What are some of TV's greatest opening themes -- music, credits?
TV''s Greatest Opening Themes?
|by Anonymous||reply 157||05/23/2013|
Soap had the most creative ones.
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The opening theme for "Tombstone Territory."%0D %0D Whistle me up a memory...
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Mary Tyler Moore, The Golden Girls (long version), The Brady Bunch (use of windows), Hawaii 5-0 (the original), Magnum P.I., Designing Women, Family Matters, Step by Step, Laverne & Shirley, Bewitched.
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Claire Yarlett. Now there's a blast from the past.
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True Blood- Bad Things by Jace Everett
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There was a thread about this very theme with an amazing 100+ response so it should be in the running
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Cheers, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart (with Suzanne Pleshette), The Greatest American Hero.
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Bewitched (especially now that it's a commercial), The Twilight Zone, and The Addams Family are themes that most people of any age can identify.
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One of the best themes of all times, "Doctor Who"
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The Doctor Who Themes 1963 - 2010 (Every Doctor Who Theme)
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"Are You Being Served"
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If I had to vote ...
All four Treks, especially Voyager.
And the one that always made me get excited...
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Hill Street Blues%0D %0D St. Elsewhere
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|by Anonymous||reply 17||05/20/2011|
"It's a Living"
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The Sopranos opening always reminded me of some 80's Goth two-hit wonder I could never remember the name of
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I loved the theme to "The Wire" but have to say I fast forwarded through Tom Waits' version in Season 2. I love Tom Waits but something about the way he sang this song made me want to vomit. Maybe that was what he was going for.
I don't know the artist who sang the version in Season 1 was it was perfect
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The Rockford Files
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Hill Street Blues
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Star Wars (TV Series) opening theme.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||05/20/2011|
I guess we should also mention the worst -
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Sanford & Son
There are a lot of 70's shows mentioned here, is it that the music was better or is it just nostalgia?
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The alternative national anthem, the opening theme to any Peanuts special:
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|by Anonymous||reply 28||05/20/2011|
The theme to the Wild, Wild West.
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%0D John Williams is responsible for some of the best:%0D LOST IN SPACE (first version)%0D LAND OF THE GIANTS (both versions)%0D THE TIME TUNNEL%0D %0D Also:%0D PEYTON PLACE (based on the Waxman theme from the movie)%0D FAMILY%0D SCARECROW AND MRS. KING%0D 12 O'CLOCK HIGH%0D THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR (love that hornpipe and the counter-line)%0D LIGHTS OUT%0D %0D More as I think of them....
|by Anonymous||reply 30||05/20/2011|
No, the worst has got to be the idiotic non-theme of SOUTHLAND, a show I love but what an awful, moronic theme!
|by Anonymous||reply 31||05/20/2011|
*M*A*S*H particularly for its lyrics, not present in R28's link. And interesting denial in the comments about how the theme is "better without the lyrics"
It's fucking bleak!
|by Anonymous||reply 32||05/20/2011|
Wasn't "Suicide is Painless" written by Altman's son?
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Big Love (final season)
The Amazing Race
That Girl (1st and 2nd season)
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It's a Living, but I can't seem to find the alternate of Making a Living which they changed it to for some unknown reason. And this theme song is edited a bit, because the ending used to be, 'with no misgivings, it's a living....' They were SO brassy!
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Though I prefer "The Addams Family" over "The Munsters", I like the "Munsters" theme song better:
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Scratching and Surviving
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My favorite TV show, Miami Vice.
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All In The Family
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R28 here, I personally think "Suicide is Painless" is much better with lyrics. Those people comment on the youtube video that its better without the lyrics have obviously never really listened to the words. If they had they would know its a very well written song lyrically.
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I think "It's a Living" was from when it was on network TV and "Making A Living" was from it's syndication run
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A hot dog makes her loose control
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The Jeffersons Theme - Jeff Barry
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GET SMART - Irving SzathMARY!
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|by Anonymous||reply 47||05/20/2011|
The really sad thing is that they don't do opening themes at all anymore. It pissed me off big time when I watched the pilot of Law&Order LA and didn't find an opening theme. Made me hate the show right from the start. A TV show needs to have an opening theme. It's like business card where they quickly introduce the styling and atmosphere of the show. In this regard I think Dallas did a great job. Not just the theme music. Visually the title was great too.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||05/20/2011|
The Doris Day Show%0D %0D and another vote for True Blood although some of those pictures used creep me out. Like the lettering though for the credits.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||05/21/2011|
I like the opening for LAW & ORDER UK.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||05/21/2011|
Pardon me, but what about "Maude"
|by Anonymous||reply 51||05/21/2011|
Brideshead Reviisited, Jeeves & Wooster & That Girl
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What, are none of you gay? It's Wonder Woman of course!
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The clear winner:
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Bow down bitches!
|by Anonymous||reply 56||05/21/2011|
This one. By far.
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Law & Order
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I always loved the faux hornpipe of THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR.
I also thought Edward Mulhare was gorgeous!
|by Anonymous||reply 59||05/21/2011|
Six Million Dollar Man!
