Top 50 TV Show Themes of Childhood

They say smell is the sense that is most closely tied to memory, but I’ve got to think that the sense of hearing has to be right up there, especially when it comes in the form of themes of TV shows you used to watch as a kid. This list took a long time to put together, but it comes with a guarantee that you’ll be transported back to childhood. Great pains were taken so you’d be able to listen to each theme song right here on the page, and there was much debate on where each song should be placed on the list. Of course, we expect the debate to continue — which songs are ranked too high or too low? Which songs did we leave off? Tell us where we messed up! The good news is you can probably find you favorite TV show theme song — no matter how obscure — at TelevisionTunes.com!

50: Thundercats

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49: Wonder Woman

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48: Dukes of Hazzard

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47: The Waltons

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46: Green Hornet

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45: I Love Lucy

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44: Little House on the Prairie

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43: Beverly Hillbillies

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42: James Bond

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41: Bonanza

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40: Partridge Family

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39: Dennis The Menace

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38: The Simpsons

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37: Pink Panther

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36: The Munsters

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35: G.I. Joe

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34: Picture Pages

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33: Happy Days

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32: Transformers

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31: The Cosby Show

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30: Inspector Gadget

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29: Andy Griffith Show

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28: Mr. Wizard’s World

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27: Greatest American Hero

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26: The Jetsons

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25: Fraggle Rock

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24: Batman

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23: Woody Woodpecker

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22: Scooby Doo

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21: Spiderman

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20: The A-Team

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19: Lone Ranger

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18: Underdog

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17: Reading Rainbow

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16: The Brady Bunch

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15: Gilligan’s Island

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14: Popeye

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13: The Addams Family

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12: Leave It To Beaver

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11: Speed Racer

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10: Flintstones

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9: Mickey Mouse Club

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8: Howdy Doody

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7: The Little Rascals

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6: The Muppet Show

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5: Three Stooges

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4: Sesame Street

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3: Mister Rogers Neighborhood

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2: Looney Toons

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1: Peanuts

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So there you have it, the Top 50 TV Show Themes of Childhood. What did we forget? Where did we screw up? Let us know in the comments.

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Comments

  1. Allison says:

    “…especially when it comes in the form of themes of TV shows you used to watch as a kid.” Totally agree!!!
    Great list! I would add (see if you know the next line…):

    Fact of Life (“Ya take the good, ya take the bad..”)
    Cheers (“making your way in world today takes eveything you’ve got..)
    Growing Pains (“show my that smile again….”)
    and maybe Family Ties & Diff’rent Strokes

  2. Minette says:

    As cheesy as it is, I loved singing the “Love Boat” theme. “The Love Boat…promises something for everyone!”

    Also, on the Cosby Show, I think that was more instrumental and speaking as a Deaf person (who loves good lyrics – and dancing), I was more fascinated by the dance sequences they would think up for the opening credits. Great stuff!

    Three’s Company was another show I enjoyed watching and singing the song as the show started “Come and knock on our door…we’ve been waiting for you….”

  3. Jason:

    These old tunes are perfect holiday music for the office.

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