My Ten Favorite TV Sitcom Theme Songs

I was commenting to my wife the other day that TV shows nowadays don't have great (or any) theme songs. Most shows just begin with a small sketch, have a short ten second intro and then the show begins again. The shows I grew up with had overly dramatic theme songs that were almost as long in length as the show itself. They usually included freeze frames and clips from the shows. The list that follows are ten of my favorite TV theme songs from my childhood. They may not have been my favorite shows, but the theme songs always take me back to my childhood in Portland, Oregon.

So, go and get your favorite leg warmers, slap bracelets, hyper color shirts and baggy pants and join me for a trip to nostalgia.

Growing Pains

Growing Pains aired on ABC from 1985-1992. It stared Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold, Alan Thicke, Jeremy Miller and, later Leonardo DiCaprio. It is based on the Seaver family from Long Island, New York. Dr. Jason Seaver (Thicke) works from home home because his wife, Maggie (Joanna Kerns), has gone back to work as a reporter. Jason has to take care of the kids: troublemaker Mike (Kirk Cameron), honors student Carol (Tracey Gold), and rambunctious Ben (Jeremy Miller).

The show's theme song is "As Long as We've Got Each Other," which was written and composed by both John bettis (Lyrics) and Steve Dorff (Music). It was performed solo by B.J. Thomas in season 1, B.J. Thomas and Jennifer Warnes in season 2,3,4,5, and 7 and B.J. Thomas and Dusty Springfield in season 4.

Growing Pains

Who's the Boss

Aired on ABC from 1984-1992 and starred Tony Danza, Alyssa Milano (my first and most enduring crush), Katherine Helmond, Judith Light and Danny Pintauro. It starred Tony Danza as a retired widower and former major league baseball player (he played second base for the St. louis Cardinals) who relocates with his daughter Samantha (Alyssa Milano) to Fairfield, Connecticut to work as a live-in housekeeper for a divorced advertising executive, Angela (played by Judith Light), her son Jonathan (Pintauro) and her mother (Katherine Helmond).

The theme song, "Brand New Life", was written by series creators and executive producers Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter. The music was composed by Larry Carlton and Robert Kraft. There were three versions used throughout the series' run. The most recognizable version of the theme song was performed by country singer Steve Wariner.

Cheers

Aired on NBC from 1982 to 1993. it starred Ted Danson, Kirstie Alley, John Ratzenberger, George Wendt, Woody Harrelson, Shelley Long, Rhea Perlman and Kelsey Grammer. The show is set in the Cheers bar in Boston, Massachusetts, where a group of locals meet to drink, relax, chat and have fun. I visited the actual bar where the pilot was filmed with my family. I didn't watch this show when it originally aired but I do remember listening to the show, and it's famous theme song, through my bedroom walls while my parents watched it. The theme song, perhaps the most famous on this list, was written and performed by Gary Portnoy, and co-written with Judy Hart Angelo, lent its famous refrain, "Where Everybody Knows Your Name", as the show's tagline.

Three's Company

Aired on NBC from 1977-1984 and starred John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Susanne Somers, Richard Kline, Norman Fell, Audra Lindley and Don Knotts. The show revolves around three single roommates:Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt), Chrissy Snow (Susanne Somers) and Jack Tripper (John Ritter) who share Apartment 201 in Santa Monica, California. The apartment building is originally owned by Mr and Mrs. Roper (Fell and Lindley). Later, the Roper's leave and the building is owned by Mr. Furley (Don Knotts). Efven though the roommates share a plataonic relationship, in order to appease Mr. Roper's objections to the coed living arrangement, Tripper lies and tells Mr. Roper that he is gay. After Susanne Somers left following the fifth season, the show really isn't worth watching. The theme song is by Don Nicholl and Joe Raposo. It's performed by Ray Charles and Julia Rinker.

Family Ties

Aired on NBC from 1982 to 1989 and starred Michael Gross, Michael J. Fox, Meredith Baxter-Birney, Justine Bateman and Tina Yothers. Set during the early years of the Reagan administration, Elyse and Steven Keaton ( Baxter-Birney and Gross) are liberal baby boomers and former hippies. They have three children: Alex (Fox), Mallory (Bateman) and Jennifer (Yothers) and later Andrew (Brian Bonsall) in suburban Columbus, Ohio.The shows humor revolves around the cultural divide between the liberal parents and the more conservative children (especially uber capitalist/Reagan apologist Alex). The Theme Song, "Without Us", was composed by Jeff Barry and Tom Scott and was performed by Deniece Williams and Johnny Mathis.

