History SuspiciouslySimilarSong / LiveActionTV

11th Apr '17 8:16:23 AM Twentington
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* Creator/AlanThicke has written Suspiciously Similar Songs to themes for three different game shows:
** The 1970s game show ''Series/BlankCheck'' used Quincy Jones' "Chump Change" as the theme in the pilot episode. After Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions decided to use this theme for its game show ''NowYouSeeIt'', Thicke wrote a theme with a similar melody.

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* Creator/AlanThicke has written Suspiciously Similar Songs to themes for three several different game shows:
** The 1970s game show ''Series/BlankCheck'' used Quincy Jones' "Chump Change" as the theme in the pilot episode. After Mark Goodson-Bill Creator/MarkGoodson-Bill Todman Productions decided to use this theme for its game show ''NowYouSeeIt'', ''Series/NowYouSeeIt'', Thicke wrote a theme with a similar melody.



** After ''Series/TheJokersWild'' stopped using Jean-Jacques Perry and Gershon Kingsley's "The Savers" as its theme, they briefly switched to a Suspiciously Similar Song to the theme, written by Thicke.

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** After ''Series/TheJokersWild'' stopped using Jean-Jacques Perry and Gershon Kingsley's "The Savers" as its theme, they briefly switched to a Suspiciously Similar Song to the theme, written by Thicke. They later switched to a rearrangement of "The Savers".



* The short-lived 1998 revival of ''MatchGame'' used a Suspiciously Similar Song to the 1970s theme.
* When the ''{{Pyramid}}'' game show franchise was brought back in 1982 as ''The New $25,000 Pyramid'', it used a theme song that was suspiciously similar to "Tuning Up", the theme that had been used on all 1970s incarnations of the Pyramids. This is actually a subversion, as "Tuning Up" was a piece of stock music that Bob Cobert arranged, and the ''$25,000'' theme was his own composition.

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** One of the prize cues on ''Wheel'' in the early days sounded a lot like "Temptation Eyes" by The Grass Roots. Another was the ''Blank Check'' theme.
* The short-lived 1998 revival of ''MatchGame'' ''Series/MatchGame'' used a Suspiciously Similar Song to the 1970s theme.
* When the ''{{Pyramid}}'' ''Series/{{Pyramid}}'' game show franchise was brought back in 1982 as ''The New $25,000 Pyramid'', it used a theme song that was suspiciously similar to "Tuning Up", the theme that had been used on all 1970s incarnations of the Pyramids. This is actually a subversion, as "Tuning Up" was a piece of stock music that Bob Cobert arranged, and the ''$25,000'' theme was his own composition.
27th Mar '17 9:26:35 AM mimitchi33
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* In 1998, there came an American spin-off series of [[WesternAnimation/NoddysToylandAdventures Noddy]] called "The NODDY Shop" [[note]]NODDY is short for Notions, Oddities, Doodads, and Delights of Yesterday[[/note]]. One episode had a song called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tg8f3tfrQu8#t=16m26s "The ABCs Of Fire"]] which sounds similar to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcrxavWJsmU "We Go Together"]] from ''Film/{{Grease}}''.
** Another episode included [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqLX_0qVSKw#t=13m5s a song about the Tooth Fairy]] which takes cues from another ''Grease'' song: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TOxhzAm7fY "Beauty School Dropout"]].

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* In 1998, there came an American spin-off series of [[WesternAnimation/NoddysToylandAdventures Noddy]] called "The NODDY Shop" [[note]]NODDY is short for Notions, Oddities, Doodads, and Delights of Yesterday[[/note]].''Series/TheNoddyShop''. One episode had a song called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tg8f3tfrQu8#t=16m26s "The ABCs Of Fire"]] which sounds similar to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcrxavWJsmU "We Go Together"]] from ''Film/{{Grease}}''.
** Another episode included [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqLX_0qVSKw#t=13m5s a song about the Tooth Fairy]] Fairy which takes cues from another ''Grease'' song: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TOxhzAm7fY "Beauty School Dropout"]].
14th Mar '17 5:06:06 AM MadSpy
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* A Hong Kong ''period'' drama has a piece of background music that's really a suspiciously similar instrumental of [[heatre/LesMiserables "I Dreamed a Dream"]].

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* A Hong Kong ''period'' drama has a piece of background music that's really a suspiciously similar instrumental of [[heatre/LesMiserables [[Theatre/LesMiserables "I Dreamed a Dream"]].
12th Feb '17 1:22:17 PM Morgenthaler
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* The ''Hancock's Half Hour'' episode "The Bowmans" revolves around the recording of a radio drama very obviously based on ''TheArchers'', and with a theme tune suspiciously (and appropriately) similar to that series' theme "Barwick Green".

