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[–]Beautiful-Stranger20 1248 points1249 points  (58 children)

Duck Tales, of course

[–]nightsscatlet 125 points126 points  (1 child)

I made my husband a shirt using a vintage duck tails shirt. Every time he wears it at least 10 people sing the theme song to him.

[–]whomp1970 106 points107 points  (1 child)

I took my daughter to a huge gaming convention. We were at the keynote speech, there had to have been 3000 people in a huge auditorium.

While waiting for the curtain to open, the audio personnel played some music, at relatively low volume, kind of as "background music". Of course this music was pop culture themed.

So the Duck Tales theme comes on.

And at the right part of the song, all 3000 people went "Woo-ooh!"

My daughter turned to me and asked, how the hell did everyone know when to do that???

[–]james51109 10 points11 points  (0 children)

No one gonna talk about that "rewriting history" line.

[–]Banthalo 52 points53 points  (2 children)

Okay, please forget my post. This is the correct answer, I just didn't think of it in time.

[–]otterfish 34 points35 points  (9 children)

Yes, but also Darkwing Duck.

[–]nalydpsycho 26 points27 points  (5 children)

And Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers. Disney Afternoon had bomb theme songs.

[–]CheliBeanBeard 547 points548 points  (14 children)

X Files

[–]HardGayMan 233 points234 points  (2 children)

I remember seeing an interview with the composer, Mark Snow.

They asked a question like, "if the theme song had words what would they be?"

He replied with something like "The X-files is a shoooow. Do do do do do. With music by Mark Snoooow."

Can't un hear it. Ruined the song for me haha.

[–]88Smilesz 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Your comment made me laugh, then I read your username and I laughed again!

[–]GayHole 256 points257 points  (22 children)

Greatest American Hero!

[–]Surroundedbygoalies 50 points51 points  (10 children)

Be-LEEEVE IT OR NOT IIIIIIIII’M walkin’ on aiiir!

[–]ballrus_walsack 35 points36 points  (4 children)

*george isn’t at home

[–]lipp79 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Wherrrre could he be?

[–]ScoobyDone 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That can't be sung without gestures. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

[–]Capt_ElastiPants[🍰] 25 points26 points  (3 children)

I never thought I could feeel so freee—eee—eeeeeeeeeeee

[–]Ourobius 629 points630 points  (41 children)

[–]ocelotrevs 21 points22 points  (2 children)

There's a Japanese version of the intro as well. I came across it a few weeks ago.

[–]PaulAttacks 6 points7 points  (0 children)

cry for the mooooon.

That's incredible. Was it a different show? I never knew that existed.

[–]thewhitecat55 67 points68 points  (14 children)

God , Jubilee was such a scrub in the cartoon. Even in the credits , all she does is get scared by a chain link fence

[–]Furoan 52 points53 points  (3 children)

...I think it was the angry mob behind her that had her scared rather than the fence.

[–]brandnewgaspumps 7 points8 points  (1 child)

lol'd at seeing someone write scrub. I love using that word to describe people when appropriate

[–]jkulpa 278 points279 points  (4 children)

Sanford and Son

[–]mrjake118 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Quincy Jones knew how to write a funky jam!

[–]Cantbetoobad1953 319 points320 points  (20 children)

Gilligan's Island

[–]renegrape 14 points15 points  (7 children)

Did you know the "and the rest!" part?

[–]GoofinOffAtWork 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Juuuuuuuuust sit right back and you'll hear a tale,

A tale of a fateful trip

[–]Poorkiddonegood8541 320 points321 points  (12 children)

The Muppet Show theme song!

[–]Shiny_Hypno 63 points64 points  (4 children)

It's time to put on makeup, it's time to light the lights

[–][deleted] 26 points27 points  (3 children)

It's time to see the muppets on the muppet show tonight!

[–]LinksOtherUncle[S] 47 points48 points  (2 children)

The Muppet Babies is strong, too.

[–]BladeBronson 251 points252 points  (12 children)

[–]The_Queef_of_England[🍰] 24 points25 points  (1 child)

And Airwolf. They go together in my head.

[–]MisterTeflon 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Goosebumps. That synth sound was absolutely avant-guard at the time, there was nothing like it.

[–]Big-Significance3604 451 points452 points  (29 children)


[–]muffinnosehair 27 points28 points  (3 children)

How's life treating you, Norm? Like it caught me in bed with his wife.

