Music in TV show endings

I watched the season finale of “The Cleaning Lady” (season 2) on Hulu the other day. In a montage with the lead characters, a song played and immediately got my attention. This was as they were wrapping up the episode and naturally, setting up season 3. Here’s the song that played, “When the Party’s Over” covered by James Blake.


As the montage played, I thought of how music can be so critical in the storyline of TV shows. My mind went to a sitcom called “New Girl.” It has one of the best scenes I’ve ever seen because of what was happening but not just that… it was the music that elevated it to an unforgettable moment. Here’s the scene. The timing gets me every time…


I can also remember way back to the finale of a classic show from the late 80s/early 90s starring Fred Savage, “The Wonder Years.” I guess I don’t necessarily remember the music but it was his narration (call it a spoken word soundtrack, maybe?) along with the montage that has stuck with me.


Then there’s the scene in “Parenthood” featuring a song by Sufjan Stevens. It’s “Come Thou Fount” and plays at the perfect time in the show. I can’t find the scene but here’s the song, one of the best hymns ever written!


Do you have any favorite TV show music moments? If so, share your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for dropping in!

-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 13-year-old beagle and an 11-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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