S02E03: Games People Play (Part 1)

In this episode I present series synopses and theme music of five of the most popular game shows to air on American daytime and prime time television, starting with the few venerable game shows that are still running today. Here are the five shows (and 26 themes) I’m featuring:

(1956-1965; 1972-present)
[1956-1961 Weekly Nighttime opening & closing themes]
[1961-1964 Weekly Nighttime opening & closing themes]
[1972-present Weekday Daytime opening & closing themes]

(1963-1977; 1980; 1984-1986; 1990-1991; 2003; 2009-present)
[1967-1977 Weekly Nighttime opening & closing themes]
[1984-1986 Weekday Daytime opening theme]
[1990-1991 Weekday Daytime opening theme]
[2009-present Weekday Daytime opening theme]

-Commercial Break-

(1964-1975; 1978-1979; 1984-present)
[1964-1975 Weekday Daytime opening & closing themes]
[1984-present Weekday Nighttime opening & closing themes]

[1975-1983 Weekday Daytime opening & closing themes]
[1989-1994 Weekday Nighttime opening & closing themes]
[2002-2006 Weekday Nighttime opening theme]

-Commercial Break-

(1976-1985; 1988-1995; 1999-present)
[1975-1985 Weekday Daytime opening & closing themes]
[1994-1995 Weekday Nighttime opening & closing themes]
[2006-2010 Weekday Nighttime opening theme]
[2010-present Weekday Nighttime opening theme]

In keeping with the fun nature of this episode’s focus, I’ve included vintage commercials for classic board games such as Operation, Battleship, Mouse Trap, and Gnip Gnop. And you’ll also have fun listening to some ads that my podcasting friends provided to me to promote their own great podcasts; be sure to check them out.

Many, many thanks to Zerbinator for his continued support. His encouragement and expertise are very much appreciated by me. You can find all of his fun-to-listen-to podcasts here, including my favorite, “Please Stand By.” And I’d also like especially to thank him for providing the opening and closing theme music for Tube Tunes; all of his fantastic music can be found here. And, again, thanks are in order for him for providing TUBE TUNES with the “We’ll Be Right Back” drops heard during the podcast. Thanks, Burford.

I would also like to again thank Rob “Flack” O’Hara and Sean Johnson for adding TUBE TUNES to The Throwback Network. It’s a great place to find just about any retro-themed podcast you can think of. Please check out the network here.

I also need to thank the Free Music Archive for the following musical artists and songs that were used in this episode under the Creative Commons License: “The Savers” by Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley (used as the theme music for THE JOKER’S WILD), “Animal Booster Kiss” by The Cow Goes Moo, and “Happy Jambo” by Angel Garcia.

Finally, my thanks to Ferg of The Atari 2600 Game by Game Podcast. His inspiration and dedication to covering every game cartridge ever made for the Atari 2600 (I think over 1000 of them!) is what gave me the courage to begin this podcast. And his continued support and promotion of TUBE TUNES on his excellent podcast is greatly appreciated by yours truly. Please, check out his podcast, even if you’re not an Atari 2600 collector; or at least visit his website here.

Next Episode: “S02E04: Best of the Millennium” (available January 2017)

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