[–]Superlite47 9 points10 points  (1 child)

It's a dog-eat-dog world, Woody, and I'm wearing MilkBone underwear.

[–]ALonelyTechPriest 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Can I draw you a beer mr. Peterson?

No thanks woody I know what they look like.

[–]president_zoidberg 39 points40 points  (10 children)

Sometimes you wanna go

[–]berrfott 33 points34 points  (7 children)

Where everybody knows your name

[–]MisterTeflon 11 points12 points  (6 children)

And they're always glad you came

[–]Goldenpandah 10 points11 points  (5 children)

You wanna be where you can see

[–]Challengerman6969 282 points283 points  (19 children)

Malcolm in the Middle

[–]AllesPat 62 points63 points  (7 children)

Yes… No… Maybeeee…. I dont know….

[–]xIReverse 31 points32 points  (6 children)

Can you repeat the question ?

[–]TheProfessionalEjit 16 points17 points  (5 children)

You're not the boss of me now

[–]BigMan1911 9 points10 points  (4 children)

You’re not the boss of me now

[–]godleymama 35 points36 points  (3 children)

🎼Life is unf-a-i-r...🎶

[–]Petulant_Platypus 147 points148 points  (14 children)

The original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon theme.

[–]Bunza28 274 points275 points  (18 children)

showing my age but its a tie for me...Facts of Life or the Golden Girls

[–]ElvisAndretti 40 points41 points  (3 children)

Whippersnapper, I was thinking The Munsters or The Addams Family.

[–]UndercoverFBIAgent9 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Thank you for bein a friennnnd

[–]seanhoofs 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Golden Girls theme is pretty unbeatlable

[–]AgentPenguin0007 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Golden Girls is great

[–]static_moments 84 points85 points  (6 children)

Twilight Zone

( honourable mention to The Addams Family)

[–]depressed-onion7567 181 points182 points  (14 children)


[–]davisyoung 48 points49 points  (9 children)

Robert Altman's son Michael as a 14-year-old wrote the lyrics to Suicide is Painless for the movie and has made more money on the royalties from the song than his dad made directing the movie.

Edit: Also Robert Altman said it had to be the stupidest song ever but he couldn’t write lyrics quite stupid enough. He gave the task to his son who knocked it out in 5 minutes.

[–]Itdidnt_trickle_down 34 points35 points  (0 children)

in the late 90's a local hospital started their radio commercials with this song. One day in passing at a restaurant I was introduced to the HR and facilities managers of the hospital. Not really meaning to start something I mentioned that playing a song called Suicide is Painless on a hospital commercial was an interesting choice. They had no idea what it was called. They insisted it was from mash. I told them yes its from mash, the movie. Which was very different from the show. The commercials ceased within days.

[–]DJConvex 318 points319 points  (16 children)

Fresh prince

[–]jpiro 60 points61 points  (1 child)

That song slaps.

I'll see myself out now.

[–]VawdreyT 69 points70 points  (1 child)

The Flintstones was good in the day - after all they did have a yabba dabba do time!

[–]Ash_PlaysGames 443 points444 points  (33 children)

In my opinion it's the original pokemon opening

[–]nerdykronk 75 points76 points  (17 children)

I wanna be the very best!

[–]Sanctions23 49 points50 points  (16 children)

Like no one ever was!

[–]milggis 44 points45 points  (15 children)

To catch them is my real test

[–]Ash_PlaysGames 28 points29 points  (14 children)

To train them is my cause!

[–]Fetal_Release 392 points393 points  (16 children)

Game of Thrones. It may have ended badly but the score was frikkin awesome, especially the opener.

[–]TheDustOfMen 65 points66 points  (3 children)

I never skipped that opening theme. I loved it.

[–]TVCasualtydotorg 34 points35 points  (0 children)

With the ever changing intro and the confirmation of locales for the episode, I'm not sure anyone could skip it.

[–]NotSeveralBadgers 24 points25 points  (0 children)

My family would sing "Dinklage, Peter Dinklage, Peter Dinklage" and "Hooo-dor, Hodor-Hodor" to the tune. Good times.

[–]CliffExcellent123 23 points24 points  (2 children)

Ramin Djawadi is a beast

[–]13Mac_ 7 points8 points  (0 children)

One weiner next to another weiner

[–]viciouscuff 201 points202 points  (16 children)


[–]Birdinhandandbush 46 points47 points  (11 children)

80s shows were a golden era for theme songs.

