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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 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

Number of Seasons: 2

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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 on Wikipedia

Actors: Dick Christie, Marla Pennington, Jerry Supiran

Premiered: 1985

Number of Seasons: 4

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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 nearby regions of the Milky Way galaxy, beginning in 2151 when Jonathan Archer becomes the captain of the Enterprise. It ends in 2161 with the formation of Starfleet Academy and the United Federation of Planets. The series takes place aboard the starship Enterprise NX-01, Earth's first warp-5-capable ship, which has been designed for long-range exploration of the galaxy. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 4

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