From the devilishly hilarious mind of The Devil Wears Prada co-writer Aline Brosh McKenna and executive- produced by Marc Webb, who brought wacky romantic charm to 500 Days of Summer comes The CW's latest foray into off-kilter romantic comedy. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, premiering this fall, stars actress/comic Rachel Bloom as a successful woman who drops everything for the chance of reconnecting with her ex-boyfriend. Elaborate songs and dances -- all in her mind -- ensue.
Only one season in, Empire is already a phenomenon. While creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong keep the drama going each week, mega producer Timbaland leads a team of songwriters and producers to provide the show with quality tunes worthy of a company like Empire Entertainment. It also helps that the show's stars are talented singers, rappers, and musicians in their own right.
Real-life musical comedy duo Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie star in this Emmy-nominated series about a fictionalized version of their band as they attempt to make it in America. Interspersing music video-esque sequences with deadpan comedic situations, Flight of the Conchords is as quirky as the songs are infectious.
For its many ups and downs, Glee started out as a total game-changer -- a dramedy set in high school with full musical performances of pop songs every week. Every week! The series introduced us to crazy-good talents like Chris Colfer and Amber Riley, broke ground by covering a plethora of tough topics, and brought about the rise (and fall) of the mashup.
The ABC musical primetime soap mixes original tunes and covers to create a rich, fictional Nashville scene brimming with heartfelt music and even more heartfelt drama. Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere lead the cast of multi-talented characters as established country star Rayna James and rising pop-country diva Juliette Barnes, respectively.
Viva Laughlin didn't do so well, but that doesn't mean its British predecessor suffered the same fate. Led by The Walking Dead's David Morrissey, the BBC musical drama features a brash arcade owner who finds himself at the center of a murder investigation after a man is killed in his business. After getting over the shock of seeing The Governor as a song-and-dance man, the show's absurdity grows on you.
Sure, the '80s animated series grew out of a concept merely to sell toys, but the musical show of glamour, glitter, fashion, and fame became so much more. More superhero than superstar, Jerrica Benton a.k.a. Jem and her band of friends and family, the Holograms, battle against the evil, corporate punk girl group, the Misfits, for pop music domination. It's just as awesomely '80s as it sounds.
Not as popular as David Simon's previous series, the critically worshipped The Wire, the New Orleans-set drama ensemble presents just as rich a series, this time with added bonus of music. The Emmy and Grammy-nominated series showcases the culture and social politics of the Tremé section of New Orleans and features performances from the cast and real-life figures like the famous Mardi Gras Indians.
Music isn't featured in every episode of the animated sitcom Bob's Burgers, but whenever it is, it's definitely memorable. Middle child Gene Belcher is, in his own mind, a burgeoning composer genius, spawning classics like "Gene's Snake Song" and Thomas Edison-Topsy the elephant ballad "Electric Love." But it's Linda's "Thanksgiving Song" from Season 3 that was expertly covered by indie rock band The National.
Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci may be a comedian and a singer on their own but together, they are the illustrious Garfunkel and Oates. Their eponymous IFC series may have been short-lived, but the show along with their YouTube videos, offer a healthy helping of folksy, biting satire of the absurd modern world.
Smash could have been genuinely great but instead, it squarely falls in the category of so-bad-it's-good. Scheming assistant Ellis and supposed protagonist Karen ended up being the worst, but the musical's songs like "Let Me Be Your Star" and "Broadway, Here I Come" have always been series highlights. With a successful one-night special presentation of Bombshell, the in-show Marilyn Monroe show may be heading to the Great White Way IRL!
From the uber creative mind of Adventure Time storyboard artist, writer, and composer Rebecca Sugar comes an equally bright animated adventure series with uplifting songs, powerful alien warrior women, and the precocious half alien/half human boy who joins their ranks to protect Earth. Series composing duo Aivi Tran and Steven "Surasshu" Velema post their tunes online.