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The Best of Television Musical Episodes

Why does a television show choose to do a musical episode? There have been several successful ones (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, Scrubs, That 70s Show, The Simpsons, How I Met Your Mother). What makes these episodes work in shows that are generally non-musical?

  • Possible aspects to explore could be: was there any low ratings during the season where a show decided to do a musical episode? Did a musical episode lead to a significant theme during a shows' season? – Ryan Errington 7 years ago
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  • Most of the shows you named are comedies... that could be a topic in itself: comedies that did musical episodes. I LOVE the Scrubs musical episode. You could say that Family Guy has had several musical episodes, although musical is a huge part of the show anyway. Why did these shows work with music? Why was it so funny? – samcel 7 years ago
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