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

They really pioneered the use of hit songs throughout each episode ... Michael Mann continued to do it with his movies as well.


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The OC


I’ve been meaning to start a re-watch but it’s probably going to have to wait until football season is over.

Sandy may just be GOAT tv dad.


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blueboy
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They really pioneered the use of hit songs throughout each episode ... Michael Mann continued to do it with his movies as well.

Yep. Before that, shows that did play popular songs used cheesy, studio cover versions. The Fall Guy was one of the worst offenders.

In the Air Tonight on Miami Vice was a watershed TV moment.


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WKRP

Tiny Dancer

Bailey Quarters

If you were there, you know what I’m talking about.


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Rattlehead82
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
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They really pioneered the use of hit songs throughout each episode ... Michael Mann continued to do it with his movies as well.


That's what brought Miami Vice immediately to mind. It was almost every episode there was some popular song and, if not, something awesome by Jan Hammer was playing. "Evan" by him is amazing as is the scene it accompanies.

Songs just from season 1

Just scroll down and look at the pilot episode Brother's Keeper, that's one episode with several popular songs.


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scrooster
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In the Air Tonight on Miami Vice was a watershed TV moment.

Yep, I remember that like yesterday. Sonny and Tubbs driving to do battle and Tubbs loading the shotgun then driving the Ferrari with the lights hitting it from the front bumper shot .... it's gotta be on YouTube right?

Hold on, here we go: LINK

Glenn Frey Miami Vice You Belong to the City was the next big homerun hit for the show. LINK


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scrooster
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Bailey Quarters

She was saf with those glasses .... sexier than Lonnie imho.

This will tell you how old we've become.














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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
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The OC

Don’t call it that


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CAD703X
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
Mr Robot has used some obscure songs to great effect. My favorite:

Hall of Mirrors

Unfortunately the scene isn't online, just the track.


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OldSouth
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
How has no one said “paint it black” for Tour Of Duty? Are we not counting theme songs?


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composerdave
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
That 70s Show really nailed it a few times, IMO.

They used Big Star's "Thirteen" throughout the series for Eric and Donna's relationship.

They also used Elvis Costello's "Alison" really well once when Hyde hooked up with this tough girl.


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Sayre
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
Mad Men


ColdDuck
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
Deadliest Catch. Dead or Alive.


MasonTiger
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
The Sopranos theme song from Alabama 3, “Woke Ip This Morning,” and Frank Sinatra’s “It Was a Very Good Year” to start season 2.
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Jax Teller
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
Wonder Years


agreenway6
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
AHS 1984 did a really good job with their song choices/soundtrack


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Dire Wolf
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re: Television shows with the best use of popular song
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Mr Robot has used some obscure songs to great effect. My favorite


Pictures of you in the first season was fantastic


Cdawg
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Obvious answer is Miami Vice but Mr Robot really nailed it too. Perfume Genius song Queen in that scene was perfect along with Pictures of You. And Take me Home by Phil Collins. It's almost like the script was written around the music.
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From a relatively recent standpoint (last 20 years), excluding variety shows (e.g. Glee), Scrubs, The Sopranos and The Shield were all pretty good.

Historically, WKRP (before rights issues gutted it for the longest time) had somewhat of an unfair advantage as it was set in a Top 40 radio station in the mid/late 1970s.

For its day, Miami Vice might be the Gold Standard.
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