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Alan Thicke’s Best Television Theme Songs: 11 Unforgettable Tracks

Alan Thicke’s Best Television Theme Songs: 11 Unforgettable Tracks
Alan Thicke, who died Tuesday at the age of 69, was widely known for his starring role as Dr. Jason Seaver on Growing Pains. But the actor also had a successful side gig as a composer to some of television’s most memorable theme songs.

Here are 11 of his biggest hits:

Diff’rent Strokes

The NBC sitcom, about a rich white New York businessman who adopts two black boys from Harlem after their mother’s death, made stars out of Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges. The show premiered in Nov. 1978 and aired on the peacock network for seven seasons before moving
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Ralph Andrews Dies: Game Show Producer Was 87

Ralph Andrews, the producer behind numerous game shows including Lingo, Liars Club, Celebrity Sweepstakes and You Don't Say, died today of Alzheimer's disease. He was 87. Andrews launched his showbiz career in radio as an announcer and disc jockey in Saginaw, Mi. After moving his family to California, he took a job as a page at NBC. By the 1960s, he had segued into TV producing. After brief stints with Don Fedderson Productions and Ralph Edwards Productions, he launched…
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Terry Kyne, Director of ‘Red Skelton Show,’ Dies at 83

Terry Kyne, a producer and director of television in Canada and the U.S., died of natural causes in Dana Point, Calif., on June 7. He was 83.

Kyne produced and directed Canada’s top-rated satirical comedy variety series, “Nightcap,” and more than 500 episodes of other CBC shows in a wide variety of genres — sitcom, variety, gameshow, talkshow, children’s and news.

In 1969 NBC brought Kyne to the U.S. to direct the “The Red Skelton Show.”

Some of his other credits include “The Steve Allen Show,” “The Mike Douglas Show,” “The John Davidson Show,” “Tony Orlando and Dawn,” “The Dr. Joyce Brothers Show,” “Getting in Touch,” “Totally Hidden Video,” “Name That Tune,” “The Wizard of Odds,” “The Cheap Show,” “The Diamond Head Game,” “Celebrity Sweepstakes” and “The Gong Show.”

Kyne is survived by his friend and wife, Pauline; two daughters and a son; three grandchildren; two brothers and a sister.
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17 TV and Movie Theme Song Facts that Might Blow Your Mindhole

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The Last 10 Emmy Winners for Best TV Theme Song

2010 -- "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime)

2009 -- "Great Performances" (PBS)

2008 -- "Pirate Master" (CBS)

2007 -- "The Tudors" (Showtime)

2006 -- "Masters of Horror" (Showtime)

2005 -- "Desperate Housewives" (ABC)

2003 - 2004 -- "Monk" (USA Network)

2002 -- "Six Feet Under" (HBO)

2001 -- "Gideon's Crossing" (ABC)

2000 -- "West Wing" (NBC)

The same person, Russ Landau, composed the theme songs for "SeaQuest Dsv," "Survivor," and "Fear Factor."

Alan Thicke, known to some as Jason Seaver in "Growing Pains," and others as Robin Thicke's Dad, composed the theme songs for "The Facts of Life" and "Diff'rent Strokes." He also performed the theme song for "Diff'rent Strokes." Moreover, he also composed themes for the game shows "Celebrity Sweepstakes" and "Joker's Wild" in the 70s.

In addition to writing the theme for "The Simpsons" and "Tales from the Crypt," Danny Elfman also wrote the theme song for "Desperate Housewives."

Andrew Gold
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