No one understood the value of a great opening credits sequence more than TV producer Sherwood Schwartz.  Without that iconic opening song, Gilligan’s Island would have been little more than an exercise in frustration.  And the Brady Brunch would have been merely a show about plaid pants, fixing bicycles, and possibly incest.  The opening credits let us know why we were supposed to care: The Bradys were a blended family that blended perfectly.

But even those weren’t very inspirational.  What makes for a great, inspirational, heart warming TV theme song?  The lyrics always seem to do with how times aren’t what they used to be, and they don’t make them like they used to, but you’re trying to chase your dreams, and the world keeps beating you down, but you’re making incremental progress, and as long as your friends are there with you, we’re gonna make it.

Except, in the show, they would never actually pursue their dreams.  The characters would just go to the dentist or something.  But who cares?  One would get such a rush from that masterfully perfected opening montage, that the high would easily carry you through the first fifteen minutes of a show where almost nothing ever happened. (With the exception, of course, of very special episodes, usually featuring stealing, drugs, or most inexplicably, our beloved characters being raped.)

#9. Full House.

When you’re lost out there and you’re all alone, a light is waiting to carry you home.

#8. One Day At a Time.

Hold on tight, we’ll muddle through one day at a time

#7. Silver Spoons.

Makin’ a go, makin’ it grow together.

#6. Who’s the Boss.

Take a chance and face the wind.

#5. Perfect Strangers.

Standing tall on the wings of my dream.

#4. Growing Pains.

Sharing the laughter and love.

#3. Family Ties.

Sha la la laaaa.

#2. Kate and Allie.

Sha la la laaaa (again).

#1. Laverne and Shirley.

Never heard the word ‘impossible’.