Over the years, the best sitcoms have managed to get their sight gags and various quotes stuck in our heads days, months even years later. But what about their songs? What about the original music they’ve created just for special musical episodes, dream sequences or musically-inclined characters? These witty auditory gems need to celebrated and so we’ve gathered 20 funny songs from your favorite sitcoms. Read on to relive some of the funniest musical moments from 20 different television shows.
20. “All About Mormons”- South Park
Debut episode: Season 7, Episode 12: “All About Mormons”
The “All About Mormons” episode of South Park consists of musically narrated flashbacks about the history of Mormonism as characters like Stan and Mr. Marsh ask questions about the religion when a Mormon family moves into town. The musical narrations act as a satirical comment on the origins of the Mormonism itself and deftly discusses the difference between faith and reliance on physical evidence for belief in a humorous way. You can view a clip of one of the flashbacks in the video below.
19. “Soft Kitty” The Big Bang Theory
Debut episode: Season 1, Episode 11: The Pancake Batter Anomaly
What’s so great about “Soft Kitty” is that it’s short, catchy, adorable in theme and tone and it also forces Sheldon and Penny to interact in ways their normally polar-opposite personalities wouldn’t allow them to. Penny has to care for Sheldon, and indulge one of his many idiosyncrasies. And Sheldon, in the video below, has to care for Penny and actually has to compromise his own wants and needs in order to comfort her. In that way, “Soft Kitty” is kind of a magic kitty.
18. “Michael’s Diwali Song”- The Office
Debut episode: Season 3, Episode 6: “Diwali”
It’s a song made up by Michael Scott about Diwali, a Hindu holiday. It also happens to be a parody of Adam Sandler’s “Hanukkah Song”. Michael even sings it like Sandler. It’s wonderfully awkward. And the look on Dwight’s face as he plays the music for the song is our favorite part.
17. “Jack’s Subway Tush”- Will and Grace
Debut episode: Season 2, Episode 22: “My Best Friend’s Tush”
It’s really just a short jingle for what’s really an odd but kind of necessary invention created by Jack: a subway “tush”—a portable cushion to sit on while riding a subway in New York City. The jingle is bouncy and upbeat and kind of makes you want to dance. It’s so snappy you’ll have the hardest time trying to get it and Jack’s dance for it out of your head.
16. “Army Song” – MASH
Debut episode: Season 5, Episode 21: “Movie Tonight”
Without entertainment for some parts of the night, the cast of M*A*S*H, is left to entertain themselves. The episode “Movie Tonight” features a number of solo and small-group performances by the cast but “Army Song” is the one number performed by the entire cast. If you’d never watched the show before, “Army Song” would be a great introduction to all of the characters. “Army Song” ended up being a humorous way to quickly get to know each character by their function, and more importantly, by what they find funny about themselves being in the army. You get laughs and a rundown of all of the characters in just a few minutes.
15. “Franklin Comes Alive”- Arrested Development
Debut episode: Season 2, Episode 18: “Righteous Brothers”
This was funny in a way that was painfully awkward. Sometimes Gob’s lack of awareness of anything that extends beyond his world is mind-boggling. It’s as if his wealthy lifestyle has completely isolated him from any other viewpoints but his own. We don’t blame that guy in the recording studio for leaving.
14. “Robot Hell”- Futurama
Debut episode: Season 1, Episode 9: “Hell Is Other Robots”
Futurama’s “Robot Hell” not only helps explain the literal depths of robot-spirituality, we also get a sense of how “bad” Bender truly is. As a helpful guide to the varying levels of robot-evil, the entire song is a funny litany of Bender’s crimes.
13. “The Spring in Springfield”- Simpsons
Debut episode: Season 8, Episode 5: “Bart After Dark”
As punishment for one of Bart’s numerous bad deeds, he is sent to work for the latest person he’s wronged: an old lady with a bad reputation in town. Bart soon find that the woman is not really a scary, evil witch, but rather the owner of Springfield’s local burlesque club. Once Bart’s mother Marge, finds out however, the fun is over for not only Bart and Homer, but for the whole town as well as Marge leads a crusade against Springfield’s Maison Derriere. In an attempt to convince the town to keep the Maison Derriere, Homer begins singing about the club and its impact on the town. The town slowly begins to join in with him, and they eventually decide to keep the club. You can view the the song in the video below. And you can access just the audio here.
12. “Dewey’s Opera”- Malcolm in the Middle
Debut episode: Season 6, Episode 11: “Dewey’s Opera”
In this episode, Hal and Lois’ second youngest child pens an opera based on his parents’ marital bickering. As he writes, you can see the opera unfold in Dewey’s mind and Hal and Lois are transformed into opera singers, with traditional costumes and backup singers. You can view a clip of the opera here.
11. “Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit” – How I Met Your Mother
Debut episode: Season 5. Episode 12: “Girls Vs. Suits”
Barney’s known for a number of things. Womanizing. The Bro Code. And of course, his suits. We honestly can’t remember an episode where he wasn’t wearing one. Barney no doubt takes immense pride in being impeccably dressed and donning a suit for him seems akin to putting on his superhero costume. It’s like Clark Kent in reverse, but instead of ripping his dress shirt off to reveal a heroic emblem underneath, Barney very carefully buttons up that same shirt and ties a Windsor knot. And instead of saving lives, he boasts the power to put people and animals in suits as well. With blue lasers.
Plus, in this video, you don’t want to miss Neil Patrick Harris’ awesome theatrical dancing. There’s even a winged, disembodied suit that floats in mid-air.