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HeadScratcher No. 44: It's time to play the music


165558__muppets_l“I’m guessing Vic Tayback!” cracked PopWatcher Brian Di Leandro, of everyone’s favorite culinary wizard from Alice.

Heh. But no.

Here’s what I was thinking: All these series had theme songs that were totally or in part sung by a cast member or members.

Linda Lavin sang “There’s A New Girl in Town,” the theme song of Alice. All in the Family’s charming theme, “Those Were the Days,” was shrieked/warbled by stars Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton. Several puppets “sang” the theme to The Muppet Show (pictured). “There’s No Place Like Home,” the theme of 227, was sung by star Marla Gibbs.

And yes, it’s true that the theme song of That ’70s Show, “In the Street,” was sung by Cheap Trick (after Todd Griffin sang the original version), but the cast members sing along with them. You can even hear Hyde (Danny Masterson) yell out “Hello, Wisconsin!” at the end of the Griffin version of the song.

(Click the jump to see which 19 of you got it right – and my favorite “creative” – read: wrong – answer.)

My favorite “creative” answer: All series have a female character with a really annoying, make-your-ears-bleed voice! To wit: Alice’s Vera; All in the Family’s Edith Bunker; The Muppet Show’s Piggy; That ’70s Show’s Kitty Forman; and 227’s Sandra. Well done, Betsy Horrocks!

It’s time to play the music/It’s time to light the lights/It’s time to get things started/On The PopWatch Show tonight!

Brent Almond
Brian Brostek
Paul Buckman
Kevin Burk (a.k.a. TommyG)
Joe Cortazzi
Mike Flohr
Lain Hughes
Joe Keglovitz
Reid Kerr
David Lankford
Megan Low
Scot Manning
Jerry McCormick
Ed Nemmers
John Odalen
Harold Reynolds
John Sams
Christopher Stucky
Patrick A. Yearout (Big-ups to my self-proclaimed “No. 1 fan” – ((shudder)) – for being the first to answer correctly this week.)

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