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TV Theme Songs
TV Theme SongsTV theme songs are a very big deal - or at least they used to be. Before Seinfeld introduced the concept of the 4-second theme song (leaving more time for show content), we would spend our first 45 seconds or so listening to a catchy tune about how the castaways got stranded on Gilligan's Island or how Jed struck oil on The Beverly Hillbillies.

Often, the songs became hits: the themes to Welcome Back, Kotter and Miami Vice both went to #1. Others weren't hits, but became part of the fabric of the show, setting the melancholy tone for M*A*S*H or making Cheers feel like a home away from home.

See how much you know about some legendary TV themes – and the artists who may or may not have recorded them – in this Fact or Fiction.


Further Reading:
90210 to Buffy to Glee: How Songs Transformed TV
TV Themes the Last 4 Decades
~Jens T. Carstensen

Comments: 10

I think They Might Be Giants are also responsible for the children's classic "Hot Dog Song" from the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Not technically a theme song, but my 3 year old son thinks it is!
-Steve from West Chazy, NY

They Might Be Giants also did the theme song to the children's show "Higglytown Heroes".
-Karen from Manchester, NH

What about REM's "Stand" as the theme for the awesome but short-lived Chris Elliott show, "Get A Life"?
-Randy from Iowa

Then there were all The Who Songs used on CSI ETC
-Muzza from Auckland, New Zealand

John Sebastian from The Lovin' Spoonful wrote the theme for "Welcome Back Kotter," and I think it became a top 10 hit in the mid-1970s.
-Willie from Scottsdael, AZ

Stewart Copeland of "The Police" wrote the theme for the hit series "The Equalizer."
-Sharoney from USA

With A Little Help From My Friends was also used on The Wonder Years speaking of Beatle songs used on ABC sitcoms 1988-93.
-Tony from Jackson, Mi

#greatquiz, lovin it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-Cassidy from england

I love big bang theory and friends but I didn't know the answers to some of these questions. definitely caught me out!
-graham from england

Cool facts!
And clever questions too, a few of them caught me out.
-Kenny from Ireland

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