Ah, those were the days. Archie and Edith agreeing in song, “Gee, our old LaSalle ran great.” The All in the Family theme song — she wailing, he demonizing “the welfare state,” — had as much to do with setting the voice and tone of the working-class show as Meathead, George Jefferson and anti-Semitism.
That’s because sitcom theme songs used to be epic.
They contained second verses, pre-choruses, wholly unnecessary transitional bridges and a cappella clap breaks — seemingly none of which played with a great deal of urgency, at least when compared to the frantic, auctioneer-like cadences of theme songs today.
Seinfeld was the first to do away with the theme song altogether, favoring a series of bass slaps, tongue pops and guttural hiccups.
A couple years ago, I organized my favorites into eight categories: Expositional Ditties, Anthems, Liberated Women, The Jazz Age, Caucasian Sap, Funk Brothers, The Thinkers, Optimistic Groovers and, finally, The Bummers.
Did I miss any?
UPDATE: On January 15 2016, Richard Morgan publically rebuked my findings on Facebook.
Charles in Charge
The Love Boat
Doogie Howser MD
Richard Morgan it’s a grand life! was that not clear? also:
In Living Color
The Facts of Life
Welcome Back, Cotter
The Head of the Class
Are You Being Served?
A Different World
Hi Honey, I’m Home
Out of This World
Batman the animated series
Too Close For Comfort
…ok, gotta have breakfast
—C.B.S (via UrbanDaddy) (via C.B.S.)