11 Musical Episodes From Non-Musical TV Shows


Sooner or later, TV shows with a few seasons under their belts start running out of ideas to fill a 20-plus-episode season. While it’s easy to fall into classic TV tropes and clichés to keep things exciting for viewers, some shows resort to the musical episode to spice things up.

1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer // "Once More, With Feeling"

The seventh episode of the sixth season, “Once More, With Feeling” is considered one of the best episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Series creator Joss Whedon wrote and directed the episode and wrote all the musical numbers. He had conceived the episode after a night of drinking with the cast during a Shakespeare reading at his house.

“Once More, With Feeling” gained a small cult following when it started to be shown at special sing-a-long screenings in 2003. However, in 2007, a licensing dispute with Twentieth Century Fox and the Screen Actors Guild halted all special screenings of the episode.

2. Scrubs // "My Musical"

The Scrubs episode "My Musical"—in which J.D. and Elliot bring a patient who hears everything as a musical into Sacred Heart Hospital—originally aired during the series’ sixth season in 2007 and was one of its best-received episodes. “My Musical” was nominated for five Emmy Awards during the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics, and Outstanding Music Direction.

3. That '70s Show // “That '70s Musical”

“That ‘70s Musical,” the 100th episode of That ‘70s Show, aired during the comedy’s fourth season. It featured a series of musical fantasy sequences from the point of view of the character Fez, played by Wilmer Valderrama. “That ‘70s Musical” also featured music from Peaches & Herb, The Turtles, and The Carpenters.

4. Grey's Anatomy // “Song Beneath the Song” 

In 2011, Grey’s Anatomy aired a musical episode titled “Song Beneath the Song” or "Grey's Anatomy: The Music Event." The episode was made up of the cast singing pop songs that were previously featured on the medical drama, including Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars,” The Fray’s “How to Save a Life,” and Brandi Carlile’s “The Story.” “Song Beneath the Song” comes from a song from singer-songwriter Maria Taylor’s 2005 record 11:11.

While the episode received mix reviews from TV critics, the soundtrack for “Song Beneath the Song” debuted at #24 on the Billboard 200.

5. 7th Heaven // “Red Socks”

The special Valentine’s Day episode of 7th Heaven’s ninth season, “Red Socks,” is considered one of the worst musical episodes in TV history. Although Stephen Collins, who played the series’ patriarch Reverend Eric Camden, has a musical theater background on Broadway, the rest of the cast couldn’t match his vocal talent and energy.

6. Ally McBeal // “The Musical, Almost”

Ally McBeal’s season three finale was called “The Musical, Almost.” The episode featured the series’ characters performing musical numbers of pop songs while in therapy and while highly medicated.

7. Oz // “Variety”

HBO's Oz was transformed from gritty prison drama to clever musical episode when the inmates of Oswald State Correctional Facility staged a variety show. While the episode still featured the show's trademark shocking violence and harsh language, it also featured a number of surprisingly sharp musical performances.

8. How I Met Your Mother // “Girls vs. Suits”

The 100th episode of How I Met Your Mother was a musical with guest stars Stacy Keibler and Tim Gunn, and also featured Neil Patrick Harris’ show-stopping performance of "Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit." The song was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.

9. Northern Exposure // "Old Tree"

In 1993, Northern Exposure aired an unconventional musical episode as its fourth season finale. “Old Tree” featured the small town of Cicely, Alaska trying to save an old dying tree that is considered an historical landmark. Shelly Tambo, played by Cynthia Geary, wakes up unable to talk, but sings all of her dialogue throughout the entire episode.

10. Daria // "Daria!"

“Daria!,” the third season premiere of the animated MTV show, was a musical episode that featured nine songs in 21 minutes. Although the episode—which featured residents of Lawndale preparing for a hurricane—is considered controversial among hardcore Daria fans, “Daria!” is one of the most memorable episodes of the animated series.

11. Community // “Regional Holiday Music”

In Community's third season, creator Dan Harmon conceived an episode that was both a Christmas episode and a parody of the hit TV show Glee. "Regional Holiday Music" featured the cast joining Greendale Community College’s glee club and performing a number of original songs. SNL’s Taran Killam made a guest appearance as the glee club’s demented instructor, Cory Radison.

