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Gilligan’s Island Theme Song by George Wyle and Sherwood Schwartz

Gilligan's Island Theme Song

Gilligan’s Island Theme Song

Written by: George Wyle and Sherwood Schwartz

Gilligan’s Island (1964-1967)

Bob Denver: Gilligan

Alan Hale Jr.: Jonas “The Skipper” Grumby

Jim Backus: Thurston Howell III

Natalie Schafer: Lovey Howell

Tina Louise: Ginger Grant

Russell Johnson: Professor Roy Hinkley

Dawn Wells: Mary Ann Summers Mary Ann Summers

The Ballad of Gilligan’s Island (Excerpt)
Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from this tropic port
Aboard this tiny ship …

Gilligan’s Island

Dawn Wells as Mary Ann, Natalie Schafer as Lovey, Jim Backus as Thurston Howell III, Alan Hale Jr. as the Skipper, Russell Johnson as the Professor, Tina Louise as Movie Star Ginger Grant, and Bob Denver as Gilligan

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Seven Stranded Castaways

The Original Survivors

They’re the most famous survivors of all time … Gilligan, the Skipper too, the Millionaire and his wife, the movie star, the Professor and Mary Ann. A now legendary and much-parodied three-hour-tour left our favorite castaways shipwrecked on an uncharted desert isle for three television seasons from 1964 to 1967. Despite their deserted status, a revolving door of guest stars kept the erstwhile S.S. Minnow passengers and crew occupied with a variety of entertaining situations each week.

When the show’s creator, Sherwood Schwartz, originally pitched the show to the networks he envisioned a drama, rather than a comedy. He wanted the castaways to represent a microcosm of society, working together to survive. Viewers embraced the seven stranded castaways. Gilligan’s Island ran for 98 episodes–the first 36 episodes were filmed in black and white, though they were later colorized for syndication. The show’s second and third seasons, as well as all three TV movie sequels were filmed in color.

The show enjoyed high ratings during its original run, and grew in popularity over decades of syndication. The show often ran in the late afternoon and was a hit with school kids. Decades later, Gilligan is celebrated as an American pop cultural icon.

Gilligan’s Island

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Bob Denver
Gilligan’s Island is wherever you want it to be in your mind.

Gilligan’s Island (1964-1967)

Starring Bob Denver and Alan Hale Jr.

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Gilligan’s Island Theme Song

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Alan Hale Jr.
I must say, ‘The Skipper’ has become my alter ego. I’m one in the same now.

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Carol Burnett Show Theme Song Written by Joe Hamilton

Carol Burnett Show Theme Song

Carol Burnett Show Theme Song

Artist: Carol Burnett

Written and Composed by: Joe Hamilton

The Carol Burnett Show (1967-1978)

Cast: Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner, Tim Conway, Dick Van Dyke

Announcer: Ernie Anderson

Carol’s Theme (Excerpt)
I’m so glad we had this time together
Just to have a laugh, or sing a song
Seems we just get started
and before you know it …

The Carol Burnett Show

Winner of 25 Prime-Time Emmy Awards

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The Carol Burnett Show

Produced at CBS Television City’s Studio 33
(The Bob Barker Studio)

The Carol Burnett Show aired on the CBS network from September 11, 1967 to March 29, 1978, during which time 278 episodes were produced. In addition to Carol Burnett, the popular variety show starred Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, Tim Conway, and Dick Van Dyke.

Guests included Hollywood’s brightest stars, such as Lucille Ball, Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Barbara Eden, Shirley Jones, Shirley MacLaine, Steve Martin, Jim Nabors, Vincent Price, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, and Jonathan Winters.

Viewers embraced the show’s comedic sketches, and several are legendary. In Went With the Wind, a parody of Gone With the Wind, Carol Burnett portrayed Scarlett O’Hara in the famous gown made from a window curtain—including the curtain rod! The popular soap opera, As the World Turns was spoofed in recurring sketches called As the Stomach Turns. The long-running show won 25 prime-time Emmy Awards, and was listed as one of Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All Time.” The show was also ranked #17 on TV Guide’s list of the “60 Greatest Shows of All Time.”

The Carol Burnett Show

Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Carol Burnett

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Vicki Lawrence
Everybody just told me from the day I went into high school that I looked like Carol Burnett.

