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Favourite Theme Song

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by DaleC, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. DaleC

    DaleC Active Member

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    Hey everyone,

    It's been a while since I posted anything on these boards, so I thought I'd start this thread.

    What are some of your favourite TV theme songs.

    Mine are:

    Farscape - It pumps me up every time I hear it
    Babylon 5 (Season 3) - Dark and foreboding theme, gets me into the feel of the season
    The Shield - Harsh and gritty, like the show.
    Friends - Just a plain good song, fits the theme of the show well.
    Tour of Duty - I just like the Rolling Stones
    Knight Rider - Everyone knows it... it's catchy.
    CSI - "Whoooo are you? Who-Who? Who-Who?" .... need I say more?
    Law & Order: SVU - This is the best incarnation of the L&O themesong, IMO

    I'm looking forward to hearing some of yours....
     
  2. Jeff Willis

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    Dale, you're a mind-reader [​IMG] I was thinking about starting this thread.

    Here's mine....

    Action/Drama/SciFi:

    BATTLESTAR GLACTICA (Original)
    BIONIC WOMAN
    COMBAT!
    EARTH 2
    FAMILY - Season 2 thru end of series
    FANTASY ISLAND
    HARDY BOYS/NANCY DREW SEASON 1
    HILL STREET BLUES Season 1
    HOGAN'S HEROES
    MANNIX
    MIKE HAMMER ('80's)
    MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE
    PERRY MASON
    RAWHIDE
    RIFLEMAN
    ROCKFORD FILES
    SECRET AGENT
    SHOGUN MINISERIES
    TIME TUNNEL
    TWILIGHT ZONE SEASON 1
    WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE
    WILD WILD WEST

    Sitcoms:

    BARNEY MILLER Season 1
    BEWITCHED - all seasons
    DICK VAN DYKE SHOW - Season 1 is my favorite version
    FLINTSTONES Season 3 thu end of series
    HAPPY DAYS SEASON 1
    JONNY QUEST (who can forget that giant bird sound?)
    LEAVE IT TO BEAVER 1962 "Jazz" Version
    TAXI
     
  3. Scott_F_S

    Scott_F_S Well-Known Member

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    Favorite original theme: Angel.
    Honorable mention: Buffy.


    Favorite non-original theme: Woke up This Morning (The Sopranos).
    Honorable mention: Save Me (Smallville) (too bad the show sucks).
     
  4. ScottDombrowski

    ScottDombrowski Well-Known Member

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    So many favorites!

    I Love Lucy
    Bewitched
    I Dream Of Jeannie
    The Munsters
    Family Affair
    The Flying Nun
    The Partridge Family (I actually like the first season theme best)
    Roseanne
    That 70s Show
    Magnum P.I.
    Dallas
    The Big Valley
    The Wild, Wild West
    The Six Million Dollar Man
    Little House On The Prairie
    Lost In Space
    Star Trek (all of them though Enterprise is my least favorite)
     
  5. Bob Hug

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    Jeff Willis, you have such a great list of classic TV themes that it's hard to add much to it, but I'm partial to Nelson Riddle's work and would add, at a minimum, the themes from "Route 66" and "Emergency!" to the list. I'm also somewhat surprised that no has yet mentioned one of the most recognizeable television themes of all time, "Bonanza" (guess my age is showing), and everyone in the 1960s was singing and snappin' along with the theme to "The Addams Family."
     
  6. Nicholas Martin

    Nicholas Martin Well-Known Member

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    All time favorite theme: ANGEL

    Very close favorites:

    DS9 (both versions)
    CSI (love it in 5.1 surround)
    Boston Public
    Sliders (all versions except season 1)
    Voyager (the best thing about that show)
    The Simpsons

    To add: I NEVER skip a theme/credit sequence on a DVD.
     
  7. Charles Ellis

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    Well, there's so many, but the best vocal theme of the past 20 years goes like this:

    She was working in a bridal shop in Flushing, Queens,
    'Til her boyfriend kicked her out in one of those crushing scenes
    What was she to do? Where was she to go? She's out on her fanny.

    So over the bridge from Flushing to the Sheffield’s door,
    She was there to sell makeup but the father saw more,
    She had style, she had flair, she was there! That’s how she became The Nanny.

    Who would have guessed that the girl we described
    Was just exactly what the doctor prescribed?

    Now, the father finds her beguiling. (Watch out C.C.!)
    The kids are actually smiling. (Such joie de vivre!)
    She’s the lady in red when everybody else is wearing tan.
    The flashy girl from Flushing- the Nanny named Fran!


    A real throwback to when a sitcom's song told the premise of the show(Gilligan's Island, Green Acres, The Jeffersons, The Brady Bunch, The Beverly Hillbillies. et al).
     
  8. Doug^Ch

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    I would have to add Perry Mason's Theme song to the list. It gets in your head and won't leave.
     
  9. michael_ks

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    So true, provided that by "Secret Agent" he is referring to the Edwin Astley harpischord instrumental and not the Johnny Rivers theme...

