When I first heard that “Girl Meets World” was going to air on Disney channel, I was excited. Beyond excited, really. A chance to see Cory and Shawn and Topanga and Eric and Jack and Mr. Feeny again? Great. And then I saw the first episode, and naturally my sky-high expectations weren’t met. And I realized why: the show is suffering from the same symptoms that another recent spin-off/sequel did: 90210.
In honor of March Madness, I thought I’d take a look to determine, bracket-style, what really is the best TV theme song ever. Rather than a full 64-song bracket, I started with a top 32. A few caveats: Obviously, I’m biased more on recent shows, although the art of the great TV theme song is vanishing. Also, I tend to favor songs with words (plural), so no Batman, Parks and Recreation (even with Star Wars references), or The Office (US version). Lastly, these had to be opening theme songs, so the chung-chung from Law & Order doesn’t count. (And I was torn whether to include the Jeopardy! music as well).
To me, the ideal theme song conveys enough of what the show is about to catch up casual viewers (i.e. blatantly spelling out the plot, like in The Brady Bunch or Green Acres). But it also has to be a good song; that’s crucial. Catchy, but also good enough that you won’t mind hearing it, say, 400 times. Continue reading