Diff’rent Strokes: Change the Theme Song and The Show Can Get Disturbing

Diff'rent StrokesIt’s sad to say but TV theme songs aren’t nearly as important as they once were. Some current TV shows don’t even have them (Lost) or if they do, they aren’t used very often (Two and a Half Men).

There was a time when a TV show’s theme song was an essential part of the show, setting up the mood and sometimes the back story. What would Gilligan’s Island, The Brady Bunch, or even Full House be without their iconic jaunty music? Well, one industrious YouTuber decided to see how replacing the opening of a cancelled classic show would change the show’s tone.

Diff’rent Strokes was an incredibly popular sitcom in the 1970s. The premise is that, before the housekeeper of wealthy Philip Drummond (Conrad Bain) passes away, she asks her employer to take care of her two boys (Todd Bridges and Gary Coleman). Drummond agrees and the boys move from the streets of Harlem to the high-rises of uptown Manhattan to live with him, his daughter (Dana Plato), and their new housekeeper (Charlotte Rae). It’s a show of dated, yet light-hearted fun.

The show’s opening illustrates the premise with a catchy theme song. But, change the music and darken the lighting and you’ll probably never see sweet Mr. Drummond in quite the same way again.

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  1. Anonymous says

    I tried to make the image and the new music mesh. All I got was a cheap TV movie of the week. It really didn’t bother me at all. It was kind of funny in its own way.
    I always thought it would be funny to change the opening to a Family Affair to sound like one of those 70’s police dramas. “Family Affair a Quinn Martin production. Tonights episode…Buffy and the French Connection”.
    Have fun with it.

  2. carl says

    what you talking about willis.man i loved that show growing up.that really disturbed me.creapy music but i see the good in it still.the morals at the end.always tought you something in life.and that great catchphrase arnold had.always wondering when he will say it.cracks me up

  3. zach says

    Wow…I love this show…now that “song” makes me shiver….man why would you do that to a song like that….ugh….I gotta go listen to the right version….

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