Favourite Theme Song

DaleC

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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....
 

Jeff Willis

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Dale, you're a mind-reader
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
 

Scott_F_S

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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).
 

ScottDombrowski

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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)
 

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."
 

Nick Martin

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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.
 

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).
 

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.
 

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)
 

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
 

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.
 

Rob P S

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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
 

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
 

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)
 

Ethan Riley

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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.
 

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.
 

MichelleB

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What a great thread.


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
 

Jeff Willis

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Bob, Mike, thanks for the comments


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?
)
 

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