I am so excited for the next batch of Lucifer episodes! They recently gave a preview of a particular episode that’s going to be included during the most recent DC FanDome and it’s going to be a musical episode! Squee!
I love me some musical episodes because of how weird and wacky they are. I’m not sure if everyone is like me, however, and I’m betting there are some people out there in the world who thinks they’re dumb. I personally don’t because they’re so fun to watch! I’ve watched a bunch of them throughout my life so, in honor of Lucifer finally getting its own musical episode, here are my favorite musical episodes of all time… so far!
Usually, I would make a list with my favorite on the bottom but, since this isn’t going to be a surprise, I might as well give my favorite at the start and let #2 be the surprise.
#1: “Once More, With Feeling” from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Let me just get this out of the way as there wasn’t going to be any doubt which musical episode would get the top spot, huh? Buffy The Vampire Slayer wasn’t the series to do the first ever musical episode but “Once More, With Feeling” definitely started the trend.
The episode is loaded with catchy tunes and the storyline, wherein a dancing demon invades Sunnydale, fits well into the already insane world of Buffy. All of the songs in “Once More, With Feeling” are boppers and even fit well into the overall plot of the episode. If I had to pick, though, my favorite song from the episode would be “I’ll Never Tell” sang by Xander and Cordelia.
I do know the singing isn’t the best as some of the vocals come off flat. I still overlook the rather pedestrian singing quality as the lyrics are very poignant and the song numbers always move the story forward. “Once More, With Feeling” is going to be on the top of everyone’s musical episode list for good reason and, yes, it’s on the top of mine.
Now, let’s go look at the rest of the rabble!
#5 “Regional Holiday Music” from Community
I was late to the Community party and, while I loved a lot of the episodes, I just thought “Regional Holiday Music” was just okay.
I guess “Regional Holiday Music” was developed and filmed during the height of Glee’s popularity because of all the potshots taken at the show. I can appreciate them even though I did like Glee a bunch until the later seasons. The entire episode revolves around the study group getting roped into performing at the school pageant. While I liked the humor and the jokes, none of the songs really stuck in my head. Well, there was one song I really liked and, wouldn’t you know it, it had Troy and Abet rapping?
The story is pretty smart in how they managed to get the study group to actually buy into it and I did laugh a lot because it was still a funny episode. However, as a musical episode, it didn’t grab me because, as I said a couple of lines ago, the songs themselves weren’t super catchy. It does make it on this list for being one of the funniest musical episodes out there but not because it has the best music.
#4 “Dude, We’re Getting the Band Back Together” from Phieas and Ferb
Phineas and Ferb may be a cartoon which has a lot of songs in them but it only produced a couple of musical episodes, “Rollercoaster: The Musical” and “Dude, We’re Getting the Band Back Together.” The latter is the better one.
“Dude, We’re Getting the Band Back Together” is an oddly more down-to-earth episode of Phineas and Ferb since the only elaborate contraption the boys put together is the stage they needed to build so their parents’ favorite band, Love Handel, can reform for one night. Like most episodes from the show, “Dude, We’re Getting the Band Back Together” has a couple of super catchy musical numbers. I really like the final song, “You Snuck Your Way Into My Heart” a lot but that’s not my favorite song from the episode. That honor would go to “Ain’t Got Rhythm” because of how contrarian the lyrics are to the situation at the start and the escalation of the percussion is really neat.
Honestly, this is one of my favorite songs from the show and I do hum it once in a while or tap my feet to the beat. That’s more than enough for this episode to earn a spot on this list.
#3 “My Musical” from Scrubs
Scrubs was a show I wouldn’t consistently watch. I thought it was a funny show in general but I think it was on a really odd time slot in my area or it competed with another show and the other show won out. Anyway, if there was a way I could binge watch it, I think I would, especially if most of the episodes are as good as “My Musical.”
The explanation for the Scrubs musical episode is rather pedestrian as a bystander faints and, when she comes to, she starts seeing and hearing what’s happening around her as if she’s in a musical. What makes “My Musical” excellent, however, is the music. The songs are really good. “Everything Comes Down to Poo” is a cute song but the standout is definitely “Guy Love” sung by best buds JD and Turk in an attempt to explain their bromance. It’s both a touching and hilarious song at the same time.
I’m actually glad I caught this episode of Scrubs long, long ago because I thought it was one of the funniest things I’ve seen then. It’s still a really good episode up to now.
#2 “Mayhem of the Music Meister!” from Batman: The Brave and The Bold
Leave it to Neil Patrick Harris to lend his voice to one of the most renown musical episodes, and in an animated series featuring Batman, no less!
“Mayhem of the Music Meister!” is, simply put, a silly story and just an excuse to get Neil Patrick Harris to sing as well. In essence, a new supervillain called the Music Meister, who can control people with his singing voice, wants to control the world. The Brave and The Bold pretty much created the character to develop a musical episode but it worked like gangbusters! All the songs are worth listening to and super catchy. My favorite is “Drive Us Bats” because of the energy.
The episode is also well constructed with a love story that mirrors Phantom of the Opera in a way. I didn’t religiously watch Batman: The Brave and the Bold but, when I heard “The Mayhem of the Music Meister!” songs, well, I became a fan. That’s a testament to how good this musical episode was!
BONUS: The entire Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog
While it’s an entire series is a musical, I had to give Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog a special mention because of how good it is. The songs are insanely fun but still important to moving the plot along and it has the vocal power of Neil Patrick Harris again! My favorite song is, hands down, “Brand New Day” as it’s a really good villain song… but is it really a villain song if the villain is the protagonist of the story?
I am truly disappointed the entire series, which was free on YouTube initially, can’t be found there anymore. It’s a really good story and the songs are all a bop.
What’s you favorite musical episode? Let me know what it is in the comments section below!