People are always talking about what they like and dislike about a television show, but how often do they talk about the show’s theme song? Well, here I’ll be talking about nine television shows and their theme song!

 

1. Golden Girls 

Here we have the theme to the ‘Golden Show,’ Golden Girls! Golden Girls premiered in 1985, and ran new episodes until 1992 for a total of 180 episodes, while it aired on NBC. It is a sitcom comedy about four women living together in Miami. The four actresses that played the main characters were Bea Arthur (Dorothy Zbornak), Betty White (Rose Nylund), Rue McClanahan (Blanche Devereaux), and Estella Getty (Sophia Petrillo). The theme song is from a song wrote, and originally recorded by Andrew Gold, “Thank You For Being A Friend.” As it was used for the theme song of the show, Cindy Fee  is the woman singing in the intro. On imdb.com is was rated 7.8/10.

Golden Girls Intro.

2. Fresh Prince of Bel Air 

If there’s one theme song I’ll never forget, it’s the theme song to Fresh Prince of Bel Air! The lyrics to the theme are very catchy, and the beat is also ‘head pop’ worthy. Fresh Prince of Bel Air which stars Will Smith, aired new episodes on NBC from 1990 to 1996, for a total of 148 episodes. The show is loosely based off Will Smith himself as his character has the same name, and is from West Philadelphia. Other actors include, James Avery (Philip Banks), Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton Banks), Tatyana Ali (Ashley Banks), Karyn Parsons (Hilary Banks), Joseph Marcel (Geoffrey Butler), Daphne Reid (Vivian Banks), Janet Hubert who also played Vivian Banks before being replaced, and DJ Jazzy Jeff (Jazz). In the show, his character moves to Bel Air to live with his wealthy family. The song was wrote and recorded by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince (Will Smith). The song is a total of 2:57 minutes, but for the theme song of the show it is cut to 1:50 minutes. The show received a 7.9/10 on imdb.com.

Fresh Prince of Bel Air Intro.

3. F is For Family 

Here we have a fairly new half hour comedy, that is also a Netflix Original, F Is For Family! The show’s first season had six episodes, and sometime in 2017 they will be back with a second season. The show takes place in the 70s, and follows the Murphy family. the intro theme song is “Come and Get Your Love” wrote and recorded by Redbone. The intro itself is also unique as you see the father graduate from college, fly into the air, and as he’s flying in the air he is aging and goes through several life events, then at the end he lands in front of his house with his family outside. The father is Frank Murphy, played by Bill Burr. More of the voice actors include, Laura Dean (Sue Murphy), Justin Long (Kevin Murphy), Debi Derryberry (Maureen Murphy), Sam Rockwell (Vic), Haley Reinhart (Bill Murphy), and David Koechner (Bob Pogo).  The summary of the show on imdb.com sums up the show real well, “Follow the Murphy family back to the 1970s, when kids roamed wild, beer flowed freely and nothing came between a man and his TV.” On imdb it received an 8/10.

F is For Family Intro.

4. Cheers

Cheers to Cheers! This comedy bar brawler’s new episodes lasted from 1982 to 1993, and 11 seasons (ok, so it’s not really a ‘brawler‘).Cheers was an NBC show, but for me, I was never around for ‘new’ episodes, and found myself watching it on syndication. It lasted 270 episodes over its eleven seasons, and imdb.com gave it a 7.8/10. Cheers was a show that took place in a Boston bar, with the regulars and employees bonding with each other. The famous phrase that associates with the show, and is the name of the theme song is,”Where Everybody Knows Your Name.” The song was wrote by Gary Portnoy  (Portnoy link is to a peace on the story behind the theme song), and Judy Heart Angelo. While it was performed by Portnoy. On garyportnoy.com you can read about the story behind the theme song. Actors and Actresses from the show include, Ted Danson (Sam Malone), Rea Perlman (Carol Tortelli), Woody Harrelson (Woody Boyd), Kirstie Alley (Rebecca Howe), John Ratzenberger (Cliff Clavin), Shelly Long (Diane Chambers), and Kelsey Grammer (Dr. Frasier Crane).

Cheers Intro.

Full song to the theme, “Where Everybody Knows Your Name.”

