It's been a while, a long while....but finally I'm back. I blame my laptop and youtube for my disappearance of late....also my forgetfull mind for the last few 12th of the months.
This post, is mostly going to be a rant about the lack of opening credits in tv series nowadays.
The other night, after watching/hearing a few random ye olde tv themes on foxtel, and trying forever to remember the opening lines of the Beverly Hillbillies theme (which I never did, and ended up having to 'google')
That night I went to bed, and for over an hour (between midnight and 1am) I lay there singing whatever tv theme I could think of.
I first worked back to the early stuff, and then through more recent things. Most of the old shows had themes, like older movies.
Some shows, such as The Drew Carey Show had multible themes during its run.
Some themes are a total pop-culture icons, such as Gilligan's Island, and Happy Days!
I was thinking about the things that we will remember about current shows 20, 30 years down the road.... that is IF we even remember them, for some of the good ones are only around for 5 minutes, while crappy ones last for ages.
I really miss tv themes on shows, even if the themes were not always as memorable as others.
So these are some of the shows with themes I was singing,
-I Love Lucy (music, no lyrics)
-I Dream of Jeanie
-Buffy the Vampire Slayer
-The Drew Carey Show (the first and last ones...I can never remember the one that came in the middle....that is unless there was 4 and not 3 like I'm remembering)
-The Brady Bunch
-Raggy Dolls (to be totally childish)
-James Bond jr(....though I seem to remember that one to the tune of The Jetsons...no idea if that one's right or how it's supposed to go if it isn't)
Then there's the others, which I don't recall singing, but being there anyways
-ER (it's music, it's hard to sing)
and so on...
In fact pretty much any and EVERY show had a theme....now they all seem to have a title screen, with just the name of the show and maybe a second or 2 of some kind of music, eg, Heroes, Brothers and Sisters, and October Road.
After watching season 1 of Brothers and sisters on dvd, I really liked the music they played at the end of the show, and wished that that was used for credits. It is very...Dr Quinn, or Little House on the Prairie though :P
Also Grey's started with a theme, but then bumped it for the title screen.
I guess now they all prefer to use those few seconds for actual show content...
I wonder if we will still know the themes to the old shows after another 20 years. I have a feeling that the really really old ones, like Gilligan's Island, and The Brady Bunch are sticking with us however hard we try to block them out!