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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
-- 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)
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:
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.
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....
I 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.
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