In the 1989 pilot/special, an instrumental version of "The Funny Things You Do" is heard, and no vocals from Jill Colucci were used. Vocals from Jill Colucci were featured at the end of the 1989 pilot/special, who later became a regular feature on January 14, 1990.
When the show began as a regular series on January 14, 1990, vocals from Jill Colucci were added to the rerecorded version of "The Funny Things You Do", who previously recorded the theme song at the end of the the 1989 pilot/special.
In the 1996-1997 season, the theme music was rerecorded again by adding more vocals to it. The rerecorded version performed by Peter Hix and Terry Wood. This was the final version of "The Funny Things You Do", rather than Jill Colucci in the first seven seasons.
On January 5, 1998, the theme was changed back to an instrumental version, featuring a horn section, and an electric guitar, and no vocals were used.
On October 11, 2015, the theme was rerecorded with the same horn section, the electric guitar was removed, and was replaced by piano and saxophone parts. The 2015 theme combined "The Funny Things You Do" with the 1998-2001 theme.
In the 1989 pilot/special, a blue sky with clouds were used while yellow stars zoom in, followed by the show's logo zooming in, and exiting to the upper right. To show the upcoming clips, an animated purple TV set was used. Followed by the show's logo again before revealing a shot of the set, followed by Saget's entrance.
When the show began as a regular series on January 14, 1990, a mixed red, white, and blue-like background with a giant camera lens was used while animated stars and stripes zoomed out of the lens. Then, the show's logo zooms forward and exits forward on an angle. Following that, a silver screen was used to show the upcoming clips. A stars and stripes effect is used to transition from each upcoming set of videos. This is followed by the show's logo again, which leads into a skit before revealing the set, followed by Saget's entrance. On the 1991 CBS/Fox Video release The Best of America's Funniest Home Videos, "THE BEST OF" can be seen beneath it. For $100,000 shows, a red banner with the text reading "$100,000 Classics" can be seen. On Season 2, Episode 13, Jill Colucci appeared on camera performing "The Funny Things You Do" in a recording studio, and then, the camera zooms in on the TV to reveal Saget's entrance. The skits were dropped at the end of Season 5. On America's Funniest Home Videos: An Inside Look, the logo is smaller. "AN INSIDE LOOK" can be seen next to it. To celebrate the show's 100th episode in 1993, "100th EPISODE CELEBRATION" can be seen on a red banner.
At the start of the 1996-1997 season, a computer animated segment showed the words, "Home Videos Sunday" while on a black background and a multicolored circle. Then, a CGI family emerges from the red couch while watching the TV. Then, the show's logo is plastered on the same multicolored circle. The upcoming videos are now shown on an animated widescreen silver TV set. The stars and stripes effect have changed to red, white, and blue streamers, and white confetti. Followed by the show's logo again before revealing the set, followed by Saget's entrance. This was also Bob Saget's final season as host before he left in 1997.
On January 5, 1998, a multi-colored background with past AFV clips, and the words "America's Funniest Home Videos", as well as "AFV" flying around are shown. Then, the show's logo typewriters itself out, followed by the letters "AFV" coming forward and zooming off in different directions. During that period, the upcoming clips were shown on the same background, with an animated widescreen with two wavy borders. For $100,000 shows, falling CGI dollar bills were used in the background.
On September 28, 2003, the same intro was used, except to show the upcoming clips, a small blue glowing TV set was used.
On September 26, 2004, a bright colored background was used as the "AFV" letters dropped down as one. The same small blue glowing TV set was used for upcoming clips.
On October 2, 2005, the blue TV set only glowed when it was zooming in. When it showed the clip, it was normal.
On October 1, 2006, the blue TV set's screen became wider.
On October 7, 2007, the blue TV set sparkled and its hue became lighter. When alternating videos, the screen turned gray at times.
On October 4, 2009, flying stars were added to the bright orange background.
On October 2, 2011, the background screen became blue and green. Also, the past clips in the background were changed to squares.
