If you are looking for the list of the best musical episodes of TV shows, you have come to the right place. Television has given us countless moments of joy, laughter, and heartache over the years, but there’s something special about a musical episode that takes things to the next level.
From breaking into song and dance to creating original musical numbers, these episodes stand out as some of the most memorable moments in TV history. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the 20 best musical episodes from TV shows, ranked in descending order.
Whether you’re a die-hard musical fan or just looking for a fun and unique viewing experience, these episodes are sure to leave you singing and dancing along.
#20 | “City of Death” – Doctor Who (Season 17, Episodes 5-6)
In this classic episode, the Doctor and Romana travel to Paris and uncover a plot to steal the Mona Lisa. The episode features a beautiful piano composition by Dudley Simpson and is widely regarded as one of the best Doctor Who stories ever told.
#19 | “The Devil’s Hands Are Idle Playthings” – Futurama (Season 4, Episode 18)
In the final episode of the show’s original run, Fry trades hands with the Robot Devil in order to become a better musician. The episode features several musical numbers and a poignant ending.
#18 | “My Way Home” – Scrubs (Season 5, Episode 4)
In this episode, J.D. imagines his journey home as a musical. The standout song is a parody of “Somewhere Out There” from An American Tail, sung by J.D. and Turk.
#17 | “Escape from LA” – Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Season 5, Episode 1)
In this episode, Jake and Rosa go undercover in a women’s prison. The standout musical moment is when Jake and a group of inmates perform a rendition of “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys.
#16 | “The Lighthouse” – Bob’s Burgers (Season 9, Episode 20)
In this episode, the Belcher family gets stranded on a deserted island and begins hallucinating musical numbers. The musical numbers perfectly capture the show’s offbeat humor and quirky charm, making it a standout episode in the series.
#15 | “Laryngitis” – Glee (Season 1, Episode 18)
After Rachel loses her voice, the glee club must perform without her. Kurt steps up with a moving rendition of “Rose’s Turn” from Gypsy, showcasing Chris Colfer’s impressive singing skills.
#14 | “A Very Supernatural Christmas” – Supernatural (Season 3, Episode 8)
In this holiday-themed episode, Sam and Dean investigate a case involving a pagan god. The episode includes a musical number by the demon who is causing the trouble, and it’s a fun and unexpected addition.
#13 | “Galavant” – Galavant (Season 1, Episodes 1-8)
The entire first season of Galavant is a musical, following the adventures of a hero trying to rescue his love from an evil king. The songs are catchy and humorous, making this show a must-watch for musical fans.
#12 | “Band Geeks” – SpongeBob SquarePants (Season 2, Episode 15)
In this classic episode, Squidward tries to lead a band to victory in the Bubble Bowl. The episode features the iconic song “Sweet Victory” and is a favorite among SpongeBob fans.
#11 | “It’s a Musical, Not a Movie” – Psych (Season 7, Episode 15)
When a playwright is murdered during his musical’s opening night, Shawn and Gus go undercover as actors. The songs in this episode are catchy and fun, especially “Santa Barbara Skies.”
#10 | “The Wedding of River Song” – Doctor Who (Season 6, Episode 13)
In this time-twisting episode, the Doctor and his companions attend a wedding where everyone is singing. The standout number is a haunting rendition of “Abide With Me.”
#09 | “My Musical” – Scrubs (Season 6, Episode 6)
In another musical episode of Scrubs, the characters sing their way through a patient’s hallucinations. With songs like “Guy Love” and “Everything Comes Down to Poo,” this episode is a fan favorite.
#08 | “Preggers” – Glee (Season 1, Episode 4)
After joining the football team, Kurt leads the group in a performance of Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies.” This episode helped establish Glee’s unique blend of drama, humor, and musicality.
#07 | “Night of the Living Pharmacists” – Phineas and Ferb (Season 4, Episode 37-38)
In this two-part episode, the town is overrun by a horde of zombie-like pharmacists, and it’s up to Phineas and Ferb to save the day. The episode features several musical numbers, including the catchy “I Walk Away” and “Phintastic Ferbulous Car Wash”.
#06 | “Girls vs. Suits” – How I Met Your Mother (Season 5, Episode 12)
Barney sings about his love for suits in this memorable episode, which also features a cameo from Katy Perry. The song “Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit” has since become a popular meme.
#05 | “Once Upon a Time” – Scrubs (Season 6, Episode 6)
In this fairy tale-themed episode, the characters of Sacred Heart sing their way through the day. From a rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to an original song by Ted, this episode is a delight.
#04 | “Once More, with Feeling” – Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Season 6, Episode 7)
Buffy and her friends break out into song and dance in this musical episode, where a demon has put a spell on the town. This episode is widely considered one of the best in the show’s history and features some truly memorable musical numbers.
#03 | “Epidemiology” – Community (Season 2, Episode 6)
When a zombie virus spreads through Greendale Community College’s Halloween party, the characters start singing along to ABBA’s “Mamma Mia.” This episode showcases Community’s signature blend of humor and musicality.
#02 | “The Nightman Cometh” – It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Season 4, Episode 13)
Charlie writes a musical about his life, which turns out to be hilariously dark and absurd. With catchy songs like “Dayman” and “Nightman,” this episode has become a fan favorite.
#01 | “Marge vs. The Monorail” – The Simpsons (Season 4, Episode 12)
After the town receives a large sum of money, Marge convinces them to spend it on a monorail. This episode includes a memorable musical number by Lyle Lanley, the man who convinces Springfield to build the monorail.
Whether you’re a fan of musicals or just looking for a fun change of pace, these TV show musical episodes are sure to entertain. So grab some popcorn, turn up the volume, and get ready to sing along!