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TV Theme Songs
|"We got a right to pick a little fight -- ______! ______!
If anyone fights any one of us
He's gotta fight with me!"
What is the name of this Western, which ran from 1959 to 1973?||Lyrics to TV Themes With No Lyrics
Bonanza. The pilot episode features Hoss, Ben, and Little Joe singing the song. Subsequent episodes featured the instrumental version.
You've got me in your spell.
You know your craft so well.
Before I knew what I was doing
I looked in your eyes
That brand of woo you've been brewin'
Took me by surprise."
What is the name of this sitcom that ran from 1964 to 1972 and starred Elizabeth Montgomery?||Lyrics to TV Themes With No Lyrics
Bewitched. "Bewitched" was a show about a witch named Samantha who uses her magical powers to solve domestic problems. It was made into a 2005 movie.
|"Well, now, take down your fishin' pole and meet me at The Fishin' Hole,
We may not get a bite all day, but don't you rush away.
What a great place to rest your bones and mighty fine for skippin' stones,
You'll feel fresh as a lemonade, a-settin' in the shade. "
You remember the song "Fishin' Hole," though the song was whistled, not sung, on TV. What show dealt with the sheriff of Mayberry, North Carolina?||Lyrics to TV Themes With No Lyrics
The Andy Griffith Show. Running from 1960 to 1968, we see life in the idealized rural community of Mayberry, where there were so few crimes that Andy could spend his time at the old fishing hole. Don Knotts starred as bumbling deputy Barney Fife who was only issued one bullet which he had to keep in his shirt pocket (Andy feared he'd shoot himself otherwise). Andy's son Opie was played by a young Ron Howard, who later became a major director.
|"Hey! Here they come with a rum-tee tum they're having a toy parade.
A tin giraffe with a fife and drum is leading the kewpie parade.
A gingham cat in a soldier's hat is waving a Chinese fan,
A plastic clown in a wedding gown is dancing with Raggedy Ann."
The name of this song is "The Toy Parade." Can you name this 1950's show about an idealized American family?||Lyrics to TV Themes With No Lyrics
Leave it to Beaver. This show aired from 1957 to 1963. Older Americans fondly remember the America as seen through the eyes of Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver. My father, who grew up during this time period, wonders why they never showed the gang violence and stolen cars that marked his childhood (he's now a school superintendent).
|"There's a certain couple that I know.
They're strictly lovebirds,
A pair of turtle dove birds.
He's a guy who wants the world to know.
So ev'ry day
You'll hear him say _____"
What does he say? This is one of the first popular American sitcoms, which first aired in 1951.||Lyrics to TV Themes With No Lyrics
I Love Lucy. Airing from 1951 to 1957, this show dealt with Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. These were more innocent times; Lucy and Ricky were not allowed to sleep in the same bed on the show, and they could not say the word 'pregnant' on the air.
|From what theme song do you hear "...and then one day he was shootin' at some food and up from the ground come a bubblin' crude"?||TV Theme Lyrics
"Beverly Hillbillies". Bluegrass artists Lester Flatt and Earl Scrugs sang and played the original version of the theme to the "Beverly Hillbillies." The show starred Buddy Ebsen (Jed Clampett), Irene Ryan (Granny Daisy Moses), Donna Douglas (Elly May Clampett), and Max Baer (Jethro Bodine).
|"You wanna go where people go; their troubles are all the same" is from what famous TV show?||TV Theme Lyrics
Cheers. "Cheers" ran for several long seasons and had a big finale in the early 90's. The bar does exist in Boston, MA. The show starred Kirstie Alley and Ted Dansen.
|Which TV sitcom had the line, "Fish don't fry in the kitchen; beans don't burn on the grill"?||TV Theme Lyrics
"The Jeffersons". This theme song became famous for this show's 10-year running. Again, Sherman Hemsley played the outspoken George Jefferson, who is a businessman. Jefferson lived in a high rise apartment building in an upscale part of the city. After all, he could afford that.
|"Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale; a tale of a fateful trip...." is the beginning of what famous TV sitcom?||TV Theme Lyrics
"Gilligan's Island". "Gilligan's Island" starred Bob Denver (Gilligan) and Alan Hale (Skipper). The show was about the trials and tribulations of seven people who got stranded on an uncharted island for many years. "Gilligan's Island" later had a made for TV movie which depicted the castaways having to survive a major hurricane which swept them out to sea. Later, the Coast Guard would find them and take them to shore. But, as luck would have it, they tried another trip and ended up on the same island. Gilligan knew it was the same island because he found a piece of the old Minnow.