Carol Burnett Show Theme Song

Written and Composed by Joe Hamilton

The program ended with Carol singing the show’s signature theme song and tugging her left ear. Carol’s Theme, also known as I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together was written by Carol Burnett’s husband, Joe Hamilton. Regular viewers anticipated her ear tug at the end of each show. The gesture was a message to Carol Burnett’s grandmother who had raised her, letting her know that she loved her. The tradition continued even after her grandmother passed on.

The Carol Burnett Show

Carol Burnett’s Beloved Charwoman Character

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Carol Burnett
I had a good loud voice and I wasn’t afraid to be goofy or zany.

Carol Burnett

I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together

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Carol’s Theme

Joe Hamilton, Composer
Harry Zimmerman, Conductor & Arranger

Saxes: Buddy Collette (lead), John Bambridge, Plas Johnson, Lennie Hartman, Chuck Gentry. Trumpets: Johnny Audino (lead), Jimmy Zito, Bub Brisbois, Don Fagerquist. Trombones: Gil Falco (lead), Roy Main, Vern Friley, Dick McQuary (bass). Rhythm: Tony Rizzi (guitar), Jimmy Rowles (piano), Red Callendar (bass), and Jerry Williams (drums)

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Tim Conway
If only my folks had beaten me, I could have gotten some material about my miserable childhood. But as it is, I’ve had a great life.

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Laverne and Shirley Theme Song by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox

Laverne and Shirley Theme Song

Laverne and Shirley Theme Song

Written by: Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox

Performed by: Cyndi Grecco

Laverne & Shirley (1976-1983)

Penny Marshall: Laverne DeFazio

Cindy Williams: Shirley Feeney

David L. Lander: Andrew “Squiggy” Squiggman

Michael McKean: Leonard “Lenny” Kosnowski

Eddie Mekka: Carmine “The Big Ragoo” Ragusa

Phil Foster: Frank DeFazio

Betty Garrett: Edna Babish

Making Our Dreams Come True (Excerpt)
Give us any chance, we’ll take it
Read us any rule, we’ll break it
We’re gonna make our dreams come true
Doin’ it our way …

Laverne & Shirley (1976-1983)

The Complete Series

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Laverne & Shirley

Starring Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams

Laverne & Shirley, a spin-off of the popular sitcom Happy Days, aired on ABC from 1976 to 1983. The girls were roommates who had jobs as bottlecappers at a Milwaukee brewery. By the second season Laverne & Shirley was the most-watched television show in America, with ratings that surpassed those of Happy Days.

Both shows were produced at Paramount Television—Happy Days on Stage 19 and Laverne & Shirley on Stage 20. Garry Marshall (brother of star Penny Marshall) was the creator of both shows.

The characters Laverne and Shirley were introduced to viewers as friends of “The Fonz,” Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli. This of course was the very popular character played by Henry Winkler on Happy Days. Not surprisingly, characters from Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley made occasional guest appearances on each other’s shows.

The theme song from the series, Making Our Dreams Come True, was released as a single and became a top 30 hit in 1976.

Laverne & Shirley Sing

Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams

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Garry Marshall
There’s no better satisfaction than writing. I feel that writing is the best and everything else comes with it.

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One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight
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Give Us Any Chance, We’ll Take It

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Laverne and Shirley Theme Song

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Penny Marshall
I have a strange combination of fearlessness and massive insecurity.

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Mary Tyler Moore Show Theme Song Written by Sonny Curtis

Mary Tyler Moore Show Theme Song

Mary Tyler Moore Show Theme Song

Written and Performed by: Sonny Curtis

The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977)

Mary Tyler Moore: Mary Richards

Gavin MacLeod: Murray Slaughter

Edward Asner: Lou Grant

Ted Knight: Ted Baxter

Valerie Harper: Rhoda Morgenstern

Betty White: Sue Ann Nivens

Cloris Leachman: Phyllis Lindstrom

Georgia Engel: Georgette

Love Is All Around (Excerpt)
How will you make it on your own?
This world is awfully big
Girl this time you’re all alone
But it’s time you started living
It’s time you let someone else do some giving …

Mary Tyler Moore

Who Can Turn the World On with Her Smile?

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Starring Mary Tyler Moore as Mary Richards

The Mary Tyler Moore Show is television situation comedy created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns. The program aired on CBS from September 19, 1970 to March 19, 1977. Most of the action takes place in the WJM-TV Minneapolis news room, where Mary Richards works as an ambitious associate producer.

