TV show theme songs - FOX 32 News Chicago

TV show theme songs

Posted: Updated:
MYFOXNY.COM -

A good TV show theme song (like the one from, say, "Happy Days") lodges in our brains for all of eternity. It can transcend television (think the "Twilight Zone"), race up a billboard chart ("Hawaii Five-O") or teach us to sing a ballad without lyrics ("Jeopardy"). But to accomplish any of that, a good TV show theme song must first introduce a good TV show.

"I've done music that I thought was great [and] the show was off in 13 weeks," music composer Edd Kalehoff said.

Kalehoff composed openings for "The Price Is Right," "ABC World News," and "Monday Night Football." He said the best themes sound the way their shows look and feel.

"Not just a slappy thing where good enough is good enough," Kalehoff said, "but it really does capture the DNA of what makes the show good."

Many of the TV-watchers Fox 5 found identified themes from shows ("Gilligan's Island," "Friends," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "I Love Lucy," and "The Patty Duke Show") that date back decades.

"It's funny, you can't hum the theme of Modern Family," media critic Bill McCuddy said.

McCuddy of Forbes.com attributed the death of the TV theme song to corporate greed and the audience's shorter attention span.

"It's really a question of money," McCuddy said. "It comes down to the amount of time they can sell advertising in."

The good news for those who prefer their shows begin with a catchy refrain? Reruns and syndication further preserve TV songs of yore in our memories.

  • EntertainmentMore>>

  • Robert Downey Jr. named Forbes' highest-paid actor again

    Robert Downey Jr. named Forbes' highest-paid actor again

    For the second year in a row, Robert Downey Jr. topped Forbes' annual list of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood.
    For the second year in a row, Robert Downey Jr. topped Forbes' annual list of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood.
  • Zoe Saldana expecting first child

    Zoe Saldana expecting first child

    Zoe Saldana is pregnant and expecting her first child with husband Marco Perego, her publicist confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
    Zoe Saldana is pregnant and expecting her first child with husband Marco Perego, her publicist confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Get past the stereotypes, say 'Rich Kids'

    Get past the stereotypes, say 'Rich Kids'

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:51 GMT
    There's more to the lavish lives of the stars of E!'s 'Rich Kids of Beverly Hills' than meets the eye. Dorothy Wang, daughter of billionaire retail tycoon Roger Wang; Morgan Stewart, daughter of architect-to-the stars Herbert Stewart; and E.J. Johnson, son of NBA legend Magic Johnson, say they're trying to send a different message in their reality TV show. "We’re here to shed the negative stereotypes of rich kids,’ said Johnson.
    There's more to the lavish lives of the stars of E!'s 'Rich Kids of Beverly Hills' than meets the eye. Dorothy Wang, daughter of billionaire retail tycoon Roger Wang; Morgan Stewart, daughter of architect-to-the stars Herbert Stewart; and E.J. Johnson, son of NBA legend Magic Johnson, say they're trying to send a different message in their reality TV show. "We’re here to shed the negative stereotypes of rich kids,’ said Johnson.
Powered by WorldNow

205 N. Michigan Avenue
Ground Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Station Operator: (312) 565-5532
Newsroom: (312)565-5533

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices