Period TV Show, Popular Theme Song

by yrnej | created - 20 Jul 2017 | updated - 20 Jul 2017 | Public

Which of these period TV shows made the best use of a popular theme song from the same time period?

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1. Crime Story (1986–1988)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The saga of a Chicago police detective's efforts to stop a young hood's ruthless rise in the ranks of organized crime.

Stars: Dennis Farina, Bill Smitrovich, Steve Ryan, Billy Campbell

Votes: 2,151

Runaway by Del Shannon

"As I walk along, I wonder, A-what went wrong with our love."

2. Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)

TV-14 | 44 min | Comedy, Drama

A high school mathlete starts hanging out with a group of burnouts while her younger brother navigates his freshman year.

Stars: Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco, Samm Levine

Votes: 116,949

Bad Reputation by Joan Jett

"I don't give a damn 'bout my reputation, you're living in the past, it's a new generation."

3. Happy Days (1974–1984)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

The Cunningham family live through the 1950s with help and guidance from the lovable and almost superhuman greaser, Fonzie.

Stars: Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross, Tom Bosley

Votes: 14,056

Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley & His Comets (first two seasons only)

"One, two, three o'clock, four o'clock rock!"

4. Homefront (1991–1993)

60 min | Drama, History, Romance

World War II is over and the boys from the town of River Run, Ohio, are coming home. It seems that life is slowly back to normal, but war has changed everything and they will never be the same again.

Stars: Kyle Chandler, Sammi Davis, Ken Jenkins, Mimi Kennedy

Votes: 981

Accentuate the Positive by Jack Sheldon

"You've got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative."

5. The Wonder Years (1988–1993)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Kevin Arnold recalls growing up during the late 60s and early 70s; the turbulent social times make the transition from child to adult unusually interesting.

Stars: Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern, Alley Mills

Votes: 31,574

With a Little Help From My Friends by Joe Cocker

"What would you do, if I sang out of tune?"



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