20 States With the Highest Rates of Skin Cancer

They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing. Floridians get to soak up the sun year-round, but that exposure to harmful UV rays also comes with consequences. Prevention magazine reported that Florida has the highest rate of skin cancer in the U.S., according to a survey by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS).

BCBS surveyed 9 million of its insured members who had been diagnosed with skin cancer between 2014 and 2016 and found that Florida had the highest rate of skin cancer at 7.1 percent. People living in eastern states tend to be more prone to skin cancer, and diagnoses are more common among women.

Here are the 20 states with the highest rates of skin cancer:

1. Florida: 7.1 percent
2. Washington, D.C.: 5.8 percent
3. Connecticut: 5.6 percent
4. Maryland: 5.3 percent
5. Rhode Island: 5.3 percent
6. Vermont: 5.3 percent
7. North Carolina: 5.2 percent
8. New York: 5 percent
9. Massachusetts: 5 percent
10. Colorado: 5 percent
11. Arizona: 5 percent
12. Virginia: 5 percent
13. Delaware: 4.8 percent
14. Kentucky: 4.7 percent
15. Alabama: 4.7 percent
16. New Jersey: 4.7 percent
17. Georgia: 4.7 percent
18. West Virginia: 4.5 percent
19. Tennessee: 4.5 percent
20. South Carolina: 4.4 percent

It may come as a surprise that sunny California doesn’t make the top 20, and Hawaii is the state with the lowest rate of skin cancer at 1.8 percent. Prevention magazine explains that this could be due to the large population of senior citizens in Florida and the fact that the risk of melanoma, a rare but deadly type of skin cancer, increases with age. People living in regions with higher altitudes also face a greater risk of skin cancer due to the thinner atmosphere and greater exposure to UV radiation, which explains why Colorado is in the top 10.

The good news is that the technology used to detect skin cancer is improving, and researchers hope that AI can soon be incorporated into more skin cancer screenings. To reduce your risk, be sure to wear SPF 30+ sunscreen when you know you’ll be spending time outside, and don’t forget to reapply it every two hours. 

[h/t Prevention]

9 Healthy Frozen Meals to Keep in Your Freezer

Frozen dinners don’t exactly have the best reputation when it comes to nutrition. Many of the pre-made meals you’ll find at your local supermarket are loaded with sodium, fat, and calories. But there are still a few nutritious (and tasty) options, as long as you know where to look. Here are a few frozen food brands to keep in your freezer for those times when you need something quick, painless, and yes, healthy.


Pescatarians rejoice: This Colorado-based company specializes in meals made from sustainable, farm-raised seafood. They have your traditional microwaveable meals—like the Baja-style fish taco bowl and the sweet and spicy Korean BBQ bowl—but they also offer oven-ready fish kits. Cooking is easy: Simply place the provided (heart-shaped!) parchment on a baking sheet with the filet on one side; put the frozen sauce cubes on top; wrap it up; and pop it in the oven to bake for 20 to 25 minutes. You can also throw in any veggies you might have in your freezer, and Love the Wild provides some tasty recipe ideas on its website. Even Leonardo DiCaprio is a fan: “LoveTheWild’s approach to sustainable, responsible aquaculture is promoting the development of a secure and environmentally-conscious solution to feeding our planet’s growing population," he said last year after investing in the company.


Who says pizza has to be bad for you? With Cappello’s naked pizza crusts, you can build your own healthy pie just the way you like it. The crusts are made from arrowroot and coconut flours and are gluten-free, grain-free, and paleo-friendly. The brand also makes pre-made pizzas, vegan cookie dough, and a few varieties of pasta, including lasagna sheets, fettuccine, and gnocchi. Cappello's recommends recipes on its website, and the summer pesto pizza with chicken breast, goat cheese, and arugula is a great, light dish to serve at outdoor parties this season.


