We’ve all been in this situation; you’re trying to describe your favorite television show to a family member or friend who just doesn’t remember it.

As a last resort, you begin to sing the theme song to jog their memory and after the first few lines they do, “Oh yeah, I remember that!”

During the past couple of years, I’ve noticed a strange trend on network television. It seems as if the idea of theme songs has been abandoned completely. These days, most shows just have a title card and a short musical instrumental. Even shows like Glee and Smash, where main characters tend to break out into song at any given moment, don’t have theme songs.

Now, I understand these days there are more commercials and more TV shows, which translates into more money the network has to spend. Studio executives probably view theme songs as minor and necessary sacrifices in the scheme of things.

What they forget is, when done correctly, a theme song can be one of the best things about the show.

Who doesn’t remember the theme song of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Happy Days or Three’s Company?

Back in the day, theme songs were the heart and soul of the show. I would really hate to think television will eventually cast them aside completely.