6 Fictional TV Bands That Became Fantastic IRL Musical Groups

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We’ve seen some top-notch bands come out of TV shows and movies throughout the years — Pink Slip from Freaky Friday, Boyz in Motion from That’s So Raven and Hep Alien from Gilmore Girls, to name a few. Not gonna lie, we were V bummed to learn that those awesome groups were solely made for the screen — they were AWESOME! In select circumstances, however, the fictional act’s success is enough to transition to real life, giving fans a new group to obsess over outside of the small-screen universe.

From the 1960s to modern day, fake bands becoming actual groups is nothing new… which is great, because a lot of us still have our fingers crossed that Prota Zoa and his band Microbe from the Disney Channel Original Movie, Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century could make an IRL comeback. (Don’t worry, we’re not holding our breath).


Big Time Rush

Figuring out which came first — BTR the show, or BTR the band — is kind of like asking about the chicken or the egg. In 2009, Big Time Rush the television series premiered on Nickelodeon and a couple months later the on-screen group released IRL music.

The band was signed to Nick Records and then Columbia Records, went on five concert tours, and released three albums before going on hiatus in 2014.

Photo: Nickelodeon

The Cheetah Girls

Okay, we know that The Cheetah Girls was a Disney Channel Original Movie, but because DCOMs are made to be on TV, we're still gonna count 'em. Any objections?

While there were four Cheetah Girls in the DCOMs (most of them, anyway), Raven Symone didn't want to be part of the actual group, leaving Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams and Sabrina Bryan as a musical trio.

The Real host spoke out about people not seeing them as an *actual* band, saying, "It's important for people to see us as a real musical group. We have all this great marketing around us, with the movies and other things. But we are a musical group." Although the girls went on tour in 2008, they disbanded afterwards.

Photo: Disney Channel

The Brady Bunch

When The Brady Bunch show was at its height, many had trouble separating the actors from their fictional characters, so it only seemed to make sense to send them out on tour as a musical group. Many said this decision was because the stars were type-cast so hard that they weren't able to find non-Brady work.

Photo: Paramount Television

Josie and the Pussycats

While the 2001 Josie and the Pussycats movie-band didn't become anything...the OG band from the '70s animated TV show did! The trio was put together in hopes of bringing the animated band to life with Cathy Douglas, Patrice Holloway and Cherie Moor.

Together, the girls created an album and a couple singles. Perhaps the Josie and the Pussycats band from The CW's Riverdale will eventually venture off and make real-life music, too.

Photo: Capitol

The Monkees

The Monkees reached a lot of mainstream success as band, so much that many don't even know the group was created for television..

The 1960s small-screen show featured four young men trying to break into the Rock n' Roll Industry and showed the boys goofing around a heck of a lot on the way (Sound familiar? It was actually the inspiration for Big Time Rush). While the series only lasted two years, the band has been together for almost five decades!

Photo: Screen Gems Television

The Rutles

As you might be able to tell from the album cover, The Rutles are a spoof band of The Beatles, but when they started off... they were totally fictional!

The group was originally seen in a British comedy series called Rutland Weekend Television, then was in a made-for-TV mockumentary in called All You Need Is Cash (The Rutles).

Photo: Warner Bros.

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