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Nick Martin
02-12-07, 03:48 AM
I'm wondering which themes are ones you never get tired of, and perhaps even sing/hum along to it even after hearing it a thousand times.

This isn't a favorites thread, but a spinoff of the 'most annoying' theme thread.

For example:

As a song, I can't stand "We Used to be Friends" - used as the Veronica Mars theme. However, the song was such a perfect match for the first two seasons, I would never skip it, despite not liking it. I think it's because avoiding that song would make the show seem incomplete somehow. Weird, but there it is.

Themes I never tire of hearing regardless of liking/disliking them are:

CSI:
CSI: Miami (what would Caruso's one-liners be without that scream? )
CSI: NY
ANGEL
Dawson's Creek - for the same reasons as Veronica Mars
Married...With Children
CBS News and all its variations ('cause I'm a James Horner nut)
Deep Space Nine (I must have heard this a million+ times by now, too)

JP5683
02-12-07, 05:09 AM
Munsters
Diff'rent Strokes
Silver Spoons
Perfect Strangers
Family Ties
Punky Brewster

FinkPish
02-12-07, 05:15 AM
One of my favorites is the opening theme for Millenium (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_8m6x3n-zo)

chrisih8u
02-12-07, 05:23 AM
The Shield

Frenzy
02-12-07, 06:04 AM
Cheers

nemein
02-12-07, 06:36 AM
Firefly, I was really disappointed when they didn't use it in the movie :(

Anubis2005X
02-12-07, 06:39 AM
Angel, hands down. Sometimes I'll watch the opening credits twice cause I love the music so much...

movieking
02-12-07, 07:15 AM
Even though it was one of the most overplayed songs of the year when it was finally released as a single, I have never gotten tired of the Friends theme. Even now when I hear it, I'll listen to it all the way through.

starman9000
02-12-07, 07:20 AM
Cheers
Futurama
Monday Night Football
The Office (UK)
Scrubs
Stargate
The full song from 2 1/2 Men (never watch this show, but try to tune it to see if they do the full song)

kenbuzz
02-12-07, 07:50 AM
Firefly, I was really disappointed when they didn't use it in the movie :(They did, in the end credits, as an instrumental.

Why no love for the greatest TV theme of all time - "It's Garry Shandling's Show" - I LOVED singing along....This is the theme to Garry's Show,
The theme to Garry's Show.
Garry called me up and asked if I would write his theme song.
I'm almost halfway finished,
How do you like it so far,
How do you like the theme to Garry's Show.

This is the theme to Garry's Show,
The opening theme to Garry's Show.
This is the music that you hear as you watch the credits.
We're almost to the part of where I start to whistle.
Then we'll watch "It's Garry Shandling's Show".

This was the theme to Garry Shandling's show.

Snowmaker
02-12-07, 08:02 AM
Sledge Hammer
Quantum Leap
X-Files (always gotta whistle along)

JHosk
02-12-07, 08:10 AM
This is going back a few years, but I always enjoyed the Airwolf theme music....especially when they went around blowing sh*t up.

cmcbruins
02-12-07, 08:15 AM
Well Saved By The Bell. I know very sad to like this.

On the other hand THE WONDER YEARS!!! Great song and show!!

GradVT06
02-12-07, 08:55 AM
I really like the theme music for CBS's NFL broadcasts. It's written by E.S. Posthumus who has one album out and has supposedly been working on another one that was supposed to come out last year. Almost all instrumental soundtrack type music. Their music is used on dozens of movie trailers and one of their songs is the theme song for Cold Case on CBS.

Doughboy
02-12-07, 09:22 AM
Why no love for the greatest TV theme of all time - "It's Garry Shandling's Show" - I LOVED singing along....


The whistling was the best part.:)


Another vote for Firefly. I was caught off guard when I first heard it. But after watching the show, it fit perfectly.

Charlie Goose
02-12-07, 09:32 AM
M*A*S*H
The Sopranos
Family Guy
All in the Family

mdc3000
02-12-07, 09:35 AM
Scrubs
The Sopranos

and more recently, only because I think it's kind of terrible, the newish opening theme to What About Brian.

j123vt_99
02-12-07, 09:38 AM
Sanford and Son

Minor Threat
02-12-07, 09:51 AM
The Simpsons
Knight Rider

pinata242
02-12-07, 10:01 AM
Most of them have been mentioned but, as a big TMBG fan, I can't let Malcolm in the Middle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pti6pDYxDx4) get no love!

Dr. Henry Jones, Jr.
02-12-07, 10:05 AM
West Wing
Office UK

Giantrobo
02-12-07, 10:31 AM
One Day at a Time. :up:

Upbeat, cheery, fun, and great to sing along with. You can't hear it and not wanna get up and boogie. :D





This is it. This is it.
This is life, the one you get
So go and have a ball.

This is it. This is it
Straight ahead and rest assured
You can’t be sure at all.

So while you’re here enjoy the view
Keep on doing what you do
So hold on tight we'll muddle through
One day at a time, One day at a time.

So up on your feet. Up on your feet
Somewhere there’s music playing.
Don’t you worry none
We’ll just take it like it comes.

