From Shakespearean Gilligan to 'Scrubs' Songs of Poo: 16 of the Weirdest Musical TV Episodes Ever
Fans of "Psych," the quirky and clever USA dramedy about fake psychic Shawn Spencer, probably weren't surprised to learn that the series is airing its first-ever musical episode, "Psych: The Musical," on Dec. 15.
After all, Shawn (James Roday) and his BFF/detective partner Gus (Dulé Hill) are pop culture junkies, and the series has built entire episodes around Shawn's love of Tears for Fears, while equally pop culture-obsessed series creator Steve Franks wrote and performs the song's infectious theme song, "I Know You Know."
Viewers, by the way, are in for a real holiday treat with the two-hour installment, which was written by the multitalented Franks; includes guest appearances by Barry Bostwick, Anthony Rapp, and Ally Sheedy; and revolves around musical theater in Santa Barbara.
And while a "Psych" musical ep makes perfect sense, the special installment got us thinking about past musical episodes of TV series that are not always, or ever, so musically inclined. We've rounded up a few of the weirdest, like the ones where Gilligan does "Hamlet," the prisoners of "Oz" get down with their bad selves and disco music, and "NCIS" boss Gibbs gets all "Guys and Dolls"-y in a hospital. Read on, and share your best/worst/weirdest musical TV episode picks in the comments.
1. "Gilligan's Island"
"The Producer" (original airdate: Oct. 3, 1966)
To prove to a creepy producer (guest star Phil Silvers) who has landed on the island that Ginger has real acting chops, Gilligan and company put on a musical version of "Hamlet" (with Gilligan, of course, in the title role). The plot works, sort of; the producer loves the musical so much that he leaves the island without the castaways so that he can take credit for the musical "Hamlet" he plans to produce. The episode, No. 52 on TV Guide's list of the 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time, is available on Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video.
2. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
"Once More, With Feeling" (original airdate: Nov. 6, 2001)
Weird, but fantastic: This Season 6 "Buffy" ep is a fan favorite for a reason. The musical sprang from the plot, in which a demon sparked Buffy and friends to randomly break into song to express hidden feelings that would ultimately change their relationships with each other. The episode — which was shown in interactive screenings in movie theaters, à la "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," after the "Buffy" series finale — is available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Amazon Instant Video.