13 Funky TV Bands

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Music has always played a big part in our TV experience, but sometimes it's more than just a quiet song played in the background.

On this Throwback Thursday, we're looking at some of our favorite fictional TV bands (from shows such as Parks and Recreation, which you can watch on Amazon Prime to shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer that you can watch on Amazon Prime) that we wish were real!

A couple of these are funny parodies of real bands, some struggled with finding the perfect name, and others simply provided opportunities for the characters to blow off steam. As they say, music can be a form of therapy.

Whether you were rocking out to "Killer Tofu" on Saturday mornings, or swaying along to "5000 Candles in the Wind,"  take a moment to revisit these awesome made-up TV bands. 

So which groups made our cut? Which ones did we forget?  Check out the slideshow and be sure to let us know in the comments.


1. Hot Sundae - Saved by the Bell

Hot Sundae - Saved by the Bell
Sure there was also Zack Attack, but Hot Sundae was featured in easily one of the most recognizable episodes of the series. Who can forget watching Screech sub in for Jessie after she became addicted to caffeine pills and couldn't perform?

2. The California Dreams - California Dreams

The California Dreams - California Dreams
The members of The California Dreams navigated through the normal teen high school problems, but unlike most teenagers, they also dealt with the difficulties of trying to earn a record deal. The show's theme song was an original song performed by the band, and the majority of the actors even sang their own songs.

3. The Beets - Doug

The Beets - Doug
Doug's favorite band, The Beets, performed classics such as "Killer Tofu," "I Need Mo' Allowance," and "Shout Your Lungs Out." Sadly, when the show moved to Disney, the band broke up, but Doug managed to get them back together to perform at a school dance.

4. Mouse Rat - Parks and Recreation

Mouse Rat - Parks and Recreation
Andy Dwyer's band had more band names than songs, but Mouse Rat is the one that stuck. With memorable songs including "The Pit" and "Catch Your Dream," Mouse Rat gained local success with "5000 Candles in the Wind," the memorial song written for miniature horse, Lil Sebastian. While Mouse Rat never made it big, Andy went on to garner a little more success as a solo kids' performer under the stage name Johnny Karate.

5. Dingoes Ate My Baby - Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Dingoes Ate My Baby - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Dingoes were the band to see at the only club in town, the Bronze. Oz got his first glimpse of Willow, dressed as an Eskimo, while he was on stage playing guitar with the band. After they started dating, Willow and the rest of the Scoobies were seen dancing along to their songs several more times until Oz left Sunnydale, and Willow, behind.

6. Creation - Freaks and Geeks

Creation - Freaks and Geeks
Creation (also known by other names) featured members Daniel Desario, played by James Franco, on guitar and Nick Andopolis, played by Jason Segel, on the drums. The group performed mostly cover songs such as "Sunshine of Your Love" and "Crossroads." The band was especially important to Nick, who felt the only way he could avoid military school was to make it big as a drummer.

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