|"In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they did not commit..." is the beginning theme from which hour long 1980's TV show?||TV Theme Lyrics
"The A-Team". "The A-Team" starred such famous actors as Mr. T who had also starred in several "Rocky" films. It also starred Dwight Schultz (Murdoch) who would later play one of the officers (Reggie) in "Star Trek: The Next Generation." "The A-Team" was successful because of the action and because of Mr. T's famous retort, "I pity the fool!"
|Which TV sitcom theme song had the line, "Straightening the curves; flattening the hills; someday the mountain might get them but the law never will"?||TV Theme Lyrics
"The Dukes of Hazzard". Country music singer, Waylon Jennings, was not only the balladeer for "The Dukes Of Hazzard" but he was also the narrator in the show's 7 year running. This show starred Tom Wopat (Luke), John Schneider (Bo), and Catherine Bach (Daisy). Schneider would later try and become a successful country music singer. Because of the car chases, this is another of my all-time favorite sitcoms.
|"And if you threw a party; inviting everyone you knew, you would see the biggest gift would be from me..." is part of which 80's sitcom?||TV Theme Lyrics
"The Golden Girls". All of the shows listed here were written by Susan Harris. "The Golden Girls" ran for seven seasons and starred Estelle Getty (Sophia). Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, and Rue McClenahan all were Broadway actresses and, because of such, knew the meaning of timing when it came to their wit and sarcasm on the show. "The Golden Girls" is one of my all-time favorite shows.
|"Turn on the light from Heaven, Lord..." came from which TV sitcom?||TV Theme Lyrics
"Amen". "Amen" starred Sherman Hemsley, who played a church deacon. Hemsley was also well-known for his role as businessman and sometimes funny, loud-mouthed George Jefferson from "The Jeffersons." The show, "Amen", only lasted about five seasons.
|"In the eyes of a ranger, the unsuspecting stranger had better know the truth of wrong from right ..." is the beginning of what action TV series?||TV Theme Lyrics
"Walker, Texas Ranger". This show ran for several seasons. Its main character is karate expert Chuck Norris, who has appeared in several ninja style films. He is also the narrator and singer at the beginning of "Walker, Texas Ranger."
|Don't we all want this?
"You wanna be where you can see, our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows your name."
||Can you remember these TV themes?
Cheers. "Cheers" was a top-rating comedy that was broadcast for eleven seasons from 1982 to 1993. While characters remained rather static, as did the relationships between them, the show was kept fresh by the high standard of writing, the appearance of guest actors and the introduction of new characters such as Dr. Frasier Craine. "Frasier" was a successful spin-off from "Cheers".
|Doesn't this just sound like a male?
"Yes, no. Maybe. I don't know. Can you repeat the question?
You're not the boss of me now, you're not the boss of me now."
||Can you remember these TV themes?
Malcolm in the Middle. Although "Malcolm in the Middle" was a sitcom the characters in it developed over the seven years that the series ran. The boys were usually at each other's throats and constantly tried to outsmart their mother but when someone outside of the immediate family hurt any of them their loyalty to each other came to the fore. For example, when Lois's snobbish mother-in-law put her down at an extended family gathering they banded together and wreaked a very satisfactory revenge.
|This is quite a haunting theme from one of my favourite old westerns.
"Paladin, Paladin, where do you roam?
Paladin, Paladin, far, far from home."||Can you remember these TV themes?
Have Gun, Will Travel. Paladin, the man with the card that said "Have Gun, Will Travel", was educated at West Point. At the time of the series he lived in San Francisco and was available to help those in need. His fee, for those who could afford it, was $1000 but he never turned anyone away for lack of money. The last season's first episode, "Genesis", told the story of Paladin's origin. Gene Rodenberry, of "Star Trek" fame was a writer for this show.
"Superman" by Lazlo Bane. "Scrubs" is the hilarious show all about the ups and downs at working at a hospital with crazy interns, doctors, and surgeons. Anything could happen at this hospital and most of the time it does. There can be the happiest things on earth like marriage and having a baby. Then there is the occasional unfortunate miscarriage or some other form of a loved one dying. But that is only a handful of episodes. The other episodes will make you laugh the hardest you have ever laughed.
