“Once again, with emotion”, buffy the vampire slayerThe musical episode of will forever be a timeless classic within the fandom. Not only did this musical extravaganza break the buffy genre, but also broke the mould, paving the way for other shows to pull the musical experience.
Whether it’s original pieces or a jukebox discography, putting together a musical in any capacity is no easy task. Like any production, the rise or fall of audiences and critics lies in the execution of the performance. Some musical episodes received a standing ovation, while others were forced off the stage, but users of Reddit voiced those who are most memorable.
ten Scrubs – “My Musical”
Scrubs put a different spin on the medical genre. The show’s prescription was humor in its drama, which involved thinking outside the box to find a cure for the blues. This Reddit user thinks the Season 6 episode “My Musical” is not just one of the best episodes of the show, but “one of the best musical episodes of any show.”
The episode incorporates elements synonymous with Scrubs while branching out in a different mode. “My Musical” is highly praised for its complete authenticity that includes an original book from the writers of the Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical. Avenue Q.
9 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – “The Nightman Cometh”
Known for his wacky humor and constant use of improvisation, Philadelphia is always sunny has amassed a cult following since its 2005 debut and is now the longest-running live-action sitcom in television history. In 15 seasons, they even had a musical episode. Redditor _andpeggy_ declares “The Nightman Cometh” as “the only right answer for Best Musical”.
One of The weather is always goodBest Episodes of “The Nightman Cometh” personifies The Gang, being a parody musical shrouded in madness and poignant in its darkness. The season 4 episode was so well received that the cast went on a six-city musical tour in 2009.
8 Lucifer – “Bloody Celestial Karaoke Jam”
In a sixth season, Lucifer had many musical moments, but the penultimate season would have an entire musical episode. “Bloody Celestial Karaoke Jam” would see covers of classics such as “Just The Two Of Us”, “I Dreamed A Dream” and “No Scrubs”. Regardless of the over-the-top glitz and glamour, Redditor m00c0wcy opined that “the song choices and performances really didn’t do anything for me.”
Such a perspective is well deserved. While “Another One Bites The Dust” had smoothly executed choreography, another selection of songs should have been made due to less than faithful vocal rendition.
seven Riverdale – “Chapter Fifty-One: Big Fun”
Riverdale explored many genres over seven seasons, finding a niche in off-the-shelf musicals. The show’s second musical episode “Chapter Fifty-One: Big Fun” revolved around the book of Heathers: The Musical, based on the 1988 film of the same name. Unfortunately, the episode received unfavorable reviews from audiences due to poor performances and overall aesthetics.
Reddit user terrence_loves_ella says the episode “still gives me nightmares”. Heathers is an example of a classic that should be left alone. To precede this musical episode would be the unfortunate Heathers TV series, which was canceled after receiving negative reviews.
6 The Magician – “All That Josh”
Similar to Riverdale, magicians is another young adult show with dark elements that enjoyed exploring the musical genre from time to time. Unlike the first, the musical efforts of the second were greatly appreciated. Reddit user GibGabGo thinks the Season 3 episode “All That Josh” had “the best ‘Under Pressure’ cover I’ve ever seen”.
magicians‘ The musical episodes were a treat for fans during the show’s original run. These episodes came from a place of sincerity and an attempt to tie the story together seamlessly rather than create a standalone gimmick.
5 Grey’s Anatomy – “Song Under a Song”
Powerhouse producer Shonda Rhimes landed on the card with Grey’s Anatomy. In its early years, the show was a clever medical drama with precise knowledge and emotional depth. Over the years, the take on creative straws has come in the form of a musical with Season 7’s “Song Beneath A Song.”
Regardless of the show’s large audience, overall reaction to the musical has been mixed. Reddit user meatball77 felt Grey’s Anatomy: the musical event suffered from “poor writing, weird execution. Singing during surgery…”. However, critics applauded the parts that presented a better balance of the episode’s concept.
4 Oz – “Variety”
ounces is a pioneering prison drama, paving the way for other prison series such as Prison Break and Orange is the new black. With such a heavy subject matter, it’s hard to imagine a show of this caliber having a musical episode titled “Variety” in Season 5.
Reddit user OpeningSorbet thought the ounces the musical “was pretty bad”. The motive for the musical episode was to showcase talented former Broadway stars within the cast, such as JK Simmons and Rita Moreno. Despite mixed reviews, such a valiant effort is highly commendable.
3 SpongeBob SquarePants – “SpongeBob’s Atlantis SquarePantis”
Sponge Bob SquarePants is an animated icon, floating alongside its millennial viewers from playground to adulthood. It’s not too surprising that the spunky sponge that lives in a pineapple and his sea creature friends are getting a musical episode. Alas, not everyone liked the idea.
Reddit user Rarietty thinks about Season 5 Spongebob’s Atlantic SquarePantis is “the worst/weirdest thing I’ve watched”. The episode seems to have been enjoyed more by its target population of children than by their parents. The older generation expressed disappointment at the lack of use of the episode’s special guest star, music legend David Bowie.
2 Psych – “Psych: The Musical”
A police procedural prototype usually involves realism and intensity. Although, a show would be the cheese that stood alone, that was Psych. Through enriching characters and interesting plots, Psych revitalized the buddy cop genre, being embraced by the masses in the process. In its campitude, a musical episode was only natural, giving birth Psych: The Musical in season 7.
Reddit user Starchild413 wants Psych: The Musical “could be turned into a real musical”. Such a unique attempt was highly praised by fans. As Scrubs’ “My Musical”, original song lyrics were created for the episode.
A non-MCU favorite Russo Brothers, Community is unique for revolving around a community college, whereas most coming-of-age shows have a prestigious university as their setting. Often going off the beaten track, Community was known for certain musical numbers. Reddit user OneGoodRib thinks Season 3’s “Regional Holiday Music” episode did a good job of spoofing Joy “without just being hatefully mean about it”.
Unlike other shows that attempt parodies, Community shines in its transparency. The show is subtle in its impersonation subject matter while simultaneously highlighting the attributes of its own fandom and having fun songs in the process.
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