By a narrow margin, the theme to the Norman Lear produced sitcom "Maude" emerged victorious in the recent poll. The sitcom, starring Bea Arthur as the outspoken Maude Findlay (cousin of Edith Bunker), also featured one of the best and most memorable TV theme songs... period. Performed by the late Donny Hathaway, the song name checks some of the most famous women throughout history (Lady Godiva, Joan of Arc, Isadora Duncan, and Betsy Ross).
Coming in a close second was the theme to "The Jeffersons", which features lead vocals by Ja'net DuBois (aka Wilona Woods of "Good Times"). Although it made a late surge, the theme to "All In the Family" didn't have enough steam to overtake the themes to "Maude" or "The Jeffersons". Archie would not be pleased!
If it had come down to a tie, it would have been a difficult choice for me to make. When I was chatting online with my niece Pjazzy yesterday, I told her that my vote would have gone to the theme for "Maude". However, when I hear Ja'net's strong lead vocal and those hand claps, it's hard for me to resist "Movin' On Up".
There were a few things that surprised me about the poll. I didn't expect the lack of love for the themes to "Sanford and Son" and "Good Times" (both shows tied for last place). The other thing that surprised me was the support that the theme to "One Day At A Time" received. Early on in the poll voting, it actually held the lead for a brief time. Although I wasn't wild about the sitcom itself, I did enjoy the bouncy theme song.
Here are the final results:
The Jeffersons- 24%
All In the Family- 18%
One Day At A Time- 12%
Good Times and Sanford & Son- 9% each
Below is one of the opening credits sequences of the winner. Right on Maude!
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