What are the best long-running sitcoms with their own musical episodes?

Great question, my friend! This is a common request I get from students as they transition into my creative writing class. The list below is not exhaustive, but it’s an easy starting point for getting your creative juices flowing. Some of these are sitcoms, some are dramas, and some are a-mixed. The mission here is to not just provide suggestions but also to get you thinking about the different ways you can use your artistic voice to write comedy or drama! Below is my own best-of list: feel free to make your own modifications!
(1) The Golden Girls
How about a sitcom about a group of young, single gals living together? Or how about a sitcom about four older women living together? Both are elements of this classic series.
(2) Frasier
This one is pretty obvious. If you can write a sitcom about an aging, dog-loving, bachelor (or single), then you can write anything. Niles Crane is my favorite! He’s lovable and then he’s not! The series finale was fantastic. (I don’t need to elaborate on that.)
(3) The Mary Tyler Moore Show

longtime sitcom about a musical club
longtime sitcom about a musical club

“Cheers” is one of the most popular sitcoms on TV and has an episode of its own in which a band plays at the club. Other sitcoms that have had music episodes include “Friends,” “Million Dollar Listing,” and “Wings.”

A long-running TV drama about the backstage lives of a rock band, “That 70’s Show” has an episode called “Donna’s Pregnant” in which the group convinces Donna that she should put her baby up for adoption. The episode includes some very funny dialogue, and even features a song.
A sitcom chronicling the daily lives of a group of “Friends” living in New York City, this comedy series frequently included musical performances. From Neil Diamond’s rendition of the show’s theme song, to his singing the song “I’ll Be There for You,” to Joey Ramone performing “I Wanna Be Sedated” with his band at a diner, music plays an important part in this show.
“Friends”, made its debut in 1994. The cast includes Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc.

longtime sitcom about a musical club
longtime sitcom about a musical club

The seminal musical episode of “This Is Us” is a poignant reminder that shows don’t always have to be about hard truths.

Aussie soap “Neighbors” has a number of music episodes, including a Christmas special and an episode where the entire cast – including the cast of “Home and Away” – performs onstage. Steve back-stabs the lead singer in this episode and is forced to take a break from the band but is saved by an unlikely group of friends.
“William and Kate’s” Sean Harvey, who plays a young Carey Mulligan, sings in an episode where “Neighbors” first hit the airwaves.
A phenomenal episode of the fictional series “Fuller House”, included in Netflix’s LOLOWS programming, has Rosie O’Donnell (as herself) covering “Proud Mary,” originally performed by Tina Turner.
The show “The Lion King” has a number of musical episodes, with Timon singing “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King.
“The Voice” covered “Rolling in the Deep,” originally by Adele.

longtime sitcom about a musical club
longtime sitcom about a musical club

Another great example of a comedy show with its own musical episode is “Parks and Recreation.”

A long-running sitcom about an independent record company in New York City, “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” has a number of songs throughout the show. The most memorable is one where the main character sings about being a rock star to his girlfriend.
It’s a tale of how two people from different worlds try to build a life together.
The episode that sticks out the most for music is when The Smiths’ “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” plays over the first kiss between Jim and Pam. It was so iconic for “The Office” that David Brent sings a cover of it at the office Christmas party.
The lyrics “marmalade skies” has come to mean a beautiful day despite the bad news. The song is about the death of a boy, who his mother finally tells goodbye to at the end of a hard day at work.
Especially because I don’t know any other lines than “wait for me forever” which is sad for my own daughter.

longtime sitcom about a musical club
longtime sitcom about a musical club