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15 Shows That Still Have Theme Songs

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 9th 2011 12:30PM
'Psych' not only has a theme song, but it also changes it up every once in awhile.In a recent TV 101 column, TV Squad writer Dr. Ryan Vaughan lamented the loss of the television theme song. Briefly summarizing its apparent demise, Ryan said, "Now it seems 'theme songs' are actually just titular lines blurted out between commercials by some singing robot. Why would you throw away something so unabashedly awesome?"

Well, they haven't thrown out every theme. Just take shows like 'The Big Bang Theory, 'Psych' and the cartoon dynasty of Seth MacFarlane, for example. And that's not including the shows with memorable theme music, like 'Bones' or 'Mad Men.'

Want proof? After the jump, check out our list of 15 current shows that still have a theme song or theme music.

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TV 101: Where Have All the Theme Songs Gone?

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Mar 23rd 2011 5:15PM
Growing PainsThe TV show theme song used to be an institution, something you could look forward to with joy, often overshadowing the show itself. I can't count the number of times my wide-eyed young self was steadily enthused by the warm, familiar theme to 'Who's the Boss?' just in time for Alyssa Milano to dazzle me with her sexy tomboy 'tude.

Those days are mostly gone, unfortunately. First they were replaced by popular songs -- but all Paula Cole made me do was vomit just before I got my Dawson and Joey on. I didn't want to wait for that SONG to be over -- now it seems "theme songs" are actually just titular lines blurted out between commercials by some singing robot. Why would you throw away something so unabashedly awesome?

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Emmys to Keep Theme Song Category

by Scott Harris, posted May 11th 2010 12:00PM
Once upon a time, there was nothing more infectious or catchy than a good TV theme song. From 'Gilligan's Island,' to 'Laverne & Shirley' to 'Cheers,' generations of Americans grew up to the sounds of these culture-shaping classics. Yet in recent years, shows such as 'Lost' have begun changing the way shows come into our homes by ditching traditional openings. Is the era of the theme song finally over?

Well, not so fast. According to Deadline, it looks like theme songs will be sticking around for at least a while longer, as the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has voted to keep the Main Title Music category for the Emmy awards.

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The theme songs of Richard Heene

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 20th 2009 6:32PM
Heene FamilyI was thinking the other day that someone has to write a folk song about the Heene family and Balloon Boy. I'm sure someone is working on one right now.

But a few years ago, Heene and others wrote a couple of theme songs for the TV shows he was pitching to networks, The Contractor and The Psyience Detective (Heene's site is The Science Detective). TMZ has both theme songs.

The Heenes have a big TV connection. Not only did they appear on Wife Swap twice and pitch the above shows, but Richard also asked Jimmy Kimmel for $25,000 a few years ago and lied to Extreme Makeover's producer last month.

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TV Theme Song Writer Vic Mizzy Dead at 93

by Andrew Scott, posted Oct 20th 2009 11:48AM
Vic MizzySongwriter Vic Mizzy has died, reports the Hollywood Reporter.

Mizzy, best known for penning the theme songs to TV's 'The Addams Family' and 'Green Acres,' died Saturday at age of 93, according to his manager, Jonathan Wolfson. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

For more on the life and career of Vic Mizzy, visit PopEater.com.

Mizzy is also one of many songwriters featured in our ongoing Best TV Theme Songs tournament. Both 'Addams' and 'Green Acres' are poised to make it past the inaugural round of 32, which closes later this afternoon.

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Best TV Theme Songs (17-32)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 9th 2009 6:41PM

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Best TV Theme Songs

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 9th 2009 6:40PM
On the heels of last week's shocking round 2 results (yep, we're still bitter about 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' losing), AOL TV users pulled another fast one on us in round 3, ousting front runner 'M*A*S*H' in favor of 'Happy Days.' So much for suicide being painless.

'Happy Days' now joins 'The Andy Griffith Show,' 'Gilligan's Island' and 'Mission: Impossible' in the next stage of our 5-round best TV theme songs tournament.

Only two can make it to next week's final round of voting. Which will it be? Vote now and then come back on Nov. 11 to see the results.

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Calling for Nominations: Favorite Theme Songs!

by Kelly Woo, posted Oct 2nd 2009 3:00PM
FriendsJust sit right back ... say goodbye grey sky and hello blue ... because we're movin' on up ... to a place where everybody knows our name.

Everybody's got a favorite TV-show theme song -- or 10 -- they can sing or hum along to in their sleep. That's why we're asking for your suggestions for the catchiest openers to include in our Theme Song Throwdown this month. The best 16 theme songs will be paired off in a bracket-style tournament (think March Madness), then you, the fans, will vote. The winner of each match-up moves on the next round until a Theme Song Champion is determined.

