Which Intro Is Cheesier? A Partial TGIF Flashback - Macleans.ca

Which Intro Is Cheesier? A Partial TGIF Flashback


There are some things that are never going to come back. One of those things is the Miller-Boyett main title, a minute and a half of newly-filmed (no clips) footage of the cast mugging, playing, running, and above all, doing a big awkward smile-and-shrug when it’s time for their credit. The only network that has that kind of time for a main title is HBO, and there has been no word of plans to hire Jesse Frederick or take their casts out to a grassy field for some on-camera frolicking.

Anyway, we all know the Miller-Boyett biggies — Full House, Family Matters, Perfect Strangers, The Hogan Family — and some of us even know a few of the lesser-known ones like Joanie Loves Chachi and Angie. But then there are the shows nobody remembers or should remember. But the main titles live on; so of their two flop shows from 1990, which one has the more epically cheesy intro?

Was it the TGIF bomb Going Places, whose Jesse Frederick theme I previously used for my “30 Rock Re-tooled by Miller-Boyett” video?

Or was it the Gregory Harrison star vehicle The Family Man, one of the team’s few CBS productions? Note that, in a revolutionary change, the Jesse Frederick/Bennett Salvay theme song is an instrumental. I can’t listen to it without thinking that Mr. Frederick must be longing to put lyrics to it and croak out a vocal.

The lack of lyrics and volleyball-playing Heather Locklear makes the Family Man intro far duller, but I think the weakish special effects on the model airplane, plus the scene of Gregory doing his job as a fireman, may give the CBS show the edge in cheesiness. Though when it comes to the final epic shot of the cast enjoying the sheer awesomeness of their lives — an M-B staple — I think Going Places‘ sailboat may even beat out Larry and Balki going to the theatre. I mean, they probably weren’t going to see anything good.

Filed under:

Which Intro Is Cheesier? A Partial TGIF Flashback

  1. Does that mean if Going Places hadn't failed, Heather Locklear may never have been on Melrose? She could have ended up going down the career path of Patrick Duffy.

  2. OK, this isn't something I'd ordinarily admit, but you mock it so frequently, I must confess: I used to watch Going Places. All, what, four, five episodes? I sat through them all, due to a mild crush on Hallie Todd. By confessing this, not only am i revealing that I had absolutely nothing better to do on Friday nights in the early nineties, but that my fantasies could be stoked by cast members of Miller/Boyett programs.

    I'm ashamed, yet oddly relieved to bring this dark secret out into the open.