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(Fark)   Why was there a period in sitcom history (around the 80s) where every show had an overly sappy, sentimental intro song that didn't match the vibe of the shallow, punchline driven show at all?   (fark.com) divider line
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2021-03-03 11:54:21 AM  
The Mandalorian 80s Intro
Youtube bfQyFC4JPIg
 
2021-03-03 12:17:36 PM  
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2021-03-03 12:44:19 PM  
It increases nostalgia for future generations when the show goes into syndication.

They were very forward thinking back then.
 
2021-03-03 12:50:26 PM  
And you would see the biggest dick would be on Bea and the balls attached would say, thank you for being a friend

Good 80s sitcom off the top of my head.  Cheers, Night Court. End of list.

/liked ALF as a kid
 
2021-03-03 12:53:18 PM  
I remember the song from Tales from the Crypt:

"Hey you, people from the future
20, 30, 40, 50 yeas and more
Things suck now, don't they?
Things were better back theeeeeee-en.....
Remember?
Reeeemeber?
Dada-bum Dada-bum Dada-bum"

This was played over a montage of kittens batting a ball of string around.

Then they would cut to the show, and a guys brains would be sliding down his face or something.

/wow, that brings me back. Good times, good times...
 
2021-03-03 12:54:43 PM  
Standing TAAALLLLL!  On the wings of my dreams!
 
2021-03-03 12:58:42 PM  
A lot of UK shows have remarkably bad theme songs. QI comes to mind as the worst. Sample

I've started watching The Detectorists and they have a pretty good one.

Johnny Flynn - Detectorists (Original Soundtrack from the TV Series)
Youtube Q58Gm18-IMY
 
2021-03-03 1:16:16 PM  
It's Garry Shandling's Show - Opening Theme Song w/ On-Screen Lyrics
Youtube iqO1HO9VpLo
 
2021-03-03 1:18:16 PM  
I always enjoyed how they made the MASH theme song end on an up note.
 
2021-03-03 1:20:17 PM  

fragMasterFlash: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/iqO1HO9V​pLo]


I actually remembered the lyrics to that one before I clicked on it. I loved that one.
 
2021-03-03 1:21:51 PM  
OTOH, are we just gonna ignore that the Airwolf, Knight Rider, and Miami Vice themes were absolute bangers?
 
2021-03-03 1:28:30 PM  

Byno: OTOH, are we just gonna ignore that the Airwolf, Knight Rider, and Miami Vice themes were absolute bangers?


Max Headroom Opening Credits and Theme Song
Youtube RMTkYVmowb4
 
2021-03-03 1:35:34 PM  
The ones you remember from the 80s are thematically holdovers from the themes  in the 70s, soft jingles with a brief recognizable hook or easy listening instrumental opening. Eight is Enough, Little House on the Prairie, Barney Miller, Alice, Taxi, really any Norman Lear show.  It was quaint and charming and still used into the 90s before being relegated to only-family-channel stuff nowadays.  That's my memory of it, anyways.
 
2021-03-03 1:36:38 PM  

Byno: OTOH, are we just gonna ignore that the Airwolf, Knight Rider, and Miami Vice themes were absolute bangers?


And the A-Team theme. I haven't seen that show in probably 30 years and that STILL gets stuck in my head on the regular.
 
2021-03-03 1:41:51 PM  

fragMasterFlash: [YouTube video: It's Garry Shandling's Show - Opening Theme Song w/ On-Screen Lyrics]


Damn you. Damn you to hellllll!!!
 
2021-03-03 2:12:38 PM  
For the same reason as why Taylor Swift has a recording contract.  Because no matter how stupid it is, there is a market that wants it.
 
2021-03-03 2:27:49 PM  
The 80s was a weird decade, not just for that reason.
 
2021-03-03 2:34:03 PM  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Byno: OTOH, are we just gonna ignore that the Airwolf, Knight Rider, and Miami Vice themes were absolute bangers?

And the A-Team theme. I haven't seen that show in probably 30 years and that STILL gets stuck in my head on the regular.


In France it has vocals.

L'agence tous risques Générique Saison 1
Youtube 2eeyakT6wF4
 
2021-03-03 2:39:20 PM  

Gordon Bennett: MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Byno: OTOH, are we just gonna ignore that the Airwolf, Knight Rider, and Miami Vice themes were absolute bangers?

And the A-Team theme. I haven't seen that show in probably 30 years and that STILL gets stuck in my head on the regular.

In France it has vocals.

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J'adore qu'un plan se déroule sans accroc

/Google translate
//translated back to "I love that a plan goes off without a hitch"
 
2021-03-03 3:02:42 PM  
So are you asking us what ever happened to predictability?
 
