The 10 Most Memorable TV Musical Episodes, AccordingTo Reddit


“Once More, With Feeling”, Buffy The Vampire Slayer‘s musical episode will forever be an evergreen classic within the fandom. Not only did this musical extravaganza break the Buffy genre, but also broke the mold, setting the stage for other shows to pull out the musical experience.

Whether it be original pieces or a jukebox discography, assembling a musical in any capacity is not an easy task. Like every production, the rise or fall of the audience and critics lies in performance execution. Some musical episodes have received a standing ovation, while others were forced to exit stage right, but users of Reddit have voiced the ones that are the most memorable.


10 Scrubs — “My Musical”

Scrubs put a different spin on the medical genre. The show’s prescription was humor in its drama, which involved going outside the box to find a cure for the blues. This Reddit user thinks the season 6 episode “My Musical” it’s not only one of the show’s best episodes but “one of the best musical episodes of any show”.

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The episode incorporates the elements synonymous with Scrubs while branching out into a different mode. “My Musical” is greatly adored for its complete authenticity which includes an original book by the writers from the hit Tony award-winning Broadway musical Avenue Q.

9 It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia — “The Nightman Cometh”

Known for its zany humor and consistent use of improv, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia 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 It’s Always Sunny‘s best episodes, “The Nightman Cometh” personifies The Gang, being a parody musical wrapped in wackiness and poignancy in its obscurity. The season 4 episode was so well received that the cast performed a six-city musical tour in 2009.

8 Lucifer — “Bloody Celestial Karaoke Jam”

In a sixth season run, Lucifer had many musical moments, but the penultimate season would have an entire musical episode. “Bloody Celestial Karaoke Jam” would see covers of such classics as “Just The Two Of Us”, “I Dreamed A Dream”, and “No Scrubs”. Regardless of the over-the-top glitz and glam, Redditor m00c0wcy felt “the song choices and performances didn’t really do anything for me”.

Such a perspective is quite merited. While “Another One Bites The Dust” had smoothly executed choreography, another song selection should have been made due to a less-than-faithful vocal rendition.

7 Riverdale — “Chapter Fifty-One: Big Fun”

Riverdale explored many genres in seven seasons, finding a niche within out of the box 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 garnered some unfavorable reviews from the audience due to poor performances and an overall aesthetic.

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Reddit user terrence_loves_ella says the episode “still gives me nightmares”. Heathers is an example of a classic that should be left alone. Preceding this musical episode would be the ill-fated Heathers TV series, which was canceled after receiving negative reviews.

6 The Magician — “All That Josh”

Similar to Riverdale, The Magicians is another young adult show with dark elements that liked to explore the musical genre from time to time. Unlike the former, the latter’s musical efforts were greatly appreciated. Reddit user GibGabGo thinks that the season 3 episode “All That Josh” had “the best cover of “Under Pressure ” I’ve ever seen”.

The Magicians‘ musical episodes were a treat for fans during the show’s original run. These episodes were coming from a place of sincerity and an attempt to seamlessly tie the story together rather than making a standalone gimmick.

5 Grey’s Anatomy — “Song Beneath A Song”

Powerhouse producer Shonda Rhimes landed on the map with Grey’s Anatomy. In its earlier years, the show was a smart medical drama with accurate knowledge and emotional depth. As the years passed, the grasp of creative straws came in the form of a musical with season 7’s “Song Beneath A Song”.

Regardless of the show’s large following, the overall reaction to the musical was mixed. Reddit user meatball77 felt Grey’s Anatomy: The Music Event suffered from “bad writing, weird execution. Singing during surgery…”. However, critics applauded the portions that held a better balance of the episode’s concept.

4 Oz — “Variety”

Oz is a trailblazer jailhouse drama, paving the way for other prison-based serials such as Prison Break and Orange is the New Black. With such a heavy subject matter, it’s difficult to imagine a show of this caliber having a musical episode entitled “Variety” in season 5.

Reddit user OpeningSorbet thought the Oz musical “was pretty bad”. The motive behind the musical episode was to highlight the talented former Broadway stars within the cast, such as J.K. Simmons and Rita Moreno. Despite mixed reviews, such a valiant effort is highly commendable.

3 SpongeBob SquarePants — “SpongeBob’s Atlantis SquarePantis”

SpongeBob SquarePants is an animated icon, floating alongside his millennial viewers from the playground to adulthood. It isn’t too surprising that the plucky sponge that lives in a pineapple and his sea-critter friends would have a musical episode. Alas, not everybody welcomed the idea.

Reddit user Rarietty thinks season 5’s SpongeBob’s Atlantic SquarePantis is “the worst/weirdest one I’ve watched”. The episode seemed to have been praised more by its target demographic of children rather than their parents. The older generation expressed disappointment over the lack of utilization of the episode’s special guest star, musical legend David Bowie.

2 Psych — “Psych: The Musical”

A police procedural prototype usually entails realism and intensity. Although, one show would be the cheese that stood alone, which was Psych. Through enriching characters and interesting storylines, Psych revitalized the buddy cop genre, being embraced by the masses in the process. In its campiness, a musical episode was only natural, birthing Psych: The Musical in season 7.

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Reddit user Starchild413 wishes Psych: The Musical “could be made into an actual stage musical”. Such a unique attempt was much appreciated by fans. Like Scrubs’ “My Musical”, original song lyrics were created for the episode.

A non-MCU Russo Brothers favorite, Community is unique for revolving around a community college, when most coming-of-age shows have a prestigious university as its setting. Often going outside the box, Community was known for some musical numbers. Reddit user OneGoodRib thinks that season 3’s “Regional Holiday Music” episode did a good job spoofing Glee “without being just heinously mean about it”.

Unlike other shows attempting parodies, Community shines in its transparency. The show is subtle in its spoofing subject while simultaneously highlighting attributes within its own fandom and having some fun-filled songs in the process.

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