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Your Favorite TV Themes/Songs

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Richard V, Jun 6, 2014.

  1. Richard V

    Richard V Well-Known Member

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    Sooooo many to choose from. I'll just start it off with some of my favorites:

    The Time Tunnel
    Lawman
    The Rifleman
    Lost in Space
    Johnny Quest (Original)
    Star Trek:DS9
     
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    Cheers
    Psych
    Diff'rent Strokes
    Everwood
    How I Met Your Mother
    Friday Night Lights
    ER
    Twin Peaks
    Mad About You
     
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    For me: DR. KILDARETWELVE O'CLOCK HIGHTHE PATTY DUKE SHOWTHE ADDAMS FAMILYTHE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOWBEWITCHED
     
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    Gunsmoke
    How The West Was Won
    Cheyenne
    The Fugitive
    Harry O
    Bourbon Street Beat
     
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    Here's my best narrowed-down list:

    My #1 remains the Combat! S1 opening. That "pre-intro" always places this in the top spot. I'd rate the S2-5 openings after other themes though.



    The rest aren't in any order, all too close to choose a #2,3,4, etc.


    Westerns:

    Wild Wild West S1 opening.




    The Rifleman's almost immortal in my list. Memories of coming home from school to watch this one.



    SItcoms:

    There are 2 that are far and away my favorites, with "Donna Reed S1" being a recent discovery. It's too close to call between the iconic "Bewitched" S1 opener and Donna Reed S1.



    I'm not a "phone ringer" fan but this opening changed that :). By far my favorite season opener in this series.



    SciFi:

    No contest for #1.



    A close 2nd, is TOS Season 1 intro. I'm not really a "Trekkie" by definition but S1's opening is in the immortal class, imo, in classic TV openings. Everyone's heard "Space... the final frontier..."



    M:I S1 opening, the best in the series for me.



    Mannix, the "piano" theme. My favorite by far of the detective shows.



    Mike Hammer 50's: This one's short but I love that trumpet...played one long ago.



    Animation: I'm not a big collector of cartoons so I only have a couple but they're hig on my overall theme list.

    Jonny Quest. That pterodactyl sound, 60's kid cartoon timeless.



    This one's on my timeless list....

    [font="'Times New Roman';font-size:10pt"]♪[font="Arial;font-size:10pt"]♫[font="'Times New Roman';font-size:10pt"] [/font]Flintstones
    Meet the Flintstones
    They're the modern stone age family
    From the town of Bedrock
    They're a page right of history[/font][/font]
    Let's ride with the family down the street
    Through the courtesy of Fred's two feet

    When you're with the Flintstones
    you'll have a yabba dabba doo time
    a dabba doo time

    You'll have a gay old time [font="'Times New Roman';font-size:10pt"]♪[font="Arial;font-size:10pt"]♫[/font][/font]

     
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    I've thought about starting this type of thread dozens of times, but have never followed through because I love TV theme songs in general (I've got a massive collection) and it would probably be a venture in futility. Heck, it would be easier for me to list the themes I don't like. And no matter how I categorize them in my mind it's still just a massive list. I could never narrow it down to just a few. I'll come back later, time permitting, and list some of them.


    Gary "great idea, Richard - this thread should get some nice traction" O.
     
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    Favorite Vocal Theme:



    Favorite Instrumental Theme:

     
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    A few instrumentals from the Detective/Mystery/Crime genre that I really like:

    A longer version of the theme from Probe and Search, by the great Dominic Frontiere




    The NBC Sunday Mystery Movie theme by another great, Henry Mancini




    Hawaii Five-0




    Gary "great responses already" O.
     
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    "Branded" has to appear in this list at some point, this is as good a time as any to mention it.
     