Mary Tyler Moore’s character was initially intended to be a divorcée. However, the network was afraid viewers might think Mary had divorced Rob Petrie, her TV husband during the time she portrayed Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Breaking tradition, the sitcom focused on a never-married, independent career woman as the central character. Indeed, Mary Richards as well as the show’s theme song inspired many single women to fulfill their dreams and aspirations. You’re gonna make it, after all!

The Mary Tyler Moore Show earned 29 Emmy Awards and set a new record that was not broken until 2002, when Frasier earned its 30th. The show received awards for Outstanding Comedy Series three years in a row between 1975 and 1977.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Gavin MacLeod, Ed Asner, Ted Knight, Betty White, Mary Tyler Moore, Georgia Engel

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Gavin MacLeod
It was tough for him in that newsroom with Ted Baxter getting all the glory and this poor guy doing all the work. Murray worried so much he worried his hair off!

You’re Gonna Make it After All

Cloris Leachman, Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper

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Mary Tyler Moore Show Theme Song

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I loved working with Valerie. That was the most wonderful revelation to find that when we are on a set and we’re playing our roles, we’re like separated twins. We can almost finish each other’s dialogue.

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Welcome Back Kotter Theme Song Written by John Sebastian

Welcome Back Kotter Theme Song

Welcome Back Kotter Theme Song

Artist: John Sebastian

Lyrics by: John Sebastian

Welcome Back, Kotter (1975-1979)

Gabe Kaplan: Gabe Kotter

Marcia Strassman: Julie Kotter

John Sylvester White: Mr. Michael Woodman

John Travolta: Vinnie Barbarino

Robert Hegyes: Juan Epstein

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs: Freddie “Boom-Boom” Washington

Ron Palillo: Arnold Horshack

Welcome Back Kotter Theme Song (Excerpt)
Welcome back
Your dreams were your ticket out
Welcome back
To that same old place that you laughed about …

Mr. Kotter and the Sweathogs

Ron Palillo as Arnold Horshack, Robert Hegyes as Juan Epstein, John Travolta as Vinnie Barbarino, Gabriel Kaplan as Gabe Kotter, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as Freddie “Boom-Boom” Washington

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Your Dreams Were Your Ticket Out

Welcome Back, Kotter Starring Gabe Kaplan

When composer John Sebastian had problems rhyming lyrics for a show called Kotter, he decided to tell a story instead. Since the teacher, played by Gabe Kaplan, was returning to his alma mater, the lyrics set the tone for the show, welcoming Mr. Kotter back to James Buchanan High School.

The producers liked the song so much that they decided to change the title of the show to Welcome Back, Kotter. The song subsequently hit number one on the charts.

Welcome Back, Kotter

Starring John Sylvester White as Principal Michael Woodman

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Vinnie Barbarino
I got my own idea of what God is like: I know he’s a sharp dresser, and he’s good-looking. And of course he’s Italian.

John Travolta

Starring as Vinnie Barbarino

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Welcome Back, Kotter

The show was a big hit, at least for the first three seasons. By the fourth year, Gabe Kaplan had left over creative differences with the producers. John Travolta, the show’s breakout star, had soared to new heights with Saturday Night Fever, and appeared only occasionally as a special guest star.

Gabe Kaplan
I mean, I would have loved to have kept on being a big television star. If that’s the way things would have broke, I would have loved to have done that. I just didn’t really want to continue and be someone who took whatever was offered.

Up Your Nose With a Rubber Hose

Robert Hegyes, John Sylvester White, Ron Palillo, Marcia Strassman, Gabriel Kaplan, John Travolta, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

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John Travolta
I was always a character actor, basically, that sometimes looks like a leading man.

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Partridge Family Theme Song by Wes Farrell and Danny Janssen

Partridge Family Theme Song

Partridge Family Theme Song

Artist: The Partridge Family

Written by: Wes Farrell and Danny Janssen

The Partridge Family (1970-1974)

Shirley Jones: Shirley Renfrew Partridge

David Cassidy: Keith Douglas Partridge

Susan Dey: Laurie Partridge

Danny Bonaduce: Danny Partridge

Dave Madden: Reuben Kincaid

Suzanne Crough: Tracy Partridge

Brian Forster: Chris Partridge

Jeremy Gelbwaks: Chris Partridge

Come On, Get Happy (Excerpt)
Hello, world, here’s the song that we’re singin’
Come on, get happy!
A whole lot of lovin’ is what we’ll be bringin’
We’ll make you happy! …

Meet The Partridge Family

Danny Bonaduce (Danny), Susan Dey (Laurie), David Cassidy (Keith), Suzanne Crough (Tracy), Jeremy Gelbwaks (Chris), and Shirley Jones (Shirley Partridge)

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We’ll Make You Happy!

