View Full Version : Best TV Theme song

08-31-2001, 01:27 PM
I gotta say my all time favorite is the theme to "Greatest American Hero". Close seconds:

Gary Shandling Show
Patty Duke Show

What's yours?


08-31-2001, 01:28 PM
Murphy Brown

Kilt-wearin' man
08-31-2001, 01:36 PM
Max Headroom
Samurai Jack (the original feature-length episode)
Batman - The Animated Series
Roar (anyone else remember the pseudo-Irish Herc/Xena ripoff? Show sucked but the music was incredible.)

Kilt-wearin' man
08-31-2001, 01:37 PM
The Lone Ranger
The Rifleman
Mission: Impossible
Perry Mason

Why A Duck
08-31-2001, 01:38 PM
Originally posted by dalovindj
I gotta say my all time favorite is the theme to "Greatest American Hero

"Believe it or not, George isn't at home.
Please leave a message at the beep.
I must be out, or I'd pick up the phone.
Where could I be?
Believe it or not, I'm not home."

Freudian Slit
08-31-2001, 01:42 PM
Hmm. Probably "The Jeffersons." :) A theme song that is actually fun to listen to!

But some second place ones:

Tales from the Crypt
Powerpuff Girls

08-31-2001, 01:44 PM
Barney Miller
Good Times

Kilt-wearin' man
08-31-2001, 01:46 PM
I also always liked Night Court's catchy little bass riff.

08-31-2001, 01:51 PM
Same answer I always give when this question comes up: The Rockford Files.

Runner Up: Love is All Around, from the Mary Tyler Moore Show. If it's good enough for Hüsker Dü, it's good enough for me.

08-31-2001, 01:59 PM
I'll admit it. I love the theme song from That 70's Show.

08-31-2001, 01:59 PM
So many themes, so little space . . .

Have Gun--Will Travel

Twilight Zone

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Dr. Who

08-31-2001, 02:05 PM
Flintstones. Meet the Flintstones...

Now get THAT outta yer hedz!

08-31-2001, 02:05 PM
The Sopranos!

08-31-2001, 02:19 PM
Ishould have listed the A-tem too. That one is so much fun.


08-31-2001, 02:23 PM
I'm with Andros.

Dr Who.

As a cranky afterthought. It would sound great on bagpipes too.

08-31-2001, 02:27 PM
Davy, Da-a-a-a-a-a-vy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier!

Runner up: The Addams Family

08-31-2001, 02:39 PM
Lost in Space.

08-31-2001, 02:42 PM
Greastest American Hero... of course.

I mean who could it be? It's just fucking me!

With the A team as a close second and the Simpsons a close third. With Twin Peaks as numbah 4

Jack Batty
08-31-2001, 02:46 PM
Jesse -- that mediocre sit-com that was on NBC for a few years starring {swoon} Christina Applegate.

Tell the truth, I can't really remember exactly how it goes, but I remember thinking how catchy and mainstream it sounded for a TV theme song.

According to Pliny
08-31-2001, 02:52 PM
18 posts! And no mention of Hawaii Five-0???

08-31-2001, 02:56 PM
"Welcome Back Kotter" had a great little ditty that just about anybody could sing along with, even with a rubber hose up your nose...

08-31-2001, 02:58 PM
My favorites in no particular order:
Secret Agent Man
Ultra Man
Twilight Zone
Green Hornet
Lone Ranger
"Five O'Clock World" from Drew Carey
Peter Gunn
The Original Spider-Man Theme

08-31-2001, 05:15 PM
Most of these are before my time, but I like ‘em anyway…

Secret Agent Man
The Monkeys
The Munsters
Andy Griffith
Daniel Boone
Happy Trails
Hawaii Five-O
Mission Impossible

08-31-2001, 05:29 PM
Hawii 5-0 kicked major but, but let's not forget

Route 66
Peter Gunn
The NBC Nightly News theme composed by John Williams used back in the mid-80s. I used to play it to calm my duaghter.