Different Strokes

Aired on NBC from 1978-1985 and on ABC from 1985 to 1986. The shows starred Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain and Dana Plato. The series revolves around Arnold and Willis Jackson Coleman and Bridges) as two African American boys from Harlem who are taken in by a rich white businessman named Phillip Drummond (Bain) and his daughter Kimberley (Plato), for whom their deceased mother worked. The catch phrase, "What chu' talkin' about Willis", said by Arnold is one of the most famous and enduring ever.The show's theme song was written and sung by Al Burton, Alan Thicke, and Gloria Loring.

Family Matters

Aired on ABC from 1989 to 1997 and on CBS from 1997 to 1998. it starred Jaleel White, Reginald VelJohnson, Darius McCrary, JoMarie Payton, Rosetta LeNoire, Kellie Shanygnye Williams, Jamie Foxworth and Michelle Thomas. It's an American sitcom about a middle-class African-American family from Chicago, Illinois. Midway through the first season, the show introduced the Winslows' nerdy neighbor Steve Urkel (White), who quickly became the breakout and most recognizable character. The theme song, "As Days Go By", written by Jesse Frederick, Bennett Salvay, and Scott Roeme, and performed by Frederick, was the theme for the majority of the series until 1995 and was actually the second theme song of the show, the first being "What a Wonderful World" By Louis Armstrong.

Perfect Strangers

Aired on ABC from 1986 til my thirteenth birthday on August 6th, 1993 and starred the dual mullets of Mark Linn Baker and Bronson Pinchot. The show chronicles the rocky coexistence of Larry Appleton (Baker) and his distant cousin Balki Bartokomous (Pinchot) . Appleton has just mkoved to his first apartment in Chicago, Illinois, and is experiencing his first joys of newfound privacy when Balki, a hitherto unknown cousin from a Greek-like island in the Mediterranean called Mypos, drops by unexpectedly to live with him. Balki, a shepherd, interprets what little he knows about the U.S, by relying on his own recollections of American pop-culture, which are often out-of-context. The theme song "Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now", was written by Jesse Frederick and Bennett Salvay.

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Aired on NBC from 1990 to 1996 and stars Will Smith as a fictionalized version of himself The premise of the show is about Will Smith, a street-smart teenager from West Philadelphia, who is sent to move in with his aunt and uncle in their wealthy Bel Air mansion, where his lifestyle often clashes with that of his relatives. Aunt Vivian was somehow replaced mid series with no explanation. The theme song was written and performed by Will Smith is called "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air."

Saved by the Bell

Saved by the Bell aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993 and stars Mark Paul Gosselaar, Lark Voorhies, Tiffany-Amber Thiessen, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond, Dennis Haskins and Elizabeth Berkley. The shows revolves around teenagers at southern California high school, Bayside, and the shenanigans and goings ons therein. The main character is Zach Morris (Mark Paul Gosselaar) who is the son of a yuppie, a bad student, prankster and general and a thorn in the side of principal Mr. Belding (Haskins). It's really hard to find a good version of the theme song online, let along any information about it.

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I don't know if I'll do any more versions of these TV theme songs, but, who knows. I hope you enjoyed this installment!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Hi george,

i was born in 80. I know those theme songs but In dind't watch the shows... they were well before my time. But, I may do a list adding songs from shows I dind't watch (Friends, for example, has a great theme song, but i never watched it). Thanks!


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George Greene Jr. 3 years ago from California PA

surprised nobody mentioned two theme songs that hit NO.1!on the billboard charts.. Welcome Back Kotter theme by john Sebastian and Joey Scarbury's song Believe it or not .. from The Greatest American Hero! then i saw you weren't born til 1989 but those are not only theme show songs but pop music legends!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

JOhn, it i a pretty amazing show. You know John Ritter got gypped a little, in my opinion because he died just hours before Johnny Cash. he never got the recognition I thought he deserved.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks so much for reading, Lucky Cats. I didn't watch Ally McBeal, but I do remember the theme song.


