Can You Complete the Lyrics to These 1970s TV Theme Songs?

By: Stella Alexander
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About This Quiz

"Come and knock on..." the door of this quiz! The 1970s was a dynamic time. The hippies and flower children were out and about. Afros and bell-bottoms were at the height of fashion and disco was rocking the airwaves. While this was all happening, 1970s TV shows were led by their catchy theme songs. From Three's Company  to The Jeffersons, can you complete the lyrics to these 1970s TV theme songs?

While the 1980s and 1990s would take TV sitcoms and branch them off into the world of friends, the 1970s was very much focused on the family. Sitcoms like All in the Family, The Jeffersons, and The Brady Bunch were popular among viewers. There was even Happy Days and Good Times. The shows of the decade also followed roommates in Three's Company and co-workers in M*A*S*H. They had one-woman acts like The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Maude.

The 1970s varied when it came to their TV shows, and while you might remember the characters and story lines, how well do you remember the theme songs? Can you remember where the Jeffersons were "movin' on up" to? The Brady Bunch had a story of a lovely lady who was what? If you can remember these lyrics, you're ready for this quiz!

You can't make it to the start of the show without its theme song. It's the same way that you can't make your way to a perfect score without taking this quiz. Think you can ace it? Let's find out!

"Baby, if you've ever wondered / Wondered whatever became of me / I'm living on the air in Cincinnatti...

"WKRP in Cincinnati" is a TV sitcom that first premiered in 1978. It lasted for four seasons before ending in 1982. The theme song was written by Tom Wells and the series starred Gary Sandy.

"Good times / Any time you meet a payment / Good times / Anytime you need a friends / Good times...

"Good Times" first premiered in 1974 on CBS. The show was a spin-off of the Bea Arthur sitcom "Maude." "Good Times" starred Esther Rolle and John Amos and its theme song was performed by Jim Gilstrap and Blinky Williams.

"No matter where they go / They are known as the couple / They're never seen alone ...

"The Odd Couple" is the ABC show that premiered in 1970 and lasted five seasons until 1975. The series starred Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson. The theme song was written by Neal Hefti.

"Thursday, Friday, happy days / The weekend comes / My cycle hums...

"Happy Days" is a popular TV sitcom that premiered in 1974 on ABC. The series starred Ron Howard. The popular theme song was first featured as the ending credits before being moved to the opening credits in 1975. It was written by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox and performed by Jim Haas.

"Come and knock on our door / We've been waiting for you..."

Three's Company first premiered in 1997 on ABC. The series starred John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt and Suzanne Somers. The popular theme song was "Come and Knock On Our Door" and it was performed by Ray Charles and Julia Rinker.

"Who can turn the world on with her smile / Who can take a nothing day / And suddenly make it all seem worthwhile...

"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" first premiered in 1970 on CBS and starred Mary Tyler Moore. The theme song "Love is All Around" was written and performed by Sonny Curtis.

"Welcome back / Your dreams were your ticket out / Welcome back ...

"Welcome Back, Kotter" is a 1970s sitcom that premiered in 1975 on ABC. The show starred Gabe Kaplan, and the theme song was performed by John Sebastian.

"Chico, don't be discouraged / The Man he ain't so hard to understand / Chico, if you try now...

"Chico and the Man" was a sitcom that first premiered in 1974 on NBC. The series starred Jack Albertson and Freddie Prinze and its theme song was performed by Jose Feliciano.

"Love / Exciting and new / Come aboard...

"The Love Boat" first premiered in 1977 on ABC. It spent 9 years on air with 9 seasons. The show starred an ensemble ship crew led by Gavin MacLeod. The theme song was performed by Jack Jones for the show's first eight seasons.

"To a deluxe apartment in the sky / Movin' on up / To the east side...

"The Jeffersons" started as a spin-off of "All in the Family" and first premiered in 1975 on CBS. The series lasted a successful ten years and starred Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford. The theme song was written by Jeff Barry and Ja'net Dubois and performed by the latter.

"Here's the story of a lovely lady / Who was bringing up three very lovely girls / All of them had hair of gold, like their mother / ...

"The Brady Bunch" first premiered in 1969 on ABC and would run until 1974. The series starred Robert Reed and Florence Henderson. The theme song was written by Frank De Vol and Sherwood Schwartz.

"This is it / This is it / This is life, the one you get / ...

"One Day at a Time" was a CBS sitcom that first premiered in 1975. The series lasted 9 seasons and ended in 1984. Its theme song was written by Jeff and Nancy Barry and was performed by Polly Cutter.

"Give us any chance, we'll take it / Read us any rule, we'll break it / ...

"Laverne & Shirley" premiered on ABC in 1976 as a spin-off of "Happy Days." The series starred Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams. The theme song was written by Norman Gimbel and performed by Cyndi Grecco.

"Just a good ol' boys / Never meanin' no harm / Beats all you've ever saw / ...

"The Dukes of Hazzard" first premiered in 1979 on CBS. It lasted for six years and starred Tom Wopat and John Schneider. The theme song was performed by Waylon Jennings.

"Hello, world, hear the song that we're singin' / C'mon get happy / A whole lot of lovin' is what we'll be bringin' / ...

