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Supreme Themes: The 60 Greatest Title Songs of All Time
TvGuide ^ | April 16, 2013

Posted on 04/16/2013 2:58:45 PM PDT by SMGFan

For years TV Guide Magazine has told you what's worth watching, but what about what's worth hearing — over and over again? In the best TV theme songs, lyrics can summarize the backstory or comment on characters, while instrumentals can sell the mood or set the scene. Just try reading this list of shows without getting a few of their songs stuck in your head. 
(Additional reporting by Kevin Schlittenhardt)

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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
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Great list
1 posted on 04/16/2013 2:58:45 PM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

Good list, surprised to not see The Partridge Family theme song there however....


2 posted on 04/16/2013 3:07:19 PM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: SMGFan

No “Barney Miller”? How can the theme to “Barney Miller” not be included?


3 posted on 04/16/2013 3:07:24 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: SMGFan

...or “Nightcourt”.


4 posted on 04/16/2013 3:08:15 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: SMGFan

...or “Taxi”.


5 posted on 04/16/2013 3:09:09 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush

My personal faves were from the Brit shows “The Avengers” and “The Prisoner”.


6 posted on 04/16/2013 3:09:56 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SMGFan
Notably absent is Perry Mason.
7 posted on 04/16/2013 3:10:53 PM PDT by re_nortex
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To: SMGFan

Hawaii 5-0 theme s/b number one. Its been my ringtone for years.


8 posted on 04/16/2013 3:11:03 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: SMGFan

“The Munsters” didn’t make it?


9 posted on 04/16/2013 3:12:55 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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To: gorush

Or Dick Van Dyke Show. :(


10 posted on 04/16/2013 3:13:40 PM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: SMGFan
High Way Patrol.

Like Dragnet, you hear those few opening notes and know exactly what show is coming on!

11 posted on 04/16/2013 3:15:42 PM PDT by llevrok (2013: The USA is in a Cold Civil War.)
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To: llevrok

No Hogan’s Heroes?


12 posted on 04/16/2013 3:16:21 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SMGFan

As long as it’s not MASH.

Depressing song, especially depressing name and lyrics, to the point of agenda pushing. “Suicide Is Painless.”


13 posted on 04/16/2013 3:18:29 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: SMGFan

Bump for later...


14 posted on 04/16/2013 3:19:29 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: SMGFan

The themes from “Taxi” and “WKRP IN Cincinnati” should have been included.


15 posted on 04/16/2013 3:21:04 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: SMGFan

Bonanza, Rawhide, 77 Sunset Strip (kookie,Kookie, lend me your comb).

You are probably all too young to remember any of these.


16 posted on 04/16/2013 3:21:39 PM PDT by heylady (“Sometimes I wish I could be a Democrat and then I remember I have a soul.”( Deb))
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To: SMGFan

17 posted on 04/16/2013 3:23:01 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: SMGFan

Probably watched this show, maybe, once. Love the music though...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWet2qgieVc


18 posted on 04/16/2013 3:23:17 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: llevrok

High Way Patrol.

YES !


19 posted on 04/16/2013 3:24:03 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: SMGFan

Peter Gun


20 posted on 04/16/2013 3:25:08 PM PDT by ohiobushman
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To: SMGFan

Almost forgot, one of my faves...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWE_Z6-TRi4


21 posted on 04/16/2013 3:26:21 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: SMGFan

My all time favorite tv show music was from Adventures In Paradise. Adam Troy and the TiKi. That show made me fall in love with Hawaii.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgYDzoSgRXY


22 posted on 04/16/2013 3:27:12 PM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: SMGFan

No “Magnum, P.I.”?!? No “U.F.O.”? No “Star Trek The Next Generation”? No “Six Million Dollar Man”?

But they include:


- Ally McBeal
- The Big Bang Theory
- Car 54, Where Are You?
- Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Dawson’s Creek
- The Facts of Life
- Family Guy
- The Golden Girls
- Malcolm in the Middle
- Maude
- The Patty Duke Show
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Three’s Company (I had to google it up to remember it)
- Weeds

This list is bunk....


23 posted on 04/16/2013 3:29:15 PM PDT by Yossarian ("All the charm of Nixon. All the competency of Carter." - SF Chronicle comment post on Obama)
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To: SMGFan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIhEpjnaNlo

60’s cartoon show Johnny Quest had a great jazz intro...


24 posted on 04/16/2013 3:33:08 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: SMGFan

No “Howdy Doody” theme song? Maybe the compilers are too young.


25 posted on 04/16/2013 3:35:34 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Yossarian

I love the SpongeBob theme....

