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Jack Ruby
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Television shows with the best use of popular song
I don't know why, but I always thought The OC was about the best I remember at really using pop songs and non score music to set a tone of the show. It drug you emotionally into the episode.

The Sopranos was also incredible at this, but in far deeper and more sophisticated and varying level than the OC.
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Rattlehead82
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
Miami Vice


teke184
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
The Shield had some pretty good uses.

Two that immediately come to mind are Disarm by Smashing Pumpkins and Overcome by Live, which capped off some pretty emotional episodes.


wildtigercat93
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
Big fan of Freaks and Geeks.


Duane Dibbley
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
I really liked how the show Cold Case used music.


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Legba007
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
Breakin' Bad with baby blue
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xenythx
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
Scrubs


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Saint Alfonzo
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
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Miami Vice


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lacajun069
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
Happy Days-Rock Around The Clock

Lucifer-Being Evil Has A Price.


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SquatchDawg
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
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Miami Vice


Badass
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BigAppleTiger
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
Alias always stood out to me.

Youtube- What was wrong with the black one?

X-files, Mad Men, and currently Watchmen
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mizzoubuckeyeiowa
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
Veronica Mars


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TheeRealCarolina
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
The Wonder Years and The Goldbergs are 1 and 2.


mizzoubuckeyeiowa
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
Holy shite, forgot about Wonder Years.

A huge mainstream popular classic song combined with 8mm home movies.

Yeah...I'd agree, they used a popular song to great effect.

There's a difference I guess between using an already popular song and the song becoming popular because of the TV show (Miami Vice instrumental.)
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
The OC concerts were lit


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ldts
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
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The Shield had some pretty good uses.


Another one the Shield used good was Breakdown by Tantric.


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SPEEDY
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
Beavis and Butthead


TheLSUriot
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
I like the use of classic rock in Supernatural.


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Huck Finn
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
Chuck.

"Short Skirt, Long Jacket"

Love me some Cake.


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sportsaddit68
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
I have never seen a show use music as well as Scrubs.

Especially their use of "How to Save a life" and "hallelujah"


Though not a well known song, their use of David Gray's "Please forgive me" in the first episode was very well done for it's time.
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