Vegetarian burgers on the grill
Beyond Meat

The Beyond Meat team set out to create a vegan burger that looks, tastes, and even "bleeds" like a real beef patty (due to the beet juice used to make the patties red). Ethan Brown, the company's founder, insists that the patties aren't much different from meat burgers. "Our company observation has always been that you don’t need an animal to produce a piece of meat," he tells Forbes. "You can obtain all of the core parts of meat—the amino acids, the lipids, the trace minerals and of course water from non-animal sources. And you can assemble those in the same architecture as animal meat." Some of their products are sold in the meat section of grocery stores, but a few items are available frozen, including The Beast Burger 2.0. Bill Gates and DiCaprio are both investors, and the company just announced it will start selling its products on six continents this summer.


As the name suggests, you’ll find simple, wholesome ingredients here. Since it was founded in 2011, the brand has been on a mission to offer minimally processed meals that "add nothing unnecessary" by way of ingredients. The company abides by a long list of "unacceptable ingredients" [PDF], including a variety of hydrogenated oils as well as artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, and sweeteners. Although they originally dealt only in breakfast dishes for busy workers on the go—burritos, scrambled egg bowls, pancakes, steel cut oatmeal, and more—they later branched out and started offering ready-made entrées. Their egg white patties are perfect for making your own customizable breakfast sandwiches.


This subscription food service proudly wears the frozen food label. "For decades, the space has been dominated by unhealthy or pseudo-healthy products that are hyper-refined and preserved," Daily Harvest founder Rachel Drori told the Huffington Post. "We are working hard to tell a new story, about the potential in freezing unadulterated to solve the modern eating dilemma of wanting convenience without compromise." Daily Harvest points out that after three days, some frozen fruits and vegetables contain more antioxidants and vitamins than their fresh counterparts. Their produce is frozen on the farm within 24 hours of harvesting, and they offer everything from cauliflower rice and kimchi harvest bowls to chocolate protein and almond chia parfaits. The pre-portioned meals, which are delivered to customers’ homes, are backed by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Serena Williams, and chef Bobby Flay.


A burrito

Evol urges its customers to “think outside the microwave.” The brand’s burritos and quesadillas can be heated up in a panini press, on the stove top, or on the grill, allowing a level of customization that most frozen food brands don’t offer. A range of Asian, Italian, and Mexican dishes are available, all of which are free of antibiotics and preservatives. When asked by Dining Out why Evol has become so popular, the company's founder, Philip Anson, replied, "We built a brand rooted in love and farm-to-table values, but with some hipness to it in a category known as a cold and lonely place—legacy brands, uninspiring, mystery meat, sodium and fat." He said Evol's bowls—like truffle parmesan mac and cheese and butternut squash-sage ravioli—are their most popular dishes.


Luvo’s meals are based on what they call the 3-2-None policy. This involves balancing protein, whole grains, and veggies; limiting sodium and added sugar; and avoiding all artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, and antibiotics. In addition to steam-in-pouch meals and pasta bowls, Luvo offers “power bowls” that are packed with at least two servings of vegetables. The company's emphasis on nutrition goes beyond its products, though: Luvo also partners with WhyHunger, an organization that's addressing the issue of hunger in America by tackling the root cause of the issue while recognizing "nutritious food as a human right." Luvo also partners with A Sense of Home, which helps foster children who have "aged out" of the system transition into a new home.


Organic frozen meals with simple ingredients are the name of the game for Beetnik. Their meals are free of preservatives, gluten, MSG, high fructose corn syrup, hormones, artificial colors and flavorings, and antibiotics. One of their most popular dishes is their Peruvian seasoned chicken stew, made with tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and spices. The company's founder, David Perkins, is a chef; when asked by Paleo Foundation what his favorite Beetnik dish is, Perkins replied, "I love our flat iron steaks, our Peruvian chicken stew, and our sablefish, but tomorrow I might give you three different items. I eat our products regularly, which is how I got into the business. Start with great ingredients."


Like Daily Harvest, this subscription food service delivers frozen meals right to your door via UPS. Eatology meals combine aspects of both the paleo and zone (low-carb) diets, while also incorporating lots of lean proteins and healthy fats. In addition to being paleo-friendly, there are plenty of low-carb, Whole30, and vegetarian options available. Bad news for carb lovers, though: You won't find bread, potatoes, or pasta on the menu. Their dishes change daily, but past meals have included white chicken chili on a bed of yellow squash, ratatouille, cilantro jalapeno burgers, and chili cheese fries (using sweet potatoes and carrots).


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