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Old 10-01-05, 05:54 PM
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alright, what show started the "play a pop song in the last 5 min of an episode" fase

It seems like every show is doing it now (alias and rescue me from what i hear are the biggest culprits) I personally don't mind it, but i was wondering what the first major show to start doing this.
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Blame the WB.
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Originally Posted by RogueScribner
Blame the WB.
Yep.

I'm not sure which one of the WB shows started the practice, but they all seemed to do it as of last year. This year, it seems it has spread to every network.
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90210, pretty much. But Dawson's Creek may be the first to use it religiously, mostly to make up for bad writing.
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I believe that would be dawson creek.
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"Cold Case" probably deserves some blame too. The show premiered in the fall of 2003, and literally EVERY episode ends that way. It's part of the show's official template. I know the device was used regularly before that, like on "Dawson's Creek," but EVERY SINGLE WEEK? "Cold Case" might have been the first to use it so consistently, which surely inspired other shows to use it, too.
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Originally Posted by EricDSnider
"Cold Case" probably deserves some blame too. The show premiered in the fall of 2003, and literally EVERY episode ends that way. It's part of the show's official template. I know the device was used regularly before that, like on "Dawson's Creek," but EVERY SINGLE WEEK? "Cold Case" might have been the first to use it so consistently, which surely inspired other shows to use it, too.
I don't know the show because I don't watch it, but I agree that it would have to be credited with bringing the practice mainstream because it is on a major network.
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hell, alias was doing that in 01, yeah not every week, but at least a half a dozen times per season.
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I remember Picket Fences doing it a few times back in the mid 90's
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The biggest was Seinfeld, when they played Green Day's "Time Of Your Life".
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Originally Posted by superdeluxe
I believe that would be dawson creek.
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First show that I recall using popular music, religiously, was 21 Jump Street. So blame Fox, not the WB - they just took the idea and ran with it.
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Originally Posted by CPT
The biggest was Seinfeld, when they played Green Day's "Time Of Your Life".
That wasn't even in an episode. It was at the beginning of the finale clip show.
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Dawson's Creek was what I thought of when i read the thread title
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Yep dawsons creek hands down....just to bad they pissed them all away in the dvd sets...taking out the good stuff they didnt want to pay for and adding shit music instead. Really though the music I feel was a big part of the creek, it was another character is you ask me the songs were so perfectly picked most of the time. And yes they did it basically ever single week.
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I actually haven't watched a full episode of Cold Case, but from the bits of it I've seen isn't the gimmick to use hit songs from the year the case happened throughout the whole episode? I think somehow it's supposed to make the viewer know when the flashbacks are taking place-- "They're playing 'Hit Me Baby One More Time' on the radio, this murder must take place in 1999!"
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I remember seeing an early-ish episode of Friends that closed with "With Or Without You" playing.
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Uh...Miami Vice invented this....20 years ago.
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Originally Posted by brianluvdvd
Uh...Miami Vice invented this....20 years ago.
You just blew some minds. Most folks on this forum had no idea that tv even existed 20 years ago.
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Originally Posted by brianluvdvd
Uh...Miami Vice invented this....20 years ago.
Exactly. I'm a Miami Vice fanatic so yeah this is the truth. From George Benson's "This Masquerade" to Robert Plant's "Little by Little" Miami Vice was the first. Have to say, it worked especially well for them too.

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I think he meant fade and accidentally hit s instead of d.
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Crud... Las Vegas made the move to include the actual band.
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So does pretty much everybody hate this? I love it. Sure it's a little cheap to use the song to manipulate your feelings, but it's similar to what the score for movies and TV shows have been doing for 100 years. It can be bad when the song doesn't fit the mood, but I find that rarely happens. I've even enjoyed songs that I didn't like before after they were well-used in a show.

I would like someone explain to me why Over There thinks it can get away with playing the same song over the last few minutes of every episode. That is inexcusable IMO. Even if the song wasn't the absolute piece of shit that it is, it would still be ridiculous.

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