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September Songs

TV Show Opening Screen Montage

We still love TV in all its brilliant, 100-channels-and-nothing-on glory, but isn’t it pathetic how the dominance of the big four networks has eroded over time? The news stories are coming in about underwhelming upfronts and how the writers strike forced the networks the have a curtailed lineup of new shows for the fall season — and all I can think of is how different things were 20, 30 years ago. The fall season used to be a huge deal, heralded with glitzy promos and a full slate of new shows and returning favorites. TV Guide‘s thick Fall Preview issue played a big part in all that hype — a subject that the terrific pop culture blog Branded in the ’80s has been exploring lately in a series of posts. Check out the mélange of breathless writeups and appliance ads from the 1978 issue. One thing I like about these Fall Previews is how they give everything equal time, so a classic like WKRP gets the same treatment as the stewardess jiggle drama Flying High (a show that I remember only for the one episode in which the characters have a stopover in Phoenix — hurrah for local color on national TV!).

Which dovetails into another neato vintage TV thing — I know I’ve already written about the montages of TV show opening credits lovingly compiled by YouTube user bobcnn. As of a few months back he had the late ’80s covered, but now it looks like the collection has been expanded to include the years 1979-1992. These are all insanely cool — encompassing both established hits and weird obscurities — so I’m compiling links to every single one here:

1979: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10
1980: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
1981: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
1982: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7
1983: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
1984: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6
1985: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
1986: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5
1987: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8
1988: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5
1989: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10
1990: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9
1991: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10
1992: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7

5 Thoughts on “September Songs

  1. Well, I was going to go to work today, but now I’m going to have to stay home and watch all this. . . .

  2. Terry Anderson on May 30, 2008 at 2:07 pm said:

    Hey Matt,
    Terry Anderson here from ET. We here in the Research department have been wasting copious amounts of time watching these compilations. So many forgotten and misbegotten shows! So many Saturday Night Fever and Animal House knockoffs! And, was Adrian Zmed in every other show about a bunch of knuckleheads made in ’78/’79?
    the guy who puts these together truly straddles the line between scarily and admirably obsessive. Bravo! And kudos to you for linking to them ALL. Keep up the good work!
    T.

  3. It’s fun to look at the trends that came and went during certain years, gritty cop dramas in the late ’80s f’rinstance.

    Adrian Zmed was so cute!

  4. these are all gone btw…due to copyright infringement I guess.

  5. I know. :(

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