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

"Three's Company" is my favorite sitcom of all times. I watched the heck out of its reruns and still watch it when I get a chance. John Ritter is one of my favorite comedians of all times. I've never forgotten when I found out of his passing---still remember what I was doing when I found out and all.

Great post and voted up

John


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

I like the theme to Cheers....and, also, Ally McBeal. Vonda Shepherd did AMcB maybe a little less known. When I find the time....I ALWAYS enjoy your mind, PDX!!!!!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

duly noted!


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My Minds Eye53 4 years ago from Tennessee

If you should do one without vocals, don't forget "Taxi", lol


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

MyMindsEye, those are good ones. I also like the themes from The office and Parks and Rec... but they don't have words, so it didn't seem like the right place. Maybe I'll do one for instrumentals.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks TToombs. I used to watch Dukes of Hazard, but ti isn't as indeliable inmy head as the sitcom themes here


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

thanks, Rebecca. I agree. That's why it's so sad that so many shows are forgoing theme songs, it seems...


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My Minds Eye53 4 years ago from Tennessee

I voted for Fresh Prince even though I think my favorites were "Moonlighting" and "Early Edition" Al Jarreau (I think that is how it is spelled) did Moonlighting and even though Early Edition didn't have a vocal, it was still one of my favorites. Oh and I just remembered "Quantum Leap", it was great also.

Voted up


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

I'm with April....Dukes of Hazard! I remember having to jump through a million hoops to earn the chance to flop down in front of the TV so I could watch Bo Duke make that cool orange car fly! :) Sweet little hub that takes me back to simpler times. Good job, PDX! :)


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Popular show theme songs are a huge part of our culture. Those ditties are always popping up in my head!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks a lot Jeanine... I'm so pleased you enjoyed this, and thanks for sharing this as well :-)


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Oh, this takes me back. I also enjoy the Facts of Life theme song. I actually didn't even like the show that much... just the song. Voted up!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Hey, thanks. I appreciate you stopping by!


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Hypnotherapy-Guru 4 years ago from Idaho

Love all these songs and shows! Great hub!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Lady E... I never really got into friends... but it did have a great theme song.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Aaawh... this is so nice and unique. I miss hearing "Cheers" and "Friends" theme songs.

Lovely Hub.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks brainy. I don't remember that song but I also used to love and watch that show :-) Maybe I'll do a part two. I was born in 1980. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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Brainy Bunny 4 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

We must be just the same age, PDXKaraokeGuy! I loved almost all those shows, and have vivid memories of watching them and singing along with their theme songs. I have to say, though, that you missed one of my favorites with a fantastic theme song: Golden Girls! Why I as a 10-year-old girl loved watching four old ladies in Florida so much I can't say, but hearing "thank you for being a friend" makes me tear up to this day!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

AA, that was a good one, too, but I didn't watch it and it was a little before my time.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

I would have to say Cheers is my fave, but probly my least fave of the shows. I'm really surprised by the performance of Who's The Boss.


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

These are all good, but my favorite is the intro for the show "Taxi."


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

this hub got lots of comments...a trip down memory lane. Of all of these, Cheers is still my favorite. Thanks for the memories.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Trusoul, I'll check that out. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment and for the file!


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trusouldj 4 years ago from Indiana

See, you and I could be friends. This is the exact/same type of stuff I think about. But as for SAVED BY THE BELL, here's a link to a site with a good version that i've burned to CD. Look for the logo of the show at the bottom of the page and either click it or save it to your music file:

http://www.melaman2.com/tvshows/S1.html


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Debby, thank u for commenting. I always enjoy your insights. Very few shows now have theme songs and none have montages, that i know of.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

What a 'neat' Hubpages theme, Justin. Maybe you could write an intro song 'just' for this page of theme songs? Such a fun idea walking down memory lane. I'm with Alocsin who probably has a different set of songs rolling around in his head, as we come from an earlier generation. In fact, these days I hardly ever turn on the TV, so I didn't realize that television series no longer used catchy songs to introduce and end their shows. Great Hub! Blessings, Debby


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Boomernurse. As a big fan of nostalgia, I'm pleased you enjoyed this :-)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Cool hub which was a fun read down memory lane.

Cheers has always been one of my favorites.

Voted up across the board.