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* The ''Hancock's Half Hour'' ''Series/HancocksHalfHour'' episode "The Bowmans" revolves around the recording of a radio drama very obviously based on ''TheArchers'', ''Radio/TheArchers'', and with a theme tune suspiciously (and appropriately) similar to that series' theme "Barwick Green".
13th Jan '17 11:50:33 AM StFan
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* ''Series/TheBananaSplits'' theme shares a notable refrain with Music/BobMarley's "Buffalo Soldier" (as pointed out on ''Series/{{Ed}}''.)
** Marley and his family were in the United States (Wilmington, Delaware to be exact) for an extended visit with his mother in the summer of 1969, when ''The Banana Splits'' were in the middle of their original run. Given that he had some young children who might have been Saturday morning TV viewers, it's within the realm of possibility that he'd heard their theme song and had a bout of cryptomnesia later on.

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* ''Series/TheBananaSplits'' ''WesternAnimation/TheBananaSplits'' theme shares a notable refrain with Music/BobMarley's "Buffalo Soldier" (as pointed out on ''Series/{{Ed}}''.)
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) Marley and his family were in the United States (Wilmington, Delaware to be exact) for an extended visit with his mother in the summer of 1969, when ''The Banana Splits'' were in the middle of their original run. Given that he had some young children who might have been Saturday morning TV viewers, it's within the realm of possibility that he'd heard their theme song and had a bout of cryptomnesia later on.
7th Jan '17 12:58:09 AM kelestra
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** Later (mostly) averted in the Shout Factory DVD release, which reacquired the rights for about 80% of the music, and tried to use more similar substitutes when necessary.
29th Dec '16 10:22:47 AM nombretomado
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** In the segment where [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpTOcwdj0DA Andy joins a curling team]], Andy "records" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=hpTOcwdj0DA&t=159 a song called "Roll the Rock"]] which sounds very simillar to "Eye of the Tiger". In the end of the segment knock-off of "''ChariotsOfFire''" plays.

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** In the segment where [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpTOcwdj0DA Andy joins a curling team]], Andy "records" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=hpTOcwdj0DA&t=159 a song called "Roll the Rock"]] which sounds very simillar similar to "Eye of the Tiger". In the end of the segment knock-off of "''ChariotsOfFire''" "''Film/ChariotsOfFire''" plays.
15th Dec '16 2:49:01 PM rafi
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* Many songs on the ''Series/{{Galavant}}'' soundtrack are clearly inspired by previously-recorded music. Alan Menken even self-plagiarizes his past Disney soundtracks:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B9rjRzlWtU "Let's Agree to Disagree"]] is a take on [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2oEmPP5dTM "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off"]]
** The melody of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBN7FB7PsGE "Off With His Shirt"]] is clearly a remixed version of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5aZJBLAu1E "It's Raining Men"]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kxIbo2aEOQ "Maybe You Won't Die Alone"]] takes its inspiration from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aobVs-HfsCI "Kiss the Girl"]] from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', albeit executed as a mariachi number rather than as a calypso.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnSHFspT5G8 "Dwarves vs. Giants"]] takes multiple cues from ''Theater/WestSideStory'', specifically the whistling from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKqESnFmTmA "Prologue"]] and the single soprano contrasting the male gangs from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0TDtythc2o "Quintet"]].
** "Finally" is clearly inspired by "Summer Nights" from ''Film/{{Grease}}''.
** "Do the D'Dew" is an evil version of [[Disney/{{SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs}} "The Silly Song"]].
** "My Dragon Pal and Me" is a lot like the theme song from ''Series/ThatGirl''
** The AngryMobSong "Today We Rise" is very similar to "One Day More" from ''Theater/LesMiserables''.
** "Jackass In A Can" sounds awfully similar to "Gee, Officer Krupke" from ''Theater/WestSideStory''.
9th Dec '16 4:37:31 AM twilicorn
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* ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' is fond of this.
** "This Was a Shitshow" is one of these for "Music/MyWay" by Music/FrankSinatra, with elements of "The Way We Were" by Music/BarbraStreisand.
** "His Status is Preferred" has elements of "Making Whoopee".
16th Nov '16 9:17:35 AM aresef
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** As in DinoThunder, when Overdrive did a teamup episode featuring MMPR's Adam plus four rangers from Disney seasons, each fought to theme music from their show...except for Adam. Disney wasn't willing to cut the check to Saban.
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