A Whole Lot of Lovin’ is What We’ll be Bringin’

As one of television’s most popular moms, actress Shirley Jones would occasionally find runaway kids camping out on her Beverly Hills lawn, anxious to join the fictional Partridge family. Danny Bonaduce, who played wise-cracking sibling Danny Partridge, often stayed with his television mom and her family when tensions ran high in his own home.

Viewers embraced the singing family, travelin’ along in their psychedelic schoolbus. It didn’t matter that most of the actors were merely going through the motions.

According to Shirley Jones, actors Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce, Suzanne Crough, Jeremy Gelbwaks and Brian Forster were given the chance to enter a recording studio and perform for themselves, but they weren’t able to pull it off. Only she and her real-life stepson David Cassidy could actually sing and play, the latter ascending to teen idol super-stardom due to the show’s incredible popularity.

Come On, Get Happy

Susan Dey, David Cassidy, Dave Madden, Shirley Jones, Danny Bonaduce, Brian Forster, Suzanne Crough

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The Partridge Family (1970-1974)

96 Episodes Were Produced Over Four Seasons

The half-hour comedy aired on ABC as part of the Friday night lineup. The show attracted a number of popular guest stars, including Howard Cosell, Farrah Fawcett, Dick Clark, Jaclyn Smith, Bobby Sherman, Cheryl Ladd, Bert Convy, Jodie Foster, and Mark Hamill.

The Partridge Family Bus

Suzanne Crough, Jeremy Gelbwaks, Danny Bonaduce, David Cassidy, Shirley Jones, Susan Dey

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David Cassidy
I’ve had a great metamorphosis in my life. I struggled for a number of years because I was identified with that image of the seventies.

David Cassidy

April 12, 1950 – November 21, 2017

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I had done 25 motion pictures prior to The Partridge Family and nobody knew my name.

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Love American Style Theme Song by Charles Fox and Arnold Margolin

Love American Style Theme Song

Love American Style Theme Song

Written by: Charles Fox and Arnold Margolin

Performed by: The Cowsills (Season One)

Love, American Style (1969-1974)

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Love, American Style Theme Song (Excerpt)
Love, American Style
Truer than the Red, White and Blue
Love, American Style
That’s me and you …

Love, American Style (1969)

The Ornate Brass Bed was Featured in Many Episodes

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Love, American Style

That’s Me and You

Love, American Style was produced by Paramount Television and originally aired between September 1969 and January 1974.

Each week the one-hour comedy presented unrelated stories of romance, featuring different characters and locations. The show’s stable of regular players was supplemented by guest appearances from other popular actors of the time. One common element was a large and ornate brass bed, which served as a prop in many of the episodes.

The show had a hip music score, provided by Charles Fox who co-wrote the show’s theme song with Arnold Margolin. Popular character actor Stuart Margolin (brother of Arnold) was a regular on the show, appearing in 29 episodes.

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Stuart Margolin
I’m a character actor. Many times if a character actor does his job particularly well, you don’t even notice him.

Stuart Margolin

Love, American Style (1969)

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Flintstones Theme Song by Hanna & Barbera

Flintstones Theme Song

Flintstones Theme Song

Music by: Hoyt S. Curtin

Lyrics by: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera

The Flintstones (1960-1966)

Jean Vander Pyl: Wilma Flintstone

Alan Reed: Fred Flintstone

Bea Benederet: Betty Rubble

Mel Blanc: Barney Rubble

Harvey Korman: The Great Gazoo

Hal Smith: Announcer

Flintstones Theme Song (Excerpt)
Flintstones, meet the Flintstones
They’re the modern stone age family
From the town of Bedrock
They’re a page right out of history …

The Flintstones

1960 Reproduction Poster Print

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Meet The Flintstones

They’re the Modern Stone Age Family

Based on the cast of The Honeymooners, the Flintstones and Rubbles were the first cartoon characters created specifically for primetime audiences. Though it was broadcast in black-and-white for the first two seasons, The Flintstones had the distinction of being ABC’s first series televised in color.

It was also the first animated series in which a lead character became pregnant. There were many storylines covering Wilma’s pregnancy and Fred’s adjustment to being a father. Audiences welcomed Pebbles on February 22, 10,000 B.C. at 8pm. She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces.