5. South Park

South Park is a classic, and personally my favorite animated comedy that I can easily watch reruns over and over again. As it is still running new episodes, since 1997 it has gone through 20 seasons, and will be continuing through season 23. The main characters are Eric Cartman, Kyle Broflovski, Stan Marsh, Kenny McCormick, and Butters who was not an original main character but has grown into an influential character. These characters are voiced by Matt Stone, and Trey Parker. It received an 8.8/10 on imdb.com, and through 20 seasons has aired 278 episodes. The look of the show has also come a long way through its 20 seasons. The theme song is sung by Les Claypool, and the voices of some of the characters.

Season 1 Intro.

Season 20 Intro.

6. Parenthood

Parenthood, a word that’s part of life, and a word that plays the title of an NBC classic (at least in my Mom and I’s opinion). Parenthood ran from 2010 to 2015 for 6 seasons, and 103 episodes. Actors from the show include, Lauren Graham (Sarah Braverman), Peter Krause (Adam Braverman), Dax Shepard (Crosby Braverman), Monica Porter (Kristina Braverman), Erika Christensen (Julia Braverman-Graham), Bonnie Bedelia (Camille Braverman), and Craig T. Nelsen (Zeek Braverman). Imdb.com gave these parents an 8.1/10, but if you ask me, they deserve an 11/10. The theme song for the show is “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan. Fittingly, this beautiful tune that is perfect for a show such as Parenthood, got a nod in the title of the show’s last episode, titled “May God Bless, and Keep You Always.”

Parenthood Intro.

7. Scrubs 

Scrub the TV, because a sitcom is about to come on! Scrubs was a sitcom that aired from 2001 to 2010, and lasted nine seasons for a total of 182 episodes. the comedy-drama revolves around the employees of a hospital called Sacred Heart Hospital. To name a few actors, Zach Braff (Dr. John “JD” Dorian), Donald Faison (Dr. Christopher Turk), Sarah Chalke (Dr. Elliot Reid), Neil Flynn (Janitor), Judy Reyes (Nurse Carla Espinosa), John C. McGinley (Dr. Perry Cox), and Robert Maschio (Todd). Imdb.com gave the show got an 8.4/10. The intro to the show is short, but at the same time, it involves a catchy song. The song comes from a song called “Superman” wrote and recorded by Lazlo Bane.

Scrubs Intro.

8. The Office (American Version)

If I had to guess, there’s a good chance 7 of every 10 people have at least seen one episode of The Office! To name a few some of the characters in the show are, Steve Carell (Michael Scott), John Krasinski (Jim Halpert), Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesly), Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute), and Ed Helms (Andy Bernard). Starting in 2005 and ending in 2013, It lasted 9 seasons, and Two Hundred One episodes. Imdb.com gave it an 8.8/10. If someone told you they find the theme song of the intro to be catchy, it’s hard to deny that they’re right. There is also a remix of the music with the lyrics of Lil Wayne’s song “Hustler Musik.”

The Office Intro.

Intro music remix.

9. Happy Days

Happy days are awesome days! Happy Days was a comedy sitcom that lasted from 1974 to 1984 for a total of 11 seasons, and 255 episodes. This ABC sitcom’s actors included Henry Winkler (Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli), Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham), Tom Bosley (Howard Cunningham), Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham), and Anson Williams (Potsie Weber). Imdb.com clocks the show in at 7.5/10, and the theme song is called “Happy Days,” while it was wrote by Norman Gimbel, and Charles Fox. The song was sung by the group Pratt & McClain.

Happy Days Intro.

10.  Movie Bonus: Lord of The Rings Soundtrack

Without question, the world of Middle Earth created by J.R.R. Tolkien is my favorite fantasy world of all time! The one song I’ll focus on from this soundtrack, and is easily the most popular song, is “Concerning Hobbits.” From the perspective of a LOTR fan, you will get chills every time you listen to “Concerning Hobbits.” From the woodwind instruments, to brass, percussion, strings,  keyboard, and others, this is a fine peace of music. The man to thank for the music? Howard Shore.

Live orchestral performance of “Concerning Hobbits,” composed by Shore.

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