One day at a time, one day at a time.
One day at a time, one day at a time.
One day at a time, one day at a time.
One day at a time, one day at a time.

driv3
02-12-07, 10:39 AM
house

TimeandTide
02-12-07, 10:40 AM
Robotech (my all-time favorite theme song)
The Shield
Firefly
Teen Titans
G.I. Joe

fernsita
02-12-07, 10:48 AM
married with children
law and order
the office

Nefarious
02-12-07, 10:54 AM
The Sopranos
The Wire (love how they used a variation of the same song each season. S4 was my favorite rendition).
Deadwood
The Office UK
Scrubs
Extras (I love the use of Tea for Tillerman in the closing credts)
Gilmore Girls (my wife and kids love it...personally, not so much).

Contrastly, I can't stand the theme for Rome.

kvrdave
02-12-07, 11:02 AM
Sanford and Son


The only one I would mention, as well.

ruddiger_718
02-12-07, 11:09 AM
The Office (both)
Perfect Strangers
Futurama
The Simpsons

Rockmjd23
02-12-07, 11:10 AM
Aqua Teen Hunger Force

movie diva
02-12-07, 11:15 AM
Mission Impossible
Perry Mason ( the old one)

Chip718
02-12-07, 11:34 AM
I love the Monk theme by Randy Newman

Drop
02-12-07, 11:35 AM
The Adventures of Pete and Pete - Hey Sandy by Polaris. Hell, that whole album is fantastic.

vegasbaby
02-12-07, 11:46 AM
mary tyler moore show
greatest american hero
welcome back kotter

Jadzia
02-12-07, 11:46 AM
Boston Public
Twin Peaks
DS9
Buffy
Firefly
Veronica Mars (this season's re-mixed version)
Angel
L.A. Law
Dawson's Creek
Jack & Bobby (loved that opening)

Ayre
02-12-07, 11:53 AM
Dawson's Creek
The 4400
Battlestar Galactica (new)

Sweet Baby James
02-12-07, 11:58 AM
Mission Impossible
Perry Mason ( the old one)
:up:

Also, add Hawaii Five-O to that list.

I also quite like several Anime theme songs(Cowboy Bebop and many others).

Palaver
02-12-07, 12:06 PM
Doctor Who

Meglos
02-12-07, 12:13 PM
Doctor Who

Seconded.

Also, The Equalizer.

tommyp007
02-12-07, 12:27 PM
NYPD Blue
Law and Order
Miami Vice
X-Files
Sanford and Son

netopian
02-12-07, 12:43 PM
When I was a kid I liked the theme of St. Elsewhere, Charlie's Angels, Star Trek, Greatest American Hero, Golden Girls, Mission Impossible, Sledge Hammer, Hawaii Five O

Recently: Charmed, CSI, CSI Miami, House, ER

Nick Martin
02-12-07, 12:53 PM
Boston Public
Twin Peaks
DS9
Buffy
Firefly
Veronica Mars (this season's re-mixed version)
Angel
L.A. Law
Dawson's Creek
Jack & Bobby (loved that opening)

You and I have similar tastes, though I've never heard the Jack & Bobby theme.

I LOVE L.A. Law, even though I never watched the show.

Ayre
02-12-07, 12:56 PM
... though I've never heard the Jack & Bobby theme.
Jack & Bobby theme was from the movie The Patriot.

The visuals have a lot to do with the success of the theme. In the case of Jack & Bobby the visual cues of signing a presidential document to a young Bobby signing his homework, really worked with the instrumental music.

bralph
02-12-07, 01:08 PM
Contrastly, I can't stand the theme for Rome.

Amen! Fortunately it's exactly three 30 second skips to get to the show, so I never hear any of it.

shumway
02-12-07, 01:27 PM
The Office
How I met Your Mother
The Simpsons
Smallville (I'm tired of it, but my kids still love to sing along to it when they hear it, though, as they're all under 10 we generally don't let any of them watch it)

Shannon Nutt
02-12-07, 01:29 PM
The Prisoner (Best Opening Theme EVER!)
Welcome Back Kotter
Dallas
Tales of the Gold Monkey (if you can remember it, it was great!)

Damfino
02-12-07, 01:32 PM
Firefly, I was really disappointed when they didn't use it in the movie :(

:thumbsup: ditto.

they just don't write them like they used to. here are some of my favorites from the 60s...

The Addams Family
Gilligan's Island
Green Acres
The Patty Duke Show
Bonanza (Lorne Greene even cut a vocal version of this & it's a hoot!)

superdeluxe
02-12-07, 01:44 PM
X-files forever.

rkndkn
02-12-07, 01:46 PM
For example:

As a song, I can't stand "We Used to be Friends" - used as the Veronica Mars theme. However, the song was such a perfect match for the first two seasons, I would never skip it, despite not liking it. I think it's because avoiding that song would make the show seem incomplete somehow. Weird, but there it is.



Weird -- We Used to be Friends is the first thing that popped into my mind. I only know it as the theme from "VM", and I MUST listen to it, too. I do like it, though -- at least in that brief version with the show.

