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Musical TV Shows, Ranked: Nashville, Smash, Galavant, Cop Rock and 31 Other Series That Hit High or Low Notes

Musical Shows, Ranked
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The sound of song is in the air — or more precisely, all over TV.

With the recent releases of Prime Video’s Daisy Jones & the Six, Hulu’s Up Here and Paramount+’s Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, musical shows have taken over the small screen with catchy melodies. But the aforementioned series are hardly the only ones to have their casts belt out high notes, as evidenced by TVLine’s ranking of musical shows, from worst to best.

The below list includes current entries (High School Musical: The Musical: The Series) and past ones (The Monkees), and ranges from quality musical shows (Flight of the Conchords) to ones that missed the mark (we’re looking at you, Cop Rock).

Note: To make our rankings, the show’s characters had to have regularly broken out into song in musical numbers that were either real (Empire, Nashville) or imagined (Eli Stone, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist), be they original tunes or covers à la Glee. The series must have also aired at least one season, so Rise of the Pink Ladies, which is still in the midst of unspooling its freshman run, didn’t make the cut. Finally, educational/children’s programming like Sesame Street was not included.

Review TVLine’s ranking of musical shows to find out which series was No. 1 on the Billboard charts in our hearts, then hit the comments with your favorites!

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