HeadScratcher No. 44: It's time to play the music

165558__muppets_l"I’m guessing Vic Tayback!" cracked PopWatcher Brian Di Leandro, of everyone’s favorite culinary wizard from Alice.

Heh. But no.

Here’s what I was thinking: All these series had theme songs that were totally or in part sung by a cast member or members.

Linda Lavin sang "There’s A New Girl in Town," the theme song of Alice. All in the Family‘s charming theme, "Those Were the Days," was shrieked/warbled by stars Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton. Several puppets "sang" the theme to The Muppet Show (pictured). "There’s No Place Like Home," the theme of 227, was sung by star Marla Gibbs.

And yes, it’s true that the theme song of That ’70s Show, "In the Street," was sung by Cheap Trick (after Todd Griffin sang the original version), but the cast members sing along with them. You can even hear Hyde (Danny Masterson) yell out "Hello, Wisconsin!" at the end of the Griffin version of the song.

(Click the jump to see which 19 of you got it right — and my favorite "creative" — read: wrong — answer.)

My favorite "creative" answer: All series have a female character with a really annoying, make-your-ears-bleed voice! To wit: Alice‘s Vera; All in the Family‘s Edith Bunker; The Muppet Show‘s Piggy; That ’70s Show‘s Kitty Forman; and 227‘s Sandra. Well done, Betsy Horrocks!

It’s time to play the music/It’s time to light the lights/It’s time to get things started/On The PopWatch Show tonight!

Brent Almond
Brian Brostek
Paul Buckman
Kevin Burk (a.k.a. TommyG)
Joe Cortazzi
Mike Flohr
Lain Hughes
Joe Keglovitz
Reid Kerr
David Lankford
Megan Low
Scot Manning
Jerry McCormick
Ed Nemmers
John Odalen
Harold Reynolds
John Sams
Christopher Stucky
Patrick A. Yearout (Big-ups to my self-proclaimed "No. 1 fan" — ((shudder)) — for being the first to answer correctly this week.)

Comments (12 total) Add your comment
  • Peggy

    OK Mickey, we need to start a “wrong answer” section for you. Danny Masterson isn’t the one yelling “Hello, Wisconsin” at the end of the theme song. It’s Ashton Kutcher.

  • california

    Hate to say it but Peggy is totally right. I have always thought it was Ashton Kutcher saying “Hello, Wisconsin”. But to be fair for the sake of the article it really doesn’t matter who says it, just the fact that it is an actual cast member and not from the original track.

  • sal

    I always thought it sounded like Topher Grace yellin’ it. Which would make sense since he’s the lead character.
    All I can say about the Muppet Show is GREATEST THEME SONG…EVER! I think Jim Henson and Co. were rocking some serious pharmaceuticals during the making of that show and there’s never been anything that creative on network TV since.

  • Ed

    Peggy et. al.: You doubting Thomases! “That ’70s Show”‘s official site credits it to Danny Masterson, though I thought it sounded like Ashton too…


    (Scroll down to: Who says “Hello, Wisconsin!”…?)

  • Vicki

    Ooooooh, it’s definitely Tohper Grace that yells at the end. During this last season they give him a little nod and looked around all suspicious-like when they heard it (becuase he was no longer on the show).

  • stevie

    Wasn’t “In the Street” a Big Star song?

  • Mark

    I miss the muppets sooo much. It was great to see Dr Pepper do the manamahna song. Drugs or no, Jim Henson did more for the children of the world than public school ever did.

  • Stephanie Travitsky

    “Why do we ever come here, I guess we’ll never know? It’s like some kind of torture that we have to watch this show!” Statler and Waldorf were hysterical! lol.

  • Stephanie Travitsky

    No. It’s Topher Grace who yelled it. The show mostly surrounded him, dealing with his friends and family. After Topher left, the concept did not make any sense.

  • alex chilton

    No, it is NOT a Cheap Trick song. It is a Big Star song.

  • jody stephens

    Of course Big Star wrote it and made the superior original version, but there’s nothing wrong with saying that Cheap Trick covered it for the TV show.

  • david74

    Betsy Horrocks should win a prize for that answer… she gets my vote.

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