Opening Music Edit
- In the 1989 pilot/special, an instrumental version of "The Funny Things You Do" was 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 in the 1989 pilot/special.
- In the 1996-97 season, the theme 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 seasons 1-7.
- On January 5, 1998, the theme was changed back to an instrumental version, featuring a horn section, and an electric guitar, and no lyrics were used.
- On October 11, 2015, the theme was rerecorded with the same horn section, the electric guitar was removed and replaced with piano and saxophone parts. The 2015 theme combined "The Funny Things You Do" with the 1998-2001 theme.
Opening Titles Edit
- 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.
- 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.
- In 1997, 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 effects have changed to red, white, and blue streamers, and white confetti. Followed by the show's logo again.
- 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 types 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.
Saget Era Edit
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. In between the living room on each side, there was a giant big screen. In the background, there was a neighborhood skyline.
- In the 1989 pilot, the two big screens on either side of the living room were mostly bulk-squared. There was also a big screen in the middle inside the living room set. The door was on the right side instead of left where Bob makes his entrance. There was also a table and chair near the 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 words, "America's Funniest Home Videos" were at the bottom. The poster sign was also located in the back of the audience area. The wallpaper of the living room set had blue and white stripes, and the carpet was a pinkish red.
- When the show began as a regular series on January 14, 1990, the door was shown on the left instead of right, and the TV set was added to the furniture of the living room set. The table and chair set was removed. The blue and white striped wallpaper became lighter. The third big screen in the middle was gone, and a window was added to the set, leaving the two big screens left on either side. The screens were also less bulky. The skyline background lights are now a purple blueish mix. The carpet is dark blue instead of pinkish red, and the posters were gone.
- On September 22, 1991, the blue and white striped wallpaper was gone, and the wallpaper became light blue, and a pattern of dots were added. The carpet became light blue, and the window in the middle became smaller. The skyline background lights became light blue with a sunset reddish color. Also, six lamp posts, three on each side, were added to the audience area, so that the audience members can see it more visible.
- On September 20, 1992, the walls became more revealing, and the dotted wallpaper was gone. There are now three glass windows in the middle, which removed the picture frames that were on either side of the windows. The skyline background lights became lighter, and the sunset reddish color was removed from the set. By the end of the Saget era, the skyline background lights became black, and the star lights became white. The carpet became gray, and lit up trees were added to the backstage area.
Fuentes/Fugelsang Era Edit
On January 5, 1998, when Daisy Fuentes and John Fugelsang became 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.
Bergeron Era Edit
- 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 swurvy 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 Bergeron's era, a glass was added to the sliding door.
Ribiero Era Edit
When Alfonso Ribiero replaced Tom Bergeron as host in 2015, the set consisted of a giant LED video cube, complete with a staircase on the side.