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"The Neighbors" sing like a "Larry Song Bird"

Written by Maria Sciullo on .

Any time a television series delivers a "musical episode," we're there. "Glee" and "Smash" don't count, for obvious reasons, but there is something near and dear to the musical theater geek's heart about dancing demons (Buffy the Vampire Slayer's "Once More, With Feeling") and odes to "Guy Love" (Scrubs' "My Musical').

So we are pleased that  Wednesday, ABC's wacky "The Neighbors" presents "Sing Like a Larry Bird." Not so pleasant: there are only a handful of songs, and the one big parody -- composer Alan Menken makes fun of his "Belle," from "Beauty and the Beast" -- isn't as strong as "Mountain Town" from South Park's "Bigger, Longer and Uncut."

NeighborsmusicalStill, "Neighbors" stars Simon Templeman and Toks Olagundoye throw themselves into the madness with tuneful glee, and in best musical theater tradition, a secret is revealed through song.

What's you favorite TV musical episode? I'll go with Joss Whedon's masterful combination of solid songwriting, comedy and drama for "Buffy" ("Walk Through the Fire" brings an entire season together). Some might prefer "Scrubs," where Peters Township High School graduate and Tony nominee Stephanie D'Abruzzo guest starred as a woman who only heard the world through song.

You might also favor the episode of covers in the "Grey's Anotomy's" "Song Beneath the Song," where Tony Award-winner Sara Ramirez got to belt.

On a related note, it's a pity that the insanely talented Audra McDonald never got a musical episode of "Private Practice." And how weird is it that Joss Whedon's father, Tom, wrote the only "Golden Girls" episode ("Henny Penny -- Straight, No Chaser")?

 

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