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A bereaved father blogging for catharsis... and for distraction. Accordingly, you'll see a diverse set of topics and posts here, from the affecting to the analytical to the absurd. Something for everyone, but all, at the core, meeting a personal need.

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

TV Trivia Thursday #9: MM on TTT

Today, Musical Monday visits TV Trivia Thursday with an all theme songs edition! Identify the TV series that featured each of the following lyrics in its opening and/or closing theme. Shows will range from the 60s through today, mostly in the first half of that range, and in rough order by decade. A couple of cartoon themes are thrown in, but these are mostly prime-time, live action shows.

At the end, there's a few extra-tricky, extra-credit ones; see if you can guess why those are a separate category.

Speaking of Musical Monday, in case you've been looking for the answers to last week's, check out Soccer Dad, my collaborator for that edition.

1) "A broomstick you can crawl on"
2) "You're all invited back again to this locality"
3) "There's a scout troop short a child"
4) "He's a warm hearted person who'll love me till the end"
5) "They'll have to make the best of things"
6) "You are my wife!"
7) "Count your friends and you don't have a care"
8) "Past the Roman Senators, past an armored knight"
9) "We don't have time to get restless"
10) "He's always on a steady course"
11) "Lotsa curves, you bet"
12) "Winning and losing in the games that we play"
13) "Fighting all who rob or plunder"
14) "Everybody pulled his weight"
15) "Got kind of tired packing and unpacking"
16) "I had to get up, get out from under and look for me"
17) "Gettin' our turn at bat"
18) "Yet they were all alone"
19) "Straight ahead and on the track now"
20) "Why don't you take it?"
21) "Well the names have all changed since you hung around"
22) "My cycle hums, ready to race to you."
23) "So hold on tight we'll muddle through"
24) "We've a loveable space that needs your face"
25) "Joan of Arc with the Lord to guide her"
26) "They wore outfits made of plain green cotton"
27) "And your shrink ran off to Europe"
28) "When the boys you used to hate you date"
29) "I see the girl that turns my world around"
30) "What ever happened to predictibility?"
31) "Yeah maybe, but I got you pegged!"
32) "You're still in bed at ten, the work began at eight"
33) "People shouting 'Howdy Neighbor!'"
34) "They lock us in the tower whenever we get caught"
35) "The scripts were rejected, expect the unexpected"
36) "You and me, we got it all for free, so come on down"

Extra Credit:
A) "She's my missus and I'm her man"
B) "That stuff you pitch just hasn't got a cure"
C) "Through early morning fog I see visions of the things to be"
D) "As I've indicated they are never quite separated"
E) "But tell him while he wanders his starry sea"


At 1/17/08, 3:05 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

14) All in the family

At 1/17/08, 5:44 PM, Blogger Shira Salamone said...

3) Car 54, Where Are You?

I only know the old stuff. I must be gettin' old. :)

I have a funny story about that song. Until I moved to New York City, I had no idea that "a traffic jam in Harlem that's backed up to Jackson Heights" was actually possible. :) (Explanation: One of the possible routes from the Borough of Manhattan to the Borough of Queens, in which the Jackson Heights neighborhood is located, is over the East River via the Triborough Bridge, whose Manhattan end/beginning is on 125th Street in--yep--the Harlem neighborhood.)

At 1/17/08, 6:15 PM, Anonymous Tova said...

2) Beverly Hillbillies
5)GIlligan's Island
6) Green Acres
10) Mr. Ed
11) Petticoat Junction
16) Alice
17)The Jeffersons
18) The Brady Bunch
19)Laverne and Shirley
21) Welcome Back Kotter
22) Happy Days
23) One Day at a Time
25) Maude
29) Punky Brewster

At 1/17/08, 6:19 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Tova: Wow, great job! It's almost like we grew up in the same house or something! :-)

At 1/17/08, 7:06 PM, Anonymous Tova said...

Actually, I would never have known Maude or Petticoat Junction but I once owned a cassette called "TV Tunes" (or something like that) from which I learned those lyrics.

At 1/17/08, 11:06 PM, Blogger cruisin-mom said...

Holy smokes...I typed in my answers, and it got lost when I sent it...Yikes...here I go again.
1) the Addams Family
2)Beverly hillbillies
4)Courtship of Eddie's Father
6)Green Acres
14)All in the Family
18)Brady Bunch
19)Laverne and Shirley
21)Welcome Back Kotter
22)Happy Days
23)ONe day at a time
24)Three's Company
25) Maude
28)Facts of LIfe

At 1/17/08, 11:16 PM, Blogger trn said...

It's a MM/TTT crossover! How appropriate. Very clever, Elie.

These are the ones that I recognized at first pass:

3) Car 54, Where Are You?
14) All In The Family
18) The Brady Bunch
19) Laverne & Shirley
21) Welcome Back, Kotter
23) One Day at a Time
30) Full House
31) Frasier
34) Animaniacs

At 1/18/08, 12:40 PM, Blogger LEL said...

14.All in the Family

17.The Jeffersons

19.Lavern and Shirley

21.Welcome Back Kotter

24.Threes Company


At 1/19/08, 2:56 AM, Blogger LEL said...

20.The Mary Tyler Moore Show
22.Happy Days

At 1/19/08, 4:01 PM, Blogger Baila said...

4. Courtship of Eddie's Father (loved bill bixby)
6. Green Acres
14. All in the Family
18. Brady Bunch
21. Welcome Back Kotter
30. Full House

At 1/21/08, 4:09 AM, Anonymous ss said...

13) is it rocket robin hood?
15) wkrp in cincinatti
18) the brady bunch (can't believe no one got that yet)

those are the ones that weren't guessed yet that i knew. great one this week, elie!

At 1/21/08, 5:17 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Great job, all! On the main list, just a few holes to plug:

7) Hazel
8) It's About Time
9) The Monkees
12) Wonderama closing theme, "Kids Are People Too"
13) Underdog
26) When Things Were Rotten
27) Cheers (admittedly, this verse of the full theme was only used for a couple of special episodes)
32) Friends (ditto)
33) South Park
35) Tiny Tunes
36) The Suite Life of Zack and Cody

The Extra Credit quotes were lyrics that were written for their themes but were not used on-air. Though apparently nearly every TV theme does have lyrics, however obscure, for these I only picked ones I thought someone might guess:
A) I Love Lucy (words were actually sung by Ricky on one episode)
B) Bewitched
C) M*A*S*H theme, aka, "Suicide Is Painless" (words sung in movie version)
D) The Odd Couple
E) Star Trek


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