Song of the Week
When a non-musical series has a musical number almost every episode.
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The latest episode of the series has every thing it could possibly need, what could be missing? How about a song! Just throw it in there some where, that will add that extra little 'oomph' it could use!

Some shows include seemingly random, and some times even unnecessary musical numbers each episode, even though they're not supposed to be musical series. Some times, it's because of the creators' wishes, or other times, it's because it has become some thing of a trend in television. More often than not, these random musical numbers usually pertain mostly to children's entertainment... why? Because kids love spontaneous musical numbers on shows, and grown-ups don't.

There are certain eras of television history in which Song Of The Week were particularly popular, such as the golden era of television of the 1950s and 60s: old black-and-white sitcoms often featured a musical number per show, a throwback to vaudeville. Danny Thomas, for instance, often sang a song from a popular movie or stage show. Burns and Allen would feature an up-and-coming young star in the middle of the show. Dick Van Dyke and his co-actors would often launch into an old song and dance routine as quickly as they were reminded of it. Song Of The Week was also particularly popular for Saturday Morning fare in the 1970s.

Examples

Live Action TV
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer had different bands performing at the Bronze almost every episode.
  • All three CSI: Crime Scene Investigation series do this, usually as part of a montage in the lab or something.
  • H.R. Pufnstuf: Every episode included a show-stopping number, usually a spontaneous tune about the current situation the characters are going through, or some times, even staged, for fun, or as a diversion for the enemies.
  • Sigmund And The Sea Monsters: Almost every episode includes an Aesop song, sung by Johnny, usually at the end of the episode.
  • The Sooty Show and later Sooty & Co. often had a song at the end of the episode.
  • One of the regular segments on Square One TV was "Math Videos", songs revolving around either mathematical concepts or famous mathematicians. Some were sung by the regular actors themselves, others by famous mainstream singers and bands.
  • The live action Witchblade show did this a lot.
  • The Young Ones did this so that it would be classified as "variety" rather than "light entertainment" and thus get a higher budget from the BBC.
Radio
  • The Goon Show had two musical interludes in each episode, often with only the flimsiest of handwaves for their inclusion. Usually the first was an instrumental featuring Max Geldray on harmonica and the second was a song sung by Ray Ellington.
Western Animation
  • One of the reasons why fans of The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin like the show is the catchy showtune-esque songs it had Once an Episode, covering just about every type of Musical Number. Usually the song was integrated into the episode's storyline somehow, but occasionally it would be tacked on (usually at the end) as a sort of obligatory Big Lipped Alligator Moment.
  • Animaniacs The series, in general, was not immune to random production numbers throughout; more specifically, the first season consisted of the "Rita and Runt" segments, in which Rita always sang a number or two. Afterwards, however, because the production staff couldn't afford to keep a personality like Bernadette Peters hired (let alone, songwriters to write new songs every week), the segment was dropped from the regular format of the show, though Rita and Runt would occasionally still make appearances.
  • Dexter's Laboratory: While not quite a weekly basis, it wasn't uncommon for this show to have a random musical number, at any given moment, some times even as MTV-style video montages.
  • Family Guy has one of the characters, usually Peter or Stewie, busting out into song about every other episode.
  • Freakazoid!: Given that this was a Steven Spielberg-produced animated series of the 1990s, it wasn't uncommon for a random musical number in an episode; occasionally, the show would actually interrupt itself for "A Musical Interlude".
  • Garfield and Friends usually had a song somewhere in the U.S. Acres segment, usually having to do with the plot or a moral of the section.
  • Not exactly on a weekly basis, but it wasn't uncommon for Mike, Lu & Og to incorporate a song as part of an episode's soundtrack on a frequent basis.
  • Most My Little Pony incarnations have a song in most episodes.
  • Phineas and Ferb: This shows up in pretty much every episode. In fact, you're less likely to find an episode with no song in it.
  • Scooby Doo, Where Are You?: Almost every episode includes a musical interlude in the form of a big chase scene, with a bubblegum pop-esque tune accompanying it.
    • The Cross Over episode of Johnny Bravo, "Bravo Dooby Doo", lampshaded this, when a psychedelic, bubble gum pop tune started playing while Johnny and the Mystery, Inc. gang commense an obligatory chase sequence with the ghost.
    • A Pup Named Scooby-Doo always has a chase scene with a musical number.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: Like the above mentioned Animaniacs and Freakazoid!, musical numbers were to be expected for this series.
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