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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? 

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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 on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Harry Enfield, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Enn Reitel, Jan Ravens
    • Premiered: 1988
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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 on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Scott Baio, Erin Moran, Al Molinaro
    • Premiered: 1982
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  • America's Next Top Model
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    America's Next Top Model (UPN, 2003) is an American reality competition television series create by Tyra Banks. Several women compete for the title of "America's Next Top Model", providing them with an opportunity to begin their career in the modeling industry.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks
    • Premiered: 2003

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    The Ropers
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    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 the time, from February–April 1979 and from July 1979-February 1980.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Norman Fell, Audra Lindley, Jeffrey Tambor
    • Premiered: 1979

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