"Wanted Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi. "Deadliest Catch" follows real fisherman and all the dangers of fishing in the Bering Sea. This very real show first aired in 2005.
"A World Without Danger". "Code Lyoko" follows the lives of four regular school students. One of them finds this virtual world called "Code Lyoko". The other three can go into this virtual world as the other computes every thing. In this virtual world they meet a virtual girl named Aelita. But there is one draw back - included in this virtual world is a super computer that is bent on the destruction of the world.
"My Sweet Heart". The show follows five different girls who have one main thing in common. They all have endangered species genes in them and now they have to save the planet. They have to save the planet from three aliens that were on planet Earth before humans but were forced to leave for a long time and when they returned humans had inhabited planet earth.
Barenaked Ladies. Barenaked Ladies are a Canadian alternative rock band. They have a number of different songs. For instance, they sing the rather hilarious song "One Week". "One Week" is just like the song "We Didn't Start the Fire" due to the fact that it includes so many pop culture references from the time that it was written.
"Baba O'Riley" by The Who. "CSI NY" is almost exactly the same as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", except for one thing. There is an entirely different team with problems in between cases that are unique to the show. I would try and tell you the main characters but it would take to long, as the main characters change almost every single season. Please just watch the show and you will see what I mean.
"Today is Going to be a Great Day" by Bowling for Soup. "Phineas and Ferb" is a show that is all about surviving the 104 days of summer vacation. These two brothers never let a day go by without something big to do. The show also includes the brothers' teenaged sister who tries to bust them and their pet platypus, who is a super secret spy with a totally wacky arch nemesis.
"I'll be there for you" by The Rembrandts. "Friends" follows six friends and the ups and downs of life. The episode topics vary from marriage to baby making to job stress, and everything in between. The six friends are a paleontologist, a chef, an actor, a fashion expert, a man who works with statistical analysis and data reconfiguration, and a woman who has a variety of different jobs throughout the show.
"At Least it was Here" by The 88. "Community" follows a lawyer, Jeff Winger, who needs to earn a degree to continue his career in court. The show is about how he forms a Spanish study group to get a date with a girl. The show follows Jeff and his six other class mates through the ups and downs of community college. His new friends include an old guy, a mother who just got divorced, a high school football player, a freaky kid who is crazy about making movies, a crazy environmentalist, and a young girl who is brand new to this kind of living.
"Who are You" by The Who. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", which takes place in Las Vegas, is the first installment of the "CSI" franchise. There are two other series that follow two different teams. Two actors from the main characters have been in all three cities. That would be Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Raymond Langston in all three, and Carmine Giovinazzo who played Detective Danny Messer in "CSI: NY" and "CSI: Miami". He played a unnamed man in the Vegas "CSI".
|"In west Philadelphia born and raised, on the playground was where I spent most of my days. Chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool and all shootin some b-ball outside of school, when a couple of guys who were up to no good, started making trouble in my neighborhood." What sitcom had this theme song?||Explanatory TV themes
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" ran from 1990 to 1996, and elevated rapper Will Smith to stardom. The premise was that after getting in a fight, Will's mother sent him to live with her wealthy sister and brother-in-law in California. Apparently, the Banks family would rather have paid the enormous expense of raising a fourth child and sending him to an expensive private school, instead of sending his family money to move to a better neighborhood. Of course, that wouldn't have made a good sitcom.
|What sitcom is this from? "Come sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip..."||Explanatory TV themes
"Gilligan's Island". "Gilligan's Island" (1964-1967) dealt with the seven passengers and crew of the ill-fated SS Minnow, a tour boat which crashed on an uncharted desert isle after a storm. They eventually got off the island when it suddenly occurred to the Professor to build a boat. This show had separate opening and closing themes.
Mad About You. "Mad About You" debuted in 1992. The series was about a young, bickering couple who were deeply in love despite their differences. The theme song was first performed by Andrew Gold and later had a version with Anita Baker.
|What popular sitcom had this theme song: "Movin' on up, to the East side, to a deluxe apartment in the sky"?||Classic Theme Songs
The Jeffersons. "The Jeffersons" debuted in 1975. The sitcom was about an ambitious black man who opened a chain of cleaning stores and moved to Manhattan's Upper East Side. The theme song, "Moving On Up", was sung by Ja'net DuBois, who starred on "Good Times".