"The Partridge Family" was a sitcom that first premiered in 1970 on ABC. The theme song was "When We're Singin" from 1970-1971 before changing to "C'mon Get Happy" until the show ended in 1974.

"Lady Godiva was a freedom rider / She didn't care if the whole world looked / Joan of Arc with the Lord to guide her / ...

"Maude" first premiered in 1972 on CBS as a spin-off of "All in the Family. The series starred Bea Arthur as the title character. Its theme song "And Then There's Maude" was performed by Donny Hathaway.

"Boy the way Glenn Miller played / Songs that made the hit parade / Guys like us we had it made / ...

"All in the Family" was a popular sitcom that first premiered in 1971 on CBS. The show would go on to spark numerous spin-offs such as "Maude," "The Jeffersons," and "Good Times." The series starred Jean Stapleton and Carroll O'Connor, who can also be heard singing the show's theme song "Those Were the Days."

"Now the world don't move to the beat of just one drum / What might be right for you may not be right for some / A man is born, he's a man of means / ...

"Diff'rent Strokes" was the NBC sitcom that first premiered in 1978. It starred Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges. The theme song was written by Alan Thicke, Al Burton and Gloria Loring.

"You'll see that life is a ball again / Laughter is calling for you..."

Three's Company first premiered in 1997 on ABC. The series starred John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt and Suzanne Somers. The popular theme song was "Come and Knock On Our Door" and it was performed by Ray Charles and Julia Rinker.

"So while you're here enjoy the view / Keep on doing what you do / ...

"One Day at a Time" was a CBS sitcom that first premiered in 1975. The series lasted 9 seasons and ended in 1984. Its theme song was written by Jeff and Nancy Barry and was performed by Polly Cutter.

"Love is all around / No need to waste it / You can have the town / Why don't you take it...

"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" first premiered in 1970 on CBS and starred Mary Tyler Moore. The theme song "Love is All Around" was written and performed by Sonny Curtis.

"Got kind of tired packing and unpacking / Town to town and up and down the dial / Maybe you and me were never meant to be...

"WKRP in Cincinnati" is a TV sitcom that first premiered in 1978. It lasted for four seasons before ending in 1982. The theme song was written by Tom Wells and the series starred Gary Sandy.

"Who was busy with three boys of his own / They were four men, living all together / ...

"The Brady Bunch" first premiered in 1969 on ABC and would run until 1974. The series starred Robert Reed and Florence Henderson. The theme song was written by Frank De Vol and Sherwood Schwartz.

"Fish don't fry in the kitchen / Beans don't burn at the grill / Took a whole lotta tryin' / ...

"The Jeffersons" started as a spin-off of "All in the Family" and first premiered in 1975 on CBS. The series lasted a successful ten years and starred Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford. The theme song was written by Jeff Barry and Ja'net Dubois and performed by the latter.

"Because there's good in everyone / And a new day has begun...

"Chico and the Man" was a sitcom that first premiered in 1974 on NBC. The series starred Jack Albertson and Freddie Prinze and its theme song was performed by Jose Feliciano.

"But they're laugh provoking / Yet they really don't know they're joking / Don't you find / When love is blind...

"The Odd Couple" is the ABC show that premiered in 1970 and lasted five seasons until 1975. The series starred Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson. The theme song was written by Neal Hefti.

"Tuesday, Wednesday, happy days / Thursday, Friday, happy days / Saturday, what a day...

"Happy Days" is a popular TV sitcom that premiered in 1974 on ABC. The series starred Ron Howard. The popular theme song was first featured as the ending credits before being moved to the opening credits in 1975. It was written by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox and performed by Jim Haas.

"The Love Boat soon will be making another run / The Love Boat promises something for everyone...

"The Love Boat" first premiered in 1977 on ABC. It spent 9 years on air with 9 seasons. The show starred an ensemble ship crew led by Gavin MacLeod. The theme song was performed by Jack Jones for the show's first eight seasons.

"Temporary lay offs / Good times / Easy credit rip offs / Good times..."

"Good Times" first premiered in 1974 on CBS. The show was a spin-off of the Bea Arthur sitcom "Maude." "Good Times" starred Esther Rolle and John Amos and its theme song was performed by Jim Gilstrap and Blinky Williams.

"Nothin's gonna turn us back now / Straight ahead and on the track now / We're gonna make our dreams come true..."

"Laverne & Shirley" premiered on ABC in 1976 as a spin-off of "Happy Days." The series starred Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams. The theme song was written by Norman Gimbel and performed by Cyndi Grecco.

"Just a good ol' boys / Wouldn't change if they could / Fighting the system / ...

"The Dukes of Hazzard" first premiered in 1979 on CBS. It lasted for six years and starred Tom Wopat and John Schneider. The theme song was performed by Waylon Jennings.

BONUS: "That game of life is hard to play / I'm gonna lose it anyway / The losing card I'll someday lay / ...

While the "M*A*S*H" theme song is simply an instrumental, the official song "Suicide is Painless" was a well-known track written for the TV series and film. The series first premiered in 1972 and lasted until 1983. The series starred Alan Alda.

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