Where have the theme songs gone?

Remember those days growing up when your favorite show came on the tv and you sang along: “Come and listen to a story ’bout a man named Jed”, or “Juuuuust sit right back and you’ll hear a tale”, or maybe “Here’s the story, of a lovely lady who was bringing up three very lovely girls”, or one of my favorites “Baby, if you’ve ever wondered…wondered what ever became of me. I’m living on the air in Cincinnatti. Cincinnatti WKRP. Got kind of tired of packing and unpacking. Town to town, up and down the dial. Maybe you and me were never meant to be, just maybe think of me once in a while.”

Those theme song starts are a thing of the past according to an article in TV Newsday. Of the shows on the air these days, many have no opening or theme song at all. CSI has “Who Are You” of course, but Grey’s Anatomy and Lost and My Name is Earl start either with no opening at all, or a quick scene followed by a :05 graphic.

“FRIENDS” had a great theme song which became a hit. “The Prince of Bel Aire”‘s theme song was the about the best thing about that show. “Everybody hates Chris” has a good one, and it’s an original too, but isn’t it mostly just “Everybody Ha-yates Chris”?

What’s your favorite? What tv theme songs do you find yourself humming or singing while you wait on the elevator door to open? Do you miss these theme songs or would you rather they save the :26 seconds for another commerical?

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One response to “Where have the theme songs gone?

  1. Scott

    Cheers – “Where everybody knows your name” – I can’t imagine that show without that theme song.

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