2021-03-03 3:40:51 PM  
Believe It Or Not George Isn't At Home
Youtube SrkKvk2Lrjw
 
2021-03-03 4:35:20 PM  
Blame this guy

upload.wikimedia.orgView Full Size
 
2021-03-03 4:54:45 PM  

The Flexecutioner: Taxi


THE BULLITTS- FlixTape Episode 2: "TAXI"
Youtube d7R6G83da1U
 
2021-03-03 5:02:15 PM  

will.i.ain't: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/SrkKvk2L​rjw]


Seinfeld was in the 1990s.
 
2021-03-03 5:07:56 PM  

Mugato: will.i.ain't: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/SrkKvk2L​rjw]

Seinfeld was in the 1990s.


Time for your big brain hat. What theme song was he mimicking, and more importantly, when did that show come out?
 
2021-03-03 5:25:38 PM  
Remember, these people were competing against Mike Post (who wrote the A-Team theme BTW). They had to take a different direction.
 
2021-03-03 5:41:30 PM  

Russell_Secord: Remember, these people were competing against Mike Post (who wrote the A-Team theme BTW). They had to take a different direction.


Went to go remind myself of how much work he did in the 1980s.  Apparently, you didn't compete with Mike Post, you just hoped he didn't take the job.
 
2021-03-03 5:48:51 PM  

The Flexecutioner: The ones you remember from the 80s are thematically holdovers from the themes  in the 70s, soft jingles with a brief recognizable hook or easy listening instrumental opening. Eight is Enough, Little House on the Prairie, Barney Miller, Alice, Taxi, really any Norman Lear show.  It was quaint and charming and still used into the 90s before being relegated to only-family-channel stuff nowadays.  That's my memory of it, anyways.


For a while there was a cottage industry in turning some of these jingles into singles. I know the theme song for "Growing Pains" got some radio play, and "The Greatest American Hero" was a #1 hit before I ever saw an episode. Jan Hammer's "Miami Vice" theme charted, too. It wasn't new - theme songs had been played on pop radio since Peter Gunn - but the opportunity to wring a bit more money from the franchise led to a lot of thirty second theme songs turned into four-minute power ballads.
 
2021-03-03 5:50:43 PM  
I didn't own a TV for most of the 1980s. I had to google TV shows from that decade to remember what I watched. Mostly, it was Roseanne, Married with Children, and The Cosby Show.
 
2021-03-03 5:54:39 PM  

LewDux: The Flexecutioner: Taxi

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/d7R6G83d​a1U]


I always considered Taxi to be a 70's show. My mother watched it sometimes. We both liked Latka Gravas.
 
2021-03-03 5:56:42 PM  
It's been a long road, gettin' from there to here...
 
2021-03-03 5:59:20 PM  

Bruscar: Mostly, it was Roseanne, Married with Children, and The Cosby Show.


Married with Children wasn't bad but my God the other two. That's like cruel and unusual punishment.
 
2021-03-03 6:11:07 PM  
WandaVision Episode 5 Opening | 1x05 - "On a Very Special Episode..."
Youtube GnkPT5yUxZU
 
2021-03-03 6:21:36 PM  

The Flexecutioner: Mugato: will.i.ain't: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/SrkKvk2L​rjw] Seinfeld was in the 1990s. Time for your big brain hat. What theme song was he mimicking, and more importantly, when did that show come out?

That would be The Greatest American Hero, approximately 1982.

 
2021-03-03 7:04:17 PM  
Because that was the era... If you ever want to see the differences in sitcom entertainment by decade, just watch WandaVision. Different decades had different design and style.
 
2021-03-03 7:05:28 PM  
Some shows from that era used well known songs.

Billy Joel had two:
My Life in Bosom Buddies and You May be Right on Dave's World

Tour of Duty had Paint It Black from the Rolling Stones
 
2021-03-04 3:05:55 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: I always enjoyed how they made the MASH theme song end on an up note.


... and sped it up.

/completely devoid of gravitas
 
2021-03-04 3:25:41 AM  
Family Guy - And Then There's Maude
Youtube G8JdPCMrnqQ
 
2021-03-04 7:51:44 AM  
Today, on a very special Fark...
 
2021-03-04 9:32:08 AM  

Russell_Secord: Remember, these people were competing against Mike Post (who wrote the A-Team theme BTW). They had to take a different direction.


And Hardcastle & McCormick, and...
 
2021-03-04 10:51:26 AM  
The Littlest Hobo - Intro/Outro - Theme Song - Maybe Tomorrow - Original Artist - Terry Bush
Youtube 0p8oeiVDcx4
 
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