The Flintstones was the most financially successful animated series for more than three decades. The Modern Stone Age classic was ultimately unseated by another wildly popular cartoon family, The Simpsons.

Meet The Flintstones

Alan Reed as Fred Flintstone, Jean Vander Pyl as Wilma Flintstone,
Bea Benederet as Betty Rubble, and Mel Blanc as Barney Rubble

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The Flintstones

Just a Few Fun Facts About The Flintstones

In the opening credits from the first season, a sign indicates that the population of Bedrock is 2,500.

Fred’s four dino-cranes at the quarry were named Mildred, Lulu Belle, Rocky, and Hugo.

The Flintstone’s first child was supposed to be a boy, but a Hanna-Barbera marketing department executive convinced them to change it to a girl. Why? Because girl dolls were a bigger seller than boy dolls.

The Man Called Flintstone

Movie Poster

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Flintstones Fun Fact
Barney Rubble and Dino were portrayed by “The Man of a Thousand Voices,” Mel Blanc. Though best known as the lovable Bugs Bunny, Mel Blanc was the voice of several other Warner Bros. characters including Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, and Foghorn Leghorn. That’s all folks!

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Fred Flintstone
Barney Rubble has been my neighbor, my lodge brother, and my best friend since the first time I went through the fifth grade.

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Casper Theme Song (Casper, the Friendly Ghost) by Jerry Livingston and Mack David

Casper Theme Song

Casper Theme Song

Written by: Jerry Livingston and Mack David

Casper, the Friendly Ghost (1945-1963 Animated Cartoon)

Voices of Casper McFadden: Cecil Roy, Mae Questel, Norma MacMillan, Julie McWhirter, Malachi Pearson, Jeremy Foley, Brendon Ryan Barrett, Devon Werkheiser

Casper Theme Song (Excerpt)
Casper, the friendly ghost
The friendliest ghost you know
Though grown-ups might
Look at him with fright
The children all love him so …

Casper, the Friendly Ghost

Produced by Famous Studios (1945)

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Casper, the Friendly Ghost

One of the Most Beloved Cartoon Characters of All Time

Many talented voice artists portrayed the lovable Casper. In the Famous Studios cartoons Casper was voiced by Cecil H. Roy and Mae Questel. Casper was portrayed by Norma MacMillan in The New Casper Cartoon Show, and by Julie McWhirter in the Hanna-Barbara cartoons.

There were many supporting characters in the popular cartoon franchise, including The Ghostly Trio, Wendy the Good Little Witch, Archibald the Talking Wishing well, Hot Stuff the Little Devil, Nightmare the Ghost Horse, Spooky the Tuff Little Ghost, Spooky’s girlfriend Pearl, Gned Gnome, Sohini, and Arruda.

A recent pop culture reference is an episode of the cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants called “Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost.”

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Created by Seymour Reit and Joe Oriolo

Casper, the Friendly Ghost was created in the late 1930s by Seymour Reit who created the concept, and Joe Oriolo who crafted the illustrations. The partners had initially planned to write a storybook, but by 1939 had failed to find a publisher interested in the idea.

In the early 1940s, while Seymour Reit was away on military service, Joe Oriolo sold the book rights to Paramount Pictures’ Famous Studios animation division. The Friendly Ghost, the first Noveltoon to feature Casper, was released by Paramount in 1945.

Two additional cartoons were created by Seymour Reit and Joe Oriolo, There’s Good Boos To-Night and A Haunting We Will Go. Paramount launched Casper, the Friendly Ghost as a series in 1950. Casper went on to become one of the most beloved and lucrative characters from Famous Studios.

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Casper, the Friendly Ghost
I’ll never be nothin’ but a scary ol’ ghost without any friends.

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If I tell you I love you, can I keep you forever?

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The Andy Griffith Show Theme Song by Composer Earle Hagen

Andy Griffith Show Theme Song

The Fishin’ Hole

Composed by: Earle Hagen & Herbert W. Spencer

Lyrics by: Everett Sloane

The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968)

Andy Griffith: Sheriff Andy Taylor

Ron Howard: Opie Taylor

Frances Bavier: Aunt Bee Taylor

Don Knotts: Deputy Barney Fife

George Lindsey: Goober Pyle

Howard McNear: Floyd Lawson

Aneta Corsaut: Helen Crump

Jack Dodson: Howard Sprague

Hal Smith: Otis Campbell

Hope Summers: Clara Edwards

Betty Lynn: Thelma Lou

Jim Nabors: Gomer Pyle

The Fishin’ Hole (Excerpt)
Well, now, take down your fishin’ pole
and meet me at The Fishin’ Hole,
We may not get a bite all day,
but don’t you rush away …

Starring Andy Griffith as Sheriff Taylor

The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968)

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Composer Earle Hagen

The Andy Griffith Show Theme Song Composer

The legendary Earle Hagen composed music for over 3,000 television series episodes during his long career, and will surely be remembered for the theme from The Andy Griffith Show. The theme song, called “The Fishin’ Hole,” is unquestionably one of the most recognizable tunes of all time.

