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Favorite Sitcom Theme Songs for the TV Generation

Updated on March 9, 2016

Are you part of the TV generation?

Are you a member of the TV generation? If you're a Baby Boomer (born between 1946 and 1964) then you are! We were the first generation to grow up with TV as a major influence in our lives, and the first to spend a significant part of our daily lives watching TV. Remember the first wave of sitcoms like Leave it to Beaver and The Andy Griffith Show? Or the 70's gems like The Bob Newhart Show and Room 222?

Sitcoms back then were, in my opinion, much more cleverly created and had better writers than their counterparts of today - generally speaking, of course. Not to mention that the quality of acting in 50's, 60's and 70's sitcoms was superior to most in today's shows. But more than that, it was the episodes' themes back then that caught our attention and provided hours of enjoyment. No sex or drug use or dysfunctional families back then, no siree! Just a wholesome dose of hilarity and good clean fun!

Perhaps what we, the TV generation, remember most about our sitcom watching days when we were kids are the theme songs to our favorite shows. Hearing those old tunes again can bring back a flood of memories and make you feel like you should dust off your fondue set (in harvest gold, of course), fire up the old lava lamp and pull up a chair!

So why don't you do just that, and take a stroll down memory lane (perhaps in your penny loafers or your bell bottoms) with this collection of TV sitcom theme songs from the good old days! Then, be sure to vote for YOUR favorite theme song when you're done! Enjoy!

The Dick Van Dyke Show

Remember the naïve innocence of the Dick Van Dyke show? They weren't even allowed to have a double bed in Rob and Laura's room!

The Beverly Hillbillies

This show was typical of the many silly and outlandish sitcoms from this era. And who could forget the song? Black Gold!! Yeeeehaaa!

Gilligan's Island

Didn't you wonder why Ginger and Mrs. Howell had all those clothes with them for a three hour tour? And that radio seemed to have batteries in it that magically worked for YEARS!!

The Addams Family

Creepy and crazy, the Addams family was a classic! My favorite was Lerch.

"You Raaang????"

Green Acres

Another nutty sitcom with zany characters. Gotta love it!

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

And who could forget groovy Mary Richards? A single woman out on her own! What a concept! And you've just gotta watch her toss the hat!

The Brady Bunch

No TV sitcoms theme collection would be complete without the dear old Brady Bunch. (I think I was permanently traumatized when I found out Mr. Brady was gay)


Hope you have enjoyed your little sojourn back to a simpler time. Now answer the poll (please??), and tell us YOUR favorite sitcom theme song in the comments section!


Which of These is Your Favorite Theme Song?

Vote for your favorite out of these seven, and you can add YOUR favorite to the comments section below!

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    • Sparrowlet profile imageAUTHOR

      Katharine L Sparrow 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Robert - The Munsters! Of course, great show. There are so many shows with terrific theme songs, it's hard to narrow it down to just a few! Thanks for commenting!

    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      2 years ago

      Good list. Yes, theme songs, or music, are memorable. Did you consider The Munsters for your list?

    • kellylipp profile image

      Kelly Lipp 

      5 years ago from North Dakota

      I like the Brady's. I still DVR episodes on occasion! My kids enjoy watching and see how times have changed over the years. The song and opening theme weren't fancy or anything, but there's something about hearing the kids sing and seeing all of them lined up on screen that makes me want to sing right along with them!

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      JULIE 

      6 years ago

      GILLIGANS ISLE IS COOL, BUT WHY WERE THE HOWELLS CARRYING SUITCASES OF MONEY ON A THREE HOUR CRUISE. ALSO, WHY, WHEN GINGER WAS WEARING A SAILCLOTH, DID THE HOWELLS HAVE DIFFERENT NICELY PRESSED CLOTHING EVERYDAY? AND WHAT'S WITH HAVING FURS IN HAWAII? iI LOOK FORWARD TO ANY OTHER STRANGE OBSERVATIONS THAT YOU FOLKS MAY HAVE. I REMAIN.

    • KF Raizor profile image

      KF Raizor 

      6 years ago

      Being the country music fan, naturally I'm voting for Flatt & Scruggs doing the theme to "The Beverly Hillbillies." They're all good, though. Thanks for the hub.

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      Joanna McKenna 

      6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Another vote here for MTM's theme song, partly because she was the first "liberated" woman (unmarried career-oriented woman living alone BY CHOICE) and partly because my boss at the time could've been Lou Grant's twin in looks AND personality! (Years later I actually met Ed Asner when he came to town to do a one-time performance of a play about the Darwin "monkey trial". Had to bite my tongue as he approached so I wouldn't blurt out "Oh, Mr. Grant!..."!) Somewhere I still have the TV Guide featuring the last episode of MTM, with Mary on the cover getting ready to turn out the lights for the last time. (sniffle sniffle) Thanks soooo much for the "Toss the hat" clip. Was nice to start my day with such a pleasant stroll down Memory Lane. ;D

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      Paradise7 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      I just enjoyed the whole thing to pieces. Yes, a real walk down memory lane. Thanks!

    • Rachelle Williams profile image

      Rachelle Williams 

      6 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      Wonderful hub, and a nice trip down memory lane. I voted for Mary Tyler Moore theme as well...but, my true favorite is the theme song from Giget:

      "If you're in doubt about angels being real,

      I can arrange to change any doubt you feel,

      Wait til you see my Giget...."

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Great Hub! My favorite has to be Mary Tyler Moore, simply because it was inspirational and sweet. It probably is my favorite show on the list as well because the issues are timeless.

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