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    Hawaii Five-O
    Mission Impossible
    Miami Vice
    Star Trek: TNG (only because it's Goldsmith's theme from ST:TMP)
    The Rockford Files
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
     
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    Examples no particular order, some shows had slightly altered arrangements even new themes over the years. Harry O The WaltonsThe MississippiDelvecchio
    The Persuaders
    Tenspeed and Brown ShoeWKRP in CincinnatiMagnum, P.I.
    Van der Valk
    The Fall Guy
    The Protectors
    Simon & Simon
    Bonanza
    Sierra
    The Invisible Man (1975)
    Hill Street Blues
    Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law
    Greatest American Hero
    Tales of the Unexpected (UK)
    Thriller (UK)
    Kojak
    The A-Team
    The Adventurer
    Baretta (Sammy)
    The AvengersMcCloud
    M.A.S.H.



















     
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    And in my category of "Best Forgotten 60's-70's Theme", Jerry Goldsmith's Room 222:

    Well, Johnny Williams' Irwin Allen days have a little bit of contest--Mostly from Lost in Space S3:

    Certainly the best vintage action-animated theme, although 80's pop-lore insists on #2:

    Nice to see somebody finally mentioned it: :D
     
  13. Richard V

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    From the world of law enforcement;




     
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    Going only with themes written originally for TV (so that lets out The Odd Couple, M*A*S*H and other film adaptations that used the original themes):

    Bewitched
    Hawaii Five-0
    I Dream of Jeannie
    Mannix
    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

    My runners-up would be The Waltons and The Wild Wild West
     
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    I miss shows with theme songs that gave first-time viewers the premise of the show in a nutshell:

    GILLIGAN'S ISLAND
    THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES
    PETTICOAT JUNCTION
    GREEN ACRES
    THE BRADY BUNCH
    F TROOP
    THE PRUITTS OF SOUTHAMPTON
    IT'S ABOUT TIME
    THE REAL McCOYS
    LOVE AMERICAN STYLE

    Funny how the most memorable ones for me are all from the sixties.
     
  16. BobO'Link

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    I'm pretty much in the same boat with Gary OS in that it'd be easier to list those I don't much care for. I like theme songs on shows I don't even like (the Lear sitcoms are some). Like Rob_Ray I also very much like those which set up the show premis. So... that said, here are a few in no particular order:

    The Bob Newhart Show
    Newhart
    Batman
    The Long Ranger
    Bewitched
    I Dream of Jeannie
    The Flintstones
    Jonny Quest
    The Adventures of Superman
    F Troop
    The Munsters
    The Addams Family
    Star Trek: TOS
    Star Trek: TNG
    All in the Family
    The Jeffersons
    The Time Tunnel
    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
    The Adventures of Robin Hood
    The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
    The Wild Wild West
    The Rat Patrol
    Fawlty Towers
    Soap
    Hogan's Heroes
    The Beverly Hillbillies
    Green Acres
    The Mary Tyler Moore Show
    The Dick VanDyke Show
    Murder She Wrote
    Maverick
    The Rockford Files
    I Love Lucy
    Perry Mason
    Rawhide
    Peter Gunn
    In Search Of
    Bonanza
    Lost in Space
    The Twilight Zone
    The Outer Limits
    Leave it to Beaver
    The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
    Cheers
    Get Smart
    Only Fools and Horses
    'Allo, 'Allo
    Two's Company
    Moonlighting
    The Monkees
    The Partridge Family
    Lovejoy
    Nightcourt
    Rawhide
    The Bugs Bunny Show
    George of the Jungle
    The Jetsons
    Super Chicken
    Dudley Dooright of the Mounties
    Fractured Fairy Tales
    The Patty Duke Show
    Get Smart
    Mission Impossible
    The Carol Burnet Show
    The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
    Mister Ed
    The Avengers
    Car 54 Where Are You?
    Danger Man
    Danger Mouse
    I Spy
    The Invaders
    Pinky and the Brain

    And many, many more!
     
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    Little House on the Prairie is my favorite. For about 10 years, the intro theme has been the startup tune on my PC and the end credits play when I shut it down. :)
     
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    Wow, Howie gets my vote for most devoted theme song enthusiast with that list! Great job.