On October 7, 2012, a silhouetted applauding crowd is shown as the letters "AFV" appear on a flashing blue-lit background. Then, the logo is shown on an overhead camera shot of the set.
When America's Funniest Home Videos celebrated its 25th anniversary on October 12, 2014, the letters "AFV" now appear on a square background with the silhouetted applauding crowd. Now, the logo is silver sparkled with the number 25 next to AFV.
On October 11, 2015, the logo became purple and yellow, and the number 25 was removed.
In the Saget era, the set mainly consisted of a replica of a typical living room, complete with furniture, such as a cabinet, table, lamp, couch, and a TV set. Next to the living room on both sides, there was a giant big screen. In the background, there was a neighborhood skyline.
In the 1989 pilot/special, the set consisted of two large monitors on both sides of the living room. There was also a large monitor in the middle of the living room set. The entrance door was shown on the right side where Bob makes his entrance. There was also a table and chair next to the entrance door. Also, there was no TV set in the living room. The skyline background lights were blue, and there was also a large poster picture of someone filming while the show's logo was at the bottom. The poster sign was also located in the back of the audience area. The wallpaper consisted of blue and white stripes, and the carpet gained a pinkish red color scheme to make the show more audience friendly.
When the show began as a regular series on January 14, 1990, the entrance door was shown on the left side, where Bob makes his entrance at the beginning of the show, and walks out the door at the end of the show, and the TV set featuring the show's logo were added to the furniture of the living room set. The blue and white striped wallpaper was lighter. The large monitor in the middle was removed from the set, and a window was added to the set, leaving the two large monitors on both sides, which also had the show's logo, so that the audience can see the show more studio friendly. The skyline background lights gained a purplish color scheme. The carpet gained a dark blue color scheme, which made the audience more studio friendly. Also, on later episodes of season 2, lampposts were added to the audience area, so that the audience members can see the action.
On September 22, 1991, the blue and white striped wallpaper was removed, and the wallpaper gained a light blue color scheme, with a pattern of dots. The carpet also gained a light blue color scheme, and the window in the middle was smaller. The skyline background lights gained a light blue color scheme, with a sunset reddish gradient color.
On September 20, 1992, the wallpaper was now removed from the set, and the set consisted of three glass windows in the middle, which removed the once picture frames that were on both sides of the window. The skyline background lights gained a lighter color scheme, so that the audience members can see the set more studio friendly.
At the start of the 1996-1997 season, the skyline background lights gained a black color scheme, and the star lights gained a white color scheme. The carpet gained a gray color scheme, and light-up trees were added to the backstage area.
On January 5, 1998, when Daisy Fuentes and John Fugelsang took over as co-hosts, the set consisted of a center stage that has a circle, with the words, "AFV" on it. There are also multi-colored square walls. In addition, there is a big screen behind the center circle stage, which is complete with two staircases on either side. At the top of the stairs, there are a couple of square doors where John and Daisy make their entrances. The audience seating is now left, right, and behind the stage. Also, there are comfy yellow couches and lounge chairs for some audience members to sit in.
In 2001, when Tom Bergeron took over as host, the set consisted of a center stage that has a darker color and has the full words of "America's Funniest Home Videos" in the middle. The audience seating was added to the left, back left, and behind the stage. There was also a cubic-like video screen next to the stage. There was also cylinder-like pillars that glowed purple.
On September 28, 2003, the center stage consisted of lights, and the words "AFV" are put back. The pillars became blue, sometimes other colors for certain occasions. The video wall consisted of a scurvy curvy-like video wall screen. They were also curved light borders that were hanging above the set.
On October 1, 2006, a bar/lounge was added to the front row of the studio audience area. The center stage consisted of an LED screen in the middle. When Tom makes his entrance, he entered via a silhouette wall with lights. By the end of the Bergeron run, a glass was added to the sliding door.
When Alfonso Ribiero took over as host in 2015, the set consisted of a giant LED video cube, complete with a staircase on the side.