In the late Eighties/early Nineties, two essential ingredients for a popular sitcom were a peppy theme song and stilted title credits where characters stare at the camera. With “TGIF” nostalgia in full bloom thanks to Netflix’s Fuller House revival, The Tonight Show created their own hilarious intro sequence with help from Jesse Frederick, who wrote and performed the themes to Full House, Step By Step and Family Matters.
“You don’t have to travel far / He can make you happy, wherever you are,” the musician sings of the host over big-hair electric guitar and swinging drum machine, introducing Fallon, Higgins and the Roots as the Tonight Show cast. The “characters” nail the feel of a “TGIF”-era intro: Fallon walks down the stairs and laughs; Higgins hangs a picture of himself and smiles; Questlove realizes he’s playing drums with one drum stick and one spatula; and Tariq catches a football wearing a high school lettermen jacket.
Also, stick around for the brilliant casting of twins “Colin & James Foley” as James Poyser.