I'd throw in the theme from the old CBS Reports, but since it was "Appalachian Spring" we'll just have to say "adapted from another medium"

08-31-2001, 05:33 PM
I agree with a lot of these (Especially Dr Who. Anyone ever hear the remix by The Timelords?).

Also, Batman Beyond has a cool theme. The opening graphics fit the music very well.

08-31-2001, 05:37 PM
Another vote for "The Jeffersons" theme song. I love that song!

Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor
08-31-2001, 05:40 PM
Battlestar: Galactica
Loved that show. The theme is still is a thrill to listen to. :)

Wonderful instrumental number. Tres cool. :cool:

Peter Gunn
Route 66
What can I say about these that others haven't said better? :cool: :cool: :cool:

This was a PBS documentary series on Space Exploration. It had a grand sound to it. Very nifty.

Hey. All of these are instrumentals.


Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor
08-31-2001, 05:41 PM
Sorry. Route 66 wasn't instrumentals only. :o

08-31-2001, 05:47 PM

Hogan's Heroes (12 and under)

Batman (if you're under 9)

Hawaii Five-O

Jonny Quest

08-31-2001, 05:57 PM
Originally posted by dalovindj
I gotta say my all time favorite is the theme to "Greatest American Hero".

The moment I read the subject line, that was the answer which popped into my mind.

Nothing else comes close. Okay, maybe the theme from The Muppet Show, but... ;)

08-31-2001, 06:06 PM
Inspector Gadget

08-31-2001, 06:08 PM
posted by Kilt-wearin' man:
Batman - The Animated Series
posted by Zoggie:
Tales from the Crypt
posted by Oldscratch:
...and the Simpsons a close third.

Completists could insist that this ranking should include The Flash, Family Dog, Dilbert, the animated Beetlejuice, and Sledge Hammer. And I wouldn't argue with them. Indeed, I would remind them to put Fast Times (the TV version of the Ridgemont High movie) on the list. But now we're not even talking overall quality, just obsession.

Elfman, Mancini, and Mike Post. TV themes in a nutshell. No, people don't rock-out enough to The Rockford Files. But they should.

08-31-2001, 06:58 PM
"The Bill Cosby Show", 1971 or so. Not to be confused with "The Cosby Show" of the 1980s. Great little Quincy Jones gem, and Bill himself warbles the nonsensical lyrics.


08-31-2001, 07:03 PM
Here we go:

"Greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn Acres is the place to beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, Farrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrm living is the life for meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!"

Cheers is pretty cool, too. I'm shocked that nobody's mentioned the best T.V theme song ever - the theme to "All In the Family." Jean Stapleton's voice cracks me up every time I hear it.

08-31-2001, 07:30 PM
Gotta add Magnum PI and the World News Polka.

Politics and foreign wars. All the weather, all the scores.
That's the World News Polka!

Business news from Tokyo. Stuff you saw on Koppel's show
That's the World News Polka!

It's late at night, you're wide awake and you're not wearing pants.
So grab your World News Now mug and everybody dance!...

08-31-2001, 09:51 PM
" . . . I'm livin' on the air in Cincinnati . . . "

Freudian Slit
08-31-2001, 09:56 PM
Oh! The Monkees, how could I have forgotten? Yeah, and I like the "All in the Family" theme song too. Think I have it memorized by now.

Fern Forest
08-31-2001, 09:57 PM
Come on , belt it out with me!

GREEEEN Acres is the place to be.
Farm living is the life for me.
Land spreadin' out so far and wide.
Keep Manhattan just give me that countryside

do do do do do


08-31-2001, 10:04 PM
For pure singalong value I don't think you can do much better than either Gilligan's Island or The Brady Bunch.

The theme from Mannix is nothing but listening pleasure. Lalo Schifrin can incite me to aural orgasms.

Have I shared too much?

