Have you found yourself wondering “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite TV shows? If so, we’re here to tell you. Check out our Spotify playlist below and see why these music picks clicked. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!)
THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)
The song: “Thicky Trick”
The episode: “Goliath and David” (511)
The hook: This original tune (covered in several different genres and played in the courtroom throughout Sunday’s ep) was the centerpiece of the hour as the lawyers had fun with copyright law. And damn was it catchy.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN (FX)*
The song: Stevie Nicks, “Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You”
The episode: “The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks” (310)
The hook: Fiona (Jessica Lange) closed out the night Wednesday on an emotionally complex note. After drowning (mostly) innocent clairvoyant Nan (Jamie Brewer) to extend her own life, Fiona listened to a stripped-down personal performance by her pal Stevie — whom Fiona had brought in to placate her rival Misty (Lily Rabe). Simultaneously smiling and shedding a single tear, Fiona drank in Nicks’ rumination on death and legacy. Coven creator Ryan Murphy told EW’s Tim Stack that he “thought it oddly applied to the Jessica Lange character where Fiona has had all these great opportunities and squandered them and is just looking for some peace after her horrific acts.”
TROPHY WIFE (ABC)
The song: Billy Bragg & Wilco, “California Stars”
The episode: “The Big 5-0” (111)
The hook: After Kate (Malin Akerman) tried to turn around what she perceived as Pete’s (Bradley Whitford) birthday curse in time for his 50th on Tuesday, he assured her he was completely happy with her — birthday or not — before crank up the jukebox and inviting her to share a “California”-appropriate, chilled-out slow dance.
NEW GIRL (Fox)*
The song: Maná, “Clavado en un bar”
The episode: “Clavado En Un Bar” (311)
The hook: After a new job opportunity sent Jess (Zooey Deschanel) into a 20-minutes tizzy on Tuesday and forced her to realize she’d been pinning her identity to her career, Nick (Jake Johnson) showed her there was more to life than work. As she looked around the bar to the sounds of the Mexican rock tunesmiths’ jubilant track, Jess realized that here, with her friends, is where she’s truly herself. (And, oh yes, there was also an only-on-New-Girl bizarre use of Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” as Schmidt reminisced about his own career path because, well, Schmidt.)
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (Fox)
The song: LL Cool J, “Mama Said Knock You Out”
The episode: “Pontiac Bandit” (112)
The hook: When Peralta (Andy Samberg) was in hot pursuit of a perp he’d been tracking for eight years, small-time crook Doug Judy (Craig Robinson) helped the detective get suited up to go undercover — with an oversized, collarless, all-white suit. The transformation took place to LL Cool J’s fresh-and-fly 1990 don’t-call-it-a-comeback track, making for one badass moment. Sure, Doug turned out to be the Pontiac Bandit by the end of Tuesday night’s ep. And sure, he eluded Peralta’s capture once more, but he left the detective with a bitchin’ set of duds as a consolation prize.
THE CARRIE DIARIES (The CW)
The song: Billy Idol, “Rebel Yell”
The episode: “Under Pressure” (209)
The hook: A classic ’80s-movie set-up set to a classic ’80s tune. Fittingly frantic, The Brit rocker’s 1983 hit play as the rebels in question — sisters Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) and Dorrit (Stefania Owen), who enlisted the help of Sebastian (Austin Butler) and Mouse (Ellen Wong) — speed-cleaned the wreckage of a rager after their father announced he’d be arriving home in an hour.
THE REAL WORLD (MTV)
The song: Tiny Dragons, “Come Alive”
The episode: “Ex-plosion” (2901)
The hook: And so the Ex-plosion began with a bang — specifically, between two new roommates wearing the heads of bear suits (don’t ask) — set to the indie rockers’ sultry song. We’ve gotta say, it was pretty hot. No, literally. All that fur!