I'll be catching up with S3 on DVD eventually -- did they change the song for S3, so do they still use it but it didn't seem "a perfect match" anymore?

Bronkster
02-12-07, 01:49 PM
Firefly, I was really disappointed when they didn't use it in the movie :(
This was the only DVD TV set I let the theme play each time.

Palaver
02-12-07, 02:06 PM
One Day at a Time. :up:

Upbeat, cheery, fun, and great to sing along with.


This is it. This is it.
This is life, the one you get
So go and have a ball.

This is it. This is it
Straight ahead and rest assured
You can’t be sure at all.

So while you’re here enjoy the view
Keep on doing what you do
So hold on tight we'll muddle through
One day at a time, One day at a time.

So up on your feet. Up on your feet
Somewhere there’s music playing.
Don’t you worry none
We’ll just take it like it comes.

One day at a time, one day at a time.
One day at a time, one day at a time.
One day at a time, one day at a time.
One day at a time, one day at a time.

Thanks for posting the lyrics. I was never clear on the bolded part.

zekeburger1979
02-12-07, 02:15 PM
Weird -- We Used to be Friends is the first thing that popped into my mind. I only know it as the theme from "VM", and I MUST listen to it, too. I do like it, though -- at least in that brief version with the show.

I'll be catching up with S3 on DVD eventually -- did they change the song for S3, so do they still use it but it didn't seem "a perfect match" anymore?

They re-mixed it for season 3 to match the new noir-ish visuals. I like it, but prefer the old mix.

Other faves:

Simpsons
Family Guy
Futurama
American Dad
The West Wing
Family Ties
Friends
Buffy: TVS
Entourage
Sopranos
Six Feet Under
House

Septemberbaby
02-12-07, 02:33 PM
H O M E F R O N T

Great song to the best tv show ever produced. Ever.

Sung by Jack Sheldon:

You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between

You've got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium's
Liable to walk upon the scene

To illustrate my last remark
Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark
What did they do just when everything looked so dark?

(Man, they said "We'd better accentuate the positive")
("Eliminate the negative")
("And latch on to the affirmative")
Don't mess with Mister In-Between (No!)
Don't mess with Mister In-Between

(Ya got to spread joy up to the maximum)
(Bring gloom down to the minimum)
(Have faith or pandemonium's)
(Liable to walk upon the scene)

You got to ac (yes, yes) -cent-tchu-ate the positive
Eliminate (yes, yes) the negative
And latch (yes, yes) on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between
No, don't mess with Mister In-Between

the big train
02-12-07, 02:45 PM
Hill Street Blues
Charles in Charge
Cheers
Friends
Happy Days
How I Met Your Mother
L.A. Law
MacGyver
Magnum, P.I.
Melrose Place
Miami Vice
Mission: Impossible
Picket Fences
Sanfornd and Son
Scrubs
Seaquest DSV
Sports Night
Star Trek: Voyager
The Amazing Race
The Cape
The Commish
The Golden Girls
The Greatest American Hero
The Jeffersons
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Wonder Years

Rockmjd23
02-12-07, 02:45 PM
X Files

Jadzia
02-12-07, 03:07 PM
H O M E F R O N T

Great song to the best tv show ever produced. Ever.


Forgot about that one.

:up:

Giantrobo
02-12-07, 03:09 PM
Thanks for posting the lyrics. I was never clear on the bolded part.

Same here I was confused for many years. :lol:

I added a "One Day at a Times" mp3 link to the original post.

Giantrobo
02-12-07, 03:15 PM
Find your favorite Classic TV Show theme.

http://www.melaman2.com/tvshows/

Let me add some other favorites to my list thanks to that TV Classics site. Some of these are cool because they have a definate 70's flavor that's not corny:

"Angie"
"Barney Miller"... I learned how to play the Bass lick for this one. :up:
"Battlestar Galactica" (OG series)
"Benny Hill" :up:
"Emergency"...duh duh daahhh, duh duh dahhhh!
"Police Woman"

"SWAT" <-- da shit :up:

antennaball
02-12-07, 03:18 PM
Tru Calling

Eplicon
02-12-07, 03:21 PM
The Bionic Woman
The Incredible Hulk (end title)
The Mission (NBC News Theme)
Peter Gunn
Star Trek: TOS (season two with the woman's wordless vocal)
S.W.A.T.

UAIOE
02-12-07, 03:42 PM
house

So you enjoy the song "Teardrop" by Massive Attack?

