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Relive The Most Memorable Musical Episodes That TV Has To Offer

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Once upon a time, musicals were for the elderly. Back in the day, kids didn't want to watch choreographed song and dance on the television. As "Glee" approaches its 100th episode, it's clear that things have changed, but it didn't all happen overnight.

"Glee" may be the first contemporary television show to be a full-on musical, but many other series have experimented for an episode or two. Some covered hit songs, while others featured original music, but in any case, it's a tough and risky venture. Making characters sing and dance can go horribly wrong.

So, what's next? Sing-a-long lyrics à la "Frozen"? Another musical TV show? A "High School Musical" reunion?

As you eagerly await the next television interpretation of the musical, check out 14 shows that aired particularly memorable musical episodes:

  • 1
    "The Simpsons" - "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious"
    When "The Simpsons" meets "Mary Poppins," you get a lovely rendition of "Cut Every Corner" that is maybe almost better than "Spoonful of Sugar."
  • 2
    "Scrubs" - "My Musical"
    "Scrubs" fans will forever cherish the legendary "My Musical" episode, which contained such awesome musical numbers as "Everything Comes Down To Poo" and "The Rant Song." See more musical numbers from the episode here.
  • 3
    "Community" - "Regional Christmas Music"/"Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas"
    "Community" has incorporated music into several episodes, but the cast held nothing back for the "Regional Christmas Music" and "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" episodes, creating a completely new type of Christmas carol. Listen to more songs from the episodes here.
  • 4
    "That '70s Show" - "That '70s Musical"
    The musical episode of "That '70s Show" happens primarily in Fez's head, because really, who else would daydream in such groovy song and dance? Watch the whole episode here.
  • 5
    "Fringe" - "Brown Betty"
    "Fringe" fans had a blast with "Brown Betty," which Entertainment Weekly called the series' fourth best episode. The episode contained excerpts of nine different songs and nearly every cast member chimed in at least once.
  • 6
    "American Dad" - "Hot Water"
    The "American Dad" episode titled "Hot Water," which revolved around a sexual, talking hot tub, was made even more epic by CeeLo Green's narration. The episode contained such catchy tunes as "Dip A Toe" and "Do Whatever You Like." Listen to more songs from the episode here.
  • 7
    "Psych" - "Psych: The Musical"
    "Psych" pulled out all the stops for its two-hour musical episode, which contains no fewer than 14 original songs. Listen to the full musical lineup here.
  • 8
    "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" - "Once More, with Feeling"
    "Once More, with Feeling" managed to pack 14 original songs into a 50 minute episode and feature the singing voices of all cast members. The music was so well received that it was eventually compiled and sold as a soundtrack. Listen to more tracks from the episode here.
  • 9
    "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" - Magical Mystery Cure"
    The Season 3 finale of "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" featured seven original, adorable and cloyingly sweet songs that were the perfect accompaniment to a land of sparkles, rainbows and smiles. Skip the story and watch all seven numbers, one after another, in this video.
  • 10
    "Grey's Anatomy" - "Song Beneath the Song"
    The musical episode of "Grey's Anatomy" was a serious affair, which featured the cast performing songs that had been featured in previous episodes. Reviews of the episode were mixed. Listen to more songs from the episode here.
  • 11
    "Adventure Time" - "What Was Missing"
    "Adventure Time" hopped on the musical bandwagon with an episode that was full of original songs and hinted at a romantic relationship between Princess Bubblegum and Marceline.
  • 12
    "South Park" - "Elementary School Musical"
    True to form, "South Park" used a musical episode to make fun of the ultra-popular "High School Musical." Watch the whole episode here.
  • 13
    "Futurama" - "Hell is Other Robots"
    To some (or, at least, to Bender), hell is a musical place. In the episode titled "Hell is Other Robots," he travels to the underworld to atone for his sins and is met with song and dance. Watch the entire episode here.
  • 14
    HONORABLE MENTION: "How I Met Your Mother" - "Girls Vs Suits"
    Okay, "Girls Vs. Suits" may not have been a purely musical episode. In fact, it only features one song, Barney's "Nothing Suits Me Like A Suit." We're letting this one count though, because the musical number is nearly a full three minutes long and the whole cast gets in on the action.

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