Thanks for sharing this.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Alocsin, those shows were a it before my time so I don't have any sense of nostalgia or fondness for those songs or programs:-) Thanks for reading and commenting nonetheless


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

This all seem to be from a certain era or later because where's Gilligan's Island or F-Troop? But then maybe those were never your favorite. Voting this Up and Awesome.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

i'll have to check out the themes for true blood and parenthood. That show Lie To me had a great theme song too, but it got cancelled. Shame, too...

Thanks for reading and commenting!


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LABrashear 4 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

Another great trip down memory lane! Another very memorable one - Friends. Also liked Malcolm in the Middle's theme. You're right - a lot of shows do not have the same fun intro's these days. I like intros on a lot of the dramas now (Boardwalk, True Blood, Parenthood have some good intro songs and cool scenes.) Thanks for bringing back some oldies but goodies.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

MsDora. I'm actually surprised that Who's the Boss doesn't have any votes, but it's hard when you're competing against Cheers. Thanks for your comment, read and vote!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Till, thanks for the kind words. I enjoy writing on a variety of topics because I enjoy a variety of readers and, more so, music is so powerful and evocative. Writing about music will certainly include something or everyone. Thanks for stopping by and reading!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Sunnie Day, I could probably expand this to a much longer HUB with more shows, but I tried to only include shows that I actually watched and that had great theme songs. Maybe you should do a 60's and 70's version?


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

I love your selection. I voted with the majority -- Cheers! Thanks for the memories.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

You never cease to amaze me! You come up with these great ideas for hubs and follow through with great hubs. I too visited the Cheers bar. You are right on target about theme songs (as you always are). Obviously there are many more shows & songs but you did limit this to 'top 10'.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

This hub was fantastic..I loved it! Brought back many memories..of course I can go back just a hair more and add a couple more..Brady Bunch, Partridge Family, Mash..I know there are so many you may have to do a series..haha I miss these type of shows. Those were the days!

Sunnie


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

seek and find, thanks for the compliments. I appreciate that, especially coming from a talented writer, such as your self. However, you should read this hub: http://hubpages.com/literature/Writing-Tips-how-to... and you will see that television can lead to productivity :-)


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Seek-n-Find 4 years ago from Illinois

You just have such an interesting assortment of Hubs! I keep saying it, but you are so talented. Not just in writing style--but cleverness and wit. So...you totally just made me want to watch old TV shows for the rest of the week--oh no! I'm supposed to be productive this week. :-) Thanks for reminding me of the good ol' days.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

ardie, it's actually interesting to me that shows from the 70's and 80's were probly just as dirty as shows now, but they were largely more subversive and sneaky about about it. Three's Company was a perfect example of this :-) I'm glad I was able to take you for a trip down memory lane!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

This was such a fun trip down memory lane! I don't even bother to watch tv anymore because its all rubbish (do I sound like a cranky old woman?!) However, I DO like watching reruns of the old sitcomes you mentioned and other older ones. And believe it or not but the kids actually enjoy the older shows too and I don't have to be as selective of what I let them watch. Great hub PDX


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

u too!


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi PDX

I knew that by your first comment that you preferred Dire Strait's version. ;-)

Have a good one. :-)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

well, i'm a huge fan of Dire Straits, so, I actually like that version better :-)

Happy New year to you as well


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi PDX

The music is vastly different but I like the original version. :-P

Happy New Year :-)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

I don't even think you can compare them. the words are the same, but the music is vastly different :-p


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi PDX

I never heard Weird Al's version of the Beverly Hillbillies so I just listened to it on youtube. It is good but the original is the best in my opinion.

Hope you are having a great day. :-)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

phdast, thanks for reading and commenting. It's always funny to hear some obscure band have a song on a TV show and then get launched into stardom. I miss the creativity of TV show starting. Now, i think society has grown increasingly impatient. Shows must start quickly. It's kind of sad, but, I suppose, like everything, it's cyclical.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Oh my, I remember all these shows. I didn't love all of them, but you are right, they certainly had catchy theme songs, which are largely missing today. I also love it when a TV series uses music from some largely unknown group that I have discovered and been enjoying.

