Buffy’s “Once More, With Feeling” was the musical episode to end all episodes – or was it? From Scrubs to Grey’s Anatomy and How I Met Your Mother, which episodes have we crowned the best and which were unfortunate flops?

On the special Buffy edition of Vampire Hype, our hosts bonded over their love for the Buffy musical spectacular “Once More, With Feeling.” While this is the most well known of TV musical episodes, it isn’t anywhere near the only one. Which other episodes have performed as well as the Buffy-fest, and which have fallen flat?

The Best

Buffy: Once More, With Feeling

Any list would be incomplete without the Big One. “Once More With Feeling” showed just how great musical episodes could be, even in such a bizarre context. If someone had pitched us the idea of singing and dancing vampires, and a quasi-metal song about bunnies, it wouldn’t have gone far. But with the master of Joss Whedon behind it, it resulted in an achievement that has set the musical standard.

He was helped out by a musically talented cast. Anthony Stewart Head (Giles), James Marsters (Spike) and Amber Benson (Tara) did much of the heavy lifting vocally, but the rest of the cast more than met the challenge. The songs were well written and entertaining, while managing to be gently mocking of their specific genre. Whedon, you’ve done it again.

Best moment: All of it, but special mention to ensemble number “Walk Through the Fire.”

Scrubs: My Musical

No show exists where music seemed more appropriate than this wacky off-the-wall comedy. This was also a prime opportunity to showcase the musical skills of a supremely talented cast (in a completely silly way). It seems like every member of the cast was either a self-confessed musical theatre nerd (ahem, Zach Braff), or had grown up doing Broadway or Off-Broadway productions.

Scrubs has never been a show to take itself too seriously, and this episode was no exception. With songs titled “Everything Comes Down to Poo” and “For the Last Time, I’m Dominican,” “My Musical” was basically an all-out giggle fest. All of the songs were essentially parodies of well-known musical theatre numbers from Beauty and the Beast and Les Mis, amongst others. Can you guess which song parodied which?

Best moment: “Guy Love,” possibly the best song ever written. Ever.

Community: Regional Holiday Music

Community‘s parody of Glee was a joy to behold. Whether you’re a Glee fan or not, there is no doubt that it does sometimes fall into certain TV tropes, and “Regional Holiday Music” exploited them all. From the incessant discussion of Regionals, the nonsensical mashups, the crazy show choir director wearing equally crazy sweater vests, this was Glee all over.

The songs themselves were ridiculous, with the quirky and skewed humour that we associate with Community. The strength of the songs was in the lyrics, written by the regular writing team, and in the unabashedly enthusiastic performances from the cast. They were parodies, but they were also hilarious in their own right. Plus who can forget the beauty of Britta’s “awkward song” to wrap everything up.

Best moment: Troy and Abed performing “Baby Boomer Santa,” #dreamteam.

How I Met Your Mother: “Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit” from Girls Vs Suits


Any chance for musical theatre dynamo and all-around perfect human being Neil Patrick Harris to show off his musical skills is okay by us. This number was ridiculous and hilarious, and a long time coming. We know from “Once More, With Feeling” that Alyson Hannigan is not keen on singing, but Jason Segel and Cobie Smulders have got some pipes. So, can we have a full musical episode now, pretty please?

Those were the best musical episodes and moments, now what were the worst? Head to the next page to find out.

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Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!


Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?