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Nov 2013

TV Shows That Changed Their Names… But Not Their Themes

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Still more TV theme fun. Here are some shows that changed their names…but not their themes.

Golden Girls became Golden Palace

All in the Family became Archie Bunkers Place

Valerie became Valerie’s Family and became The Hogans

Make Room for Daddy became The Danny Thomas Shows and became Make Room for Granddaddy

Dragnet became LA Dragnet

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  • Marsha_R

    November 27, 2013, pm30 9:20 PM

    Enterprise changed to Star Trek: Enterprise

    • Lee Goldberg

      November 27, 2013, pm30 11:35 PM

      That’s true, but it was a very minor change…like THE NIGHT STALKER becoming KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER. Not like THE GOLDEN GIRLS becoming THE GOLDEN PALACE or ALL IN THE FAMILY becoming ARCHIE BUNKERS PLACE.

      • Matthew

        December 20, 2016, pm31 5:36 PM

        I don’t even consider Archie Bunker’s Place and Golden Palace to be name changes. Those are spin-offs, which is supposed to be a different series altogether. Same with Good Morning Miss Bliss/Saved by the Bell.

        A name change is Valerie to Hogan Family, and These Friends of Mine to Ellen, which actually are the same series with a name change.

    • Lee Goldberg

      December 7, 2013, pm31 2:48 PM

      Not much of a name change. I didn’t include shows like THE NIGHT STALKER which became KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER. I tried to find the main title sequence of KLONDIKE…which changed both its name and format to ACAPULCO. Now THAT was a change!

  • Marsha_R

    November 28, 2013, pm30 7:02 PM

    Why did some of them change names just to go into syndication? Two that come to mind are Lassie and Emergency!

    • Lee Goldberg

      November 28, 2013, pm30 10:04 PM

      That was common in the old days when long-running shows went into syndication while still airing “new” episodes on the networks. IRONSIDE became “The Raymond Burr Show,” GUNSMOKE became “Marshall Dillon,” BONANZA became “Ponderosa,” HAWAII FIVE-O became “McGarrett,” etc.

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