Can you name the TV show from its theme song lyrics? Quiz

By: Jouviane Alexandre
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About This Quiz

If hearing a television show theme song brings back memories, this quiz is for you.

"One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated. We're gonna do it!" Face it; you didn't read that, you sang it. The theme song from "Laverne and Shirley" ranks as one of the most recognizable of all time. 

Although we can't say if they were originally intended to do so, a show's theme song has the power to take you back to a (hopefully) simpler, happier time. The association between the show and its theme song can bring back memories.

Most television show theme songs are very well thought out ditties. Producers don't just pick a song and slap it into the show's introductory sequence. Theme songs are often written specifically for a show, but in some cases, an already established song works just fine. 

For instance, the theme song for "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," "Yo Home to Bel Air," was written for the show and performed by Will Smith himself. But the opening song for the television sitcom, "Happy Days," "Rock Around the Clock," was written before the show aired for the first time.

Take this quiz if you think you can name these TV show tunes.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "They're creepy and they're kooky / mysterious and spooky / They're altogether ooky."

On its first run, "The Addams Family" was a black and white show, premiering on ABC in 1964. The show lasted for two years but was remade into numerous TV shows and movies.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "So no one told you life was gonna be this way / Your job's a joke, you're broke, your love life's D.O.A. / It's like you're always stuck in second gear."

"I'll Be There For You," by the band The Rembrandts, was used as the theme song for the show "Friends." The show aired for a whopping 10 seasons and had over 230 episodes. The cast members can be seen in the music video for the song.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "Now this is a story all about how / My life got flipped-turned upside down / And I'd like to take a minute / Just sit right there."

Will Smith, the star of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," had a career as a rapper before he starred in the TV show. He is seen and heard rapping the lyrics through the opening theme.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "They're the modern stone-age family / From the town of Bedrock / They're a page right out of history."

"The Flintstones" first premiered in 1960 on ABC and lasted for 6 seasons, until 1966. This theme song wasn't incorporated into the show until its third season.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got / Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot / Wouldn't you like to get away / Sometimes you want to go..."

"Cheers" aired on NBC for eleven years and seasons. Although it didn't do amazingly in its first season, the show grew in ratings and released over 250 episodes.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale / A tale of a fateful trip / That started from this tropic port / Aboard this tiny ship."

"Gilligan's Island" ran for three seasons on CBS, from 1964 to 1967. Although only on for a relatively short time, the series made an impact and still runs in syndication.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "The weekend comes / My cycle hums / Ready to race to you / These days are ours / Happy and free."

Extremely popular during its time, "Happy Days" premiered in 1974 on ABC and ran for 10 years, accumulating 11 seasons and over 250 episodes.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you / We've got some work to do now."

The original "Scooby Doo" series premiered in 1969 under the title, "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?" Since then, the franchise has been turned into multiple TV series, plus cartoon and live-action films.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "But now let's get things started / Why don't you get things started / It's time to get things started / On the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational..."

Not to be confused with the recent 2015 show, "The Muppets," "The Muppet Show" first premiered in 1976 and lasted for 5 seasons, until 1981. The show was followed by a movie and other related TV shows.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "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 youngest one in curls."

"The Brady Bunch" was a very popular sitcom during the early '70s. The show first premiered in 1969 and lasted for 5 seasons, until 1974. The original series was followed by many spin-offs, as well as a few TV movies.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "Well we're movin' on up / To the East Side / To a deluxe apartment in the sky."

"The Jeffersons" was a popular TV sitcom through the late '70s and early '80s. The show premiered in 1975 and lasted 11 seasons, with over 250 episodes.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "Sunny day / Sweepin' the clouds away / On my way to where the air is sweet / Can you tell me how to get / How to get to ..."

"Sesame Street" premiered as early as November 1969 and is still running today (as of 2016). The show has been on for a record-breaking 46 seasons and has released over 4,200 episodes. The show is known for its popular characters like Big Bird, Elmo, and Oscar the Grouch.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "Just'a good ol' boys / Never meanin' no harm / Beats all you never saw / Been in trouble with the law / Since the day they was born."

"Dukes of Hazzard" ran on CBS for seven seasons, from 1979 to 1985. "Good Ol' Boys," which is performed by Waylon Jennings, served as the theme song for all 147 episodes.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "Our whole universe was in a hot, dense state / Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started, wait / The earth began to cool, the autotrophs began to drool."

"The Big Bang Theory" originally premiered on CBS in 2007. Since then, the show has had 10 successful seasons and over 200 episodes.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight / Shlemiel, schlemazel, hasenpfeffer incorporated."

"Laverne & Shirley" ran on ABC for 7 years, from 1976 to 1983. The show ran for 8 seasons and released over 170 episodes.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "Whatever happened to predictability / The milkman, the paperboy, evening TV / You miss your old familiar friends / Waiting just around the bend."

"Full House" first premiered on ABC in 1987 and aired for 8 years, until 1995. The show concluded with eight seasons and over 190 episodes. Since then, a sequel, "Fuller House," has been released on Netflix.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "It's a rare condition, this day and age / To read any good news on the newspaper page / Love and tradition of the grand design / Some people say it's even harder to find."

