Shows Where Music Plays a Role

EW has assembled a list of 15 shows where they consider the music to be a "costar" (as in, takes on an important role).

They include:

The O.C.

The Hills


Gilmore Girls

Grey's Anatomy


The L Word


One Tree Hill

Miami Vice

Beverly Hills 90210 (the original)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Veronica Mars

Dawson's Creek

Any shows missing from this list?

One addition for me would be Scrubs, which I can only assume Zach Braff has contributed to musical selections because they frequently sound straight off of the Garden State soundtrack. Also, for the record, EW mentions "How to Save a Life" as being prominent in Grey's, but that song was actually featured first in Scrubs! I remember it distinctly.

Also, who finds it interesting that the vast majority of shows where music is viewed to be prominent is in shows geared towards young people?

via EW



Default avatar cat
Sep 24, 2008 12:40AM EDT

Gossip Girl

Default avatar cat
Sep 24, 2008 1:02AM EDT

House, specifically in the first season. Songs like "One is the loneliest number" by Three Dog Night, or "You can't always get what you want" by The Rolling Stones, or "Teenage Wasteland" by the Who, are great parts of early episodes.

Default avatar cat
Sep 24, 2008 4:40AM EDT

yeah gossip girl and i dont know about the others but im sure about
Grey's AnatomyGreekOne Tree Hilli dont know if the have to be from the EW or whatever but Everybody hates chris should be in the list too :P

Default avatar cat
Sep 24, 2008 8:23AM EDT


Default avatar cat
Sep 24, 2008 1:05PM EDT

oh my god..I can`t believe no one has mention Supernatural
ACDC, Ted Nugent, metallica ?

Sep 24, 2008 2:37PM EDT

Supernatural! Where is Supernatural on that list? Come on Felicity, Dawson's Creek, One Tree Hill and The Hills but no Supernatural. And Gossip Girl, never!!! LOL

Large newrachelimage
Sep 24, 2008 2:38PM EDT

I agree...I love the feel that the classic rock contributes to Supernatural. Very fitting. The licensing for those songs must be pricey though!

Default avatar cat
Sep 27, 2008 3:46PM EDT

ONE TREE HIll is definetely.... i also think gossip girl!

Default avatar cat
Sep 28, 2008 8:03AM EDT

a great call with scrubs, woulda thought it coulda nearly been top of the list! and your right about "how to save a life"...was featured on scrubs, the ep. where all of perrys patients die from infected organ donations, well before the cd was even released, let along when it was played ad nauseum on the greys adverts!

Default avatar cat
Sep 28, 2008 8:46PM EDT

Scrubs has the best soundtrack out of all the shows. It has turned me on to so many great tracks! Winter by Josh Groban (I think thats his name anyway!) Cant get enough of that song.
I would put Scrubs at the top of the list! :DIf I remember correctly I think Smallville used music pretty well. But I could be wrong I stopped watching it a couple of years ago!
Its really hard to think of the shows that do it best. Because part of their quality is that the music is unobtrusive and flows like a stream of consciousness through out the episodes to help direct the audience to emotions etc...

Oct 18, 2008 6:10PM EDT

Rachel, just wanted to know what's up with all of the links that have Zango and surveys attached to them? It's getting quiet frustrating. I really love this site, but may have to go somewhere else to watch my shows because I am not installing anything or doing surveys so someone can get my email address and send me more spam. :)

Default avatar cat
Nov 8, 2008 7:21AM EST

GOSSIP GIRL definitely.

Default avatar cat
Nov 28, 2008 3:35AM EST

Weeds and Nip/Tuck.
How can you freaking forget Nip/Tuck, the surgery Music is always a highlight.

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