Rhyming Episode

A lesser version of a Musical Episode, a rhyming episode is when all characters speak in rhymes throughout the episode, sometimes even rhyming each other's sentences. Usually an episode like this is when the plot is based around a classic poem or fairy tale.


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    Comic Books 
  • An Archie Comics story involved Jughead rhyming all of Archie's sentences, causing a chain reaction that rapidly has all of Riverdale High compulsively rhyming each other's sentences non-stop. Everyone is miserable until Betty and Veronica recall that the last time Jughead did this, it finally stopped when he suffered a blow to the head. They then trick him into making an insulting rhyme with Big Moose's name in his hearing...POW.
    Betty: Hurt?
    Jughead: It smarts.
    Veronica: Betty! That doesn't rhyme.
    Betty: Are you kidding? That's sheer poetry.
  • Captain Marvel #9 has Carol, Tic, and mutant rockstar Lila Cheney end up on a planet where it is customary to speak only in rhyme. Highlights include Carol chiding her opponent in a death match for trying to rhyme tale with fell, and later knocking out said opponent with a BOP while telling her to stop.

     Fan Fiction 

  • In 'The Neverending Story'', Atreyu reaches Uyulala, the Southern Oracle. He soon discovers that it only ever speaks in rhymes and cannot comprehend human speech unless it's also rhymed, resulting in a rhymed conversation.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Moonlighting episode "Atomic Shakespeare" was done in costume as if the cast were in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. At one point, the leads break the fourth wall to tell the audience, "We hate iambic pentameter!"
  • How I Met Your Mother has the episode "Bedtime Stories" entirely in nursery rhymes.
  • The Faerie Tale Theatre adaptation of "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" is a straight-up retelling of the Robert Browning poem, so after a Framing Device prologue that presents it as a bedtime story Browning is telling a young boy, all the dialogue and narration is in rhyming couplets. This is also a rare rhyming episode that is primarily Played for Drama.

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    Western Animation 
  • The Danny Phantom episode "The Fright Before Christmas" has a villain called The Ghost Writer, who turns Danny and all of Amity Park into a Christmas poem, forcing everyone to rhyme.
  • The Animaniacs episode "Twas the Day Before Christmas" was done in rhyme, as was "The Kid in the Lid".
  • The Pinky and the Brain episode "Hickory Dickory Bonk."
  • The Super Mario Bros. Super Show episode "Bad Rap."
  • The Powerpuff Girls episode "Dream Scheme", revolving around dreams and sleeping, is written in rhyme to resemble nursery rhymes.
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  • The Arthur episode "Rhyme for Your Life" involved Binky Barnes having a dream where he was in a town called Verseburg, where everyone spoke only in rhyme.
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants episode "SpongeBob vs. the Patty Gadget" had the entire episode in rhyme, telling the story of how SpongeBob was about to be replaced by a machine that made as many Krabby Patties as he did.
  • There have been several Garfield and Friends episodes that were in rhyme, such as "Ode to Odie" and "Fit for a King".
  • The narrator in Danger Mouse delivers his lines in rhyme in the episode "Once Upon A Timeslip" after a microphone glitch transports the cast to the days of Robin Hood.
  • Pink Panther is narrated in rhymes in the German dub.
  • Hong Kong Phooey has the Rotten Rhymer as villain. (The episode is not rhymed throughout, but Phooey learns that it's infectious.)