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Title: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: Reginald Hudlin on December 04, 2009, 05:24:27 pm
Rawhide
Cheers
MASH
The Jetsons
Get Smart
The Simpsons
30 Rock
The Sopranos
The Prisoner (original series)
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: moor on December 04, 2009, 05:56:17 pm
No Miami Vice?
No Rockford Files?
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: JLI Jesse on December 04, 2009, 06:21:21 pm
All In the Family!

Cheers is certainly up there.

I also dig Knight Rider, A-Team, Hawaii 5-0, Beverley Hillbillies, Brady Bunch, Fresh Prince, Gilligan's Island, Magnum PI, MacGyver...the list goes on and on.
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on December 04, 2009, 07:32:36 pm
Going mad old school:
The Adams Family
Sanford & Son
Ironside
Hicky Burr (the original Cosby Show)
WKRP in Cincinnati
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: BmoreAkuma on December 04, 2009, 07:44:26 pm
All In the Family!

Cheers is certainly up there.

I also dig Knight Rider, A-Team, Hawaii 5-0, Beverley Hillbillies, Brady Bunch, Fresh Prince, Gilligan's Island, Magnum PI, MacGyver...the list goes on and on.
no brainer.
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: Reginald Hudlin on December 04, 2009, 09:31:02 pm
I came back downstairs to add SANFORD & SON
but yeah, HICKY BURR is the sh*t.

also THE MEN by Isaac Hayes...

ADDAMS FAMILY for sure

Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: Catch22 on December 04, 2009, 09:49:59 pm
The Jeffersons
The A-Team
Airwolf
The Office
The X-Files
Batman
Smallville
MacGyver
The Greatest American Hero
Knight Rider
Monday Night Football (the original "Heavy Action" theme)
Hawaii Five-0


I didn't realize how many TV themes songs that I like....I'm sure there are many more, but these are the ones that came to me instantly.
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: Reginald Hudlin on December 04, 2009, 09:54:14 pm
BATMAN!  Damn, the live action Batman show...this is gonna be a long thread.
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: BmoreAkuma on December 04, 2009, 09:58:14 pm
The Jeffersons
The A-Team
Airwolf
The Office
The X-Files
Batman
Smallville
MacGyver
The Greatest American Hero
Knight Rider
Monday Night Football (the original "Heavy Action" theme)
Hawaii Five-0


I didn't realize how many TV themes songs that I like....I'm sure there are many more, but these are the ones that came to me instantly.
as in the animated series? Then yes HELL YES
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on December 05, 2009, 05:45:36 am
Batman! (I was going to add that one, too)
Also,
Spiderman, the original animated series
Green Acres
The Beverly Hillbillies
Pink Panther
Peter Gunn
Perry Mason
Soul Train (take your pick)
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: Reginald Hudlin on December 05, 2009, 06:16:57 am
Gilligan's Island
The Brady Bunch
Petticoat Junction
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Odd Couple

...are all great theme songs that lyrically tell the premise of the series. An especially hard feat to pull off.  Special kudos to the Odd Couple for having the witty dry voice over then the groovy instrumental theme kicks in.
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on December 05, 2009, 06:29:55 am
Gilligan's Island
The Brady Bunch
Petticoat Junction
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Odd Couple

...are all great theme songs that lyrically tell the premise of the series. An especially hard feat to pull off.  Special kudos to the Odd Couple for having the witty dry voice over then the groovy instrumental theme kicks in.
Add Green Acres to that list.
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: Reginald Hudlin on December 05, 2009, 06:31:46 am
Gilligan's Island
The Brady Bunch
Petticoat Junction
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Odd Couple

...are all great theme songs that lyrically tell the premise of the series. An especially hard feat to pull off.  Special kudos to the Odd Couple for having the witty dry voice over then the groovy instrumental theme kicks in.
Add Green Acres to that list.

Oh Hells yeah!
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: JLI Jesse on December 05, 2009, 06:38:43 am
Happy Days
I Dream of Jeanie
Bewitched
Law & Order
Who's the Boss
Perfect Strangers
Quantum Leap
Tales from the Crypt
West Wing
X-Files
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: KIP LEWIS on December 05, 2009, 07:49:35 am
It might be easier to ask: worse TV theme EVAH?
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Post by: zulu801 on December 05, 2009, 09:25:16 am
One of the best TV Theme songs EVAH:

Hill Street Blues
Dallas
Mission Impossible (once had it as ringtone on phone) -
Twilight Zone


honorable mention:  tonight show w/ johnny carson & Arsenio Hall Show (maybe not fair due to these shows had live bands vs recorded songs)
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Post by: Vic Vega on December 05, 2009, 09:27:51 am
Back in the day you two types of theme music: the kind that told you what the show was about."Now listen to the story of a man named Jed-Beverly Hillbillies" and the straight up instrumental.

