6 things you never knew about the Green Acres theme song!

This catchy tune helped lighten the mood of astronauts and was nailed in one take by a certain star.

We could argue all day over what the greatest TV theme song is. That is the beauty of classic television. But we will insist that Green Acres is part of the conversation. We're not alone in that thinking. Another TV legend has our back — but more on that later.

So let's take a deep dive into this sing-along theme song. Sure, it's hooky, but it's also important. See for yourself.

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1. It was the first theme song sung by leading actors.

From the Fresh Prince to Lee Majors crooning about "The Last Stuntman," it has become quite common for stars of a series to sing the theme song. The Brady Bunch and Archie Bunker did it. But Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor were the groundbreaking duo to do it first.

2. The untrained Eva Gabor nailed her part in the first take.

Deciding to have the actor sing was a stroke of genius. There was one hitch — Eva Gabor was not a singer. Composer Vic Mizzy had to coach Gabor through her inging. Mizzy said he gave this note to Eva, "What you have to do is sing it like you're a high class, Park Avenue woman… sing it like you're a debutante or something.” Not a singer, Gabor was nervous when it came time to lay it down, but with Mizzy's advice, she managed to nail it in the first take! Yep, you're hearing her first attempt each time!

3. The credit sequence was constructed before the song was written.

The way it typically works is that a composer writes a theme song and then the producers cut together an opening credits sequence to the ditty. Green Acres flipped the process. Vic Mizzy first envisioned the credits and explained how they should be shot. "I started writing the thing backwards, and I said to [series creator] Jay Summers, can you get a helicopter to zoom in and on the side of the barn, it says Green Acres?" Mizzy recalled. "And I’ll calibrate it electronically. And I said could you photograph the store, have her opening up packages, the chores, when he’s pitching hay. Fresh air, Times Square. It cost money for that. He had to do set-ups for that. But he loved it." Once Mizzy had all the visuals in his mind, right down to the pitchfork clanking on the ground, he got down to writing the music you just heard him play and sing.

 

4. The song was used by NASA to cheer up astronauts following the Challenger disaster.

Following the horrific tragedy of the Challenger, NASA pressed forward with its third Space Shuttle, the Discovery. Astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan, the first American to walk in space, was part of the Discovery team in the late Eighties. In her memoir, Handprints on the Hubble, she wrote, "The fun part of my job was choosing the wakeup music…. After the pain and sadness of that awful day in January 1986 when Challenger went down… [i]t was important to me… to lift everyone's spirits." Sullivan reached out to local radio guy named Mike Cahill, who wrote "funny space songs" set to popular songs. One of those comedic space songs was written to Vic Mizzy's Green Acres theme. The tune just makes people happy no matter what the situation — or where.

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5. Vic Mizzy also wrote the most popular anti-jaywalking song of all time.

Outside of the Green Acres theme, Vic Mizzy is best known for his snappy Addams Family theme. But the composer has a pop music career that spans decades, as he penned hits for Doris Day and the Andrews Sisters. But Sixties children of the New York area probably have his public service announcement stuck in their heads. Mizzy wrote "In the Middle, In the Middle, In the Middle," perhaps the catchiest anti-jaywalking tune in history. The quirky pop act They Might Be Giants covered it on their hit children's album.

6. The creator of the Simpsons thinks it's the greatest. Well, almost.

In a 2007 issue of Spin magazine, Simpsons creator Matt Groening reflected on his biggest influences and favorite pieces of media. "Outside of The Simpsons… I think the greatest TV theme song of all time has got to be The Jetsons," he admitted. "Vic Mizzy's Green Acres theme follows right behind." That's okay, Matt, we can live with that. The Jetsons are on MeTV, too.

Image: The Everett Collection

 
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Mukusthebadd1 3 days ago
Why the brackets around a single letter in a word? And you at Metv need to fire your dork editor!
Oh, and it's SINGLE, not INGLE!
Bucky65 7 days ago
In reference to the Hawaii 5-0 song. I believe it was done by the Ventures and Max Weinberg and Peter Frampton at times played with them.
WhiteRook 7 days ago
For my money The Greatest American Hero is the best theme song hands down.
boogerdogger 8 days ago
When I was young, this show was a bit too 'corny' for me. Now, I LMAO watching on a regular basis.
The stories are still 'corny', but the writing and the delivery are classic. Especially Lisa's Old World expressions! Sadly though, most of the characters on this show bare a significant resemblance to my neighbors!!
Throttle8 10 days ago
And the Biggest movie that Mr. Oliver W. Douglas starred in with many other famous stars old and up coming was the WW2’s “The Longest Day”! ‘1962 “D-Day” Normandy Beach France 🇫🇷 Excellent movie!....”and a long one”!
RedSamRackham Throttle8 10 days ago
* He also did a great bizarre role as a colonel in Captain Newman MD ♣
Throttle8 RedSamRackham 10 days ago
Wow! That must’ve been before my time!
Wiseguy Throttle8 10 days ago
Too hard to type "Eddie Albert"?
Throttle8 Wiseguy 9 days ago
Here you go wise guy! “Eddie Albert”! Anything else you want to know “wise guy”???? 😱🤣😂😅👏
Throttle8 10 days ago
And “Frank Cady” aka Sam Drucker was also in “Rear Window”! The husband,wife with the dog that got let up & down in the basket that was supposedly killed by “Raymond Burr”! Then buried in the flower bed.
Throttle8 10 days ago
Speaking of the green achers has anyone who remembers Mr. Hanney “Pat Butraum” excuse me if I spelled his name wrong that he talks, sounds exactly like senator “John Kennedy”from Louisiana! 😂 LOL I swear they both sound alike! And Pat also made an appearance on the twilight zone this was of course a couple years before green achers was even heard of and on that skit senerio he had something to do with being on a farm and in a rain lightening storm from what I remember of course on a rerun over 20 some years ago mabe longer than that! Anyways a little more trivia!
FrankBusch Throttle8 9 days ago
Just today I saw an episode of Emergency from I think about 1974 and Pat Buttrum was in it. He played a hermit who lived in a cave and got stuck by avalanche and they had to rescue him.
Mike Throttle8 9 days ago
For the record:
Pat Buttram was never on Twilight Zone.
You're confusing him with Andy Devine, who got picked up by the flying saucer that time ...
JHP 10 days ago
My fav character - its photo finish