"Family Matters" first appeared on ABC for the first 8 years of its run, from 1989 to 1997, before moving to CBS. The show was known for its character, Steve Urkel, and aired over 210 episodes.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "Love and marriage, love and marriage / Go together like a horse and carriage / This I tell ya brother / You can't have one without the other."

"Married... with Children" premiered on Fox in 1987 and lasted an impressive 10 years. The show accumulated 11 seasons and over 260 episodes. The theme song, "Love and Marriage," was performed by Frank Sinatra.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "Thank you for being a friend / Traveled down the road and back again / Your heart is true, you're a pal and a confidant."

"The Golden Girls" first premiered in 1985 on CBS. The show ended with seven seasons and 180 episodes aired.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "I don't want to wait for our lives to be over / I want to know right now what will it be / I don't want to wait for our lives to be over / Will it be yes or will it be sorry?"

"Dawson's Creek" premiered on The WB (now the CW) in 1998. The show ran for 5 years and aired 6 seasons and over 120 episodes. The theme song, "I Don't Want to Wait," is performed by Paula Cole.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "I know there's no greater feeling than the love of family / Where can you go / When the world don't treat you right / The answer is home / That's the one place that you'll find."

"7th Heaven" first premiered on The WB in 1996 and ended its 11-year run on The CW in 2007. The show aired over 240 episodes.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "Hangin' out / Down the street / The same old thing / We did last week."

"That '70s Show" premiered in 1998 and ran until 2006. The show followed Eric Foreman and his friends, growing up in the '70s. The show ended with 8 seasons and 200 episodes.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "She was working in a bridal shop in Flushing, Queens / 'Til her boyfriend kicked her out in one of those crushing scenes / What was she to do? Where was she to go? She was out on her fanny..."

"The Nanny" premiered on CBS in 1993. Turning Fran Drescher into a star, the show aired 6 seasons and over 140 episodes.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "Come and knock on our door / We've been waiting for you / Where the kisses are hers and hers and his..."

"Three's Company" first premiered on ABC in 1977 and aired for 7 years, until 1984. Having a successful run, the show aired 8 seasons and had over 170 episodes.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "Love, exciting and new / Come aboard, we're expecting you / And love, life's sweetest reward / Let it flow, it floats back to you."

"The Love Boat" premiered on ABC in 1977 and aired until 1986. The show was originally based on a 1976 TV movie. The show has a successful run, airing 9 seasons and 250 episodes.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "What would you do if I sang out of tune / Would you stand up and walk out on me / Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song / I'll try not to sing out of key."

"The Wonder Years" first premiered in 1988, after Super Bowl XXII. The show lasted 5 years, until 1993. By the end of its run, the show aired 6 seasons and 115 episodes.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "Hello, world, hear the song that we're singin' / C'mon get happy / A whole lot of lovin' is what we'll be bringin' / We'll make you happy!"

"The Partridge Family" premiered in 1970 on ABC and lasted for four years. By the end of its run, the show ran for four season and 96 episodes.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "Wandering down this road that we call life / Is what we're doing / It's good to know I have friends that will always / Stand by me / When this..."

"Boy Meets World" originally premiered on ABC in 1993. The show lasted for 7 seasons and aired over 150 episodes. The theme song with lyrics wasn't incorporated into the show until the last three seasons.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "When I wake up in the morning / And the 'larm gives out a warning / I don't think I'll ever make it on time."

"Saved by the Bell" premiered on NBC, running from 1989-1993. After 86 episodes, the show produced two spin-offs. The first, "Saved by the Bell: The College Years," aired from 1993-1994 and starred the original cast, minus Jessie and Lisa.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "Yes, No, Maybe / I don't know / Can you repeat the question / You're not the boss of me now."

"Malcolm in the Middle" premiered in 2000 on FOX and lasted six years and 7 seasons. At the end of its run, the show had aired over 150 episodes and won 7 Emmy Awards.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "Any time you're out from under / Not getting hassled, not getting hustled / Keepin' your head above water / Making a wave when you can."

"Good Times" premiered in 1974 on CBS and lasted for 5 years. By its conclusion, the show aired 6 seasons and 133 episodes.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "Show me that smile again / Don't waste another minute on your cryin' / We're nowhere near the end / The best is ready to begin."

"Growing Pains" first aired on ABC in 1985 and lasted 7 years, until 1992. At the end of its run, the show had a successful 7 seasons and over 160 episodes.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "It seems today / That all you see / Is violence in movies and sex on TV / But where are those good old-fashioned values?"

In 1999, Family Guy premiered on FOX and has since been moved to Adult Swim. The show has accumulated an impressive 15 seasons and over 270 episodes.

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "Are you ready, kids / Aye, aye, Captain / I can't hear you / Aye, aye, Captain / Oh, who lives in a pineapple under the sea?"

"Spongebob SquarePants" originally premiered on Nickelodeon in the summer of 1999. Since then, the show has had 10 seasons and over 200 episodes. The franchise has grossed over $12 billion dollars, which includes sales from "The Spongebob SquarePants Movie."

Which TV show theme song features these lyrics: "Now this is just an introduction before I blow your mind / This show is All of That and yes we do it all the time / So sit your booty on the floor or in a chair / Ground or in the air."

"All That" originally premiered on Nickelodeon in 1994 and ended its run in 2005. A comedic variety show, the Nickelodeon favorite helped launch the careers of Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, and Amanda Bynes.

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