* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' ("Here's the story of a lovely lady...")
* ''Series/CharlesInCharge'' of our days, and our nights. Series/CharlesInCharge of our wrongs, and our rights. And I see I want, I want, Series/CharlesInCharge of me!
* ''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.
* Paul Henning, who created ''The Beverly Hillbillies'', also used expository theme songs for the other CBS rural comedies he produced in the mid-1960s. To wit:
** "Come ride the little train that is rolling down the tracks to the junction/''Series/PetticoatJunction''..."
** "''Series/GreenAcres'' is the place to be/Farm livin' is the life for me!" ... "Dahlink, I love you, but give me Park Avenue!"
* ''ThePattyDukeShow''
-->''Meet Cathy, who's lived most everywhere\\
From Zanzibar to Berkeley Square\\
But Patty's only seen the sights\\
a gal can see from Brooklyn Heights\\
What a crazy pair...''
* ''TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' (Subject to somewhat of an [[MemeticMutation Internet fad]] -- "Now this is the story all about how / my life got flipped, turned upside-down..." )
** For a hilarious parody, search Website/YouTube for "fresh prince gangsta version".
** 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...
* ''TheNanny'', in a deliberate retro spoof of 1960s shows ("... That's how she became The Nanny...")
* ''TheDukesOfHazzard'' -- in the same vein as ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''. ("Someday the mountain might get 'em but the law never will.")
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' has ''The Ballad of Heisenberg'', a narcocorrido theme song used in the ColdOpen for the Season 2 episode "Negro y Azul".
* ''SmallWonder''
* ''Series/WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego'' (Creator/{{PBS}} series)
** The following series as well, ''Series/WhereInTimeIsCarmenSandiego'', which also aired on PBS.
* ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' ("They're creepy and they're kooky / Mysterious and spooky..." -- * snap* , * snap* )
* One of the games in the American version of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' is based on this concept.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' ("In the not-too-distant future, / NextSundayAD. / There was a guy named Joel / not too different from you or me..." Featuring a LampshadeHanging with the MST3KMantra.)
* The theme song to ''TheWeirdAlShow'' tells the long and convoluted story of how a very strange man came to get his own TV series ("Oh-h-h-h / This is a story 'bout a guy named Al / Who lived in the sewers with his hamster pal...").
* This was a common feature among {{Sid and Marty Krofft|Productions}} shows.
** ''Series/HRPufnstuf'': "But the boat belonged to a kooky old witch/Who had in mind the flute to snitch..."
** ''Series/{{Lidsville}}'': "Falling, falling, into the hat he fell ..."
** ''SigmundAndTheSeaMonsters'': "There's nothin' like a day out on the beach / When all it does is ra-a-ain / You need somebody else to make / The sun come out again..."
** ''Series/ElectraWomanAndDynaGirl'': "Electra-Woman and Dyna-Girl, fighting all evil things.."
** ''Series/LandOfTheLost'': "Marshall, Will and Holly / On a routine expedition..."
** Even the 1991 ''Land of the Lost'' revival used an expository theme tune, but used an early 1990s pop sound to it.
* Constantly parodied on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. Theme tunes such as "Mr. Short-Term Memory," "It's Pat", and "The Girl with No Gaydar" always accompany the eponymous recurring sketches.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' features a [[ThemeTuneExtended full-length version]] of the theme song in later episodes.
-->''They've got a power and a force that you've never seen before\\
They've got the ability to morph and to even up the score\\
No one will ever take them down\\
The power lies on their si-i-i-i-i-i-iiiide...''
** ''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.
* The mostly dramatic (and certainly not a sitcom) ''SeaChange'' manages a pretty expository theme tune: "Don't want to live in the city/My friends tell me I'm changing". Complete with shots of the drive out of the city to the coast.
* ''FTroop''
-->''The end of the Civil War was near\\
when quite accidentally,\\
a hero who sneezed abruptly seized\\
retreat and reversed it to victory...''
* 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.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAYPNF4aIf0 theme]] to the [=McLean=] Stevenson sitcom ''Hello Larry'' is a hilariously clumsy attempt at this trope. It almost sounds like the producers just walked into the recording studio and handed the singer a copy of the pitch they gave the network, then told him to improvise a melody, change everything to second person and toss in some rhymes here and there. Not to mention the wonderfully {{narm}}ish line "Portland is a long way from LA."
* ''Here Come the Double Deckers''
* Parodied in ''The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo'' whose theme song raves on about how brave and selfless the sheriff is (though we know he's actually greedy and incompetent) played over a montage of the disasters Lobo and his men cause. It ends with Sheriff Lobo, who's been striding down a line of deputies standing by their patrol cars, calling "Move 'em out!" whereupon they all drive off at the same time causing one big pile-up.
* ''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 ''TwoAndAHalfMen'') wrote the ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' theme song (in the ''Two and a Half Men'' universe, Charlie wrote it, too).
* ''The Smothers Brothers Show'' ("My brother dear was lost at sea / Without his water wings / So now he is an angel / And he does the most amazing things!")
* ''SpaceCases'' ("Once upon a time at a school in outer space / There was a class of misfit kids from all around the place...")
* ''Series/MisterEd'' ("A horse is a horse, of course, of course...")
* ''{{Shameless}}'' may fit here, having one of the lead characters speak (as opposed to sing) over a basic tune, a la ''MyNameIsEarl''.
