Ranking the Top Ten TV Theme Songs is Not So Easy.

On this week’s Imperfect Podcast, we discuss the Top Ten Television Theme Songs and what makes them memorable. We speak about how some theme songs set the tone for the show, such as the carnival type music in Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, while other theme songs seem to be detached from the show. Very often when a syndicated sitcom is shown in reruns, the familiar theme is often shortened to make more room for advertising. In recent times, themes from new shows are written with that in mind and sometimes have as little as one chord to begin the show, such as in the series Lost. We further discuss how some classic theme songs such as Gilligan’s Island, Brady Bunch, and The Jeffersons, three of our top ten favorites, supply the background story for the entire show. Our seven other themes, in no particular order (you have to listen to the podcast for that) are The Flintstones, Happy Days, Sesame Street, Friends, Cheers, The Family Guy (we play a recording of Seth McFarlane and Alex Borstein singing live on the James Lipton Show), and The Fresh Prince of Bellaire (Dan Kane performs the first verse with a karaoke version). We speak of several honorable mentions that did not make our group list. They are the themes from Sopranos, Incredible Hulk, Dukes of Hazzard, The Greatest American Hero, The A-Team, Welcome Back Kotter, Sanford and Son, All in the Family, and Frasier.

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