News of the death of Andy Griffith set off a strange but understandable reaction within my own brain on Tuesday: I heard whistling.
The short and snappy theme song to "The Andy Griffith Show" is still playing in my head and apparently the heads of those around me, because there's a lot of whistling this morning. It seems like a fitting tribute to the lovable actor everyone knew as the small-town sheriff.
The opening credits to the classic TV show weren't very long. Griffith and little Ronny Howard are seen walking along a dirt path with fishing poles over their shoulders. Opie throws a couple rocks into a river. Griffith, wearing his signature sheriff's uniform, whistles as he walks. And then it's over.
Twenty seconds of TV music and here we are 40-plus years later with an earworm we can't shake. "The Andy Griffith Show" theme is just one in a long line of classic songs that help us remember our favorite programs.
Depending on the era you grew up in and your taste in television, the themes stuck in your head will vary greatly. Here are just a few from my day. Share your favorites over on our Facebook page.
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