That Girl Was Viewed Regularly in the 60s and Listened To Regularly in the 2000s
America's interest in classic sitcoms, although it has really never disappeared, has been amplified by a recent documentary on a national cable station. Simply titled The History of Sitcoms, the series has been airing on CNN throughout the summer.
Among the various themes covered in the series, the role of women and the attitudes of sex have probably seen the most transformation. The Mary Tyler Moore Show was cited as the epitome of the former, while Three's Company was a breakthrough for the latter.
What is not included in any segment of the CNN series is the way sitcoms have correlated with the world of modern music. Dozens of TV theme songs have climbed to the Top Ten on the Billboard chart, many of them exceeding the endurance of the show itself.
Some sitcoms have lent their names to songs, thereby helping the artists to score hits. Here are seventeen sitcoms and songs that share the same title, excluding single named tunes like “Angie” by the Rolling Stones, “Julia” by The Beatles, and “Alice” by Mott the Hoople.
1. One Day at a Time by the Eagles
Barbara, Julie and mom Ann had to avoid nosy maintenance man Schneider in the Seventies series, while music fans had to dig deep to find this track on an obscure live album.
2. Good Times by Chic
People did freak out about this disco band, which was nearly as popular as the Dyn-o-mite sitcom starring Jimmie Walker as J. J Evans.
3. Happy Days by Blink-182
The album called Nine represents a twentieth of the number in the band's name, yet nine also is the sum of the seasons of which Fonzie and the Cunninghams ruled TV's Prime Time.
4. Family Affair by Sly and the Family Stone
Uncle Bill watched after Buffy and Jody during the series, airing right around the same time that the song from the Sixties ensemble climbed the charts.
5. That Girl by Plain White T's
Marlo Thomas's show about fictional actress Ann Marie had been off the air for twenty five years when the power pop quintet released Big Bad World, which spawned this hit as well as Top Ten single “1,2,3,4.”
6. Bewitched by Frank Sinatra
Ole Blue Eyes, had he been Darrin Stevens and married to Samatha, might have had his eye color changed to brown or pink or green or purple according to the whim of mother-in-law Endora.
7. Doctor Doctor (Bad Case of Loving You) by Robert Palmer
The actor who played Max Headroom led the cast in this late Eighties sitcom, but the popularity of the song has endured much longer.
8. Dream On by Aerosmith
From 1990-6 the show had a good run, although not nearly as timeless as Steven Tyler's smash from the rock band's self-titled debut.
9. Empty Nest by Toro Y Moi
“I want to write the next hit for the teens” sings Chaz Bundick in the song from What For, which was predated by a TV series that has been revived through endless reruns.
10. Get Smart by Squeeze
Ten years after spies Max and Agent 99 became parents, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook created this catchy single from their self-titled debut.
11. The Kids Are Alright by the Who
“I don't mind there's a guy dancing with my girl” Roger Daltrey sang in the Sixties hit, which in 2017-19 became a hit TV show as well.
12. Married with Children by Oasis
Frank Sinatra sang the theme for the show about Al Bundy and his dysfunctional family, and a few years later the Gallagher brothers would use the title to close out their debut album Definitely Maybe.
13. My Three Sons by Elvis Costello
The song from Momofuko has undertones of politics, a subject completely ignored during the Sixties run of the ixties TV show starring Fred McMurray as a single father.
14. Stuck in the Middle by Stealer's Wheel
Gerry Rafferty led the band before his successful solo career, which ended well before the same-named TV show aired from 2016-18.
15. Taxi by Harry Chapin
“How ya doin', Sue” from the cab driver could have been altered to relate to the small screen series, simply by substituting the female name to the star “Marilu” Henner.
16. Up All Night by Beck
Christina Applegate was the star of the series that aired from 2011-2012, and the alt-rock artist included a contagious musical version on the Colors album.
17. What I Like About You by the Romantics
Amanda Bynes starred in this sitcom, which enjoyed a five year run beginning in 2002, approximately twenty years after the new wave group broke through.