A lot of TV shows and movies borrow popular music in their soundtracks, but what musicians do the reverse? I can think of two examples off the top of my head:
Venus Hum - Fighting for Love uses thematic material from Alias (this entire EP was a collaboration with JJ Abrams, natch)
Bliss N Eso - The Dark Tower liberal use of thematic material from Dexter throughout (to great effect, IMHO)
I’m sure there’s at least a half dozen borrowing the X-Files theme, but for the life of me I can’t think of any right now.
Frank Zappa quoted TV themes here and there, including a full-length cover of “The Untouchables.” Among other quotes, he used the “Tonight Show” theme as a leitmotif for New York on "Billy the Mountain; “Twilight Zone” popped up occasionally, notably on “Jesus Thinks You’re a Jerk”; and the version of “The Torture Never Stops” on The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life incorporates “My Three Sons,” “I Love Lucy,” “Bonanza,” and “The Addams Family.”
Eric Burdon and the Animals opened “San Franciscan Nights” with the “Dragnet” theme.
Oh man, that just brought back a memory. When I was in a band decades back, we had a medley we would play in bars. It started with Leave it to Beaver, then go into The Addams Family, then The Munsters, Batman, then… I forget the rest. It actually ended with a real song.
The Radio Birdman song Aloha Steve and Danno has a guitar solo that’s basically a cover of the theme to Hawaii 5-0. The whole song is great. There’s a good live version on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kuvg1TD6CU