Did You Notice When These Popular TV Shows Changed Their Theme Songs?

01.10.15 5 years ago 58 Comments
Hearts were broken over the recent change to New Girl’s opening credits, and understandably so. Becoming attached to a TV theme is easy, considering you hear them every week, you hum along with them, you know every nook and cranny of that addictive little tune. It’s almost as though the song can read into your soul — it is a love stronger than anyone outside of the relationship will ever understand. Even if you initially hated the song, it grew on you and you suddenly fell in love and, henceforth, couldn’t get it off your mind. Then they go an change it on you in, say, season four? The audacity!

Often times a change in theme song can be rewarding and altogether a step in the right direction. Perhaps we should be open to change, or at least reflect on times before when change brought great relief and new beginnings. With that in mind, we present to you a list of TV themes that have changed mid-season, for better or for worse.

Felicity

The original theme to Felicity reflected that lost-in-New York, wide-eye-wonderment, I-just-chased-Ben-to-college feel. It was a haunting, therapeutic gem of a song that featured a humming Judith Owen. In season three, the theme went from this beautiful tune to “New Version of You” from J.J. Abrams and Andrew Jarecki which, honestly, was harsh on the ears.

Rocko’s Modern Life

There are three versions of the Rocko theme. Early on, the song was considerably different, while the later two underwent subtle changes. So subtle that if you were a child at the height of this show’s popularity and you told your older sister that there had been a change in the show’s theme, she wouldn’t believe you. You would have to wait 20 years to prove this to her via an online article and the power of the Internet. Although quite similar to young ears, in later seasons the theme featured vocals from Kate Pierson and Fred Schneider of the B-52’s.

Boy Meets World

Boy Meets World went through three-different inceptions during its seven seasons. Understandably, the theme changed with the growth of the actors, the pace, and the themes of the show. Can you imagine the twee tune from season one preceding an episode where Shawn becomes a teenage alcoholic? It would be absurd. Thank God for change, in this case.

I Dream of Jeannie

The classic theme from I Dream of Jeannie didn’t come around until season two. So charming was this theme that the original from season one is like a forgotten dream.

Roseanne

Roseanne started with a theme heavy on the growling sax and sassy harmonica. If the theme could walk, it did so with great swagger in studded leather boots. In later seasons we were met with a rendition from Blues Traveler, who were brought on to re-record the song. The beloved saxophone was gone; in its place, the crooning John Popper.

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