The Morning Show looks back at favourite TV theme tunes from decades past

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Since the early days of TV, beloved shows have been defined by their theme tunes.

From such classics as Gilligan’s Island right up to more recent shows like Two and a Half Men, a show’s success often hinges on having a memorable ditty to open the show.

Watch Kylie and Larry run through some classic TV tunes in the video player above

First seen on our screens in the 1960s, the theme for The Addams Family, complete with its catchy finger-clicking, is still instantly recognisable.

It was just one of many classic TV show tunes from that era including Gilligan’s Island, Get Smart, Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie.

Who else instantly starts clicking their fingers when they think of The Addams Family? Credit: ABC Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty

Then 1970s brought classic TV themes and songs from the likes of The Brady Bunch, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and The Love Boat.

“Love, exciting and new. Come aboard, we’re expecting you!” The Love Boat theme is cheesy and catchy all in one.
“Love, exciting and new. Come aboard, we’re expecting you!” The Love Boat theme is cheesy and catchy all in one. Credit: ABC Photo Archives /Walt Disney Television

While TV theme songs appeared to drop off as the 1980s went on, there were still a host of classics to hum along with including Full House, The Golden Girls, Baywatch and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Will Smith performed the theme song as well as starred in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Will Smith performed the theme song as well as starred in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Credit: NBCUniversal

While these shows may be long gone from our screens (aside from the endless re-runs) the themes will always live on.

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