* Most 1960s to late 1980s {{tokusatsu}} had these types of themes to various levels. Some such as Fireman's OP only made smaller references such as to his henshin device, but others like most early Ultra themes hit you over the head with references to the show.
* The one season Creator/BruceCampbell wonder, ''Series/JackOfAllTrades'', was almost a throwback: "In 1801, the Revolution had been won, and Uncle Sam's favorite son, had a job he needed done..."
* ''OneFootInTheGrave''. The opening and closing themes sung by EricIdle describe the main character, Victor Meldrew, quite well. ("It's true that my body has seen better days / But give me half a chance and I can still misbehave")
* ''PhilOfTheFuture'': [[EarWorm "Meet a boy named Phil and his family, on vacation from the 22nd century..."]]
* Parodied by ''Series/ItsGarryShandlingsShow'' ("This is the theme to Garry's Show/The theme to Garry's show/Garry called me up and asked if I would write his theme song/I'm almost halfway finished/How do you like it so far/How do you like the theme to Garry's Show/This is the theme to Garry's Show/The opening theme to Garry's show/This is the music that you hear as you watch the credits/We're almost to the part of where I start to whistle/Then we'll watch "It's Garry Shandling's Show"/This was the theme to Garry Shandling's show.")
* ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' ("It's the future I can see / It's so mysterious to me...")
* ''Series/RemoteControl'' ("Kenny wasn't like the other kids...")
* ''Series/HannahMontana'': "Who would have thought that a girl like me / would double as a superstar?"
* ''Series/TheGoodies'' had two sets of lyrics over the course of its run. The first set listed some of the services the Goodies might be able to provide (A circus or a seaside pier/A sausage or a can of beer,/A stripper or a clown/Prices going down/We can make it happen here). The second was a more generic description of the Goodies themselves (Here we come, into town/Gettin' up, fallin' down).
* ''Welcome to LazyTown / A place where you'll wanna stay\\
You'll meet Robbie with his Rotten plan / And Sportacus saving the day\\
Stephanie is new in town / And soon she and Ziggy are friends...''
* ''Series/WonderWoman, Wonder Woman./ All the world's waiting for you,/ and the power you possess./ In your satin tights,/fighting for your rights/And the old Red, White, and Blue!''
* ''SonnyWithAChance'''s theme song starts off with "Off to the races; I'm going places; Might be a long shot; Not gonna waste it; This is the big break; And it's callin' my name"
* Forgotten sitcom ''BestOfTheWest''.
* British GameShow ''ChainLetters'' explains the rules of the game for its ThemeSong. The jingle between rounds also explains that whoever is currently in shot is the Winner So Far.
* ''TheManyLovesOfDobieGillis'': "Dobie wants a gal who's dreamy..." The lyrics to this were by Max Shulman, who wrote the original stories.
* Why even bother watching the first episode of ''{{Beetleborgs}}''? The theme song is basically a synopsis of the whole thing.
* ''{{Branded}}''
-->All but one man died\\
There at Bitter Creek\\
And they say he ran away!\\
Branded! Scorned as the one who ran.\\
What do you do when you're branded, and you know you're a man?\\
Wherever you go, for the rest of your life\\
You must prooooove you're a man.''
* ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad''
-->Superhuman Samurai!\\
Superhuman Samurai!\\
They're gonna amp it up!\\
And kick some giga-butt!\\
They're gonna rip it up!\\
Our hero always makes the cut!
* ''MyMotherTheCar''
--> A 1928 Porter; That's my mother dear.
* ''{{Hank}}''
--> He'll get his degree; His phi beta key; and get them all for free; That's Hank!
* ''TheMickeyMouseClub''
--> Who's the leader of the club that's made for you and me? M-I-C K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E.
* ''ToTellTheTruth''
--> Only one of these people is the real (''name of participant'') and is the only one sworn [[TitleDrop to tell the truth]].
* ''{{Frasier}}'''s EndingTheme is technically something of an exposition describing the title character, but it's so meandering, oblique, and metaphorical that it barely counts.
--> And maybe I seem a bit confused / Well maybe, but I got ''you'' pegged!
* ''Series/DickAndDomInDaBungalow''
--> Wake up Dick and Dom, and get out of bed\\
Get youselves dressed, there's a crazy day ahead.\\
There's so many things to do and lots of people to meet\\
In Da Bungalow and on the street...\\
(Go Go Dick and Dom!)
* The short-lived 1981 sitcom ''OpenAllNight'' took this to its logical extreme by having a theme song that told the entire life story of the protagonist, from birth to the present day.
--> This is the story of Gordon Feester
--> Born in Ohio the day before Easter
--> Had a normal childhood, did OK in school
--> Graduated from Columbus High in 1962...
* In a rare modern example, ''Series/TheExes'' has one as of its second season. Previously the opening was just a title card featuring the leads, now it details exactly how they each got divorced, introduced by their divorce lawyer (who lives across the hall), and moved in together, "now just call us [[TitleDrop the Exes!]]"
* ''TheSlammer'' ("You've been convicted of a howling showbiz crime...")
* ''Nearly Departed''
* ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'' has one in which the Aquabats ([[ThemeTuneRollCall quite literally]], at one point) introduce themselves.
-->We're a band of five heroes\\
We're out to save the world you know\\
We'll travel the land in our Battle Tram\\
We're the Aquabats! The Aquabats!
* ''Life with Derek'' ("It used to be my mother and my sister and me, a happy little family, and all right with me. But Mom got married; that's when everything changed. Some things were lost, while others were gained...")
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