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List of worst TV theme songs ever, ranked by the people who had to listen to them before every episode. One of the most defining aspects of a TV show is its theme song played over the opening credits. These catchy, memorable tunes symbolize the start of your viewing pleasure. Even the worst TV themes act as a transportation vessel that takes you into a world of your favorite characters. These songs allow us to slowly sink out of our reality and become affixed to what is on the screen. However, sometimes this vessel takes you on a bumpy ride. Not all television theme songs are gems. In fact some are just plain bad TV music. They make you question how much is it worth it to watch a television episode, if you must endure an odd, occasionally annoying tune for the first 30 seconds.

So let’s try to figure which one of these TV show theme songs is the worst. Is it the Eight Is Enough theme song, or something else? Television’s extensive history gives us a wide selection to look at. Of course, there are several great, classic theme songs. Tunes that perfectly introduce a well-made television series, whose music provides warmth and comfort to the viewing audience. But instead we will be exploring the ones that could be used to torture prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. So let us check out the most tone-deaf, lyrically-confusing, and just plain bad theme songs of television’s history. Which one will be deemed the absolute worst? 

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Joanie Loves Chachi

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Joanie Loves Chachi is an American television spin-off of the American sitcom Happy Days that was originally broadcast on ABC from March 23, 1982 to May 24, 1983. It stars Erin Moran and Scott Baio as the title characters Joanie Cunningham and Chachi Arcola, respectively. ...more

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Actors: Scott Baio, Erin Moran, Al Molinaro

Premiered: 1982

Number of Seasons: 2

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#54 on The Best TV Spinoffs

#18 on The Best Spin-Offs of the '80s

#22 on The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows

#26 on The Best 1980s ABC Shows

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Small Wonder is an American science fiction sitcom that aired in first-run syndication from September 7, 1985 to May 20, 1989. The show chronicles the family of a robotics engineer who secretly creates a robot modeled after a human girl, then tries to pass it off as their adopted daughter. ...more

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Actors: Dick Christie, Marla Pennington, Jerry Supiran

Premiered: 1985

Number of Seasons: 4

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#59 on The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

#20 on The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows

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Barney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst TV Theme Songs
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Barney is a short-lived British Children's BBC television programme centered on the main characters Barney and Roger. Despite attracting a cult following in the UK, it was considered a relative commercial failure and the show only lasted one series. ...more

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Actors: Harry Enfield, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Enn Reitel, Jan Ravens

Premiered: 1988

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The Ropers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst TV Theme Songs
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The Ropers

The Ropers is an American sitcom that ran from March 13, 1979 to May 22, 1980 on ABC. The series is a spin-off of Three's Company and based on the British sitcom George and Mildred. It was taped at CBS Television City in Hollywood, California, where its parent series, Three's Company, was taping at ...more

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Actors: Norman Fell, Audra Lindley, Jeffrey Tambor

Premiered: 1979

Number of Seasons: 2

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Veronica's Closet

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Veronica’s Closet is an American sitcom which aired on NBC from September 25, 1997, to June 27, 2000. The show stars Kirstie Alley as Veronica “Ronnie” Chase, the head of her own lingerie company in New York City. ...more

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Actors: Kirstie Alley, Kathy Najimy, Dan Cortese

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 3

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#65 on The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

#31 on The Best Single Woman Sitcoms

#45 on The Best 1990s NBC Shows

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Eight Is Enough is an American television comedy-drama series that ran on ABC from March 15, 1977, until August 29, 1981. The show was modeled after syndicated newspaper columnist Thomas Braden, a real-life parent with eight children, who wrote a book with the same name. ...more

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Actors: Dick Van Patten, Lani O'Grady, Connie Needham

Premiered: 1977

Number of Seasons: 5

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#85 on The Most Important TV Sitcoms

#66 on The Best '70s TV Shows

#23 on The Best 1970s ABC Shows

#89 on The Best '80s TV Shows

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Star Trek: Enterprise

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Star Trek: Enterprise is a science fiction TV series and a prequel to the original Star Trek. The series premiered September 26, 2001, on the UPN television network with the final episode airing on May 13, 2005. It was the last Star Trek program to end its run on television. The show is set in the ...more

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Actors: Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 4

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#33 on The Best Teen Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Series

#16 on The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time

#49 on Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies

#29 on TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On

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The Nanny

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The Nanny is an American television sitcom originally aired on CBS from 1993 to 1999, starring Fran Drescher as Fran Fine, a Jewish Queens native who becomes the nanny of three children from the New York/British high society. The show was created and produced by Drescher and her husband Peter Marc ...more

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Actors: Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 6

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#75 on What Shows Do You Most Want on Netflix Streaming?

#86 on The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

#51 on The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked

#24 on The Best CBS Comedies of All Time

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