    I'll just provide my top ten:

    1. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (Paul Sawtell)
    2. Man in a Suitcase (Ron Grainer)
    3. Secret Agent/Danger Man (Edwin Astley)
    4. The Rifleman - (Herschel Burke Gilbert)
    5. The Prisoner (Ron Grainer)
    6. Jonny Quest (Hoyt Curtain)
    7. The Persuaders! (John Barry)
    8. The High Chapparal (David Rose)
    9. The Virginian (Percy Faith)
    10. The Outer Limits (Dominic Frontiere)
     
  10. Jeff-Wooten

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    I could probably list a hundred favorites, but here are my top fifteen:

    1.The Jeffersons
    2.Mission: Impossible
    3.The Avengers
    4.The Andy Griffith Show
    5.Sanford and Son
    6.The Twilight Zone (Season 1)
    7.Wonder Woman (Season 1)
    8.Animaniacs
    9.Charles in Charge
    10.The Beverly Hillbillies
    11.Doctor Who (mid-1970s)
    12.The Yogi Bear Show
    13.The Facts of Life (Seasons 2-6)
    14.Match Game
    15.Green Acres
     
  11. Bert Greene

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    In recent weeks the "Mannix" theme has been running through my head. I wish it were a sign that it might be coming to dvd soon, but since I totally lack anything remotely resembling psychic powers, I don't put much stock in it. Theme-wise, though, it's hard to beat these two: "Route 66" and "Hawaii Five-O"... both of which I'm also hoping make the dvd grade sometime sooner rather than later.
     
  12. Louis C

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    Uh, we can't leave out "The X-Files"

    Doo doo doo doo doo doo....
     
  13. TravisR

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    I've always loved the theme to Millennium. It's creepy and beautiful at the same time (especially with the visuals of the opening credits).
     
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    Themes:
    Barney Miller
    Night Court
    The Odd Couple
    Taxi
    The Simpsons
    King of the Hill
    Dallas
    The Waltons
    Boomtown
    Sanford and Son
    Dick Van Dyke Show
    Bob Newhart Show
    Newhart
    What's Happening
    Magnum P.I.
    Hawaii Five-O
    That Girl
    Family Feud (old)
    CHiPs
    Hart to Hart
    Quincy
    I Dream of Jeannie
    My Three Sons
    Lou Grant
    Cagney & Lacey
    The Munsters
    Rockford Files

    Songs:
    WKRP in Cincinnati
    The Jeffersons
    Three's Company (with the Ropers)
    Maude
    Cheers
    Mr. Belvedere
    Dukes of Hazzard
    Angie
    Laverne & Shirley
    Greatest American Hero
    BJ and the Bear
    Phyllis
     
  15. Lou Sytsma

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    Jonny Quest
    Mission Impossible
    Rockford Files
    All In The Family
    Twilight Zone
    The Munsters
    Lost In Space
    Leave It To Beaver
    Fireball XL-5
    Hawaii Five-O
    The Invaders
    Nowhere Man
     
  16. Johnny S

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    Long Beach Dub Allstars - Sunny Hours (Joey)
    Sonny Rhodes - Ballad Of Serenity (Firefly)
    Dido - Here With Me (Roswell)
    Darling Violetta - Sanctuary (Angel)
    Elvis Presley - A Little Less Coversation (Las Vegas)
    The Dandy Warhols - We Used To Be Friends (Veronica Mars)
    Love Spit Love - How Soon Is Now? (Charmed)
    Lazlo Bane - Superman (Scrubs)
    The Rembrandts - I'll Be There For You (Friends)
    Nerf Herder - Buffy The Vampire Slayer (BtVS)
    Carole King - Where You Lead (Gilmore Girls)
     
  17. Ethan Riley

    Ethan Riley Well-Known Member

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    Favorite Singables: Get a random group of people drunk at a bar, and I guarantee you at least 85% of them can sing any of these:

    1) The Jeffersons
    2) Green Acres
    3) That Girl (final season)
    4) Laverne & Shirley
    5) All in the Family
    6) Here Come the Brides
    7) Cheers
    8) The Greatest American Hero
    9) Three's Company
    10) The Brady Bunch

    Favorite Overtures:

    1) Falcon Crest
    2) Lost in Space (both versions)
    3) Perry Mason
    4) Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
    5) Bewitched
    6) Star Trek TOS
    7) Dick Van Dyke Show
    8) Desperate Housewives (you know it's brilliant!)
    9) The Simpsons
    10) Battlestar Galactica

    I won't count any shows that used pop songs as "theme" songs. That ain't too creative.
     
  18. Jonathan Kaye

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    Doctor Who. The original 1963 version still holds up today as an amazing piece of pre-synthesiser electronic musique concrète.
     
  19. MichelleB

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    What a great thread. [​IMG]

    Here are my favorite themes songs (in no particular order):

    WHO'S THE BOSS?
    LAW & ORDER
    THE NANNY
    HOUSE
    TAXI
    FRIENDS
    GOLDEN GIRLS
    THE MUPPET SHOW
    FRAGGLE ROCK
    CONVICTION
     
  20. Jeff Willis

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    Bob, Mike, thanks for the comments [​IMG]

    Mike, actually I was thinking about the "Johnny Rivers" USA theme to "Secret Agent" when I posted that list but I love that harpischord instrumental intro in the S.A. eps. (Ain't that S.A. Megaset a great collectors item? [​IMG] )
     

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