Rockmjd23
02-12-07, 04:22 PM
super mario bros super show

SPiRAL
02-12-07, 04:30 PM
What's Happening
Sanford and Son
Gilmore Girls
Entourage
Sopranos

karoomba
02-12-07, 05:00 PM
A-Team - my all time favourite

Also some cartoons:

Transformers
TMNT (80's/90's)
G.I. Joe
C.O.P.S.

hardercore
02-12-07, 05:15 PM
The only TV themes I truly never get tired of hearing are Locke's theme and "Life and Death" on LOST.

theedge
02-12-07, 06:41 PM
I like the theme to Las Vegas...tho it was a song before a theme....It is the only one I don't really fast forward through...that and maybe Scrubs.

nateman
02-13-07, 12:37 AM
-King of Queens (the ending, during the credits is good also)
-Reba (season 1 theme, season 5-6 theme-i didn't care for the theme through seasons 2-4)
-Scrubs
-Las Vegas (both the "little less conversation" vr. & the DVD/Europe vr.)
-ER (do,do,do..i can't believe they don't play it anymore)
-Newsradio
-Will & Grace
-Boomtown
-Heist (if someone can tell me the name of that song it would be great cause i loved it)
-nypd:Blue
-Law & Order series (all 3 vr., there all a bit different but there all good)
-The Simpsons (im just starting to get tired of it but it was so good for so long that it deserves a nod)

&
probally more that i can't remember.

SexualPudding
02-13-07, 02:22 AM
Big Love
Sopranos
Wonder Years
Miami Vice
Freaks and Geeks

cerulean
02-13-07, 02:53 AM
I like the theme songs that explained the premise of the show.

Gilligan's Island
The Brady Bunch
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
etc.

SunMonkey
02-13-07, 08:11 AM
Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Cheers
Futurama
X-Files
Tales from the Crypt

The Pittsburgh Penguins TV broadcast theme :)

reverie
02-13-07, 09:49 AM
Firefly (one of the best themes tied to a series)
Six Feet Under
Smallville (what can I say, it's catchy)
Also a big fan of Danny Elfman, so the handful he's done are nifty (only two coming to mind presently are "Deparate Housewives" and "Simpsons").

And I also agree with "Boss Of Me", but I've never seen 'Malcolm In The Middle' ;)

Quatermass
02-13-07, 10:58 AM
Hawaii Five-0 <--best opening credits ever
SWAT
Starsky and Hutch

Deadpool
02-13-07, 11:09 AM
Hill Street Blues
The Wonder Years
Sanford and Son
The Batman/Superman Adventures
Batman TAS
Naruto - Haruka Kanata
The Transformers
The A Team
Justice League

All of this is spread throughout "My Top Rated" list on my ipod. People always ask "where did you get...from?"

Nick Danger
02-13-07, 11:10 AM
Hawaii Five-O
Route 66
Twilight Zone
Peter Gunn
The Prisoner
X-Files
Barney Miller
Batman
Misson Impossible

I think that TV theme songs got worse when they stopped using horn sections.

aktick
02-13-07, 11:30 AM
Smallville
How I Met Your Mother
Veronica Mars
Lost (short and sweet, baby :p )

turborobb
02-13-07, 12:11 PM
Doctor Who
and The original Battlestar Galactica

jeffkjoe
02-13-07, 12:35 PM
Come and knock on our door
We've been waitin' for you

Match
02-13-07, 11:50 PM
M.A.S.K. http://youtube.com/watch?v=M0BzBFWt8V8
Automan
A-Team
Knight Rider
Baywatch
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Happy Days (Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock)
Quantum Leap

Lone Wolf
02-14-07, 11:19 AM
Married with Children
All in the Family - I love this one

Kittydreamer
02-14-07, 11:22 AM
Veronica Mars :up:

Sweet Baby James
02-14-07, 11:37 AM
Another awesome 50's theme-

Peter Gunn

Thos19
02-14-07, 12:06 PM
Rat Patrol

(showing my age, here...) :D

Thos.

starman9000
02-14-07, 12:24 PM
Almost forgot a fave, King of the Hill (the refreshments)

LorenzoL
02-14-07, 01:20 PM
"Benny Hill" :up:
"SWAT"
The Benny Hill theme song is my all time favorite. I also like the following:
- Family Ties
- Wonder Years
- CSI Las Vegas
- A-Team
- Miami Vice

porieux
02-14-07, 04:36 PM
Wow no mention yet of The Rockford Files.

One of the best themes ever!

LivingINClip
02-15-07, 03:50 AM
No love for the animated classic known as 'Batman: The Animated Series'? Shirley Walkers' theme was excellent and I don't think any other animated series has ever even came close to such a theme...

With that said..

Married with Children
CSI NY

Those are the only two live action TV shows that I can think of.

RichardW
02-15-07, 10:32 AM
Angel
Buffy
The Office

kenbuzz
02-15-07, 10:39 AM
Click to hear a "One Day at a Time" mp3 (http://home.comcast.net/~linkman00/tv/One_Day_At_A_Time.mp3) Got one for "It's Garry Shandling's Show"??? It's not enough that the theme is taking over my brain now that I've thought of it - I need to infect my coworkers as well....

kenbuzz
02-15-07, 10:56 AM
Just thought of a couple more:

