Monday, November 11, 2013

Music Monday: TV Theme Songs

I wrote a music post a couple of weeks ago on a Monday, and so did Julie!  Great minds think alike, I guess.  I have some more music themed posts in mind, so I'm going to keep up with my own little Music Monday for a bit.  :)

Scott and I downloaded some TV theme songs a couple of years ago.  I was listening through the songs on my iPod in ABC order, and I had quite a few come on in a row.  It got me thinking about some of my all-time favorite TV theme songs, and what better place to share them than right here on my blog??

Happy Days (1974-1984)

For you "young-ins" out there, the show Happy Days took place in Milwaukee in the 1950s and 1960s.  It focused on the Cunningham family.  Ron Howard...yes, the movie director, had a starring role as Richie Cunningham.  And Henry Winkler starred as Arthur Fonzarelli, aka "The Fonz".  I would also like to clarify that I watched this show in reruns since I was born two years before it's final season.  :-p

Full House (1987-1995)
I don't care how young you are, I shouldn't have to give you the details on this one, right?  Right?

Family Ties (1982-1989)
*sigh* I'll explain this one, too.  ;)  Or rather, I'll let you read the words from Wikipedia.
Set in suburban Columbus, Ohio during the early years of the Reagan administration, Elyse and Steven Keaton (Meredith Baxter-Birney and Michael Gross) are baby boomers, liberals and former Hippies, raising their three children: Alex (Michael J. Fox), Mallory (Justine Bateman) and Jennifer (Tina Yothers). Married in 1964, Elyse is an independent architect and Steven, a native of Buffalo, New York, is the station manager of WKS, a local public television station. The couple later has a fourth child, Andrew (Brian Bonsall).

Much of the humor of the series focuses on the cultural divide during the 1980s when younger generations rejected the counterculture of the 1960s and embraced the conservative politics which came to define the 1980s. Both Alex and Mallory embrace Reaganomics and exhibit conservative attitudes: Alex is a Young Republican and Mallory is a more materialistic young woman in contrast to her feminist mother. Mallory was also presented as a vacuous airhead, who was fodder for jokes and teasing from her brother Alex. Jennifer, an athletic tomboy and the youngest child, shares the values of her parents and just wants to be a normal kid. Elyse and Steven have a fourth child, Andrew, born in 1984 whom Alex doted on and quickly molded in his conservative image.
I will also share with you that Michael J. Fox was my first Celebrity Crush. 
I was 5.
Perfect Strangers (1986-1993)
Again, the words of Wikipedia:
 The series chronicles the relationship of Larry Appleton (Mark Linn-Baker) and his distant cousin Balki Bartokomous (Bronson Pinchot). Larry, a Wisconsin native from a large family, has just moved into his first apartment in Chicago, Illinois, and is savoring his first taste of privacy when Balki, a hitherto-unknown cousin from a Mediterranean island, Mypos, arrives intending to move in with him. Balki, who was a shepherd on Mypos, interprets what little he knows about the United States by relying on his own (often out-of-context) recollections of American pop culture.  After initially gently rebuffing his cousin's request to stay at his apartment, aspiring-photographer Larry decides to take Balki under his wing and teach him about American life. However, the neurotic Larry frequently proves to be as inept as Balki, if not more so, and often gets the pair into situations that only Balki can set right.

Family Matters (1989-1998)
Please tell me you've heard of Steve Urkel!!
Step by Step (1991-1998)
Wikipedia states: Set in a substantially fictionalized version of the city of Port Washington, Wisconsin, Frank Lambert, a divorced contractor with three children, sons J.T. and Brendan and daughter Al, impulsively marries Carol Foster, a widowed beautician who also has three children, daughters Dana and Karen and son Mark. Both were residents of Port Washington, but met while vacationing separately in Jamaica. Their children are surprised and angered when they learn of the marriage. Stories depicted typical situations of a new blended family, their differences causing arguments and resentments between them, but the family eventually growing to tolerate and develop loyalty to one another.
Full House, Family Matters, Step by Step, and Perfect Strangers made up my Friday nights for a short period of time.  ABC used to have TGIF, which was an evening of family friendly TV shows.  I honestly just don't think they make shows like these any more! 
I think I may have to share some more TV theme songs.  As I was writing this, I thought of so many more! 
Do any of your favorite shows have good theme songs??
***Last year, I wrote a daily blog post with my favorite Christmas songs.  This year, I am going to be writing a music post about my readers' favorite Christmas songs!  If you'd like to help me out, please fill out the form below!!  :)***

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K. @ Life's an Adventure said...

I grew up with the themes to cartoons like The Flintstones and The Jetsons... and I loved the theme song from Laverne & Shirley, which I watched with my mom. I also like the theme to Green Acres, which was the last song they played at our wedding reception - since I gave up city life and moved to the country with A. : )

Becky Dougherty said...

Those are some great ones, too! (They're on my list for an upcoming post!) I love that they played the Green Acres theme song at your reception!

Kristin said...

I loved Perfect Strangers!

Family Ties was a little before my time, but a few years ago I started watching re-runs on some cable channel. January of 2011, I believe it was. I really like it! I even remember Netflixing it...Scott was away at training, so that would explain it lol. I never could've gotten him to watch it with me.

Step by Step reruns are a favorite of mine...

Sarah Alway said...

Full House... Family Matters... Step By Step... Man that brings me back to Friday nights!

Sarah @ Life As Always

Susannah said...

Awww... Some of these really take me back!

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