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Top Five Classic TV Show Theme Songs
We all grew up watching classic TV shows, the Baby Boomers watched them on their first run, and those of us who are members of Generation X and beyond, viewed them as re-runs, courtesy of Nick at Nite or TV Land.
The by-products of all the classic TV shows we watched as kids, are the classic TV theme songs that live on our mind’s hard drive.
TV theme songs have a way of getting underneath our skin and infiltrating our memories.
For most of us, those memories are good memories, because they take us back to a time when life was much simpler.
Gilligan’s Island has a theme song that actually tells the story line of the television show. If you have never seen the classic tv show before, all you have to do is listen to the theme song, and you will get the general idea.
The one thing many of us remember about the Gilligan’s Island theme song is the fact that the lyrics reflect that the castaways packed for a “three-hour tour,” but yet… some of them had a different outfit for almost every day they were stuck on the island.
It has been estimated that I Love Lucy is shown in reruns somewhere around the world almost every hour of the day.
The I Love Lucy theme song is a tune that millions of people know, but most people do not know that the tune actually has lyrics.On the episode titled “Lucy’s Last Birthday,” Ricky Ricardo sings the lyrics to his wife (Lucy Ricardo) at the Tropicana Nightclub.
The Addams Family theme song introduces its audience to the Addams family, and it offers a lot of introspective about the odd character of the family of quasi-monsters.
The actual lyrics to the song are not what make this TV theme a favorite; we love The Addams Family theme song because of the insane catchiness of the finger-popping tune.
Nobody ever really cared about the lyrics, because all you would have to do is look at the family to see that they are "creepy and they're kooky"; we just wanted to make sure that we could pop our fingers in perfect time with the tune.
The theme to Maude is one of those TV show themes where we know exactly what it is that makes it such an all-time favorite…the smart lyrics.
Maude Findlay, played by the outlandishly talented Bea Arthur, is a brassy broad with brains and guts. She had an intelligent liberal wit that will cut the guts out of any bigoted, racist, homophobic, or sexist idiot who might have mistakenly wandered into her path.
The Maude theme song, “And Then There’s Maude,” perfectly exemplifies her character, and this is what we love about this particular little ditty.
Watch below as Rosie O'Donnell sings "And Then There's Maude" to Beatrice Arthur
When it comes to classic TV show themes, it doesn't get any better than The Jefferson’s theme song.
I do not really know what it is about this song, perhaps it is a combination of the catchy tune and the triumphant lyrics (after escaping the ghetto, then having to live next to Archie Bunker, we actually want George and Weezy to “move on up to the east side?”).
I do know that the instant we hear “Well, we’re moving on up,” most of us pause whatever we are doing in order to sing along.Also…one has to wonder…Why don’t fish fry in the kitchen? and Who puts beans on the grill?
And, while we are on the subject... what was up with that lame second Lionel? Oh wait…second Lionel sparks an idea for an entirely different hub...
Listen to the song on the video below as Ja'net du Bois sings the theme song. Yes, that is her, Wilona Woods from another classic tv show, Good Times.
Ja'net sang the original theme song back in the day, and here is a recording of her singing an alternate version of the song
Although they didn't make my list of top five classic TV theme songs, these particular songs are also little gems that often play somewhere in the background of my mind - Do you remember these:
Frances "Gidget" Lawrence lives with her widowed college professor father in California. Anne is her older sister who is married to John Cooper, a psychology student.
Gidget spends most of her free time at the beach, hanging out with friends and surfing. She also has a knack for getting in and out of trouble. Gidget speaks to the audience during her journey to adulthood, letting them know exactly what's on her mind and what she's discovered about life.
--Anonymous from IMDB
Cathy Lane, teen-aged daughter of a globe-trotting journalist, comes to live at the home of her uncle, a newspaper editor in New York City.
Curiously, Cathy is the spitting image of her uncle's daughter, Patty. Appearances aside, however, the urbane Cathy is nothing like her cousin Patty, who is the typical American teenager.
--Written by Stewart M. Clamen email@example.com @ IMDB
Archie Bunker, was a working-class family man who held bigoted, conservative views of the world.
His viewpoints clash with nearly everyone he comes into contact with especially his liberal son-in-law Mike Stivic (or, as Archie delights in calling him, "Meathead").
--Written by Brian Rathjen firstname.lastname@example.org @ IMDB
When I actually think about it for a minute, the theme song from All in The Family, is right up there tied with The Jeffersons, ya just gotta love Archie Bunker...