As far as straight up instrumentals go I can't think of any better than the Peter Gunn theme.

Those late 50's-early 60's joints were pretty cool.

But I have to give the Knight Rider theme special props. It was so good it made you think the show was cooler than it actually was.
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: zulu801 on December 05, 2009, 09:39:03 am
Back in the day you two types of theme music: the kind that told you what the show was about."Now listen to the story of a man named Jed-Beverly Hillbillies" and the straight up instrumental.

As far as straight up instrumentals go I can't think of any better than the Peter Gunn theme.

Those late 50's-early 60's joints were pretty cool.

But I have to give the Knight Rider theme special props. It was so good it made you think the show was cooler than it actually was.

To add to brah Vic statement regarding theme song which told you what the show was about........how in the world could we forget...... Welcome Back Kotter.



Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: Catch22 on December 05, 2009, 04:50:26 pm
I can't believe no one has mentioned Diff'rent Strokes yet! 

" It don't matter what you got
...not a lot, so what...
you got yours, they got theirs and I got mine
....and together we'll be fine...
coz it takes Diff'rent Stroke to rule the world!
HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM"

 ;D


I'm also quite fond of...

Dynasty
Jeopardy
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Star Trek:TNG
SWAT
and the king of all themes Mission Impossible!
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: Marvelous on December 05, 2009, 11:00:19 pm
I think everyone sang The Jeffersons.

Well we're movin on up,
To the east side.
To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Movin on up,
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie.


Fish don't fry in the kitchen;
Beans don't burn on the grill.
Took a whole lotta tryin',
Just to get up that hill.
Now we're up in the big leagues,
Gettin' our turn at bat.
As long as we live, it's you and me baby,
There ain't nothin wrong with that.


Well we're movin on up,
To the east side.
To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Movin on up,
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie.
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: moneyspider on December 05, 2009, 11:40:21 pm
Good Times (opening/closing theme)
One Day At A Time (opening/closing theme)
The Simpsons
Dallas (opening/closing themes)
Knots Landing (opening/closing themes)
Falcon Crest
Barney Miller
The Cosby Show
Remington Steele
Sanford and Son
Macguyver
G.I. Joe
Transformers
ThunderCats
Another World (mid-80's opening/closing theme)
Santa Barbara (opening/closing theme)
Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?
Robot Chicken
Benny Hill
Knight Rider
Miami Vice
Sesame Street
The Muppet Show
The Facts of Life
NYPD Blue
Hill Street Blues
The Pink Panther
Wonder Woman
The Flash (Live Action TV Series)
St. Elsewhere
Star Trek
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Voyager
Roseanne
The Beverly Hillbillies
Gilligan's Island
The Love Boat
Peter Gunn
I Dream of Jeannie
The A-Team
The Jeffersons (opening/closing theme)
Martin (1st season theme)
Growing Pains
Happy Days ("Oh Happy Days" theme)
What's Happening
Speed Racer (opening/closing theme)
The Fall Guy (opening theme and both versions of the closing theme)
Trapper John, M.D.
Webster
Mr. Belvidere
Perfect Strangers
Three's Company
Different Strokes
A Different World (opening/closing themes)
Maude
Gimme A Break
Golden Girls


And that's just for starters!
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: Vic Vega on December 06, 2009, 06:26:04 am
I can't believe no one has mentioned Diff'rent Strokes yet! 

" It don't matter what you got
...not a lot, so what...
you got yours, they got theirs and I got mine
....and together we'll be fine...
coz it takes Diff'rent Stroke to rule the world!
HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM"

 ;D


I'm also quite fond of...

Dynasty
Jeopardy
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Star Trek:TNG
SWAT
and the king of all themes Mission Impossible!

This song and Zulu's pick "Welcome Back" were actually hit singles back in the day.

So was the theme from "Greatest American Hero" another all time great theme song.
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: BmoreAkuma on December 06, 2009, 08:36:42 am



I'm also quite fond of...

Dynasty
Jeopardy
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Star Trek:TNG
Swat Kats ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFd347GnLVs&NR=1[/url])
and the king of all themes Mission Impossible!
Fixed  ;D
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: Magic Wand on December 06, 2009, 09:45:22 pm
I second all of these:

Rawhide
Cheers
Rockford Files
Jeffersons
Good Times
Hawaii Five-0
Sanford and Son
Pink Panther
Peter Gunn
Green Acres
Mission Impossible
One Day at a Time
Batman (I owned the album)

And add:


Daktari
Jonny Quest
The Peanuts
Electric Company
Vegetable Soup
Big Blue Marble
Speed Racer
Baretta
The Wire
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: Marvelous on December 06, 2009, 11:53:54 pm
Spider-Man theme song from the '67 Saturday morning cartoon series.
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: BlackRodimus on December 07, 2009, 05:21:13 am
The ENDING to Jeffersons, with the humming. I love it.

