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Watch Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon Perform the History of Sitcom Themes

Will Smith doesn’t have a weakness. Ok, maybe kryptonite (but that's about it). The heavyweight actor and artist let it all fly when he teamed up with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show for a live remix of TV’s best sitcom themes.

In a fully energized performance, Smith and the late-night host tore through all your favorites from The Golden Girls, Diff'rent Strokes, Full House and, of course, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Check it out above.

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Watch Will Smith Perform 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Theme Song on 'Fallon'

Watch Will Smith Perform 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Theme Song on 'Fallon'
Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon educated Tonight Show viewers with a "History of TV Theme Songs" Thursday.

The four-minute medley found the host and actor blazing through nearly a dozen sitcom theme songs, including Martin, Full House, Diff'rent Strokes and, of course, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which was performed in its entirety by Smith, Fallon and the Roots.

Seventies sitcoms like Three's Company, The Jeffersons and Good Times were also briefly featured in the "History of TV Theme Songs," a spin-off of the popular "History of Rap" series that
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Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon Remix 11 of Your Favorite Theme Songs--and It's Epic

Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon Remix 11 of Your Favorite Theme Songs--and It's Epic
Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon gave fans a bit of TV nostalgia on Thursday's episode of The Tonight Show by singing a mash-up of classic sitcom theme songs. The late-night host and Men in Black star threw it all the way back to the 1960s by whistling The Andy Griffith Show theme song and singing the I Dream of Jeannie opener. They also remixed a few 1970s and 1980s classics, including the theme songs from Good Times, The Jeffersons, Diff'rent Strokes, The Great American Hero and Three's Company. Of course, they included a few late '80s/early '90s hits, as well, like the tunes from The Golden GirlsFull House and Martin. But the grand finale was when Smith threw it back to his own...
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How 'Game of Thrones' Has Changed TV For the Better

How 'Game of Thrones' Has Changed TV For the Better
"Bad people is what I'm good at," Tyrion Lannister once boasted, and the man wasn't kidding. Over the past six years, Game of Thrones has introduced us to more outrageously bad people than any drama on television: killers, liars, tyrants and thieves. It's brought Westeros alive as a fantasy world where a conscience is a luxury nobody can afford – not even kings. HBO's epic fantasy blockbuster is gearing up for the seventh season, with the eighth and last chapter already on the horizon. That means we've got just 13 more episodes to spend in Westeros,
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'Facts of Life' Star Charlotte Rae Diagnosed With Bone Cancer at 91

'Facts of Life' Star Charlotte Rae Diagnosed With Bone Cancer at 91
Charlotte Rae reveals she's been diagnosed with bone cancer, seven years after battling pancreatic cancer.

"Last Monday, I found out I have bone cancer," the 91-year-old actress, who played Edna Garrett on Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life, tells People. "About seven years ago, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer -- which is a miracle that they found it because usually it’s too late. My mother, sister and my uncle died of pancreatic cancer. After six months of chemotherapy, I was cancer-free. I lost my hair, but I had beautiful wigs. Nobody even knew."

Exclusive: Shannen Doherty Gives Health Update After Completing Chemo Treatment

Rae just celebrated her 91st birthday on Saturday, and, according to People, was to start treatment on Thursday, but decided to cancel. “I wanted to think about it first,” she explains. “I think I’m going to go for it. The side effects were not too bad when I did it
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Howard Leeds, Writer and Producer on 'Brady Bunch,' 'Facts of Life' and 'Silver Spoons,' Dies at 97

Howard Leeds, the sitcom veteran who developed The Facts of Life and produced and wrote for The Brady Bunch, Diff'rent Strokes and Silver Spoons, has died. He was 97.

Leeds died Feb. 11 at his home in Los Angeles following a long illness, his family announced.

In the late 1970s, Leeds was a producer on the hit Diff’rent Strokes, starring Conrad Bain and child star Gary Coleman, when he was asked by NBC head Fred Silverman and producer Norman Lear to come up with a spinoff.

"So we did,"...
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Alan Thicke's TV Theme Song Legacy: The Man Behind The Facts of Life, Diff'rent Strokes and More Opening Numbers

Alan Thicke's TV Theme Song Legacy: The Man Behind The Facts of Life, Diff'rent Strokes and More Opening Numbers
Alan Thicke had quite the career in front of the camera, most recently popping up on This Is Us and Fuller House, but the beloved sitcom dad also had a hand in things behind the camera, namely writing some of TV's most beloved theme songs. In the 1980s, Thicke, who passed away from a heart attack at 69 on Tuesday, Dec. 13, helped create a number of iconic TV theme songs, most notably the opening numbers for The Facts of Life and Diff'rent Strokes. "It Takes Diff'rent Strokes," the theme song for Diff'rent Strokes, the 1980s comedy starring Gary Coleman, Dana Plato, Todd Bridges and Conrad Bain was composed by Thicke, his then-wife Gloria Loring and Al Burton. Thicke sang on the opening...
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Review: How did 'This Is Us' do now that everyone knows the twist?

