Whatever Happened to Theme Songs?

Composer Vic Mizzy died this week at the age of 93. You might ask, “Who’s Vic Mizzy?” Good question. He’s the man responsible for the theme songs of classic sitcoms The Addams Family and Green Acres. Is there a child of the 60s who can’t sing those theme songs? Along with Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch? And later on we got great themes for All in the Family, Cheers, and Friends. Face it. The songs get into your head and before you know it, you've got the words memorized and start singing along. (Well, some of us sing along. When no one else is around.)

So where have all the theme songs gone? There are few left and even fewer written specifically for a particular series. As more commercial time was sold, the opening credits got shorter and shorter. Some shows use hit songs not written for the series but that seem to fit, such as The Who’s “Who Are You?” for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Frank Sinatra’s rendition of “Love and Marriage” for Married With Children.

Recent series with great theme songs include The Big Bang Theory and Corner Gas. Are there other favorites out there?