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The Best Needle Drop in TV History

In response to recent musical moments in ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘The Umbrella Academy,’ Dave, Joanna, and Neil discuss their all-time favorite needle drops

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This week, Dave, Joanna, and Neil debate what is the best needle drop in TV history. First, they discuss the recent needle drops on Stranger Things and The Umbrella Academy that inspired this debate (0:00), before going through a long list of pre-trial dismissals that just missed the cut (0:00). Then, the debate begins with arguments for their choices for best needle drop in TV history (0:00). Lastly, they decide which listener choice should be added to the final poll (0:00).

Now it’s up to you to decide! What is the best needle drop in TV history? You can vote below, on The Ringer’s Twitter feed, and in the Spotify app, where you’ll find Trial by Content. The winner will be announced next week!


What is the best needle drop in TV history?

This poll is closed

  • 24%
    Da7e: "Devil Town" from ‘Friday Night Lights’
    (134 votes)
  • 26%
    Neil: "Shambala" from ‘LOST’
    (145 votes)
  • 21%
    Joanna: "Breathe Me" from ‘Six Feet Under’
    (118 votes)
  • 27%
    Listener (Jessica): "Hide and Seek" from ‘The O.C.’
    (153 votes)
550 votes total Vote Now

Hosts: Dave Gonzales, Joanna Robinson, and Neil Miller
Associate Producer: Carlos Chiriboga
Additional Production Supervision: Arjuna Ramgopal
Theme song and other music credits: Devon Renaldo

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