Hank Kimball (am living with the female version of him:))
And then there's Haney..so good:)
Throttle8 JHP 10 days ago
He was also in “War of the Worlds”! ‘1953
UTZAAKE 10 days ago
Green Acres theme song overplayed by organists in National Hockey League arenas.
dbalius 10 days ago
Ed White was the first American to walk in space during the Gemini missions. Kathryn Sullivan was the first American woman to do so. Astronaut White was one of the men who later died tragically in a ground-based test of Apollo 1.
Throttle8 dbalius 10 days ago
White, chaffe and grisim was an electrical / Oxegen fire in the capsule and unfortunately all 3 parished!
Throttle8 11 days ago
I grew up a little kid watching the green achers citcom but don’t know if to many people also know that from time to time they the producers would intermix green achers with another favorite oldie “petticoat junction”! Usually with the Sam drucker general store scene! Anyways me TV just brings back a lotta childhood memories in front of the old analog TV set! Thanks Me TV! Sincerely M. Carlson.😉👍
The BH cast and GA cast also came together. One of the PJ Thanksgiving episodes, shows the Douglas' and the Clampetts sitting around with the Bradley's at the Bradley's table, praying, before breaking bread together.
Your right! Forgot about that one!
Wiseguy Throttle8 10 days ago
Although Frank Cady started as a special guest star from Petticoat Junction, the producers realized it would be cheaper just to have him listed as a regular so they did just that. Cady didn't like the loss of money that resulted but there was nothing he could do, he was now a regular on two series.
That one I don’t remember? I’m sure your right just never saw that one
You mean "the Douglases and the Clampetts sitting around with the Bradleys," all plurals, no apostrophes. And I believe the episode you're referring to was on the Beverly Hillbillies.
ncadams27 11 days ago
Near the end, when Oliver reaches out to Lisa he uses his left hand - but when you see Lisa in the next shot, he is reaching in with his right hand. Of course you could also argue that he was in Hooterville and she was in New York.
Throttle8 ncadams27 10 days ago
😂😅👏👍
gene 11 days ago
i like the cartoons in the morning, i would like to see more cartoons and less chatter from bill and company
Jeffrey 12 days ago
You're right, I didn't know those things about the Green Acres Theme song. Except they both got it right or nailed it on the first try.
JBen 12 days ago
I'm surprised they didn't mention the classic rendition heard at the 2006 Emmy's, by Megan Mullally and Donald Trump.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_4a9Z44EKE
You must be a newcomer to METV's website. That is one thing METVers don't discuss on here: POLITICS. This is a politics free zone. It doesn't matter that specificity of the topic has nothing to do with politics, the mere mention of an alleged political figure, is not mentioned. I have been on this website for a fer piece, I don't recall politics {even in name only,} being brought up. I may be wrong, I don't care if someone says I'm wrong feel free to say so, about this, I am going by what I remember reading. That is probably why METV didn't mention what you did.
P.S., I know it would be another 9 years before he announced he was running.
Wiseguy JBen 10 days ago
First, once again, plurals don't have apostrophes. Second, according to the academy, the word Emmy itself is not to be used as a plural and should have a registered symbol when it's mentioned: the Emmy® Awards, not the Emmy's (or Emmys).
retired2019 12 days ago
👍🏻 to the Green Acres theme song. All the comments about spelling and grammar were good reading. I hope I didn’t misspell anything in my post!
Mike 12 days ago
Vic Mizzy had a number of hit songs early on, that many of you might have heard without realizing it.
"The Whole Town's Talking About The Jones Boy!"
"My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time."
Some others I can't call to mind just now, but you get the idea ...

Elsewhere, somebody mentioned "The Ghost And Mr. Chicken".
When Don Knotts did those Universal comedies in the '60s, Vic Mizzy did the music for all of them - his style was unmistakable.

Just one more:
When The Addams Family first hit in '64, Vic Mizzy did an LP for RCA Victor of all the series's musical themes, with a more-or-less full orchestra, and featuring jazzy saxophone solos by the legendary Plas Johnson (who performed the same service for The Pink Panther).
I had the LP when I was a teenager; years later, I got a CD reissue, which is on my permanent playlist - track it down on Amazon.
Vic Mizzy was a Class Act, all the way.
Lantern 12 days ago
I'm not surprised that Matt Groening loves the Jetsons theme song. As I mentioned on another comment a couple of weeks ago, I've always seen a strong resemblance between it and the Simpsons opening sequence and theme song.
MrsPhilHarris 12 days ago
Quite a catchy theme song. 🎼

While reading this story I knew there would be a discussion on typos and/or grammar. 🤪
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