Two examples. I will never forget watching an early episode of Grey's Anatomy and suddenly recognizing a song by Snow Patrol and a couple of weeks ago some show (which one escapes me right now) was using a cut off of Adele's 21 album. Great Hub. :) Merry Christmas.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

sue, it's hard to argue with the Beverly hillbillies. Have you heard Weird Al's version? Same words but set to the music of "Money for nothing" by Dire Straits.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi PDX

Great hub! Cheers is my favourite theme song on this list.

My favourite is "The Ballad of Jed Clampett, the theme song from the Beverly Hillibillies.

Voted up, up and away!

Merry Christmas to you and your family. :-)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Clay, certainly not a bad choice. Side note: I've been to the house where they filmed the outdoor shots of Fresh Prince.

Carlon, it amazing how small the world has become and how something like a television can draw us all together. It gives every generation something to relate to. I'm glad this helped you smile and start your day off happily!

Susan, I would liked to have seen that interview. it's actually sad, though how so many child actors have died young (Dana Plato) or had difficult adulthood (Todd Bridges). The pressure on a child actor, especially one on television, has got to be tremendous.

Lyricwriter, if saved by the bell was your favorite show, we are probably around the same age.

Thank you all for stopping by!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

PDX, awesome hub! Voted up, awesome, and interesting. I have always like the Cheers song, although Saved By The Bell was my favorite show. A fun article. Hope you have a Merry Christmas PDX. Best wishes.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I like your ten favorite's list. Watched all of these shows and just recently saw an interview with the two youngest kids from Growing Pains. The theme song that I still remember and like is the one from Cheers. Enjoyed your hub and going down TV memory lane.


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Carlon Michelle 4 years ago from USA

What a fun trip you just took me on. I watched every one of those shows as well. I'm on the other part of the country yet our childhood as did thousands of others were united in our television viewing, seeing no political, racial or financial barrier. Ah if only every part of our lives outside of television were as united. Well at least we have this. Thanks so much.

I voted for Fresh Prince of Bellaire but it was a tough decision as I love the Cheers song as well.

My day started with a smile, some laugher and fond musical rides. You rock as always Justin. Smile!


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clayxmatthewsxfan 4 years ago from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

Since I was born in '89, I am biased and only know a few of them. I voted for the Fresh Prince.

Awesome blog, btw!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you Cardelean. I may be biased about theme songs since these are shows I grew up watching and since the theme songs evoke many memories, but I felt something needed to be said. Watching those opening sequences, it felt like I'd never stopped watching those shows. Plus, nostalgia is big right now, and it's a favorite topic of mine!:-) Thanks for stopping by and reading


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

I remember all of these! I had never really thought about that before but you are right. Shows today don't really have theme songs, or at least not long memorable ones. I'm at the "kid show" stage of my life and they all have theme songs. Part of the fun that my kids and I have watching the shows is singing along at the beginning of them. Great job!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

I don't remember route 66, but who doesn't remember the addams family?

also, great instrumental themes like

magnum pi

law and order

miami vice

hunter

la law

who can forget those?


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Credence2 4 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Thanks, I remember "Three's Company" and Family Matters, you could do quite a hub on all these TV theme show jingles. The ones I that I remember were the "Addams Family" and "Route 66" that goes back a bit for many of you!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Gypsy, I do remember Mr. Ed. It's funny. that show was a success but it probly wouldn't last one week now! We've gotten too sophisticated


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Thanks for the memories. Love them all. There was a much older sillier one I used to like as a kid. The beginning of Mr. Ed the talking horse. lol And The Addams Family TV show always sort a got to me.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

alicia, I'm surprised by the poll results, actually. Not that Cheers is winning, but that Who's the boss has no votes. Thanks for stopping by. I hope i helped bring back some memories for you!


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for an entertaining hub, PDX. You're right, the introductions to today's sitcoms are very different from those to the older shows. I had to vote for the Cheers theme as my favorite, just like many other people did!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Housewife and Pickles, thanks for stopping by! Cheers seems to be the overwhelming favorite here. Let's hope for a return to freeze frame and dramatic opening sequences for television shows!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I had to vote Cheers because the instant I saw it the music started going around in my head! You're right - they do not have great music any more! Jingles from commercials aren't as good any more either. Great - fun hub!


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

wow, a blast from the past!I remember them all and voted for Cheers...still love that theme song. Nice Hub! vote up


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

April, that's really funny and probably wise of your parents! Oddly enough, I watched the Dukes of Hazzarrd but I don't remember the theme song.

