You prob’ly can’t tell, but I’m singing right now.
You may want to know why, but the question is how?
Seems that singing in prose is just writin’ a poem,
So let’s cut straight to the chase and bring this sucker home.

Dating back to the earliest days of TV,
A number of tropes turn up repeatedly.
The musical episode concept repeats,
From Gilligan’s arias to Buffy’s backbeats.

Many of our TV friends show off hidden talent
(At the cost of our disbelief being suspen’t)
Even if that conceit makes the listeners leery.
Thus, in turn, we consider a lyrical query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) was going to be a singer, but was raised by an English teacher and couldn’t get past “ain’t no one for to give ya no pain,” asking: What’s your favorite musical episode of a not-normally musical property?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. Frank
    January 5, 2014 at 12:25 pm — Reply

    I have heard great things about the Buffy episode, but never saw it, but I absolutely loved the Music Meister episode of BATB.

  2. Kirby
    January 5, 2014 at 1:09 pm — Reply

    It’s a big stretch, but South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut to the rest of the series. I know a movie, but it’s still part of the canon.

    • January 5, 2014 at 6:17 pm — Reply

      Not a stretch at all, it’s exactly what we’re talking about. :)

  3. Shush
    January 5, 2014 at 2:21 pm — Reply

    Since the criteria is a musical episode from something that isn’t normally a musical, the pickings are slim. Since the Music Meister episode has already been cited, I’ll vote for the Simpsons parody ‘The Music Man.’ You know. That one where they build a monorail.

  4. January 5, 2014 at 6:12 pm — Reply

    2 Girls 1 Tounge (no, it’s not disgusting or sexual) from Season 2 of Todd and the Book of Pure Evil. It’s hilarious.

  5. January 5, 2014 at 6:21 pm — Reply

    I really liked the musical episode of Scrubs

  6. January 5, 2014 at 6:32 pm — Reply

    Musicmeister episode of Batman the Brave and the Bold.
    I enjoyed not only the music, but the ability to change styles to fit the mood. Lastly, Manta and the rest dancing at the beginning is priceless.

  7. cody
    January 5, 2014 at 7:15 pm — Reply

    Gotta be the music miester of BBAB. Not sure it counts but the devil’s hands are idle playthings from futurama. What’s Opera Doc and Rabbit of Seville Looney Tunes episodes.

    • Dan
      January 5, 2014 at 9:06 pm — Reply

      i don’t think the looney tunes ones count, since the warner brothers cartoons were originally created in part to educate folks about classical music thru animation. hence the titles literally being “looney tunes” and “merry melodies.” that’s why so much classical music was featured in old, pre-60’s warner bros. cartoons.

      honestly, i can’t think of one musical episode/iteration of a usually non-musical pop culture work that doesn’t get on my nerves a little. so i’m just going to outright troll and say Cop Rock.

      • January 5, 2014 at 9:32 pm — Reply

        I think they should count, if only because rules are made to be flipped over, lit on fire and rolled down the hill…

  8. January 5, 2014 at 8:29 pm — Reply

    I’d have to go with the Buffy episode. Not only is it awesome but why do bunnies need such good eyesight for anyway?

    • January 6, 2014 at 4:53 am — Reply

      Gotta agree with “Once More with Feeling”.

      “Bunnies, bunnies, it must be bunnies!! Or maybe midgets.”

  9. gary
    January 6, 2014 at 8:33 am — Reply

    That Drew Carey episode from back in the day…

  10. January 6, 2014 at 10:01 am — Reply

    Daria! – The Musical is a personal favorite. In the third season premiere, a hurricane threatens Lawndale, Daria and Jane get stranded on the school roof, and songs are sung. Features the hilariously awesome ‘If The Town Blows Away’.

  11. Nick S.
    January 6, 2014 at 11:20 am — Reply

    “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas” from “Community.”

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