The Avengers: link (http://home.comcast.net/~millenniumbiz3/tv/Avengers.mp3)
Doctor Who: link (http://home.comcast.net/~millenniumbiz3/tv/Doctor_Who.mp3) (and I like the current update even better )
Greatest American Hero: link (http://home.comcast.net/~millenniumbiz3/tv/Greatest_American_Hero.mp3)
:up: Hawaii Five-O: link (http://home.comcast.net/~millenniumbiz3/tv/Hawaii_Five-O.mp3)
The Prisoner: link (http://home.comcast.net/~linkman00/tv/Prisoner.mp3)
:up: WKRP In Cincinnati: link (http://home.comcast.net/~linkman00/tv/WKRP_In_Cincinnati.mp3)

darkhawk
06-07-09, 08:20 PM
Theme songs
1. The Greatest American Hero
2. The Love Boat
3. WKRP in Cincinnati
4. Laverne & Shirley
5. Welcome Back Kotter
6. Star Trek: Enterprise
7. Cheers
8. Mary Tyler Moore Show
9. Friends
10. Zorro (1990-93)

Theme Music
1. Quantum Leap
2. M*A*S*H
3. Hogan's Heroes
4. The A-Team
5. Mission Impossible

Animated
1. Phineas and Ferb
2. Fat Albert
3. Family Guy
4. The Bugs Bunny Show
5. Scooby Doo (year 1 and 2)
6. Duck Tales
7. Chip N Dale's Rescue Rangers
8. Darkwing Duck
9. Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?
10. M.A.S.K.


Two-and-half Men is good but too short

Straker
06-07-09, 09:20 PM
Three Dave Grusin gems:

It Takes A Thief (Esp. Season 3)
The Bold Ones (Seasons 2-3)
The Name Of The Game

Also:

Run For Your Life (Pete Rugolo)
UFO (Barry Gray)
The Avengers (Laurie Johnson)
The Tudors (Trevor Morris)

Navinabob
06-07-09, 09:37 PM
Greatest American Hero
Perfect Strangers
Cheers
A-Team
Hulk (closing theme)
The GI Joe the Movie Theme song
Gummy Bears
Ducktales
FLCL
Quantum Leap
Rescue Me
Wonder Years
Tour of Duty

Navinabob
06-07-09, 09:38 PM
Weeds! Feel lame for forgetting that one...

LickTheABCs
06-07-09, 09:45 PM
This (http://www.televisiontunes.com/index.php) is a great site that has all the theme songs on it.

nightwing82
06-07-09, 10:03 PM
Theme songs:
Big Bang Theory
How I Met Your Mother
Friends
Frasier
Party of Five
Saved by the Bell
Family Matters
Perfect Strangers
Mary Tyler Moore
Blossom
Who's the Boss
Power Rangers
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego

Theme music:
Roseanne
90210
Roseanne
Matlock
Diagnosis Murder
Hunter
People's Court
Get Smart
Saturday Night Live
Doogie Howser
Lois & Clark
Newhart


Animation:
Inspector Gadget
Tiny Toons
Justice League Unlimited
Heathcliff
MASK
He-Man
She-Ra
Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors
Pokemon
Duck Tales
David the Gnome
Darkwing Duck
Captain Planet
Sealab 2021
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
GI Joe (movie version)

Numes
06-07-09, 10:05 PM
I saw this (resurrected) thread and as I started reading through the pages, I realized that I can't think of a TV show theme (for shows I am a fan of) that I don't enjoy hearing over and over.

A few rise to the top:
Quantum Leap
Ducktales
Deep Space Nine
M*A*S*H
The Office (UK)
Welcome Back Kotter
Firefly
The X-Files
Millennium
The Rockford Files

After thinking about it a little more, I guess there are a few themes that I am not a fan of: The Facts of Life (but I didn't really like that show anyways,) American Dad gets a little old after a while, and I was never a fan of the Stargate: Atlantis opening.

CaptainMarvel
06-07-09, 10:40 PM
Rescue Me

This. That's the only theme song from a tv show I ever downloaded, and I listen to it on a regular basis on my exercise playlist.

7Keys
06-07-09, 11:07 PM
No love for the animated classic known as 'Batman: The Animated Series'?

That's my favorite opening. The music and animation are both great. I never noticed that there was no text during opening until I was listening to one of the extra features.

Never get tried of hearing:
Different Strokes - I haven't seen this show in a long, long time but always liked the theme song.
Cosby Show (last season) - I just finished up watching the last season on dvd and like the music (horns and drums standout).
X Files - good sound effects and I like the whistling.

superdeluxe
06-07-09, 11:10 PM
X-files

hasslein
06-07-09, 11:37 PM
Three great animated themes not mentioned yet (unless I missed them somewhere)

Battle of the Planets
Johnny Quest
Return to the Planet of the Apes

Mike86
06-08-09, 01:14 AM
Cheers
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Six Feet Under
Arrested Development (End Credits)
Batman: The Animated Series
Dexter
All in the Family
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (80's cartoon)

davidh777
06-08-09, 01:48 AM
Firefly
Smallville
Cowboy Bebop

mphtrilogy
06-08-09, 08:23 AM
Rockford Files, MASH, CHEERS, Andy Griffith, Dick Van Dyke, MNF

chino77
06-08-09, 08:42 AM
perfect strangers. i actually downloaded it on napster back in the day.