Purd Werfect
08-31-2001, 10:13 PM
Malcolm In The Middle
King Of The Hill
Absolutely Fabulous

08-31-2001, 10:21 PM
It used to be One Day At A Time

Well this is it
(this is it)
This is life
The one you get
So go and have a ball...

But lately I'm much more into

Movin' on up
(movin' on up)
To-oo the tah-ah-ah-ah-op
To a deluxe apartment
In the sky-i-i...

08-31-2001, 10:37 PM
Red Dwarf:

It's cold outside, there's no kind of atmosphere
I'm all alone, more or less
Goldfish shoals nibblin' at your toes
Fun, fun, fun in the sun, sun, sun

I want to lie shipwrecked and comatose
Drinking fresh mango juice
Let me fly far away from here
Fun, fun, fun in the sun, sun, sun

Michael Ellis
08-31-2001, 10:43 PM
Red Dwarf
Quatermass and the Pit (1950s BBC Serial later made into a Hammer film)
Kolchak: The Nightstalker (Heck, the rest of the incidental music on that show was good too.)
The Twilight Zone
Monty Python's Flying Circus (Souza's only decent work not played at patriotic gatherings I can think of)
The Prisoner
Blackadder (All the various incarnations)

09-01-2001, 12:36 AM
The best theme songs are those that set up the plot and characters in 30 seconds or so...like the Beverly Hillbillys and such.

And the absolute classic of this genre is MST3K.

Kamino Neko
09-01-2001, 01:08 AM
I agree with most of the ones above that I'm familiar with...

To add (all cartoons....):

Robotech (Don't know why, but I love it)
Astroboy ('Soaring high in the sky, he may be small, but only in size, Astroboy, Astroboy, he is brave and gentle and wise!')
Speed Racer ('Here he comes, here comes Speed Racer, he's a demon on wheels, he's a demon and he's gonna be chacing after someone!')
Samurai Pizza Cats ('Samurai Pizza Caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaats')
3 Friends and Jerry (Just...fits.)

Fern Forest
09-01-2001, 03:50 AM
Originally posted by xanadu
Here we go:
"Greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn Acres is the place to beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, Farrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrm living is the life for meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!"

Wow, I totally didn't see that, and a search of Green turned up nothing! But I am so there with you.

09-01-2001, 04:33 AM
The Loony Tunes theme -duh!
For just plain fun - Peewee's Playhouse
Superchicken - "You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Bkawk!"
Peter Gunn
Have Gun will travel

And you Green Acres fans, While noodling around on the guitar one day (and watching TV) I ended up singing GA to the tune of Henrix's 'Purple Haze". Try it, you'll like it.


09-01-2001, 12:07 PM
OK, I guess I'll be the first to admit it...Ireally like

Just to good ol' boys
Never meanin' no harm
Beats all you ever saw
Been in trouble with the law
Since the day they were born.

I'll go ahead and list Knight Rider and Speed Racer to complete my car trifecta.

Also, loved Babylon5, and the way that it subtly changed each season.

09-01-2001, 12:33 PM
These were some I really loved, also in no particular order:

The original Batman
That Girl
The A-Team
Knight Rider
Hawaii Five-O
Miami Vice
Starsky & Hutch
The Munsters

Ok, I'm quitting now...I could go on for days with this list.

The Bitterdrunk Kid
09-01-2001, 03:29 PM
The Tonight Show, with Johny Carson


Magnum, P.I.

The Simpsons (have you ever thought about how complicated that song really is?)

The Odd Couple

Mission: Impossible

Larry Griffin-Kentzel
09-01-2001, 06:15 PM
Another vote for Hawaii Five-0 (http://www.mjq.net/fiveo/50theme.wav).

(Done by The Ventures, in 5/4 time.)

09-01-2001, 08:10 PM
The Simpsons!

09-01-2001, 08:42 PM
What? Nobody's mentioned Hill Street Blues or Taxi yet?