Until Earle Hagen’s passing in 2008, very few fans of The Andy Griffith Show realized it was the composer himself who whistled the famous tune at the top of each episode. It wasn’t planned that way. As a composer, Earle Hagen was a master at capturing the tone of each show he worked on. However, creating a theme song for The Andy Griffith Show proved somewhat challenging. The composer ultimately decided to create something simple, something that could be whistled.

A demo of the show’s opening theme was recorded, with Earle Hagen whistling the tune and his 11-year-old son Deane snapping his fingers. The idea was presented to the show’s executive producer, Sheldon Leonard, the following morning. The concept was a winner! Sheldon Leonard loved the theme and suggested the now famous (and much parodied) opening sequence where Andy and Opie Taylor walk along a country road with their fishing poles.

Earle Hagen
While sitting at home wracking my brain for an idea for a theme for the Griffith show, it finally occurred to me that it should be something simple, something you could whistle. With that in mind, it took me about an hour to write the Andy Griffith theme.

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Composer Earle Hagen

The Andy Griffith Show Theme Song Composer

Earle Hagen jokingly referred to himself as “a famous composer nobody ever heard of,” but that was hardly the case. Television production superstars Danny Thomas and Sheldon Leonard depended on Earle Hagen to create original and distinctive music for their shows. At one point in his busy career, Earle Hagen worked on as many as six different television shows at one time.

Though perhaps best known for The Andy Griffith Show, Earle Hagen wrote memorable opening themes for a number of other television shows, including The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Spy, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., The Mod Squad, That Girl, and Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer. He scored dozens of television shows, including Make Room for Daddy, The Mod Squad, Eight Is Enough and The Dukes of Hazzard.

At his peak, Earle Hagen was known to work 16-hour shifts, seven days a week, for 40 weeks a year. The prolific composer received three Emmy Award nominations for outstanding achievement in musical composition for I Spy, and won the award in 1968.

Earle Hagen
It was hard work, with long hours and endless deadlines, but being able to write something one day and hear it a few days later appealed to me.

The Men of Mayberry

Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Jim Nabors

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The Andy Griffith Show

Ranked by TV Guide as the Ninth-Best Show in Television History

The Andy Griffith Show aired on CBS for eight seasons from October 3, 1960 through April 1, 1968. The first five seasons (159 episodes) were shot in black and white, and the final three seasons (90 episodes) were shot in color. Andy Griffith appeared in all 249 of these episodes.

The popular series never placed lower than seventh in the Nielsen ratings and was ranked number one during its final season in 1968. The show was a spin-off from an episode of The Danny Thomas Show and spawned a spin-off series, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. in 1964, as well as a sequel series, Mayberry R.F.D. in 1968. There was also a reunion movie, Return to Mayberry in 1986. Reruns of The Andy Griffith Show currently air throughout the United States, and the complete series is available on DVD.

Frances Bavier and Ron Howard

Starring as Aunt Bee and Opie Taylor

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Ron Howard
Early in the second season of ‘The Andy Griffith Show,’ I ventured a suggestion for a line change to make it sound more ‘like the way a kid would say it.’ I was just 7 years old. But my idea was accepted, and I remember standing frozen, thrilled at what this moment represented to me.

The Andy Griffith Show

Starring Ron Howard as Opie Taylor

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Huell Howser Tours Franklin Canyon Park

As Seen in The Andy Griffith Show Opening Credits

A man-made reservoir in Franklin Canyon Park was the location for the show’s opening credits. In the famous sequence, Sheriff Andy Taylor and his son Opie walk along the trail with their fishing poles in hand.

Andy Griffith and Ron Howard

Shot in Franklin Canyon Park, Los Angeles

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Andy Griffith Show Theme Song

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I wanted to prove that I could play something else, but there were 249 episodes out there of ‘Mayberry,’ and it was aired every day. It was hard to escape.

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