Can You Name the Show From Its Theme Song?


By: Bambi Turner

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Theme songs signal the start of your favorite TV shows, and after weeks or years of watching, the lyrics and the tunes can burrow into your brain as deep as any Top 10 hit. Take our quiz to see if you can match the lyrics to the show!

From the famously ill-fated "three-hour tour" to the place "where everybody knows your name," the first few notes or words of TV's most popular anthems have the power to immediately transport us all back to the place and time we happily tuned in for our regular dose of televised adventure. 

Of course, you didn't have to actually watch the Brady Bunch to know the story of a lovely lady. And you might not have ever seen an entire episode of The Flintstones, but we bet you still know that "yabba-dabba-doo time is followed by "dabba-doo time" — and not the other way around. 

So if you're ready to roll down TV's memory lane, maybe you can tell us how to get to Sesame Street. We hope you'll be there for this quiz, because it's there for you too. 

"Five passengers set sail that day for a three-hour tour."

Anyone who has ever seen "Gilligan's Island" knows that the Minnow's fateful voyage lasted much longer than three hours, after the ship and her passengers were caught in a storm and stranded on a deserted island. Why did they have luggage?


"Come and knock on our door..."

Jack, Janet and Chrissy were three single roommates sharing an apartment -- and putting up with their meddling landlord -- on the '70s and '80s sitcom "Three's Company."


"Come and listen to my story 'bout a man named Jed."

"The Ballad of Jed Clampett" introduced every episode of "The Beverly Hillbillies," a sitcom about a backwoods man and his family who struck oil and moved to California to live the good life.


"They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky."

Gomez and Morticia Addams and their clan were "altogether ookey" on the classic '60s series "The Addams Family."


"I'll be there for you, cause you're there for me too."

For ten seasons, Monica, Phoebe, Rachel, Ross, Chandler and Joey were there for each other on "Friends," which featured a theme song by pop group The Rembrandts.


"Who can turn the world on with her smile?"

Mary Tyler Moore starred as Mary Richards in the '70s classic, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Moore played a career woman at a time when women were just beginning to work outside of the home, and the show's intro ended with the iconic image of the actress tossing her hat into the air to the words, "You're gonna make it after all."


"Thank you for being a friend."

Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia shared a home in Miami for seven seasons on the comedy "The Golden Girls."


"Goodbye grey sky, hello blue/There's nothing can hold me when I hold you."

Seventies and eighties sitcom "Happy Days" took viewers on a trip back to the '50s with Richie, Ralph and Potsie -- and of course, the Fonz. The show initially used "Rock Around the Clock" as its opening theme before switching to its own custom theme song.


"Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name."

Bartenders Woody and Sam Malone served the gang at "Cheers" for 11 seasons. Today, you can visit the real Cheers, which has been serving up suds in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood since 1969.


"Love and marriage, go together like a horse and carriage."

Eighties and nineties favorite "Married...with Children" opened each episode with a chorus of the song "Love and Marriage," which happens to be an old Frank Sinatra tune.


"Schlemiel, Schlimazel, Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!"

Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall kicked off each episode of "Laverne & Shirley" by reciting this old Yiddish chant. The rest of the theme song was similar to others of the period, with its rousing chorus of "We're gonna make our dreams come true."


"Movin' on up, to the East side/To a deluxe apartment in the sky."

George Jefferson made a mint with his dry cleaning business, so it was no surprise that he and his wife Louise decided to move uptown to a nicer apartment on "The Jeffersons."


"She's tinsel on a tree/She's everything that every girl should be."

Marlo Thomas played Ann Marie, an aspiring actress in New York City in the '60s series "That Girl." The show's lyrics compared Ann Marie to everything from tinsel to "sable, popcorn and white wine."


"You're not the boss of me now and you're not so big."

"Boss of Me," by the band They Might be Giants, served as the theme song to "Malcolm in the Middle" for seven seasons.


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

Andy Travis tries to manage a rag-tag bunch of radio personalities, including D.J. Johnny Fever and reporter Les Nessman, on the classic 1978-1982 series "WKRP in Cincinnati."


"The new boy in the neighborhood/Lives downstairs and it's understood/He's there just to take good care of me..."

Scott Baio went from "Happy Days" to "Charles in Charge." Willie Aames played his friend Buddy.


"In West Philadelphia born and raised/On a playground is how I spent most of my days."

Will Smith was such a star in the music world in the '90s that he got his own TV show, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." He not only starred in the show, but also wrote and sang the theme song -- but he left the dancing on the series to cousin Carlton.


"Math, science history/Unraveling the mysteries."

Aspiring actress Penny meets two brilliant physicists and the trio find they have plenty to learn from one another on the comedy sitcom "The Big Bang Theory."


"Woke up this morning, got yourself a gun."

When you're on a show like "The Sopranos," it's always wise to arm yourself -- and to give thanks that you woke up to see another day.


"Here's the story of a lovely lady/Who was bringing up three very lovely girls."

It was love at first sight when Mike Brady met Carol. They moved in together to become a blended family of eight on "The Brady Bunch."


"But you're not fooling me, cause I can see/The way you shake and shiver."

Scooby-Doo and the gang used their groovy mystery machine to transport them to crime scenes in the animated favorite "Scooby-Doo," though Scooby often needed a Scooby Snack to help him overcome his fear of ghosts and ghoulies.


"Guys like us we had it made/Those were the days."

Edith and Archie Bunker opened every episode of "All in the Family" seated at the piano, playing and singing the show's theme song, "Those Were the Days."


"Now the world don't move, to the beat of just one drum."

Willis and Arnold "got nothing but their jeans" when they move in with the Drummonds on "Diff'rent Strokes."


"Here we come, walking down the street/We get the funniest looks from/Everyone we meet."

"Hey, hey, we're the Monkees!" Mike, Davy, Peter and Micky sang and shared a home on the '60s series, which was inspired by the success of another quartet of long-haired musicians named The Beatles.


"Everywhere you look, everywhere you go/There's a face of somebody who needs you."

The Tanners made viewers feel like part of the family on the 1987-1995 favorite "Full House." The show was so beloved that it was revived in 2016, with pop star Carly Rae Jepsen singing the famous theme song.


"Just the good 'ol boys, never meaning no harm."

Country legend Waylon Jennings both wrote and performed the theme song -- and also narrated the series -- on the 1979-1985 favorite "Dukes of Hazzard."


"But they're cousins, identical cousins."

On "The Patty Duke Show," actress Patty Duke played a pair of cousins named Cathy and Patty. They may have looked identical on the outside, but they couldn't have been more different once you got to know them.


"A horse is a horse, of course, of course."

Poor Wilbur Post spent six seasons trying to convince everyone that his horse really could talk in the 1958-1966 series "Mr. Ed."


"A long time ago, we used to be friends/But I haven't thought of you lately at all."

Every episode of the teen detective series "Veronica Mars" began with the soft lyrics of "We Used to Be Friends," by '90s alternative rock band The Dandy Warhols.


"It seems today, that all you see/Is violence in movies and sex on TV."

"Family Guy" draws inspiration from "All in the Family" with it's opening scene. Peter and Lois sing at the piano, just like Archie and Edith Bunker did back in the day.


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