History ExpositoryThemeTune / LiveActionTV

17th Dec '17 8:36:12 PM JonnyB
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* A variation on the theme (no pun intended) in ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero''. While the tune in the opening credits itself ("Believe It or Not" by Joey Scarbury) was not expository, the opening credits during the theme were basically a visual expository recap of the first episode or two, explaining the premise.
22nd Sep '17 3:32:24 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'' ("...So they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly. Hills, that is. Swimmin' pools, movies stars...")
** Interestingly enough, though, the story recounted in the theme song is actually incorrect; it states that Jed found oil while shooting at food, while the first episode of the series shows us that Jed always knew there was oil on his land, he just didn't know it was worth any money. He was actually willing to pay the man from the oil company to take the oil away for him.

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* ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'' ("...So they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly. Hills, that is. Swimmin' pools, movies stars...")
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") Interestingly enough, though, the story recounted in the theme song is actually incorrect; it states that Jed found oil while shooting at food, while the first episode of the series shows us that Jed always knew there was oil on his land, he just didn't know it was worth any money. He was actually willing to pay the man from the oil company to take the oil away for him.



** For a hilarious parody, search Website/YouTube for "fresh prince gangsta version".
** The theme was originally somewhat different and longer in the pilot.
** It's not just an online thing. Quoting a bit of the ''Fresh Prince'' theme to a friend in a crowded bar where the majority of patrons were tweens and teens in TheNineties quite often results in a CrowdSong situation.
* ''Series/GilligansIsland'' ("...Five passengers set sail that day / For a three-hour tour / A three-hour tour...")
** The theme actually helped to get the show on the air in the first place! Creator/SherwoodSchwartz had trouble selling it to Creator/{{CBS}} because the head of the network thought it would be a pain explaining to everyone every week why they were on the island, so he wrote [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIvslFMAaew an opening song to get the point across]]. It worked, but because it was a calypso and the show was set in the Pacific, it was drastically changed for the series...

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** For a hilarious parody, search Website/YouTube for "fresh prince gangsta version".
** The theme was originally somewhat different and longer in the pilot.
** It's not just an online thing. Quoting a bit of the ''Fresh Prince'' theme to a friend in a crowded bar where the majority of patrons were tweens and teens in TheNineties quite often results in a CrowdSong situation.
* ''Series/GilligansIsland'' ("...Five passengers set sail that day / For a three-hour tour / A three-hour tour...")
**
") The theme actually helped to get the show on the air in the first place! Creator/SherwoodSchwartz had trouble selling it to Creator/{{CBS}} because the head of the network thought it would be a pain explaining to everyone every week why they were on the island, so he wrote [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIvslFMAaew an opening song to get the point across]]. It worked, but because it was a calypso and the show was set in the Pacific, it was drastically changed for the series...



** The following series as well, ''Series/WhereInTimeIsCarmenSandiego'', which also aired on PBS.

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** The following series as well, * ''Series/WhereInTimeIsCarmenSandiego'', which also aired on PBS.



* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' features a [[ThemeTuneExtended full-length version]] of the theme song in later episodes.

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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
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''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' features a [[ThemeTuneExtended full-length version]] of the theme song in later episodes.



** ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' actually waffles back and forth with this quite a bit. Disregarding generalizations like "We'll protect the world," quite a few of them aren't (''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Dino Thunder]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersSPD SPD]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersRPM RPM]]'') while a few (''[[Series/PowerRangersZeo Zeo]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Lost Galaxy]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive Operation Overdrive]]'') do it quite heavily, with ''Operation Overdrive'' doing so GRATINGLY. ''[[Series/PowerRangersJungleFury Jungle Fury]]'' does this to such an extent as to render watching the actual show moot, as it basically gives everything away save the ending.

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* ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''
** ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' actually waffles back and forth with this quite a bit. Disregarding generalizations like "We'll protect the world," quite a few of them aren't (''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Dino Thunder]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersSPD SPD]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersRPM RPM]]'') while a few (''[[Series/PowerRangersZeo Zeo]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Lost Galaxy]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive Operation Overdrive]]'') do it quite heavily, with ''Operation Overdrive'' doing so GRATINGLY. ''[[Series/PowerRangersJungleFury Jungle Fury]]'' ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy''
** ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive ''
** ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury''
does this to such an extent as to render watching the actual show moot, as it basically gives everything away save the ending.



* The first two seasons of ''Series/RedDwarf'' do this after the theme, which was disguised as a distress call describing the situation.
** The closing theme was originally meant to be an ExpositoryThemeTune referring to Lister's overall plan to settle on Fiji when they returned to Earth ("I want to lie, shipwrecked and comatose/Drinking fresh mango juice"). Since this was never mentioned after the first few episodes it's largely meaningless, something the composer is quite happy with.

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* The first two seasons of ''Series/RedDwarf'' do this after the theme, which was disguised as a distress call describing the situation.
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situation. The closing theme was originally meant to be an ExpositoryThemeTune referring to Lister's overall plan to settle on Fiji when they returned to Earth ("I want to lie, shipwrecked and comatose/Drinking fresh mango juice"). Since this was never mentioned after the first few episodes it's largely meaningless, something the composer is quite happy with.



* ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' played with this trope a little. Charlie was assigned to compose a theme song for the animated adaptation of a comic book called "Oshikuro, the Demon Samurai". But Charlie was only given a very vague description of the show, making his lyrics narrating an inaccurate version of the Samurai's characterization (besides sounding happy and campy like a theme song from a 1980s cartoon). The entire episode shows Jake trying to teach his uncle about the actual story of the comic book and how he should write the song. In the end, Charlie sent the new version of the song (which the viewers never hear), but the studio preferred the first happier and inaccurate version.
** Amusingly enough, Jake is furious with how horrible the campy intro is, but both Charlie and Alan enjoy it.
** Replace "Charlie" with "Muramaki-Wolf Animation", "Jake" with "Kevin Eastman" and "Alan" with "Peter Laird", and you have [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 a real-life version of this story]].
*** Which makes sense, since Chuck Lorre (who created ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'') wrote the ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' theme song (in the ''Two and a Half Men'' universe, Charlie wrote it, too).

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* ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' played with this trope a little. Charlie was assigned to compose a theme song for the animated adaptation of a comic book called "Oshikuro, the Demon Samurai". But Charlie was only given a very vague description of the show, making his lyrics narrating an inaccurate version of the Samurai's characterization (besides sounding happy and campy like a theme song from a 1980s cartoon). The entire episode shows Jake trying to teach his uncle about the actual story of the comic book and how he should write the song. In the end, Charlie sent the new version of the song (which the viewers never hear), but the studio preferred the first happier and inaccurate version.
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version. Amusingly enough, Jake is furious with how horrible the campy intro is, but both Charlie and Alan enjoy it.
** Replace "Charlie" with "Muramaki-Wolf Animation", "Jake" with "Kevin Eastman" and "Alan" with "Peter Laird", and you have [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 a real-life version of this story]].
*** Which makes sense, since Chuck Lorre (who created ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'') wrote the ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' theme song (in the ''Two and a Half Men'' universe, Charlie wrote it, too).
it.



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-->What they found made them squeamish
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-->When he took the pill specific,
-->He became the most prolific, Hydrolific, MR. TERRIFIC!!!
6th Sep '17 9:28:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* Why even bother watching the first episode of ''{{Beetleborgs}}''? The theme song is basically a synopsis of the whole thing.

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* Why even bother watching the first episode of ''{{Beetleborgs}}''? ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}''? The theme song is basically a synopsis of the whole thing.
26th Jun '17 7:31:45 PM mimitchi33
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-->''"Welcome to our place, we've been waiting. Time for some fun and celebrating.\\

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-->''"Welcome -->Welcome to our place, we've been waiting. Time for some fun and celebrating.\\



Believe it or not, here at The Noddy Shop!"''

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Believe it or not, here at The Noddy Shop!"''
Shop!
26th Jun '17 7:31:16 PM mimitchi33
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* ''Series/TheNoddyShop'''s theme song has the toys telling the viewers what they should expect to see when watching the show:
-->''"Welcome to our place, we've been waiting. Time for some fun and celebrating.\\
Something is always ready to "pop!", here at The Noddy Shop.\\
Music and magic. Hey, it's showtime!\\
Noddy and you will be friends in no time.\\
Silly 'ol Goblins are living there, too, the place where make believe comes true.\\
Believe it or not, here at The Noddy Shop!"''
17th Jun '17 8:25:44 AM technobecian
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* The ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzY3EaJTuJk theme song]] sums up the show pretty perfectly.

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* The ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'''s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzY3EaJTuJk season one theme song]] is a direct send up of this trope, and sums up the show pretty perfectly.perfectly. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMHz6FiRzS8 second season's]] is not quite as expository but could be considered to fit the trope as well.
15th Jun '17 11:25:08 AM WithFlowers
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* ''Series/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents2017'' actually changes up the second half of its expository theme tune to recap the plot of the current episode, and also to vary the SnicketWarningLabel.
** The Bad Beginning, parts 1 and 2:
---> ''"Three children lose their home and go to live with someone awful. He tries to steal their fortune with a plot that's not quite lawful. It's hard to fathom how the orphans manage to live through it, or how a decent person like yourself would even want to view it."''
** The Reptile Room, parts 1 and 2:
---> ''"The Baudelaires are living with a man who studies snakes. He's jolly, and he's secretive, and makes a few mistakes. Spoiler alert! A villain comes to steal and murder, and so if I were you, I wouldn't even watch one minute further."''
** The Wide Window, parts 1 and 2:
---> ''"The Baudelaires' new guardian is wracked by fear and panic. They end up on a boat that might as well be the ''Titanic''. We polled a bunch of adults; 99% agree there must be something happier on stream for you to see."''
** The Miserable Mill, parts 1 and 2:
---> ''"The lumber mill is where the Baudelaires are forced to work. The eye doctor is sinister, the owner is a jerk. They end up in a fiendish plot with logs and hypnotism. The very thought of watching should be met with skepticism."''
16th May '17 5:07:35 PM nombretomado
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*** Which makes sense, since Chuck Lorre (who created ''TwoAndAHalfMen'') wrote the ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' theme song (in the ''Two and a Half Men'' universe, Charlie wrote it, too).

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*** Which makes sense, since Chuck Lorre (who created ''TwoAndAHalfMen'') ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'') wrote the ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' theme song (in the ''Two and a Half Men'' universe, Charlie wrote it, too).
7th Jan '17 11:05:51 AM nombretomado
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* ''Welcome to LazyTown / A place where you'll wanna stay\\

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* ''Welcome to LazyTown Series/LazyTown / A place where you'll wanna stay\\
28th Aug '16 2:10:42 PM DaibhidC
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* ''Going Straight'', the ''Series/Porridge'' sequel, has Fletch sing that he's "going straight/Straight as an arrow/'Cos I'm fed up doing time"

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* ''Going Straight'', the ''Series/Porridge'' ''Series/{{Porridge}}'' sequel, has Fletch sing that he's "going straight/Straight as an arrow/'Cos I'm fed up doing time"
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