Admit it, you love an impromptu musical numbers. Who doesn’t? “Glee” and “Smash” may do it every week, but in non-musical television programs, the musical number is a rare gem. We’ve compiled ten of our favorites. Cherish them.
10. Pushing Daisies
“Pushing Daisies” featured Lee Pace as Ned, a pie-maker with the power to bring back the dead with a single touch. The show also featured Ellen Greene, Swoosie Kurtz and Kristen Chenoweth. It was the perfect platform for these ladies and just bizarre enough to regularly include musical numbers. The show was tragically lost in the writers’ strike, but moments like these (Kristen Chenoweth montage) live on in Youtube Land. In this clip Ellen Green sings “Morning Has Broken.”
9. The Simpsons
“The Simpsons” pretty regularly throws in a musical number and it’s difficult to choose just one. Broadway buffs might check out this clip in which, after a high dose of sugar, Bart and Millhouse go crazy “Broadway style,” al la “New York, New York” or listen to Krusty’s “Send in the Clowns.” But, before you do, enjoy “Dr. Zaius.” It’s kind of a dig on Broadway, but worth every biting jab.
We’re freaked out just writing about it. Fringe’s 20th episode of the second season was riddled with drug-induced songs. “Brown Betty,” as its called, begins as Walter tried to console himself with a hit of marijuana (Brown Betty.) The episode was generally well received. This number really caught our attention. Notice the singing corpses. Also check out “For Once in My Life.”