Bionic Six
Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors (and its credits theme)
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: Battle on December 07, 2009, 06:31:04 am
Mod Squad
Mary Tyler Moore Show (season 5)
Gilligan's Island
Quote
The ENDING to Jeffersons, with the humming. I love it.
Peter Gunn
Spider-Man ('67)
The Six Million Dollar Man
Three's Company
Green Acres
Mr. Ed
Schoolhouse Rock
LA Law
A-Team
S.W.A.T.
Sanford & Son
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
The Boondocks (season 1)
The Love Boat
Twilight Zone
I Dream Of Jeannie
The Brady Bunch
The Adventure Of Waldo Kitty
Smallville
The Greatest American Hero
Welcome Back, Kotter
Star Trek: Enterprise
Big Blue Marble
The Great Space Coaster
Electric Company
Hawaii-Five 0
Rockford Files
Cheers
The Price Is Right ('70s)



...Is all I can think right now. :-\
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: Mastrmynd on December 07, 2009, 11:26:58 am
Greatest american hero
Fallguy.

gotta go to work...be back later.
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: Battle on December 09, 2009, 08:54:20 am
ZOOM
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: moor on December 09, 2009, 11:56:09 am
I just noticed, about half of these shows were composed by the same guy.. Mike Post damn near composed most of the shows I watched in the 70's, 80's and 90's!

Forgot to add Sonny Spoon and White Shadow...
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: BmoreAkuma on December 09, 2009, 01:37:08 pm
From looks of this we mind as well say all of tv LOL
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: Vic Vega on December 09, 2009, 08:34:44 pm
The Theme From Courageous Cat.

The closing theme for the Monkees-"In This Generation"

Johnny Rivers Secret Agent Theme-"Secret Agent Man"
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: TripleX on December 13, 2009, 03:24:36 am
Hawaii Five-O and Dallas are my favorites. Most of these aren't in the running for the best, they're just memorable.

Maude
Gimme A Break
Hangin With Mr. Cooper (EnVogue)
Pump It Up (great open too)
Dukes Of Hazzard
The Cosby Show (South Pacific)
Alice
Chico and the Man
Rap City (KRS-One)
Bonanza
Wild Wild West
Moonlighting
Curb Your Enthusiasm (it's impossible to be mad while listening to it)
Looney Tunes (On With the Show This Is It)
Challenge of the Super Friends
Land of the Lost
H.R. Puffinstuff
Banana Splits (tra la la, la la la la)
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: The Dark Wright on December 13, 2009, 02:04:21 pm
Batman! (I was going to add that one, too)
Also,
Spiderman, the original animated series
Green Acres
The Beverly Hillbillies
Pink Panther
Peter Gunn
Perry Mason
Soul Train (take your pick)

Definitely Spider Man the one with the old horns and some noteables...

Mission Impossible
The Green Hornet

and my personal fav..."Now the world don't move to the beat of just one drum..."
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: Princesa on December 13, 2009, 05:45:03 pm
Teen Titans

Star Trek Voyager (so melancholy)

Johnny Quest (that's a good show!)

Soul Train

Smallville
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Post by: Hypestyle on December 14, 2009, 09:13:06 am
I'd like to see rappers sample some of this.. like the barney miller instrumental..  I have a dim memory of somebody sampling "Night Court".. I think it was Cam'ron..
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: TripleX on December 14, 2009, 01:38:13 pm
Cam sampled Magnum PI for "357".
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: The Dark Wright on December 14, 2009, 03:55:04 pm
I'd like to see rappers sample some of this.. like the barney miller instrumental..  I have a dim memory of somebody sampling "Night Court".. I think it was Cam'ron..
Cam sampled Magnum PI for "357".

I don't know if Cam ever did Night Court but he did do Hill Street Blues (they sound very similar), Magnum, yes, and Monday Night Football (Let Me Know)
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: Battle on December 14, 2009, 04:00:05 pm
I'd like to see rappers sample some of this.. like the barney miller instrumental..  I have a dim memory of somebody sampling "Night Court".. I think it was Cam'ron..

Yeah, you're right. I've always wondered why no one caught that but then If you ever heard Positive K's 1st album there is a track called 'Shakin'* that I thought the Barney Miller bassline was thrown in there, but it's not.
That Barney Miller bassline is mean.

Yet,  Cheers was sampled in LL COOL J's 'Clap Your Hands' (which I liked). :)




*I think it's called that
Title: Re: Best TV Theme songs EVAH
Post by: TripleX on December 14, 2009, 05:21:32 pm
You gone make me go to the clothes hamper full of cassetes in my closet and pull out Positive K.