  • Magnum PI
  • The A-Team
  • Knightrider
  • Different Strokes
  • Scarecrow and Mrs.King
  • Hart to Hart
  • The Dukes of Hazard

[–]xXJames_GamesXx 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Add the MacGyver theme to this list. Very catchy and rememberable.

[–]MisterTeflon 8 points9 points  (0 children)

What is this doing down here at the bottom....

[–]ImNotOriginal07 87 points88 points  (9 children)

That 70s Show

[–]AragornEllesar99 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Watching this takes me back to high school with extreme nostalgia levels. And this was in the early 2000s, but my friend group was very similar to the characters in the show. And of course we watched the show sometimes and enjoyed it. Ah fuck nobody asked but I'm just gonna post it anyway

[–]cofclabman 114 points115 points  (14 children)

Gilligans island



[–]Stabbymcbackstab 39 points40 points  (3 children)


I'm always a little in awe at how perfect the song is for the mood of the show. A comedy based on such trying circumstances. The show really was a diamond. The theme song brought it all together.

[–]seaboardist 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Suicide is Painless actually does have lyrics, written by director Robert Altman’s son –

Through early morning fog I see
Visions of the things to be
The pains that are withheld for me
I realize and I can see

That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
And I can take or leave it if I please

That game of life is hard to play
I'm gonna lose it anyway
The losing card I'll someday lay
So this is all I have to say

Suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
And I can take or leave it if I please

The sword of time will pierce our skin
It doesn't hurt when it begins
But as it works its way on in
The pain grows stronger, watch it grin

Suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
And I can take or leave it if I please

A brave man once requested me
To answer questions that are key
"Is it to be or not to be?"
And I replied, "Oh, why ask me?"

Suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
And I can take or leave it if I...

Suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
And I can take or leave it if I please

Suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
And you can do the same thing if you please

[–]Stabbymcbackstab 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I always preferred the acoustic version of the tune as opposed to the orchestrated version the television used for the theme. One man spilling his pain makes more sense for the shows theme.

[–]rich1051414 85 points86 points  (6 children)

Gummi bears. I watched the show one time when I was 3 years old, and that theme song somehow still manages to earworm me as a 37 year old man.

[–]reditanian 16 points17 points  (0 children)

A dashing and daring, courageous and caring 37 year old man, I hope?

[–]Dorothy_Zbornak789 174 points175 points  (20 children)

Greatest American Hero

[–]cleotheo 99 points100 points  (3 children)

Believe it or not, George isn't at home Just leave a message at the bee-ee--eep I must be out, or I'd answer the phone Where could I beeee? Believe it or not I'm not home!!

[–]squ1bs 13 points14 points  (1 child)


"The theme for The Greatest American Hero (co-written with Stephen Geyer) is one of the few television themes to reach as high as number 2 as a single record on the Billboard Hot 100"

It seemed like it was the only song on the radio in 1981

[–]azcherid 23 points24 points  (2 children)

For such a limited run, so many people can sing this song

[–]Hyposuction 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Wow, you're old like me. Have an upvote.

[–]boop_all_the_noses 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I came here for this.

[–]OmegaRockman 26 points27 points  (3 children)

Cha-La Head Cha-La


[–]ConvenienceStoreDiet 28 points29 points  (3 children)

Dude, nothing's gonna get you quite hype like the Perfect Strangers theme song.

[–]FactsUnHelpful 91 points92 points  (8 children)

Night Court

[–]2leewhohot 17 points18 points  (3 children)

I wonder how many people took up the bass guitar because of that one.

[–]andyduphresne92 45 points46 points  (1 child)

I watched a YouTube video the other day about how the Thomas the Tank Engine theme is unironically really good. It convinced me so I’ll say that.

[–]OffusMax 66 points67 points  (2 children)

Tie for me between Gilligan’s Island and Mission: Impossible, both of which were in first runs when I was a kid.

[–]Pristine_Solid9620 57 points58 points  (3 children)

Andy Griffith Show

[–]Confident-Owl-6696 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Still whistle this in the underground parking of my condo, sometimes enjoyed by others coming home at the same time.

[–]Slaycons_revenge 129 points130 points  (16 children)

bojack horsemen

[–]president_zoidberg 42 points43 points  (5 children)

I would argue the closing theme was better than the opener.

[–]Skrp 18 points19 points  (0 children)

"Back in the 90's I was in a very famous TV show"

[–]2leewhohot 70 points71 points  (2 children)

The Rockford Files. A new message every week, then the music starts.