Barry Woodward
06-08-09, 09:05 AM
The Adventures Of Brisco County Jr.
Angel
The Avengers
Battlestar Galactica
Big Love
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Carnivàle
Dead Like Me
Deadwood
Dexter
Dollhouse
Doogie Howser, M.D.
Farscape
Firefly
Freaks And Geeks
Friends
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
Gilmore Girls
The IT Crowd
La Femme Nikita
MacGyver
Mad Men
M*A*S*H
My So-Called Life
Nip/Tuck
The O.C.
The Office (UK)
The Office (US)
Peep Show
The Prisoner
Profit
Quantum Leap
Rescue Me
The Rockford Files
Saved By The Bell
The Shield
The Simpsons
Six Feet Under
Sons Of Anarchy
The Sopranos
True Blood
The Twilight Zone
Twin Peaks
Veronica Mars
The West Wing
The Wire
The X-Files

Michael Corvin
06-08-09, 09:21 AM
Here's a baker's dozen of my faves. I'm leaving off the Beatles (Wonder Years), the Who (CSIs) and the Monkees since those were actual songs. I did leave Veronica Mars though since it's not as famous. I couldn't find ER, which would certainly make the list, so in no particular order:
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meshershark
06-08-09, 09:48 AM
original Battlestar Galactica
Greatest American Hero
Smallville
Rescue Me
4400
How I Met Your Mother

Also, a shout out to the DVD menu music for season one of Skins.

pinata242
06-08-09, 10:00 AM
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Travis McClain
06-08-09, 10:08 AM
Funny; I just added all seven volumes of the Television's Greatest Hits compilations to my iTunes library overnight. Looking over those, plus the few TV theme collections I already had, I'm a fan of:

Cheers ("Where Everybody Knows Your Name") - The greatest TV sitcom should have the greatest TV theme song. And it does.

The Golden Girls ("Thank You for Being a Friend")
The Dukes of Hazzard ("Good Ol' Boys")
Magnum, P.I.
Dallas
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
Batman (1966)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Patty Duke Show
The Tick (animated)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Untouchables (1990s)
Welcome Back, Kotter

Gooter
06-08-09, 10:10 AM
The Office (US)
The Greatest American Hero ... Believe it or not, I'm walking on air! Still get goose bumps when I hear that song. Loved this show when I was a kid.

WallyOPD
06-08-09, 10:10 AM
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
Boomtown
Firefly
Airwolf
West Wing

arthur_kahn
06-08-09, 10:26 AM
Definitely "Sopranos". In fact, anytime I see that HBO static-y opening, I can't help but start humming the opening of this show directly after.

Bluelitespecial
06-08-09, 10:46 AM
I can't believe no has mentioned the theme for Friday Night Lights. I love it everytime I hear it on each episode, and the dvd menus.

pinata242
06-08-09, 10:47 AM
Post 112, meet post 105.

I can't believe no has mentioned the theme for Friday Night Lights. I love it everytime I hear it on each episode, and the dvd menus.

Here's a baker's dozen of my faves. I'm leaving off the Beatles (Wonder Years), the Who (CSIs) and the Monkees since those were actual songs. I did leave Veronica Mars though since it's not as famous. I couldn't find ER, which would certainly make the list, so in no particular order:
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Travis McClain
06-08-09, 12:21 PM
I can't believe no has mentioned the theme for Friday Night Lights. I love it everytime I hear it on each episode, and the dvd menus.

Hard for me to mention the theme for a show that has never appeared on my TV. Sorry.

Moopher
06-08-09, 02:13 PM
Not too many, most themes are just lame.

Order of Favorites:

True Blood
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Battlestar Galactica (Re-imagined)
Firefly
House
Veronica Mars

Michael Corvin
06-08-09, 02:49 PM
Hard for me to mention the theme for a show that has never appeared on my TV. Sorry.

You're doing it wrong.

Nick Martin
06-08-09, 04:28 PM
Remember, this is NOT a 'favorite themes' thread.

From my opening post:


This isn't a favorites thread, but a spinoff of the 'most annoying' theme thread.

For example:

As a song, I can't stand "We Used to be Friends" - used as the Veronica Mars theme. However, the song was such a perfect match for the first two seasons, I would never skip it, despite not liking it. I think it's because avoiding that song would make the show seem incomplete somehow. Weird, but there it is.


Dawson's Creek, Married...With Children, The O.C. are just a few theme songs (oddly enough they are all real songs on their own) that I don't like but never skipped for the same reason.

Obviously you wouldn't skip a favorite theme, but this isn't that.

pezsoup
06-08-09, 05:16 PM
Highlander
Night Court
Jack of All Trades
The Adventures of Pete and Pete
Angel
Firefly
Perfect Strangers
Sopranos
Mystery Science Theatre 3000
Ducktales

wishbone
06-08-09, 05:26 PM
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A modified theme for Toonami on Cartoon Network. Wish the quality was better...

FatTony
06-08-09, 06:40 PM
CHUCK! I was just thinking the other night how well that song fits the show and I never skip it, despite the fact that I really don't care for Cake.

I'm surprised at all the love for the Firefly theme. I actually wrote the show off early on because of how awful I thought the theme song was. Luckily, I went back to the series and have watched the whole thing numerous times, but I always skip the opening credits because of the song. To each their own, I suppose.

