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July 18th, 2005

The Musical Episode

Without a doubt, my least favorite episodes of any sitcoms are the ones where musicals are performed. I’m not talking about musical numbers – like Six Feet Under‘s well-written ones – but Broadway musicals.

One sticks out in my mind, and that’s the episode (a two-parter even) where the kids of Head of the Class performed “Hair”. And it was just crap, like every musical episode is. We basically get as much of the musical that the network could license, along with some mildly wacky interludes (Arvid screwed something up!) and funny/serious moments (someone barfed, I think, and Mr. Moore had to step in – of course, he had performed “Hair” in his day).

In my sitcom totem pole that I’m currently constructing out of wood and steel, the musical episodes are right under clip shows on the crappiness scale.

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday July 18, 2005 -- 9:20:19 am
There was an episode of Taxi in which Marilou Henner performed a Broadway number that was very entertaining. They didn't do the whole musical, though. I think it was an episode in which the characters discussed what they wanted to do before they ended up cabbies. Marilou Henner's character must have come to New York to be a Broadway star, but fell short of the mark.

FROM: pope_hentai
DATE: Wednesday July 20, 2005 -- 1:37:21 am
there was a musical episode of the sci fi series LEXX where they told a characters backstory through an opera.

FROM: Laurie
DATE: Thursday August 11, 2005 -- 10:46:33 am
Another show that had some musical themes that I found kind of done quite well (although I was not really a avid watcher of this show, but my roommate was), was Xena. Also Ali McBeal had a couple of good choreographed musical shows that really stood out, especially the one where it was a scene in a church where a woman was hurt by the minister she had a relationship with and then there was also one (not really a musical so much), that a woman was being sued for by an employee and the portrayed her as a Queen bee and all her male employees were just like the worker bees.

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