For many TV shows, the theme song is an integral part of the show that will often become iconic on its own. A good example I can think of off the top of my head is the theme from The Simpsons:
Even if it didn’t say “The Simpsons” right at the start, I think you’d be able to instantly identify this song as the show’s theme – it’s just been ingrained in our minds.
Another one that springs to mind almost immediately is the theme song from Seinfeld… Any one of them. I say that because they were all different – but more on that later.
Much like the song Yakety Sax (also known as the theme to The Benny Hill Show), the Seinfeld theme seems to make just about anything funnier. Don’t believe me? Watch this:
It’s so widely loved that someone even created a little gadget that plays your very own Seinfeld theme music every time you enter the room… So you should start working on your Kramer entrances…
The song is so universally loved, despite the fact that it was essentially improvised. So says the man charged with composing it, Jonathan Wolff:
He talks a little about it in that video, how he essentially re-did the theme for each episode. In this TV feature from a few years back (he looks notably younger), he actually goes through the process of scoring one of the intros on camera – and it’s really quite entertaining to watch.
Who knew that such an iconic song was basically made up on the spot over and over again?