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5 of our favorite musical TV shows

I've got the music in me!

As someone who’s both a fan of fiction and music, I find great pleasure in watching shows that combine the two. Musical TV shows, or even just episodes, are some of my favorite to watch. I often find myself listening to the songs on repeat after I finish an episode, whether they’re original numbers or covers from famous songs.

So if you’re like me and you like the genre, here are 5 musical TV shows you should add to your watch-list:

Galavant

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ABC/Nick Ray

There are no two shows like Galavant.

While a lot of musical TV shows take place in a modern setting, this one is set in a fairytale world. Which, really, matches the genre perfectly. All the characters are lovable in their own ways — even the villains. Or should I say, especially the villains, as King Richard is probably one of the best and funniest characters from Galavant. The songs (all original numbers) are not only catchy but also full of meta humor.

Unfortunately, Galavant lived a short life and got cancelled after only two seasons, ending the show on a cliffhanger. It’s still worth the watch, though!

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

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Disney+

If you were a fan of the High School Musical movies, you might want to check out this series.

The show not only reuses some of the most iconic songs from the first movie, but it also introduces us to whole new hits. It’s the perfect feel-good show with some The Office vibe to it (with high schoolers instead of Dunder Mifflin employees). Indeed, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is filmed as a mockumentary.

Season 1 is available on Disney+ while season 2 will come soon!

Julie and the Phantoms

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Netflix

Julie and the Phantoms is this new musical TV show that was made available on Netflix in September. Just like High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, it centers around teenagers, and one in particular — Julie —, who befriends three ghosts. It’s also full of (great) original numbers.

If it looks like a fun little show at first, it’s also more than that. Indeed, I found myself crying a lot more than I thought I would while watching it. You easily grow to care for the characters, the ones who are still alive as well as the dead ones.

With only 9 episodes of 30 minutes so far, Julie and the Phantoms makes for a quick, very enjoyable watch.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

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ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: Jane Levy as Zoey — (Photo by: James Dittiger/NBC)

As opposed to the other shows from this list, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist doesn’t have its own original songs – what you’ll hear are covers of several famous hits. It doesn’t make the show less enjoyable to watch, though. On the opposite, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is the kind of show that will make you smile just as much as it will make you cry. In a same episode.

The show will come back in 2021 for its second season on NBC, and I already can’t wait to have these people back on my screen! Especially after its very emotional season 1 finale.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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The CW

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend ended last year after 4 solid seasons. The show starts off as the story of a woman who moves to West Covina for her ex-boyfriend, but it soon turns out to be much more than just that.

Indeed, it talks about mental illness as well as other important topics. All the while remaining extremely funny. And of course, it’s full of songs! They’re all original numbers, and are all very catchy (and relatable for some of them).

You can watch Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Netflix, and you’ll even be able to enjoy a live concert once you finish the show.

And you, what are your favorite musical TV shows? Hit the comments and let us know!

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Adèle Soutrenon

Adele is a college student who’s about to graduate in writing and translation. If she’s not writing about the TV shows she loves, she’s probably daydreaming about the TV shows she would love to write. From Brooklyn Nine-Nine to The Office or The Good Place and Parks and Recreation, you can say she’s a real fan of the "Schuriverse" and sitcoms in general. You can find her on Twitter @adele_sou – with all the TV shows she watches, there’s probably at least one you have in common with her.

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