09-01-2001, 09:15 PM
Caaaawwwl for Super Chicken! Bok Bok Bok Bok

Spiderman (1960's)
L.A. Law

TV time
09-01-2001, 09:17 PM
May I add:

George of the Jungle


Harrigan and Son

Crime Story

And may I echo:


The Lone Ranger

Peter Gunn

Secret Agent

The Muppet Show

and -- Greatest American Hero

09-01-2001, 09:26 PM
Originally posted by Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor
Sorry. Route 66 wasn't instrumentals only. :o

The song Route 66 Bobby Troupe had lyrics, but to my knowledge the theme from the Route 66 series (an entirely different song) was a pure instrumental one, and a nifty piece of late-50s jazz.

09-01-2001, 09:31 PM
The Incredible Hulk...

"Mr. McGee, don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry."


Monday Night Football (pre-Hank)
Match Game

09-01-2001, 09:59 PM
MST3K is hard to beat here. I am not ashamed to say that I know the words to every version of it, and often sing them at random times.

The "Mr. Show with Bob and David" theme is one that I go around humming all day. Now if only HBO and Dakota North would release the DVDs so I can have all the episodes. Rumor has it (straight from David Cross himself!) that they'll be out in time for "Run Ronnie Run"'s release next spring.

The Iron Chef theme is pretty cool too. I think it's actually from Backdraft, though.


Im Dave
09-01-2001, 10:04 PM
I'd have to say The Daily Show.

09-01-2001, 11:42 PM
Another vote for Hawaii Five-O

Also -

Miami Vice
Twin Peaks
Northern Exposure
Chicago Hope
The X-Files
The Sopranos

Freudian Slit
09-01-2001, 11:45 PM
That's My Bush!

He's the president in resident
He's kind of in charge
He's got the whole country singing:
That's my bush!

Life is hard at the price of fame
When you're president, everyone knows your name
Hey what's that thing?
It's my bush!

I can't believe he's actually in the White House
That's our maaaan...

That's my bush....
Ohhhh, yeaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

Love the "can't believe he's actually in the white house" line. :)

09-02-2001, 07:17 PM
"Riverboat ring your bell
Fairthee well Annabell
Luck is the lady that he loves the best..."
"Maverick is the name"

They just had a "Western" marathon on TVLand last week. The "Maverick" theme song is damned catchy. Also, the tune to "Alias Smith and Jones" (also part of the marathon).

"The Waltons" (composed by Jerry Goldsmith, sigh)
"Now and Again" (nifty sf series just recently screwed over by Sci Fi) has a GREAT theme song. I always made sure I watched the credits - just loved that song.
"Star Trek - Voyager" (Jerry Goldsmith, again. Did you know that "Voyager" won the Emmy instead of "Friends", which it was up against that year? Ha!)
"Farscape" - this theme is starting to grow on me.
Another vote for "Rockford Files".
and, "All in the Family".

09-02-2001, 07:40 PM
In two days, no one's mentioned Car 54 (where are you)?

Does the music to Hockey Night in Canada qualify for this thread? If so, you have your "Best TV Theme Song".

09-02-2001, 08:37 PM
Knight Rider.

The A-Team.

Battlestar Galactica.

Gary Shandling's Show.

Spiderman and His Amazing Friends - really good

Fraggle Rock.


The Muppet Show.

The Incredible Hulk.


The Equaliser.

Oh, how could I forget...


09-02-2001, 08:44 PM
The Benny Hill Show

Buck Rogers

Get Smart

09-02-2001, 08:52 PM
All the ones I can think of are on here somewhere or other, with the possible exception of one: "Millenium."

idiot box
09-02-2001, 08:58 PM
The Love Boat

come aboard, we're expecting you...

and LOVE!!!!!!

can't remember fantasy island, but probably similiarly cheesy. ahh, the seventies...

The Fromesiter
09-02-2001, 10:21 PM
Hrm, got a few that still roll around in my head now and then.

Tour Of Duty
Batman Beyond
Inspector Gadget
The Munsters

09-03-2001, 12:25 PM
the streets of san francisco.