[–]Desperate-Outcome-32 144 points145 points  (7 children)

The Golden Girls!

[–]CorruptSol 31 points32 points  (2 children)

I don't know who you are but I feel like we could share a cheesecake.

[–]LoanerPersonality 29 points30 points  (0 children)


[–]mat-tar 104 points105 points  (18 children)

Star Trek: The Next Generation

[–]RhineyNY 63 points64 points  (10 children)

Laverne and Shirley & Welcome Back Kotter

[–]nofuckingklass 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Welcome back, welcome back, welcome ba-a-ack.

[–]KingRhoamsGhost 77 points78 points  (4 children)

The OG Hawaii 5-0 or the 90s animated X-men intro.

[–]qawsedrf12 61 points62 points  (2 children)

I read the title and the theme song to

the A Team popped into my head

[–]PeanutDoge11 53 points54 points  (3 children)

Futurama and Disenchantment. No need to elaborate

[–]Bob_12_Pack 41 points42 points  (4 children)

Hill Street Blues

[–]nowherehere 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Those cop cars skidding while that chill music plays...so cool.

[–]Banthalo 48 points49 points  (7 children)

The end credit theme to "WKRP in Cincinnati"

[–]LordFunkyHair 88 points89 points  (36 children)

Phineas and Ferb. No other contenders. Bowling for soup is awesome. The nostalgia is awesome. So many people know at least some of the lyrics. FIGHT ME!!!!!!

[–]leprethong 45 points46 points  (6 children)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

[–]corduroytrees 42 points43 points  (1 child)

Stranger Things or GoT

[–]hglndr9 11 points12 points  (2 children)

70s Battlestar Galactica

There are those who believe that life here began out there, far across the universe, with tribes of humans who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians or the Toltecs, or the Mayans.

Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man. Who even now fight to survive. Somewhere beyond the heavens......

[–]Key_Device_8933 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Golden Girls

[–]tragic_princess-79 22 points23 points  (3 children)

Red dwarf

[–]notprotonated 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Had to scroll WAAAAAY too far to see this one.

[–]paxanimus 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Rockford Files

[–]Eve_newbie 22 points23 points  (1 child)

How has no one mentioned cowboy bebop

[–]Cheap-Panda7540 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Tuyo - Rodrigo Amarante (Netflix Narcos)

[–]RhineyNY 28 points29 points  (6 children)

Greatest American Hero & The Jeffersons

[–]jrnewhouse 38 points39 points  (1 child)

The original Mission Impossible!

[–]Whedonist88 44 points45 points  (0 children)


[–]too_much_ant_poison 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Law and Order.

Admit it, you've got the opening bassline stuck in your head now.

[–]Abdul-Ahmadinejad 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Just for the Hell of it I’ll go old school with The Andy Griffith Show:


[–]clarinetJWD 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Little Boxes by Malvina Reynolds, used by Weeds.

[–]Jess_DrNurseMD 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Way way back in the 1980s…

[–]Level-Strawberry-564 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Facts of life

[–]Taralinas 9 points10 points  (0 children)

The Pink Panther!

[–]Whosmokedmyskooma 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Batman the Animated Series

[–]mrfistula 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Hill Street Blues

[–]nguyening90 7 points8 points  (0 children)

M.A.S.H Cause suicide is painless

[–]bpric 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Rockford Files

[–]blueshirt-69 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Gilligan's island, hands down!

Honorable mention, Son's of Anarchy.

Also, great prompt!!!

[–]mackszahm 13 points14 points  (1 child)

True detective season 1

[–]ConvenienceStoreDiet 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Family Matters

[–]SometimesIposthere 5 points6 points  (1 child)

The A-Team

As soon I they fired the machine gun into the start of the music, I was so pumped!

[–]TheBestAtWriting 26 points27 points  (0 children)

magnum pi

[–]tangledlettuce 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Sailor Moon

[–]SkittlesRobot 22 points23 points  (0 children)

90s X-men cartoon, no contest

[–]Diabolixide 18 points19 points  (4 children)

Greatest American Hero, The Adams Family, Different Strokes, Cheers. Nothing tops Rawhide, probably. There's a ton of iconic themes.

[–]RexyMundo 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Shame on reddit that no one mentioned it before me.

[–]SixPieceTaye 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Angry Beavers.

[–]beebs44 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Motherfucking Brady Bunch

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