Livelovelaugh thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed this!

TC, I have noticed a trend of some shows beginning to revert back to the theme song. New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel and The Big Bang Theory both come to mind.

CMerritt, I could probably due a whole HUB on Mike Post. Did he also do L.A. Law? I love the Law and Order and Magnum P.I. theme songs.

Thank you all for stopping by and commenting!


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

Cheers, I loved the show, loved the song...

It was fun to think back on all of these shows...you are so right. I was even thinking back to some older shows where Mike Post composed many great tunes for TV...Hill Street blues, the Rockford files, Magnum PI, Doogies Howser and Law and Order, to name a few....all classics.

Fun hub,

Thanks,

Chris


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tcshowtime 4 years ago from Worcester, MA

This is a good hub, Justin. It brought back some memories. You're right, there aren't too many substantial tv theme songs happening these days. Ironically, one of my favorite shows, Murphy Brown, had no theme song at all. And when Cheers went into syndication, they abbreviated that marvelous theme song. I felt cheated.

Fortunately, I'm old enough to remember some of the great TV Theme songs of the 80's, notably Hill Street Blues and St. Elsewhere. Syndication didn't cheat us of this great music either. And don't forget the 70's All in the Family and 60's Peter Gunn and Batman!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A great hub which I am voting with an up up and away here.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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livelovelaugh5 4 years ago

Excellent list! Major flashback. Loved Family Ties and Growing Pains.


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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona

Don't forget the Dukes of Hazzard -making their way the only way they know how, that's just a little more than the law will allow...I think Cheers would be my favorite on your list, I listened to it from the top of the stairs where I would sit and try to see the tv in the living room below without being caught...until the night I fell asleep sitting there and tumbled down, and the tv was moved around the corner.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

cag, no problem linking :-)

Laura, I hate Bob Saget and I didn't want his face on my hub, hence, no Full House.

hp, I considered putting Facts of Life on here but I didn't watch the show so it couldn't be a favorite theme song of mine :-)

Agnes, merry Christmas to you as well!


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Agnes Penn 4 years ago from Nicholson, Pennsylvania, USA

Memory Lane indeed! I lived on tv land and 80s-90s shows were my favs. Thanks for the compilation and time teleportation.

Merry Christmas!


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hpedneau 4 years ago from Princeton, West Virginia

Great choices! I was always partial to "The Facts of Life!"


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laurathegentleman 4 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

Awesome hub! Diff'rent Strokes!!! But wheres the Full House themesong?? ;)


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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America

Pretty cool hub. There's a lot of those shows that I remember. I also appreciate you linking to my Alyssa Milano hub. :) There's even a couple of shows you mention I know of, but never watched. :) Voted up! :)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

always exploring, if you have cable, Most of these shows can be found on ION or TV Land


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I loved all these shows, my favorite,' Cheers ' I wish reruns would start again. Awesome hub..


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

ya, but does wonder years really count as a sitcom? I could put Freaks and Geeks on here too.


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

Cheers, Fresh Prince, & Saved by the Bell. Yes, it's true. lol

Wonder Years is another good one!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Alecia, I am with you. I'm glad you enjoyed reading this!

Sunshine, I know there's better theme songs out there but In didn't watch the jefferson's or silver spoons (my wife's fave). I'm glad you enjoyed these!

Uninvited, that's a close second for me.

Veronica, which three?

Tammy, you're only as old as you feel :-)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Wow.. I feel so old. Brings back some good memories. I loved all those shows.. especially Who's the Boss and 3's Company. What a great hub!


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

Great idea for a hub! I loved all of these shows, and know 3 of the theme songs by heart (sadly). =] I had to choose Cheers, though. Hands-down.

Voted up & across!


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Uninvited Writer 4 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Of those I have to say Cheers :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Fantastic and fun hub!!!! Fresh Prince is my favorite!!!! The Jeffersons "moving on up" is my next fav followed by Friends..."I'll be there for you" ... Thanks for the fun memories PDX! I know and like ALL your picks:)


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

Awesome hub! I love all of these shows and theme songs, so it was hard to choose. But in the end I definitely chose Growing Pains. I love harmony and this does a great job of incorporating it. I really enjoyed reading this hub!

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