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Late-’80s/early-’90s sitcom “Perfect Strangers” now has a Seattle flipside to its intro. Credit director Cory Calhoun for that; for a more complete list of who was involved in the side-by-side creative comparison, click here.

The theme song was apparently composed by Bennett Salvay and Jesse Frederick, the latter of which Wikipedia says also brought us themes for “Step by Step,” “Full House” and “Family Matters.” All those shows were part of the exceedingly popular TGIF sitcom block on ABC that ran during the turn of the decade about 20 years ago.


TGIF was family-focused programming, TV as tween babysitter, and it’s not a stretch to say it helped raise millions of young Americans in inner cities, rural areas, and suburbs.

Looking back, it’s startling how different the group of sitcoms was from the other dominant cultural forces (besides parents) raising kids at the time: gangster rap and grunge rock. Compared to the typical anger and nihilism of those musics, TGIF presented a rosy, idealistic front, still trying to form a better America while the counterculture had given up on that.

Which had more effect on the generation that will soon rule the world? I tried to find the answer in the lyrics for the “Perfect Strangers” theme, but found nothing:

Sometimes the world looks perfect
Nothing to rearrange;
Sometimes you just get a feeling
Like you need some kind of change.
No matter what the odds are this time
Nothing’s gonna stand in my way.
This flame in my heart, like a long-lost friend
Gives every dark street a light at the end.
Standing tall on the wings of my dream,
Rise and fall on the wings of my dream.
Through rain and thunder, the wind and haze
I’m bound for better days.
It’s my life and my dream
And nothing’s gonna stop me now.
It’s my life and my dream
And nothing’s gonna stop me now.
Nothing’s gonna stop me now.