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Review: How did 'This Is Us' do now that everyone knows the twist?
A few thoughts on tonight's This Is Us - the first new show of the fall to get a full season order (albeit to 18 episodes) - coming up just as soon as my vice is asthma and yours is cocaine... As I said last week, a lot of the power of the This Is Us premiere came from the twist at the end, though it's the rare twisty drama pilot that played more effectively for me on second viewing than first. As a result, I really wanted to see some additional episodes to get a sense not only of how the show intended to function on a weekly basis, but whether the emotions would still be there once I knew going in what all the relationships were. Fortunately, both "The Big Three" and next week's episode(*) suggest not only a sturdy framework for a family drama, but satisfyingly hit various
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From Caged to Orange Is the New Black: A Brief History of Incarcerated Women on Screen

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From Caged to Orange Is the New Black: A Brief History of Incarcerated Women on Screen
Orange Is the New Black returns June 17. The show has rightly earned praise for its nuanced, moving portrayals of female inmates of all stripes, and serves as a reminder of how far things have come in terms of images of incarcerated women on screen. In appreciation of series creator Jenji Kohan and the cast and crew's elevated take on the subject matter, we're looking back at the bleak and often exploitative history of the strange "women's prison drama" film genre. The portrayal of women in prison can be split - as most of Hollywood can - into two periods: Pre- and Post-Code.
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From Caged to Orange Is the New Black: A Brief History of Incarcerated Women on Screen

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From Caged to Orange Is the New Black: A Brief History of Incarcerated Women on Screen
Orange Is the New Black returns June 17. The show has rightly earned praise for its nuanced, moving portrayals of female inmates of all stripes, and serves as a reminder of how far things have come in terms of images of incarcerated women on screen. In appreciation of series creator Jenji Kohan and the cast and crew's elevated take on the subject matter, we're looking back at the bleak and often exploitative history of the strange "women's prison drama" film genre. The portrayal of women in prison can be split - as most of Hollywood can - into two periods: Pre- and Post-Code.
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'Americans' bosses on endgame: 'We hope they'll still trust us two years from now'

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The Americans just wrapped up its fourth season, which we now know will be followed by two more (13 episodes, followed by 10) to wrap up the story of the Jennings family. My review of the season finale is here, and I spoke with showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg about where things stand, how they decided they needed two seasons to wrap things up instead of one, and more, just as soon as I offer you a Coke... The last time we spoke, you said you were breaking the final stories of the show, and you didn't know if you'd need one or two to do it. How and when did you realize you'd need two? Joe Weisberg: Joel and I took our usual series of walks, and the main thing we realized was we had this very very full story that we wanted to tell in season 5, which meant that the ending we had,
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Muhammad Ali Remembered as Hollywood Mourns the Boxing Legend

Muhammad Ali Remembered as Hollywood Mourns the Boxing Legend
The sports and entertainment world is in mourning once again, after it was confirmed last night that boxing legend Muhammad Ali had passed away at the age of 74. The beloved pugilist passed after a 32-year battle with Parkinson's Disease last night at a Phoenix hospital, after being taken in for a respiratory condition on June 2. As news of his death started to spread, fans paid tribute to the legend through social media. Here's what boxer Floyd Mayweather had to say in a statement.

"Today my heart goes out to a pioneer, a true legend, and a hero by all means! Not a day went by entering the gym that I didn't think of you. Your charisma, your charm and above all, your class are all of the elements that will be greatly missed by myself and the world. You are someone that inspired me greatly throughout my boxing journey and
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From Child Star to Real Housewife: 5 Things to Know About Dancing with the Stars' Kim Fields

From Child Star to Real Housewife: 5 Things to Know About Dancing with the Stars' Kim Fields
Kim Fields has proven herself as a singer, actress reality star - and now she's ready to tackle the dancing world. The The Real Housewives of Atlanta star is competing in season 22 of Dancing with the Stars, partnered with Sasha Farber. In case you aren't familiar with Fields from her The Facts of Life days or Rhoa, here are five things to help you get to know Fields, 46. 1. The star got her big break thanks to ... Sesame Street!Fans remember her as the adorable Tootie Ramsey on Diff'rent Strokes and later on The Facts of Life. But they may not
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From Child Star to Real Housewife: 5 Things to Know About Dancing with the Stars' Kim Fields