Michael Corvin
06-08-09, 09:48 PM
It took me a few episodes for the Firefly theme to grow on me. I forgot about Chuck, Cake rules, but falls into that 'real song' category.

Rockmjd23
06-08-09, 09:51 PM
Enterprise

ok not really

Michael Corvin
06-08-09, 09:52 PM
Remember, this is NOT a 'favorite themes' thread.


Here's a baker's dozen of my <s>faves</s> themes I never get tired of hearing.

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RKillgore
06-08-09, 10:21 PM
For those that mentioned Futurama, I present French electronica artist Pierre Henry's "Psyché Rock" from 1967.

AOqfWj0HqNE

I think it's a testament to the greatness of The Prisoner that it's a three minute title sequence and theme and I watch it every time.

Edited to replace video, bad sound.

OldBoy
10-22-10, 12:00 PM
Doogie Howser, M.D. ...after watching the awesome reruns on the Hub and never fast forwarding the titles bc of the theme, just put it as my new ringtone. also, love the SNL Digital Short with NPH.

Mikael79
10-22-10, 12:01 PM
Welcome Back Kotter is #1 on my list.

Thos19
10-22-10, 12:09 PM
Psych (long version)

Thos.

Groucho
10-22-10, 12:14 PM
Thanks to RKillgore for fixing the link! Much better...

islandclaws
10-22-10, 12:15 PM
Twin Peaks

MrSmearkase
10-22-10, 12:27 PM
Doogie Howser, M.D. ...after watching the awesome reruns on the Hub and never fast forwarding the titles bc of the theme, just put it as my new ringtone.

Since you mentioned Doogie Howser, let me ask something that has been bothering me about that show.

For being such a brilliant teenager that was able to complete medical school at a young age, why the fuck is he such a slow typist?

OldBoy
10-22-10, 12:44 PM
Since you mentioned Doogie Howser, let me ask something that has been bothering me about that show.

For being such a brilliant teenager that was able to complete medical school at a young age, why the fuck is he such a slow typist?

you stay up nights with that one do ya ;)

Groucho
10-22-10, 12:57 PM
Since you mentioned Doogie Howser, let me ask something that has been bothering me about that show.

For being such a brilliant teenager that was able to complete medical school at a young age, why the fuck is he such a slow typist?There's a seminar on this very topic at the next Doogie Howser fan convention. I'm actually on the panel, and highly recommend that you check it out.

resinrats
10-22-10, 12:58 PM
you stay up nights with that one do ya ;)

At least it isn't wondering why Uncle Phil didn't pick Will up at the airport. :D

MrSmearkase
10-22-10, 12:59 PM
you stay up nights with that one do ya ;)

There's a seminar on this very topic at the next Doogie Howser fan convention. I'm actually on the panel, and highly recommend that you check it out.

Seriously though, watch the cursor next time you see him typing on his computer. It is pretty obvious the boy genius is hen-pecking the keys.

OldBoy
10-22-10, 02:35 PM
it's the sentimental hook of the show and the audience needs to read as he's typing and oh yeah, it's a tv show about a boy who graduated Princeton at 10 and became an M.D. at 16!

Navinabob
10-22-10, 02:39 PM
it's the sentimental hook of the show and the audience needs to read as he's typing and oh yeah, it's a tv show about a boy who graduated Princeton at 10 and became an M.D. at 16!

Not impossible... My good friend graduated UC Santa Cruz with a Math degree at that age and was courted by Stanford to attend there (he went back to Jr. High instead so he'd have something close to a regular childhood).

Navinabob
10-22-10, 02:40 PM
Has anyone mentioned the theme song to The Fall Guy yet? That was always a damn fine tune for me.

That'sAllFolks
10-22-10, 04:48 PM
Psych (long version)

Thos.

Easily, my favorite ... I would probably buy the single.

Batman (1966)
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
M*A*S*H
Six Feet Under
Star Trek TOS
True Blood

and I'm surprise no one has mentioned:
Hawaii Five-O (my all-time other favorite)


Honorable Mention:
Friends
Greatest American Hero
Newhart
Office (US)
Mary Tyler Moore Show


..
Cosby Show (last season) - I just finished up watching the last season on dvd and like the music (horns and drums standout).
,,,.

I like the Cosby Show, but he comes across like a pompous ass in the opening credits.

Theme songs:
...
Frasier
...

I took me a while to figure out the meaning of the lyrics to that song.

Mikael79
10-22-10, 04:54 PM
and I'm surprise no one has mentioned:
Hawaii Five-O (my all-time other favorite)

I'm bored at work, so I found that it was mentioned in posts 40, 71, 73 & 88.

:)

movie diva
10-22-10, 05:10 PM
Hawaii Five-O
Mission Impossible
Addams Family

MrSmearkase
10-22-10, 05:17 PM
Not impossible... My good friend graduated UC Santa Cruz with a Math degree at that age and was courted by Stanford to attend there (he went back to Jr. High instead so he'd have something close to a regular childhood).

Exactly! And I bet he typed faster than Doogie, right?

