This week marks the official beginning of television's new fall season. If history's anything to go by, we're probably going to get at least one memorable opening theme that will capture a moment and live on for years to come. In anticipation, we at the Weekly decided to take a look back at how every five years has produced some of the most memorable television themes ever broadcast.
Duck Tales 1987
It's been a full quarter-century since the “Duck Tales” theme first hit the airwaves, and we're all the better for it. A catchy original earworm that explains the basic plot, accompanied by the type of action-packed comedic visuals kids crave, make it among the most treasured minutes of nostalgic bliss for anyone fortunate enough to have it as part of their childhood.
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper 1992
Sometimes the point of an opening theme isn't necessarily to lay out the plot of a show, but rather to effectively sum up its leading star. When viewers caught this first glimpse of Mark Curry's “Mr. Cooper” character 20 years ago, the sly self-awareness of having a theme and smooth R&B harmonies really stuck-out amongst the 1992 fall line-up. As the character evolved, the theme music changed, but your never forget your first time with “Mr. Cooper.”
Veronica's Closet 1997
From the producers of "Friends” came Kirstie Alley's "Veronica's Closet,” a sitcom about all the wackiness of a lingerie company. Part of NBC's "Must See TV” Thursdays, the silly anxiety of the quick cutaways and upbeat tempo is indicative of what people wanted out of their sitcoms in the late-90s.
CSI Miami 2002
While the original "CSI” has The Who's cool multilayered "Who Are You” for their opening, the series' first spinoff, "CSI: Miami” opted for the show-stopping screech of "Won't Get Fooled Again.” Often cut-to after a one-liner, it's become one of the decade's most memorable openers, even spawning an internet-meme.
The Big Bang Theory
While most remember the 2007 writer's strike as challenging time for television, one of the season's few success stories was the rise of "The Big Bang Theory.” While millions were drawn to a new comedy they could quickly catch up on at a time that their favorites were inactive, easing their introduction to the series was the fun theme by Canada's Barenaked Ladies. A great example of an original theme perfectly setting the tone, the show's now entering its sixth season with the treasured tune still intact.