ‘Leela: Orphan of the Stars’ – Ken Keeler
Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Once More With Feeling
Of course Joss Whedon would use a musical to bring about one of the most emotional episodes of Buffy. The Scooby Gang (and the rest of Sunnydale) are trapped in a “whacky, broadway nightmare”, unable to stop singing and dancing. Throughout the episode, many plots involving the relationships between characters are addressed through catchy and sometimes heartbreaking numbers.
Song of the episode: ‘Standing’ – Anthony Stewart Head
Scrubs – My Musical
Of course we had to mention ‘My Musical’. Elaborate dance numbers, broadway guest star Stephanie D’Abruzzo and obviously, Dr. Cox’s rant song. The doctors of Sacred Heart tend to patient, Patti Miller, who hears everybody’s speech as song. The episode even included music written by Avenue Q‘s Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez.
Song of the episode: ‘Guy Love’ – Zach Braff and Donald Faison
Which is your favourite TV musical episode and song? Let us know!