46. Justin Time
Originally I had Growing Pains in this spot, but the more I listen to “Show Me That Smile” it just doesn’t work. I love Jennifer Warnes, but she’s only in one version of this generic theme song. Dusty Springfield ruins the one he’s in. Plus, the theme song just reminds me of Cameron’s religious fanaticism and the scripts that helped drive Gold to anorexia. So, eff, that show.
So, to something more innocent. My nineteen month old son loves this theme song, and I can’t blame him. Unlike most themes meant for pre-school kids, there’s no ear-piercing crescendo. And the theme of the show is driven home without connecting every dot. Like most kids themes, they name all of the characters in the song, but the melody isn’t ruined in order to do it. It’s a fun jingle without being an annoying earworm.
45. Laverne & Shirley
Composer: Charles Fox
Performer: Cyndi Grecco
A pretty generic tune about making it in the world, but for some reason I really dig the talking intro. It takes some guts to introduce your show with “Schlemeel, Schlemazel, Hasenfeffer Incorporated!” Apparently, it’s a Yiddish hopscotch rhyme.