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The Worst TV Theme Songs

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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? 

  • 5

    Veronica's Closet

    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
    • Actors: Kirstie Alley, Kathy Najimy, Dan Cortese
    • Premiered: 1997


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  • Small Wonder
    Video: YouTube
    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
    • Actors: Dick Christie, Marla Pennington, Jerry Supiran
    • Premiered: 1985

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    The L Word
    Video: YouTube
    The L Word is an American/Canadian co-production television drama series portraying the lives of a group of lesbian, bisexual, straight and transgender people and their friends, connections, family and lovers in the trendy Greater Los Angeles, California city of West Hollywood. The show originally ran on Showtime from 2004 to 2009, and subsequently in syndication on Logo and through on-demand services. The show returned to television in 2019, after a hiatus of ten years....  more
    • Actors: Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman
    • Premiered: 2004

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  • Lamb Chop's Play-Along
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    Lamb Chop's Play-Along is an American half-hour preschool television series that was shown on PBS in the United States from 1992 until 1997, as well as on YTV in Canada. It was created and hosted by puppeteer Shari Lewis, and featured her puppet character Lamb Chop....  more
    • Actors: Amy Castle, Brian Ito, Shari Lewis
    • Premiered: 1992

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