Flashback Friday: 10 Family-Friendly 80s TV Show Theme Songs

If you were a child born in the 1980s, there were a TON of TV shows to watch at any given time, mostly consisting of family-centered sitcoms.

Before the days of when the Internet and the iPhones ruled the world (remember THOSE days?), it was a special event to spend time in front of the TV as a kid. In retrospect, if you think about it, TV shows in the 80s (as well as the 90s for that matter) had morals and were often nuclear family-oriented- both of which are pretty rare on TV these days.

Here are 10 of the best family-friendly 80s TV show theme songs:

FACTS OF LIFE (1979-1988)

Everything I know about life, I learned from Facts of Life.


Oh Charles in Charge, the epitome of teenage life in the 80s! A good-looking boy babysitter slash designated older brother with a conscience… where does one sign up for one of those?

SMALL WONDER (1985-1989)

Ever wonder if your sibling was a robot? Jamie’s sister “Vicki” really was!

FAMILY TIES (1982-1989)

Michael J. Fox was in his prime as the Republican son Alex P. Keaton to former hippie parents.

PUNKY BREWSTER (1984-1988)

America’s favorite orphan in the 80s – other than Little Orphan Annie, of course.

THE GOLDEN GIRLS (1985-1992)

Betty White, Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty and Rue McClanahan – the best friends a girl (or elderly lady) could ever have!

MR. BELVEDERE (1985-1990)

A man as a housekeeper? Sweet! Ok, so Mr. Belvedere was more of a butler, but either way, he was one cool dude! He was like Mr. Mom and Carrie Bradshaw smooshed together – it’s the writing thing. Speaking of Sex and the City: SATC regular Willie Garson (who played Stanford) had a recurring role on Mr. Belvedere!


Paving the way for the more popular TV show Saved By The Bell, Good Morning Miss Bliss starred child actress Hayley Mills as the title teacher, Dennis Haskins, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Dustin Diamond, and Lark Voorhees – all of whom went on to star on the successful teen show Saved By The Bell.

OUT OF THIS WORLD (1987-1991)

Evie’s got it made: because of her alien dad (yes, ALIEN… making her half-alien), she can stop time by putting her index fingers together and other supernatural perks. Pretty sure every teenage girl in the 80s wished they were her!

THE WONDER YEARS (1988-1993)

[Not-So] Fun Fact: This show, which starred Fred Savage (Ben Savage‘s older bro), will probably never be released on DVD as official season boxed sets, allegedly due to music licensing issues. Such a shame!

Have you heard of any of these shows?

Which 80s TV show theme song is your fave?