Timber
10-22-10, 05:18 PM
BTVS
True Blood
The O.C.
Veronica Mars

Navinabob
10-22-10, 05:40 PM
Exactly! And I bet he typed faster than Doogie, right?

My 80 year old mom still on AOL dial-up types faster then him.

nickdawgy
10-23-10, 03:29 AM
Most of them have been mentioned but, as a big TMBG fan, I can't let Malcolm in the Middle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pti6pDYxDx4) get no love!

:up:

Michael Corvin
10-23-10, 03:45 AM
Psych (long version)


I just finished the first season and would have to say Psych is one of my least favorites. Does the theme change after season one?

Nicholas Vargo
10-23-10, 04:21 AM
I love TV Themes. My all-time favorite one is one that hasn't even been mentioned yet. It's the old school HBO Feature Presentation music used from 1983-mid 1997. Don't you just feel like you're about to watch a great movie every time you see this?

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I will also give another vote for the It's Garry Shandling's Show Theme. So perfect.

Same goes with:
Malcolm in the Middle ("Boss of Me")
Cheers ("Where Everybody Knows Your Name")
Night Court
The Adventures of Pete & Pete ("Hey Sandy")
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

Three other themes I love that have not been mentioned yet are:

Family Matters ("As Days Go By" perfectly compliments that series)
Step by Step (Say what you will about that show, but the theme is simply terrific)
and
The synthesizer "Joepardy!" theme used from 1984-1997. That theme not only gave that show its intelligence but also reminded viewers that it could be a lot of fun as well (I detest the current version of the theme that is used now. Yes, it sounds intelligent, but it takes away the reminder of fun that the old theme promises).

Mike86
10-23-10, 08:37 AM
Cheers (the extended version)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (the extended version)
Batman: The Animated Series
Six Feet Under
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Seinfeld
Late Night/Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien

For some reason I tend to like instrumental themes more than themes with lyrics. I think the Craig Ferguson theme is my number one played song in my iTunes though haha

JANK
10-23-10, 09:10 AM
SIX FEET UNDER !!!
Carnivale
Millenium
Twin Peaks
X-Files
Outer Limits
Twilight Zone

Jedi Master 33
10-23-10, 11:51 AM
Psych

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Scooby Doo

0_C2HJvtRDY

Baron Of Hell
10-23-10, 12:26 PM
Just from the stuff i am currently watching

The Wire - though I liked some versions more than others
True Blood - Heck I sing along sometimes
Full Metal Alchemist Broothood - I know animes like to change themes. they are still playing the original at the point I am at.

OldBoy
10-23-10, 12:37 PM
Exactly! And I bet he typed faster than Doogie, right?

http://www.christopherroller.com/Images/GotIssues.png

superdeluxe
10-23-10, 12:38 PM
X-files

dad1153
10-23-10, 03:13 PM
Never get tired of hearing these, EVER: (audio links below in no particular order)

The Secret World of Alex Mack (http://www.televisiontunes.com/Secret_World_of_Alex_Mack_-_Season_2_-_Credits_-_New_Kid_In_Town_(The).html) - The King... I mean, Queen! :)
The Sopranos (http://www.televisiontunes.com/Sopranos.html).
Sailor Moon (Moonlight Densetsu) (http://www.televisiontunes.com/Sailor_Moon_-_Moonlight_Densetsu_-_TV_Size.html).
Dexter (http://www.televisiontunes.com/Dexter.html) (intro theme but also the haunting closing credits theme (http://www.televisiontunes.com/Dexter_-_Ending.html)).
Mazinger Z (http://www.televisiontunes.com/Mazinger_Z_-_Intro_(Extended_Instrumental).html) (dig them horns!).
Late Night with David Letterman (http://www.televisiontunes.com/Late_Night_with_David_Letterman_-_NBC.html) (NBC).
The Tracey Ullman Show (http://www.televisiontunes.com/Tracey_Ullman_Show_-_Extended_(The).html) (also dig the instrumental version (http://www.televisiontunes.com/Tracey_Ullman_Show_-_Credits_-_Instrumental_(The).html)).
Kids in the Hall (http://www.televisiontunes.com/Kids_in_the_Hall_-_Ending.html).
Transformers (http://www.televisiontunes.com/Transformers_-_Season_2.html) (G1 2nd season).
The Hitchhiker (http://www.televisiontunes.com/Hitchhiker_(The).html) (closing credits too (http://www.televisiontunes.com/Hitchhiker_-_Ending_(The).html)).
Eyewitness (http://www.televisiontunes.com/Eyewitness.html) (BBC).
Law & Order: Trial By Jury/Criminal Intent (http://www.televisiontunes.com/Law_and_Order_-_Criminal_Intent_-_Post_2007.html) (S7).
MST3K: All Seasons (http://www.televisiontunes.com/Eyewitness.html) (Intro Remix) and the Love Theme (http://www.televisiontunes.com/Mystery_Science_Theater_3000_-_Ending.html) too.

Go HERE (http://www.televisiontunes.com/index.php) if you want to lose yourself for hours listening to all kinds of TV music. More to come.

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