Getting in the Mood

TV themes. Do you remember when they lasted longer than only a couple of seconds? When the sound of your favorite show put you in the mood for an episode of fun, suspense or tears? Did you know the lyrics by heart? Did you recite them or sing along? Do you still find yourself humming those songs while you cook, do laundry or are cleaning up? Do they still put you in a good mood like they used to? Bring back memories of characters once dear to you like friends or relatives?

Today, a lot of shows save up time by using trademark teasers rather than songs that last longer than a mere moment. Castle, Malibu Country, The Good Wife are some of my favorite examples. If you sneeze, you may miss the catchy intro. Sad news for anyone who suffers from hay fever or catches a cold. There are exceptions no doubt: Elementary Downton Abbey or Rizzoli & Isles. I enjoy all of these shows once in a while but the less new programs offer a catchy melody or song, the more I miss that positive trigger classic television used to lure me in. Granted, for the sake of commercials, screen time has been cut down over the years. While a Perry Mason episode still lasted an average of 50 minutes and Bewitched an entertaining 25, most shows only get 43 (or 21) minutes today. So while it was great to hum along to Family Affair or Hart to Hart in the past, it makes sense for Go On to save up time and use those theme song seconds for the storyline.

Although I know the reasons and appreciate a couple of contemporary programs for their beautiful tunes, I still miss those beautiful TV songs that used to stick with me all week. Bugs Bunny, The Mickey Mouse Club, The Flintstones. I Love Lucy, The Muppets, Bill Cosby, Growing Pains. Murder She Wrote, Family Ties, The Golden Girls. Love Boat. Cagney and LaceyScarecrow and Mrs. King. Even shows I didn’t like for anything but their catchy themes such as Family Matters or Full House. Do you still remember your favorite melodies?!

Bugs Bunny

TV classics: The Bugs Bunny Show

USA 1960-2000, forty seasons, 1040 episodes, approximately 25 to 65 minutes each, ABC / CBS, color. Voices: Mel Blanc, June Foray, Arthur Q. Bryan, Daws Butler, Bea Benaderet, Paul Frees, Marvin Miller, Hal Smith, Larry Storch, Barbara Cameron, Julie Bennett, Sara Berner, Robert C. Bruce II, Paul Julian, Dick Beals, Stan Freberg

Plot summary: What’s up, Doc?

Screen shot 2012-03-31 at 7.46.03 AMReview: Who doesn’t know the Oscar-winning hare and his illustrious friends: Tweety Bird, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig from The Looney Tunes, Sylvester, Roadrunner, Coyote, Pepe’ Le Pew, Granny or Elmer Fudd?!

Originally created for a theatrical series presented by Warner Bros, Bugs Bunny tickled the risible muscles of a worldwide audience as early as in the 1930s. Three decades later, he was an instant hit on TV, first in black and white but soon in color. As the star of his own show, he was cocky, adroit and always perky, a favorite of adults as well as children. In his forty years on television, he shared his stardom with Roadrunner and Tweety, but never outgrew his famous “What’s up, doc” attitude. A Saturday morning treat for many years, The Bugs Bunny Show was finally canceled in the year 2000 but has been rerun since in several countries.

As one of those infamous classics, the show inspired spin-offs, homages and a new generation of Looneys, the Tiny Toons, in the early 90s. Available in parts on DVD, the show is still fresh, wacky and a lot of fun – a true gem for anyone who’s still a kooky little kid at heart.