This Bill Bixby-directed 1984 fever dream about a pop act on the rise was so crummy that CBS couldn’t bring itself to air more than half of its dozen episodes. But the musical sitcom did mark John Stamos’ first post-General Hospital role, and the tunes were pitch-perfect for MTV’s Golden Age. One of them even went on to become a No. 1 smash — although not until it was covered by Heart three years later. (Press PLAY on the video above to have a listen.)
I kept scrolling thinking “Where is Crazy-ex GF?”, only to be pleasantly surprised in the end.
Same! Finally some well-deserved recognition for this show.
Me too! I love the show, might have to do a re-watch now.
Yes same! So thrilled to see Crazy Ex-Girlfriend recognized – as much as I enjoy Schmigadoon and Girls5eva for example, they wouldn’t exist in their current form without CEG putting in the hard yards on broadcast for four seasons. It was so ahead of its time in its point of view and sensibilities, and the performances are just fantastic. Sometimes I don’t think the scripts quite lived up to its performances or songs, but that’s a minor quibble.
I thought this list was a group vote thing but it had to be one person’s opinion. First, Star rode the line of a Jerry Springer episode but the songs and cast were great. It is not to 10 but it shouldn’t be in the 30’s either. Second, the cult following that Smash has should earn it more love. Again, the music was excellent. Third, this list can’t be real if Glee is not top 3. Between the viewers, how long it was around, the numbers on itunes, and the fact it even had 2 world tours between seasons. It is the most successful of them all whether you love it or hate it. Sadly it’s also the most cursed, RIP Naya.
Agreed, how many of the shows here, albeit great (Crazy Ex is an all time fav for me, and the number 1 is well deserved) can say they charted a couple of songs in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, only Glee.
The Monkees can. Six top 10 songs. Four #1 albums in one year (something no one else has ever done before or since). Millions of records sold and a top 20 charted album 48 years after the original show went off the air. Impressive!
Totally agree that Glee and Smash should have ranked higher. Only other show I could mention was Freeform’s Ruby and the Rockets. It featured David Cassidy, co-starred his stepbrother Patrick; and was created by Shaun Cassidy. Also, it co-starred an 18 year old Austin Butler!
The Monkees should have ranked way higher on this list!! And Daisy Jones and the Six should have ranked much lower due to the How I met Your Mother ending they gave us.
I came to say the same thing about the Monkees. Way too low.
Very pleased by the top 3 Rankings.
Galavant was an under-appreciated gem, but I listen to the Soundtrack CONSTANTLY. Some of the funniest songs to come along in a while.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was also fantastic, and did a surprisingly sensitive and touching job of portraying Rebecca’s mental illness.
I STILL have the Instant Star albums in rotation. Alexz Johnson could have and should have made it as a real-life music star.
She’s touring right now in NYC and heads to Europe the beginning of May!
Dear evan hansen, Wicked, Mean girls, etc..
Those are all musicals, not musical TV shows…
I must have missed those TV series
Where is Bob’s Burgers? Music and plot-based original songs have been a cornerstone of the series from Season 1 to the present. I mean, you included Eli Stone.
Pretty questionable top ten (Way too many current or short lived that had little impact or unknown impact), *except* number 1 is right on. Crazy Ex-Girlfirend was pretty perfect of a show with spot on songs. I still sing several often… “I’m So Good at Yoga”
I loved your commentary on Rise. The supporting and young cast were so good, but Josh Radnor’s delivery and his character’s writingreally made that show hard to watch. So frustrating for the rest of that cast.
Teen shows really didn’t get the right amount of love on this list. Austin & Ally, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and Big Time Rush should all be higher. Austin & Ally had some surprisingly good teen pop songs that are still stuck in my head.
Glee maybe should be a smidge higher. It had it’s problems then, it really hasn’t aged well, but it was so huge so hard so fast. I’d put it at 10. It deserves top 10, but barely.
Monarch should be dead last. It’s awful that it’s ahead of The Heights. Those two at very least should be flipped.
I really enjoyed up here. But I can agree the musical aspects of it weren’t really needed.
I kept scrolling looking for Girls 5eva. #5, nice. It’s BPE, y’all.
Julie and the Phantoms would be at the top for me, otherwise a good list.
I would be very curious to see where S Club 7 would land on the list. I LOVED it at the time and their album still gets pulled out on occasion, but was it just hitting me at the right time at the right age for it?
I guess they only focused on American shows.
It took place in Miami and Hollywood. Definitely American.
But they were made in the UK.
Was definitely made in the US. my roommate at the time was a PA on the show & I lived in CA
Galavant’s cancelation was nothing short of a crime against humanity! Hyperbole aside, that show was amazing and I really wish that we got a third season to wrap things up. I am sure that seeing Tad Cooper in his full grown form would have been worth it alone.
LOVED GALAVANT! I couldn’t believe it didn’t get a season 3. I was crushed. The cast was superb.
Agree with you both, but at least it had a conclusion, unlike the infuriating ending of season one. I was shocked and surprised Galavant got a second season at all (but was glad it did!).
I loved Galavant! The songs were so great, I wish they would just turn it into a B’way show.
The Big Leap is the only other one I could think of that didn’t make the list. The Monkees, and Zoey could have been higher, and Glee should be #1 with Crazy Ex #2.
I wouldn’t consider The Big Leap a musical. It had music in it to support the dancing, but it was not a musical in the sense that these other shows on the list are where singing is at the forefront.
That’s Life starring Robert Morse
Where is Kids Incorporated. This brought us, Fergie, Martika as singers and also had Mario Lopez and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Also Kidd Video – both 80s show I loved as a kid
I can’t believe that I forgot about Kidd Video. It definitely should be on the list.
I found my people. Before all the Disney and Nick shows were listed, Kids Inc should have been mentioned. At least California Dreams made it.
Right? This was one of my first thoughts… and then I saw them say they’re leaving out kids shows… but then they started putting in kids shows and I had hopes, but nothing.
Thanks for including Up Here. I disagree on your take. Really enjoyed it…great music and leads. It’s no Zoeys (the GREATEST), but very worth your time.
I would have placed Rags to Riches somewhere in there, otherwise a nice list.
Justice for Rags to Riches! How dare they forget that gem.
Galavant LOL so funny
Disappointed to not see Rap Sh!t on this list. First season was such a gem and one of the best shows seen about the hip hop industry yet
Star was 10000x better than empire
Kids Incorporated!! That show was my childhood and gave us Fergie, Mario Lopez, Martika, Jennifer Love Hewitt. Was it corny? Yes! But so much better talent than then Hannah Montana and all these other Disney shows.
Empire over Glee, that is certainly a choice, the first 2, even 3 seasons of Glee were really good, just because of the cultural impact Glee had, and all those songs they charted on the Billboard Hot 100, Glee should be at least Top 5.
Crazy Ex being number 1 feels right tho, I was so sad when they cancelled Galavant, still am
Shocked and genuinely happy to see INSTANT STAR on this list! Love seeing Alexz Johnson acknowledged in mainstream media!
Thanks for putting “Cop Rock” on your list. I’m probably one of the very few out there who actually LIKED the show (I looked forward to Randy Newman’s opening each week). Even the producers had a sense of humour with the final scene of the final episode, starting off with “we’ve been cancelled”…
Ok by what are tvlines thoughts on the rise of the pink ladies? Cause I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the grease prequel
I’m still mourning Eli Stone!
Me too! Loved it!