Wrapping up the week quick takes style; fortified with vitamins W T H.
Okay, so based on a very deep discussion I had with my mom and husband, this week it’s all about the TV show theme song. (No wait new reader come back!) As I was loudly singing the ‘Dukes of Hazard’ theme song to Fulton one evening, my husband remarked, “they don’t write theme songs like that anymore.” Which instantly lead to an intense conversation about great TV theme songs and the golden era of TV theme songs.
Granted, I don’t watch much…or any prime time TV anymore but last time I checked,most shows use rock, pop or instrumentals at the opening. Gone are the days when a theme song summed up the entire back story of a show in sixty seconds a la Gilligan’s Island.
Now you know exactly what you’re signing up for the next half hour. And what about the Fresh Prince of Bel Air? (Currently dancing to this one…EXTENDED VERSION.)
Or, Fulton’s favorite, the Dukes of Hazard? (The one song which Edie is demanding her guitar instructor teach her.)
There all such catchy ditties that easily become lodged in your brain. My mom quickly added The Beverly Hillbillies.
Right away you know, if you hate black gold, hillbillies or Beverly Hills, this show is not for you. And even the songs that didn’t give the specific details, remember Love Boat, Laverne and Shirley, Bosom Buddies, Fame. Silver Spoons, Family Ties, Gimme a Break, Webster, Mr. Belvedere, The Jeffersons, The Facts of Life or Different Strokes?! (Can you tell I’ve spent A LOT of time “researching” this.) They’re the best!
Or FALL GUY!
For the record, I grew up watching most of these shows during the summer, when I was off school and they were already into syndication.
WHOSE THE BOSS!
The only fairly recent show we could think of that fell into the complete story theme song category was The Nanny.
Can’t. stop. watching. videos….
If you’re got an afternoon to kill, or are looking for a way to entertain the kids, these videos are a lot more palatable than almost any modern children’s show. Because I enjoy making my children uncomfortable, I will be playing these selections on loop all day while sharing awkward memories from my childhood. A glass or eight of boxed wine at 5..or 3, will top off what sure to be a stellar day all around! History class for the day: NAILED IT.
Why don’t more shows nowadays have such catchy songs? Or am I just not clued in? What favorite shows from your childhood did I miss? And what new themes deserve a mention?
When you’re done reminiscing, be sure to swing back to Jen’s for catchy Takes and not near enough details about Couch-gate.