Perhaps you loved to whistle 'The Andy Griffith Show' theme song (as close as you could get, anyway). Or you could recite the 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' opener from heart ("Now, this is a story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down ... "). Or maybe you tormented your parents by screaming "Greeeeeeeeeeeeen Acres is the place to be" at the top of your lungs (we know from personal experience that it worked very well). Now's your chance to share your fave -- and who knows, maybe it'll be crowned grand champion of the television theme songs.

So, which theme songs deserve to be in the sweet 16? Post your nominations in the comments.

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Fun Finds: June 13

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 13th 2009 12:00PM
Heidi Montag

-- Ever wonder how theme songs for shows like 'All in the Family' and 'The Golden Girls' came about? Now's your chance to find out [Neat-o-Rama]

-- Heidi Montag may think she's a feminist, but she definitely doesn't play one on TV. See 20 of TV's least feminist characters [Lemondrop]

-Speaking of Speidi, you may also want to read this list of dysfunctional TV couples [Your Tango]

(more fun finds after the jump)

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Fatal Farm twists the opening credits [NSFW]

by Eliot Glazer, posted Jun 9th 2009 2:04PM
fatal farm alf nostalgia 80s tvZachary Johnson and Jeffrey Max are two effed up dudes.

Before they hit the "viralsphere" with Lasagna Cat, the production team and creative geniuses behind Fatal Farm created an incredibly twisted, brilliantly subversive, and unarguably hilarious series of "alternative intros" parodying the openings to classic sitcoms. No two intros follow the same theme or formula, except to say that they're all unequivocally... Messed. Up.

From blood and guts to go-carts and the hinting of pedophilia, each parody brings with it an innate ability to eviscerate any leftover nostalgia from the sight of, say, the Happy Days jukebox or the beginning chords of the theme to Cheers. (Believe us, you'll never think of Rhea Perlman the same way again.)

Strap in, sit back, and take an incredibly disturbing trip down Memory Lane, courtesy of your friendly tour guides at Fatal Farm:

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25 awesome openings to '80s action shows (and five they missed) - VIDEOS

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 28th 2008 12:07PM

Magnum, P.I.We've talked a lot here about theme songs and how they just don't make them like they used to. The openings to shows used to be a lot longer, a real part of the show. Today we're lucky if we get a few bars of music and maybe a credit or two. Heck, one show, Lost, only plays one note and shows the logo.

The Popcorn Trick has a list of the Top 25 Opening Credits of '80s Action Shows, and you can't argue with most of the picks. Magnum P.I. is on the list, as is Riptide, Miami Vice, and The A Team. I would quibble a little bit with the choice of The Rockford Files. One of my favorites, but it was really more of a '70s show than '80s (it ended in 1980). I was 13 years old when Vegas premiered (in 1978 - it ran until 1981) and I wanted to be Dan Tanna and live in Vegas and have hot girlfriends and drive around with a lion in my sports car.

Cagney and Lacey shouldn't be on the list though. It should be replaced with one of several other shows from the '80s. After the jump, the five shows they missed.

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What caused the death of the TV theme song?

by Jay Black, posted Jan 2nd 2008 4:23PM
I'm still up on the air about how hot Daphne was. Is it wrong that I'm still thinking about this years after the show went off the air?Eric Deggans, the TV and Media critic for the St. Petersburg Times has an interesting article up discussing the death of the TV theme song and also providing a list of his top-ten theme songs of all time.

Deggans points out the obvious -- that TV producers, ever wary of viewers flipping channels, have tried to keep the start of the show as peppy as possible -- but he also ventures a theory that is in desperate need of further explanation....

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World's easiest theme song quiz

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 13th 2007 3:21PM

bensonI have to say, I expected something a little more challenging from the folks at mental_floss. This TV theme song quiz was pretty easy (I scored 100%).

Okay, I'll admit that I got a couple of them correct through a process of elimination. If you had walked up to me and started playing the theme to What's Happening?, I wouldn't have been able to tell you what it was. I was too young to remember What's Happening?, but not too young to remember the syndicated spinoff What's Happening Now?, although I don't know how the theme to that series went, either, which is probably for the best. God knows I've spent many a night slamming my head in the oven door to erase any memories of The New WKRP in Cincinnati, also.

Anyway, go take the quiz and then come back here and let me know how you did.

[via TV Filter]

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Borrowing songs from other shows

by Adam Finley, posted May 9th 2006 3:33PM
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alvin and the chipmunksRecently I mentioned that an episode of Prison Break used the song "Teardrop" by Massive Attack during a montage. It just so happens that "Teardrop" is also the theme to another FOX program, House. Taking this concept to the next level, TVgasm asks what it would be like if segments of other programs began to use songs from other TV shows. They have a hilarious clip featuring a few scenes, including one from 24, and footage of a convoy being attacked in the Sudan which doesn't seem quite as scary with the Alvin and the Chipmunks theme playing over it. Anyway, you should check it out. Meanwhile, I'll be kicking myself for not thinking of this idea first. 

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