Friday, June 3, 2011

You're Gonna Make it After All

Am I weird? Sometimes a tv show theme song can actually make me cry. It happens with movies all the time. When I went to see first of the new Star Wars trilogy, The Phantom Menace, I cried while the opening played. Of course, by the end of the movie I was pretty pissed at George Lucas, but that's another story.

I guess I'm overly sentimental about my childhood, but I'm not sure why. I certainly didn't have that Brady Bunch upbringing. Maybe I'm sentimental about what I wish my childhood was or maybe lines like, "you're gonna make it after all" are just so hopeful they can't help but bring me to tears.

I was too young to watch a lot of these when they were new, like Mary Tyler Moore and The Brady Bunch, but I watched a LOT of tv as a kid and the late 70s and early 80s were rerun heaven.

Some theme songs are unbelievably awful. I'm talking about (click at our own risk) The Love Boat, Eight is Enough, Alice, The Greatest American Hero , Three's Company, WKRP in Cincinnati, Family Ties to name a few.

The Waltons theme song was okay, but it really has little effect on me since I was a Little House on the Prairie girl and never watched The Waltons. Maybe because I watched about every episode of The Jeffersons, Taxi, Good Times (who's theme is awesome, by the way) and Sanford and Son they just don't have much of an emotional effect on me now. Wonder Woman, The Muppet Show and the first season of Happy Days are some of my favorite openings, but these below are the tearjerkers.
Do you have a favorite/least favorite television theme song?

Mary Tyler Moore

Laverne and Shirley

Mash (excuse the poor quality)

and, maybe my favorite of all time, All in the Family:

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