The Best Musical Episodes in TV History

When we got wind yesterday that Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes was planning to do a musical episode during the second half of the season, we were surprised. But after doing a little research, we discovered that it wouldn’t be the first or even the second hospital-based series to do so — both Scrubs and Chicago Hope previously aired episodes where doctors randomly burst into song. Curious about what else is out there, we decided to do a little more digging. Check out ten of the best examples of musical TV episodes we could find after the jump.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The seventh episode of the sixth season of Buffy was the only one performed as a musical, and remains one of the most popular of the cult series. Thanks to a demon named Sweet, the people of Sunnydale are compelled to randomly break into song and express hidden truths. It’s worth noting that this was Joss Whedon’s first attempt at writing music, and that he learned how to play guitar in order to write several songs.