From Child Star to Real Housewife: 5 Things to Know About Dancing with the Stars' Kim Fields
Kim Fields has proven herself as a singer, actress reality star - and now she's ready to tackle the dancing world. The The Real Housewives of Atlanta star is competing in season 22 of Dancing with the Stars, partnered with Sasha Farber. In case you aren't familiar with Fields from her The Facts of Life days or Rhoa, here are five things to help you get to know Fields, 46. 1. The star got her big break thanks to ... Sesame Street!Fans remember her as the adorable Tootie Ramsey on Diff'rent Strokes and later on The Facts of Life. But they may not
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Nancy Reagan: Controversial Moments During Her Life in the Public Eye

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Nancy Reagan: Controversial Moments During Her Life in the Public Eye
Nancy Reagan is best remembered as a wife who was devoted to her husband and his legacy - but that's not all. From the war on drugs to her penchant for astrology, we have highlighted a few of the moments that kept people talking throughout the former first lady's life in the spotlight. The War on DrugsNancy Reagan's most lasting legacy was her role in the war on drugs through the "Just Say No" campaign, which she famously discussed on CNN in 1986. "Drugs steal away so much," she said. "They take and take until finally, every time a drug goes into a child,
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Alan Thicke: 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit Not 'Healthy Precedent'

Alan Thicke: 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit Not 'Healthy Precedent'
Alan Thicke says the "Blurred Lines" copyright case, in which his son Robin's 2013 hit was ruled to have ripped off Marvin Gaye's 1977 classic "Got to Give It Up," is "kind of a milestone litigation – and dangerous to the musical community."

The actor shared his thoughts Wednesday in an interview with Today, adding that he didn't have much advice for his son. "I just said, 'Yes, you're giving back $3 million, but you're $3 million ahead of where you were before,'" he says in the clip. "From a purely accountant's standpoint,
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Weekend Rock Question: What's the Best TV Show of the 1980s?

Weekend Rock Question: What's the Best TV Show of the 1980s?
Earlier this year, we asked our readers to pick their favorite TV shows of the 1990s. Votes poured in by the hundreds, and ultimately Seinfeld topped a list that included The Simpsons, Friends, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X-Files.

Now we have another question for you: What is the the single best television show of the 1980s? Not all shows fit neatly into decades, so we're going to accept any program that reached its cultural peak during these years. That means Happy Days won't count, but The Facts of Life will.
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'Paddington' Interview with Director Paul King | Exclusive

'Paddington' Interview with Director Paul King | Exclusive
Paddington is an instant family classic, and will likely defy the expectations of those expecting another live-action CGI hybrid such as Scooby Doo, The Smurfs or Yogi Bear. Director Paul King is able to take the story of a young Peruvian bear known worldwide, and turn it into a unique and charming experience unlike anything seen before. It truly is a special little film, and it will surely continue to find an audience well after it leaves theaters. Its the type of movie that is impossible to hate on any level.

The movie follows Paddington as he travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined, until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck ('Please look after this bear. Thank you.') and offer him a temporary haven.
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Kevin Hart on the time Oprah imprisoned him in his own house

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Kevin Hart on the time Oprah imprisoned him in his own house
Kevin Hart and Josh Gad, costars of the new comedy "The Wedding Ringer," have very famous pasts in live performance. Hart is arguably the most popular standup comedian on the planet, and Gad earned a Tony nomination for his starring performance in the original Broadway production of "Book of Mormon."  We interviewed both actors about the biggest stars they ever saw attend one of their shows. Gad reflected on times when both Oprah Winfrey and Barbra Streisand sat in the front row of "Book of Mormon." "You sort of freeze when you first walk out, especially with 'Book of Mormon' in the Eugene O'Neill Theater. You can see everyone in the audience, pretty much," he told us. "With Barbra Streisand, there were two or three times where I sort of fell apart and forgot my lines." Hart, meanwhile, says his best sighting was Shavar Ross, a.k.a. Dudley from
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Former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley Dies at 77

Former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley Dies at 77
Mary Ann Mobley died Tuesday at her home in Beverly Hills. She was 77. The Mississippi native was crowned the state's first Miss America in 1959. She capitalized on her success in the pageantry world by making a name for herself as an actress in Hollywood. Mobley made her TV debut on Burke's Law in 1963. She later appeared in theatrical productions of Guys and Dolls and the King and I. Mobley shared the screen with Elvis Presley twice in 1965, in Girl Happy and Harum Scarum. Though she was successful on the big screen, Mobley continued to work on the small screen, too. She was a regular on Circus with the Stars, and she appeared in Diff'rent Strokes, Falcon Crest, Fantasy Island and Love Boat. Some of her...
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