09-03-2001, 08:54 PM
How could y'all leave out The Price Is Right ?!

DAT dat da daaaaaaa,
Dat dat da daaaaaaa,
Da da, da DA DA, da DA DA Da DA dah, dah, dah da daaaaaa,
DAH dah da daaaaaa,
DAH dah da dah, DAAA, daaaaaaaaaa!
Da DAH da DAH da dah, dah da da dah dah, da da dah!

09-03-2001, 09:32 PM
Well, somebody did mention Dallas. I like that one so much, I used to turn on the TV at 8pm just to hear it, then turn off the TV to miss the idiotic show.

Green Acres is the best sing-along, bar none.

And the Bugs & Daffy theme from a few years ago...

(overture, dim the lights, this is it, we'll hit the heights...ya know what hights we'll hit....on with the show this is it!!)

I think this thread got my musical brain seizures going at least as much as the "what song keeps going through your brain" thread over at (I think) MPSIMS...

09-03-2001, 09:48 PM
Bearflag70 wrote:

Buck Rogers
If you were very lucky, you got to see the pilot episode in the movie theaters, where they played the whole theme song with lyrics.

If you only saw it on TV, you got to hear the lyrics to the first verse of the theme song, during the end credits, maybe.

LaToyota Corolla Falana
09-03-2001, 10:09 PM
No music ever got a viewer into a better state of mind for watching a show than the whistling tune for the Mayberry / Andy Griffith Show.

No song ever introduced the viewers to the characters and situtation better than Gilligan's Island.

Rockford Files' theme music is so cool, it's on it's own level.

The theme for M*A*S*H always made me snicker because the lyrics are about suicide.

09-03-2001, 10:10 PM
Six Feet Under

09-03-2001, 10:56 PM
Wait, no one's mentioned Wonder Woman?!!

Wonder Woman! Wonder Woman!
All the world is waiting for you!
And the power you possess.
In your satin tights,
Fighting for your rights
And the old red-white-and-blue!

Wonder Woman! Wonder Woman!
Now the world is ready for you!
And the wonders you can do.
Make a hawk a dove!
Stop a war with love!
Make a liar tell the truth!

(ca 1974 funk-horns-piano)

Wonder Woman! Get us up from under, Wonder Woman!
All our hopes are pinned upon you!
And the magic that you do.
Stop a bullet cold!
Make the axis fold!
Change your mind, and change the world!

Wonder Woman! Your a wonder, Wonder Woman!

One minute and forty seconds at the beginning were better than an entire season's worth of scripts!

What about Alice? I always kinda liked that one, especially when I learned that Linda Lavin (a great actress) sang it herself.

And what about MAUDE, for chrissakes?

That uncompromising, enterprising, anything-but-tranquilizing, right-on Maude!

No Alfred Hitchcock Presents, either?

09-03-2001, 11:04 PM
Originally posted by Lemur866
And the absolute classic of this genre is MST3K.

Indeed. MST3K's theme also deserves consideration for its wonderful ending:

If you're wondering how he eats and breathes,
And other science facts,
Then repeat to yourself, "It's just a show;
I should really just relax!"
For Mystery Science Theater 3000!

And I have to second whoever nominated the Blackadder theme, in all its incarnations.

09-04-2001, 12:24 AM
All right, you asked for it:


Leeeeeeet the time go,
Let the love grow,
Let the rain show'r,
Let the rose flow'r,
Love it conquers, love it binds,
Love it seeks, and ... love it finds!

Come to each other from a diff'rent world,
Drawn to each other by the love inside of us,
Give to each other our diff'rent worlds,
Long as we can do it,
Life'll let us breeze right through it!

Leeeeeeet the time go,
Let the love grow,
Let the rain show'r,
Let the rose flow'r,
Love it conquers, love it binds,
Love it seeks, and ... love it finds!
Oo oo oo oo,
Oooooo, oo oo oo OOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Oooooo, oo oo oo oooooo!
Love it conquers, love it binds,
Love it seeks, and ... love it /
Love it conquers, love it binds,
Love it seeks, and ... love it finds!

