JAY-Z's 'Friends'-Spoofing 'Moonlight' Clip & More Music Videos Inspired by TV Shows

Jay Z, 'Moonlight'
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Jay Z, 'Moonlight'

Music videos might not dominate television airwaves anymore, but TV has infiltrated music videos.

In fact, a fair amount of videos have taken inspiration from TV shows, including Friday's (Aug. 4) latest JAY-Z visual for "Moonlight," which recasts the classic sitcom Friends with a buzzy string of actors, including Insecure's Issa Rae and comedian Hannibal Buress.

But it's hardly the first: Take a look at nine music videos modeled after your favorite small-screen shows:

1. JAY-Z, “Moonlight” 
Inspired by: Friends

Featuring a stunningly accurate re-creation of the opening couch scene -- complete with colorful umbrellas and turtlenecks -- and swapping in Whodini’s 1984 single “Friends” as a theme song, JAY-Z’s latest music video pays homage to the '90s sitcom about six pals in New York City. (Check out a clip of the Friends-inspired video below. Subscribers can view the full "Moonlight" video over on TIDAL.)

2. Destiny’s Child, “Girl”
Inspired by: Sex and the City

It’s only fitting that one of the most influential girl groups of all time would star in a video modeled after one of the most influential TV girl groups of all time: the Sex and the City women. For this video, Beyonc√©, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams channeled Carrie Bradshaw and Co. as they strut down the streets of early 2000s New York to -- where else? -- brunch.

3. Big Sean feat. Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign, “Play No Games”
Inspired by: Martin

Big Sean grew up in Detroit, so it only makes sense he would decide to model the video for “Play No Games” after Detroit-based sitcom Martin. Big Sean dons a chunky color-blocked jacket to play comedian Martin Lawrence’s titular character as the stylized '90s credits role. Add Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign as Martin’s friends, and you’ve got a playful tribute to the successful sitcom.

4. Rag'n'Bone Man, "Skin"
Inspired by: Game of Thrones

Although not set in medieval times, Rag'n'Bone Man's music video for "Skin" evokes the eerie, dismal feel of Game of Throne's provincial setting. Plus, the artist himself said the visual was inspired by the relationship between John Snow and ill-fated wildling Ygritte on the HBO series.

5. Pitbull feat. Chris Brown, "Fun"
Inspired by: Miami Vice

Pitbull and Chris Brown are after a beautiful criminal in Miami while rocking dapper clothes and driving cool cars from the 1980s -- just like Detectives Crockett and Tubbs in Miami Vice.

6. Labrinth, "Express Yourself"
Inspired by: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Labrinth steals the rotating throne from Will Smith for his music video, although he forgets to bring Carlton and Hillary along for the ride, which is a quirky tribute to the popular 1990s sitcom set in -- you guessed it! -- Bel-Air.

7. Weezer, "Buddy Holly" 
Inspired by: Happy Days

A 1970s show set in the 1950s inspired this classic 1990s music video, which interspersed footage from the sitcom (there's Fonzie!) to make it seem like Weezer was really playing Arnold's Diner.

8. Simple Plan feat. Nelly, “I Don’t Wanna Go to Bed”
Inspired by: Baywatch 

Wearing red swimsuits and running in slow motion -- what else does a good music video or TV show need? This parody of the David Hasselhoff-led lifeguard crew will make you want to pack up for the beach, and maybe hit the gym once or twice before going so you can jog as masterfully as Simple Plan and their co-stars. 

9. Radiohead, "Burn the Witch" 
Inspired by: Trumpton

Radiohead's song criticizes world leaders, so it's fitting that one of those leaders' names is tucked right into the title of the children's show that inspired the music video: Trumpton. The show's quaint village takes on a very eerie feel, thanks to the searing lyrics and burned-at-the-stakes visual.


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