Also kudos for SpongeBob for using the old classic NFL Films music in some of their cartoons, like the opening of the Mermaid Man/Barnacle Boy episodes.


26 posted on 04/16/2013 3:35:58 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SMGFan

All in the Family is #1 for me. Others i thought about were The A Team....Knight Rider...Greatest American Hero for me.


27 posted on 04/16/2013 3:43:22 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act - Orwell)
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To: JoeProBono
AITF's closing theme was also good: Roger Kellaway - REMEMBERING YOU.
28 posted on 04/16/2013 3:44:38 PM PDT by re_nortex
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To: SMGFan

RAWHIDE
The Lone effin Ranger (william tell overture)
Sgt freakin Preston (Donna Diana overture)
Navy Log (The Navy Hymn)
Adventures in Paradise
Alcoa Presents (haunting stuff)

The list had Peter Gunn and Green Acres, which is good.


29 posted on 04/16/2013 3:45:22 PM PDT by Migraine
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To: dfwgator

ditto for the drums at the start of Hogan’s as in dragnet and highway patrol. A few notes in and it’s your favorite show!


30 posted on 04/16/2013 3:45:40 PM PDT by llevrok (2013: The USA is in a Cold Civil War.)
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To: Personal Responsibility

I liked the Maude theme as well, mainly because the late, great Donnie Hathaway sang it.


31 posted on 04/16/2013 3:45:47 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SMGFan
My favorite, in terms of story telling and mood...

The Scarecrow Of Romney Marsh (opening theme)

...by the same guys who sang the Ballad of Gilligan's Island, the Wellingtons.

32 posted on 04/16/2013 3:48:52 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: llevrok

Also themes to “Combat!” and “Black Sheep Squadron.”


33 posted on 04/16/2013 3:49:05 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SMGFan

The best...hands down...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAvGUIvQblg


34 posted on 04/16/2013 3:50:54 PM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: Migraine
YES


35 posted on 04/16/2013 3:53:46 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Yossarian

What a bizarre list.


36 posted on 04/16/2013 3:56:19 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: JoeProBono

I like this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq-YeD4L-bg


37 posted on 04/16/2013 4:01:41 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: heylady
Bonanza, Rawhide, 77 Sunset Strip (kookie,Kookie, lend me your comb).

You are probably all too young to remember any of these.

Not me! I remember them all.

38 posted on 04/16/2013 4:03:55 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: SMGFan

How can Mission Impossible not be in the top ten?


39 posted on 04/16/2013 4:04:21 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: trisham
Hi trish!


40 posted on 04/16/2013 4:07:45 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: SMGFan
Montovoni recorded the theme song with his orchestra from The Virginian that was beautiful. Of all of the theme songs, this one was the most dynamic IMO.
41 posted on 04/16/2013 4:08:03 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: JoeProBono

Hi Joe! :)


42 posted on 04/16/2013 4:08:26 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: JoeProBono

Awesome! Lalo Schifrin also composed the theme for “Mannix” and you can’t go wrong with a swinging jazz waltz. I accidentally stumbled across it on Youtube and started watching a few episodes. I guess it was on tv even before Rockford.


43 posted on 04/16/2013 4:12:11 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: SMGFan
My all-time favorite TV theme is If I Could Tell You In My Garden, from (The Voice of Firestone)

Here are some of my other favorites:


44 posted on 04/16/2013 4:18:46 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Migraine

You forgot Funeral March for a Marionette (Alfred Hitchcock)


45 posted on 04/16/2013 4:18:53 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: SMGFan

A couple of war documentary themes

Victory at Sea
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sto3p3eozg8

And who could ever forget the haunting “World at War” theme

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtB9e_Tev0Q


46 posted on 04/16/2013 4:23:32 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Fiji Hill
Erratum: "If I Could Tell You" and "In My Garden" are separate songs, but they were both used as themes for The Voice of Firestone, which started as a radio show in 1928 and then moved to television, where it continued until 1959.
47 posted on 04/16/2013 4:24:10 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: SMGFan

Route 66 and Peter Gunn should be 1 and 2, IMHO, but then I’m a certified Old F*rt.


48 posted on 04/16/2013 4:28:25 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: vetvetdoug

Of all of the theme songs, this one was the most dynamic IMO.

See my post, #18


49 posted on 04/16/2013 4:28:35 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: dfwgator
"Victory at Sea" is definitely one of the best TV show themes.

Another show with great theme music was The Twentieth Century, but in the 1960's, a more insipid version of the music was used.

50 posted on 04/16/2013 4:31:21 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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