COUGAR TOWN (TBS)
The song: Kidnap Kid, “So Close”
The episode: “All of Nothin'” (501)
The hook: In a bar scene drenched with dance beats and vino, English electromeister Matt Relton’s line “nothin’ could tear [two lovers] away” underlined the connected-at-the-lips closeness of lovebirds Travis (Dan Byrd) and Laurie (Busy Philipps). Jules (Courteney Cox) insisted she was “cool as ice” about her son and BFF’s new romance, but it seemed like she was “So Close” to a freak-out. Homegirl’s gonna need a bigger glass of wine!
SINGLE LADIES (VH1)
The song: Charli XCX, “You (Ha Ha Ha)”
The episode: “One Wedding and a Funeral” (301)
The hook: Charlotte Emma Aitchison’s hip track saw the Ladies — and Omar (Travis Winfrey) — swagger into the season 3 opener’s titular wedding Monday. That said, a hungover April (Charity Shea) was probably thinking something along the lines of the song’s “We used to be the cool kids” lyrics when she spotted Felicia Price (Letoya Luckett) and realized she’d doused the ice queen with a glass of wine the night before.
TEEN WOLF (MTV)
The song: Robots Don’t Sleep, “Don’t Wake Me”
The episode: “Anchors” (313)
The hook: Much of Monday’s midseason return centered on dream-like hallucinations and nightmares, and Berlin-born beatmaster Robert Koch’s thematically appropriate emo-electro cut underscored a dream talk between Scott (Tyler Posey) and Stiles (Dylan O’Brien).
ALMOST HUMAN (Fox)
The song: The Hollies, “The Air That I Breathe”
The episode: “Simon Says” (107)
The hook: As a sadistic bomber forced a woman to dance for her life, the Brit invaders’ mellow 1974 ballad belied the tense circumstances of its use. “Sometimes all I need that is the air that I breathe”? How about a good pair of wire cutters for that bomb? (Bonus: Monday’s installment also featured Pearl Jam’s “Pendulum,” which Jukebox singled out as one of the 21 Best Songs of Fall TV 2013.)
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (ABC Family)
The song: Chris Arena, “Train”
The episode: “Who’s in the Box?” (414)
The hook: PLL returned for the latter half of its fourth season on Tuesday, and boy was it moody! Hanna (Ashley Benson) and Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) broke up as the L.A. singer-songwriter sung and strummed about “this lonely world.” Elsewhere, Aria (Lucy Hale) and Ezra (Ian Harding) discussed their relationship to Lily & Madeleine’s “Things I’ll Later Lose.” Considering E(zra) is actually ‘A,’ the sisters’ title and refrain (“I can’t find you, darlin'”) seemed especially apropos.
The song: The Rocketboys, “On the Other Side”
The episode: “All In The Family” (213)
The hook: Closing out Thursday’s ep, Bell (Jon Michael Hill) symbolically buried the hatchet with Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) by transferring back into his old unit. Finding corruption in his new unit, he’d overcome a feeling of inferiority to Sherlock and come back from the “Other Side” of the department. With its subtle start that crescendoed into a soaring chorus, the Austin indie outfit’s track seemed just big enough for the detectives’ momentous, yet very private, reconciliation.
The song: London Grammar, “If You Wait”
The episode: “Stay a Little Longer” (512)
The hook: “Can you give me, everything… ‘Cause I can’t give you anything”… The Jukebox favorites’ piano ballad was heartbreaking Thursday as Julia (Erika Christensen) tried to explain the circumstances of her emotional affair to Joel (Sam Jaeger).
The song: “Creep,” originally by Radiohead
The episode: “Basic Intergluteal Numismatics” (503)
The hook: Playing on David Fincher’s use of an eerie cover in his Social Network trailer, Shirley’s (Yvette Nicole Brown) boys turned in an unsettling performance of the emo rockers’ 1992 debut single as set up for an ep paying homage to the director on Thursday. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Ben Folds’ cameo performance of the ep-inspired “Ass Crack Bandit” provided a hilarious kicker montage.
PARKS AND RECREATION (NBC)
The song: Pink Martini, “Sympathique”
The episode: “Second Chunce” (610)
The hook: Want to recreate Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben’s (Adam Scott) romantic trip to Paris? Here’s your soundtrack! You’re welcome.
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