TV shows are constantly evolving on the quest for higher ratings, and each new episode is chock-full of surprises. Characters come and go as storylines throw curve balls your way, but the theme song remains the same, always faithful.
A guaranteed staple each and every week, a good theme song expresses the essence of a show. Some, like The Brady Bunch, compose their own songs. In just under a minute, you know that you’re going to watch a story about a lovely lady, a man named Brady, and the family that formed upon their meeting. Not to mention a boy who was West Philadelphia-born-and-raised boy and spent most of his days on the playground before becoming The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Some songs, however, are famous in their own right, and lend their popularity to new TV shows. Carole King croons “Where You Lead” as a montage of mother-daughter moments play through seven seasons of Gilmore Girls. Six Friends show their love and support for one another to the sound of “I’ll Be There for You” by The Rembrandts.
And for times where there simply are no words, we find theme song jingles. Without words, you get a sense of the shenanigans bound to take place in The Office, the whimsical nature of Carrie Bradshaw’s love life in Sex and the City, or the circus-like lives of one thoroughly Modern Family.
No matter the origin, the staying power remains the same. Each time you hear the theme song, whether at the beginning of an episode or out of context, it feels like catching up with an old friend—comfortable, familiar, and full of pleasant memories.
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