Today's somethings grew up in a transformative era for television. Over the course of the s, TV shows transitioned from black-and-white imagery to vivid, lifelike Technicolor—not to mention the sheer number of programs expanded, too. Gilligan's Island! The Jetsons! Get Smart! And each came with a super-catchy earworm of a theme song. From lyrics that creatively introduced characters to instrumental tracks that were impossible not to hum along to, here are 50 TV theme songs that are imprinted on the brains of everyone who grew up in the '60s and early '70s. The first seven episodes of Mister Ed used an instrumental version of the theme song. For the eighth episode, the famous lyrics "a horse is a horse, of course, of course" were added, and they've been stuck in viewers' heads ever since.
Can You Match the Theme Song to the ’60s TV Show?
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In the late '70s and throughout the '80s , television programming saw quite a of bit of innovation. Herein, we've rounded up some of the best TV theme songs that every something remembers. The theme song to Diff'rent Strokes introduced audiences to "a man of means," wealthy white widower Phillip Drummond, and the two black boys he adopted, Arnold and Willis Jackson. The family was certainly unconventional for its late '70s and early '80s audience, but as the theme song reminded viewers, "it takes diff'rent strokes to move the world. The catchy theme song to this spinoff was penned by Alan Thicke , the same man who wrote "It Takes Diff'rent Strokes" a few years prior. Although Taxi was a largely lighthearted sitcom about a group of taxi drivers in New York City, the somber instrumental theme reflected the series' occasionally more melancholy tone.
How do you determine the greatest TV show theme songs of all time? We begin with Part 1: Theme songs for live-action shows. This Dandy Warhols track was both bracingly of-the-moment and completely appropriate for the Kristen Bell-led teen detective show. Veronica Mars ran three seasons, had a film continuation released in , and will return for a multi-episode run on Hulu this year.
Seventies drama "Charlie's Angels" didn't exactly have a theme song, but each episode did begin with a mysterious man named Charlie telling viewers how he met his angels. The show featured three beautiful detectives and looms so large in pop culture it inspired a film starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu. With '70s sitcom "The Jeffersons," viewers got to see Sherman Hemsley as George Jefferson, a successful dry cleaner who made enough money to move his family to a high-end apartment on the East Side. Looks like George and Weezie finally got their piece of the pie. When Jed Clampett strikes gold in his own backyard, he and the family pack up and head to Beverly Hills that is.