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‘Grey’s Anatomy’

Three hundred episodes ago, Grey’s Anatomy admitted us to Seattle Grace Hospital with a pilot episode titled “A Hard Day’s Night.” By the end of the show’s 2005 midseason run, which ended with the in-our-face titled “Who’s Zoomin’ Who,” we knew we were getting more than just a random Aretha Franklin reference. Every Grey’s Anatomy episode — and there are a lot of them — is named after a song, with every artist from BJ Thomas (“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”) to Metallica (“Where the Wild Things Are”) represented. In a clever Season 2 two-parter, one R.E.M. song was even used for two episode titles. The infamous “bomb” episode, “It’s the End of the World,” was followed one week later with “As We Know It.” All they were missing was a third part titled “And I Feel Fine.”

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From 'Grey's Anatomy' to 'Supernatural': TV shows that used song titles for episode names

Victoria Leigh Miller
Writer

TV episode titling is a fascinating phenomenon. Whether it’s puns (Arrested Development), riffs on movie titles (Gossip Girl), or the dreaded “The One With…” (you know what we’re talking about), diehard fans and online programming guide stalkers pay really close attention to TV episode titles. Themed titles are more like a wink from the writers, but sometimes the pattern is so obvious it can’t be ignored and it stays in your head like a song. Especially if it is a song. Take a look at our slideshow of TV shows that regularly used song titles for episode names.