    Here's some that I've got on my computer and Ipod:

    Adventures of Gulliver
    The Alvin Show
    American Bandstand
    Angie ("Different Worlds")
    Batman (60's)
    Batman TAS (a fantastic theme and score that hit the mood of the Dark Knight perfectly, imho)
    Barnaby Jones
    Beverly Hillbillies
    Buck Rogers
    Daniel Boone (especially the 6th season jazzy version)
    Dick Van Dyke Show (1st season was my favorite)
    Doctor Who (many different versions - I like them all)
    Ducktales (okay, don't make fun - it's a neat theme)
    Fall Guy
    Family Ties
    Father Knows Best
    Flintstones (1st season in particular)
    The Fugitive
    Great Space Coaster
    Greatest American Hero (how can that not be on everyone's list?) :D
    Green Acres
    Green Hornet
    Growing Pains
    Gunsmoke
    Happy Days (S1 in particular)
    Harlem Globetrotters (HB cartoon - excellent songs throughout the episodes as well)
    Hello Larry
    Herculoids
    Hey Dude
    In the Heat of the Night
    It's Your Move (this needs to be released on dvd)
    Jonny Quest (I've got all the incidental music from the series)
    Justice League & Justice League Unlimited
    King of the Hill
    Knight Rider
    Kojak
    Land of the Lost (ending credits are even better)
    Lassie (can cause me to tear up quick for some reason)
    Leave it to Beaver (the last season's jazzy theme was the best)
    Little House on the Prairie
    Lobo
    Logan's Run
    Lost Saucer
    Lost in Space (I too prefer the 3rd season opener)
    Love American Style (love the ending instrumental theme)
    Mickey Mouse Club (both the 50's and 70's versions)
    Munsters
    Odd Couple
    Partridge Family
    Patty Duke Show
    Quincy
    6 Million Dollar Man
    7th Heaven (both opening and closing themes are nice)
    Sigmund and the Seamonsters
    Smallville
    Space Ghost
    Speed Buggy
    SpiderMan (60's cartoon)
    Star Trek
    Star Trek: Enterprise
    Still the Beaver
    S.W.A.T.
    Switch (the later theme, not the first one)
    Tarzan (Ron Ely series)
    Tennessee Tuxedo
    That Girl (last season jazzy theme the best)
    Underdog
    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
    Wonder Years
    Wild Kingdom

    Okay, I've got stop. That's just a sampling and I've still left off a ton of favorites.


    Gary "too vast a topic - but I love it" O. :)
     
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    Bionic Woman
    Bewitched
    Get Smart
    Dynasty
    Dallas
    McMillan & Wife
    Brand New Life
    Resurrection
    Working The Engels
    Less Than Kind
    Grand
    Haven
    Maybe It's Me (both versions)
    The Big Valley
    Brotherly Love
    Life Goes On
    The Munsters
    Once And Again
    Cher - 2nd season theme
    Peaceable Kingdom
    Petticoat Junction
    Sabrina The Teenage Witch - seasons 4, 5 & 6 themes
    7th Heaven
    Year In The Life - both versions
    Space 1990 - season 2
    Young Riders
    Awakening Land miniseries theme
    Fresno (1985) miniseries theme



    Family
    Hart To Hart
     
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    Sabrina, The Teenage Witch (S4)Sweet Valley HighNYPD BlueInspector GadgetSpider-Man (1994-98)New York UndercoverThe Parent'HoodElectra-Woman and Dyna-GyrlParty of FiveThe PracticeDharma and GregMad About YouThe Fresh-Prince of Bel-AirBaywatchThe Puzzle PlaceHome ImprovementBoy Meets WorldSaved By The BellCity GuysHang TimeOne World PopularBeverly Hills, 90210Models Inc.BarneyThe TickX-Men: TASPecola
     

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