09-04-2001, 12:26 AM
OxyMoron wrote:

That uncompromising, enterprising, anything-but-tranquilizing, right-on Maude!
Funny you should mention this, because in Sunnyvale, near where I live, there's a street called Maude Avenue.

Several times while driving somewhere in Sunnyvale, I've had to make a right on Maude!!

09-04-2001, 02:34 AM
"Growing Pains" theme song...

"As Long As We Got Each Other"
by B.J.Thomas and Dusty Springfield
by B.J.Thomas and Jennifer Warnes

#2 Greatest American Hero-
I really wish they would show reruns of that show........

09-04-2001, 01:58 PM
The Jeffersons
All in the Family
Murder, She Wrote
I Love Lucy
Gilligan's Island
Threes Company
Happy Days (the second version, not [i]Rcok Around the Clock)
[i]I Dream of Jeannie
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Green Acers
Green Hornet
Mission Impossible
Mary Tyler Moore
Twilight Zone
Laverne and Shirley
Perry Mason

09-04-2001, 02:03 PM
Here is a few more. I watch too much TV.

[i]Married With Children
L.A. Law
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Addams Family
The Munsters
Space 1999
Dr. Who
Star Trek

09-04-2001, 04:43 PM
Barney Miller (great 70s bass porn style music)
Roseanne (sounds like striptease music)
South Park
Family Guy

yeah, everyone has already mentioned the other themes I was going to suggest ...

Bill H.
09-04-2001, 08:38 PM
I can't believe I'm the first to mention
* Sanford and Son
* The Norm Show (Too Bad)

09-04-2001, 09:17 PM
Originally posted by Mudshark
Star Trek
Okay, quick:

What are the official lyrics to the original Star Trek theme song? And no, this is not a trick question.

You have 30 seconds. Go!

09-04-2001, 11:32 PM
I remember watching Greatest American Hero when I was a kid, but I have no recollection of the theme music. Seeing all the votes for it here makes me wish the Sci-Fi Channel or some other station showed it in re-runs.

But the votes for the ones I can recall are:

Law and Order
Millenium (that short-lived show with Lance Henriksen)
[b]Malcolm in the Middle
L.A. Law
Night Court
All in the Family
Picket Fences
Miami Vice
The Simpsons

09-05-2001, 01:33 AM
Atreyu wrote:

I remember watching Greatest American Hero when I was a kid, but I have no recollection of the theme music.
Let's see if this jogs your memory:

Lookit what's happened to meee-heee,
I can't believe it myself,
Suddenly I'm up on top of the world --
Shoulda been somebody else!

Believe it or not, IIIIII'M walkin' on a-a-air,
I Never thought I could feel so free-heee-heee,
Flyin' away ON A wiiing and a prayer --
Who could it beeeeee?
Believe it or not, it's just me!

09-05-2001, 01:29 PM
Don't forget these immortal lines from the Diff'rent Strokes theme song:

A man is born, he's a man of means
Then along come two, they got nothin' but their jeans

09-05-2001, 01:33 PM
Nobody's mentioned Pinky and the Brain yet?

Or The Animaniacs?

Or Bonanza? Be grateful if you've never heard the cast sing the lyrics. Very painful.

Lil Lurker
09-05-2001, 01:45 PM
I liked Courtship of Eddie's Father:

People, let me tell ya 'bout my best friend. He's a warm-hearted person who loves me to the end-duh

and in the younger years, Sesame Street was a definite favorite.

09-05-2001, 03:22 PM
I add another vote to: Rockford Files
Hawaii 5-0 Welcome Back Kotter; All In The Family
Hogan's Heroes The Muppet Show Starsky and Hutch
The Munster's Magnum PI The Odd Couple
What about Chico and The Man Taxi
Ahhhh nostalgia...

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