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Room 222. Love the music.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||05/21/2011|
The Courtship of Eddies' Father
|by Anonymous||reply 62||05/21/2011|
Agree that Twin Peaks and I Claudius were the best. For me, this one is hands down the worst. I hated everything about this show-- from Linda Lavin and Polly Holliday's hammy over-emoting to Philip McKeon's face. Gah!
|by Anonymous||reply 63||05/21/2011|
[quote]I loved the theme to "The Wire" but have to say I fast forwarded through Tom Waits' version in Season 2. I love Tom Waits but something about the way he sang this song made me want to vomit. Maybe that was what he was going for.
I felt the exact same way. I used to mute it until the title sequence was over. Great song, though.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||05/21/2011|
True Blood has an excellent opening credits.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||05/21/2011|
I agree, R65.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||05/21/2011|
THe first season of THAT GIRL---love them pizzicato strings! And New York never looked more exciting! %0D %0D %0D %0D It starts at :55....
|by Anonymous||reply 67||05/21/2011|
Reminds me of the credits for HBO's now defunct "Carnivale" which I also liked.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||05/21/2011|
Does anyone remember the theme to "Beacon Hill" -- the American version of "Upstairs Downstairs"> It was, I believe, the most expensive American television series ever made at that time and it only lasted one season.
Marvin Hamlisch, who I generally can't abide, wrote a brilliant theme song ... which I've spent a long time trying to find.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||05/21/2011|
I can NOT believe that no one has listed "The Patty Duke Show". Now that was great!
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|by Anonymous||reply 71||05/21/2011|
agree r70. The theme song was great.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||05/21/2011|
Gilligan's Island%0D %0D Batman%0D %0D Mary Tyler Moore Show%0D %0D Dick Van Dyke Show%0D %0D All In The Family%0D %0D Hill Street Blues%0D %0D The Brady Bunch%0D %0D The Partridge Family%0D %0D The Simpsons%0D %0D The Flintstones%0D %0D Bugs Bunny Show%0D %0D The Jeffersons%0D %0D Good Times%0D %0D Maude%0D %0D Soap%0D %0D Laverne and Shirley
|by Anonymous||reply 73||05/21/2011|
Hell-o! Did nobody mention Golden Girls?
|by Anonymous||reply 74||05/21/2011|
This thread should have been closed after R8.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||05/21/2011|
How quickly you doofuses forget.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||05/21/2011|
This thread isn't complete without...
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Clifford, The Big Red Dog
Ok, I admit it's because a friend made up dirty lyrics to the song.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||05/21/2011|
I love the theme for the British soap [italic]Emmerdale.[/italic]
|by Anonymous||reply 79||05/21/2011|
The Odd Couple
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I loved the theme song from seasons three and four of Star Trek Enterprise. It was a faster tempo version of the same song used in seasons one and two.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||05/22/2011|
The Love Boat. Most Aaron Spelling shows had great credits.
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|by Anonymous||reply 83||05/22/2011|
Oh, Mia -- those brown-haired brown-eyed girls of my youth (Diana Rigg, Marlo Thomas, Mary Tyler Moore, etc.) influenced my taste in women for the rest of my life... sigh...
I, however, have picked the very best theme song of the sixties. After you hear this once, you'll never get it out of your head.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||05/22/2011|
Six Feet Under.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||05/22/2011|
Coronation Street. Original theme. The Brits among us will remember mum and gran shushing us after tea when this came on.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||05/22/2011|
Brideshead Revisited. The ITV version, not that shite film of a few years ago.
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[italic]Star Trek: Voyager[/italic]
|by Anonymous||reply 88||05/22/2011|
What I love about the What's Happening theme is that the music sounds like it could emanate from the actors and actresses. That 'BAUM' sound is definitely Rerun or Mama sitting down or getting up off the toilet and that clarinet/saxophone sounding car alarm thing sort of sounds like what Shirley Hemphill's privates would scream, if she were still alive, and if they could.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||05/22/2011|
Game of Thrones -- my favorite opening theme.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||05/22/2011|
New Battlestar Galactica (the Main Title theme used for S2 onwards in the US).
|by Anonymous||reply 91||05/22/2011|
The theme from MISSION IMPOSSIBLE is memorable for being in 5/4 time. %0D %0D Can it be that no one has mentioned Phyllis Diller in THE PRUITTS OF SOUTHHAMPTON yet?
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|by Anonymous||reply 93||05/22/2011|
The best, most grand and musical opening ever was for Battleship Yamato or Starblazers. Absolutely fantastic.
As far as current TV shows go, I think Game of Thrones has inovative graphics but the theme itself isn't particularly amazing. Same with Dexter, frankly.
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|by Anonymous||reply 95||05/23/2011|
Ooohhh... I forgot about the Mission Impossible theme. Very iconic.
Aaron Spelling's shows had many iconic titles too. Dynasty, Charlie's Angels etc. I thought they were pretty good, but never too clever. Considering the purpose of a title sequence and the show I thought that the one for Hart to Hart was well done too. Although, does a show need a basic introduction every week? Still I think it was well done.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||05/23/2011|
All the talk of the theme to "It's/Making A Living" on the Ann Jillian and Barrie Youngfellow(!) threads got me thinking about the best TV theme songs. But it looks like we already covered Jillian and crew earlier in this thread.
Laverna and Shirley was always one of my favorites growing up.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||12/23/2012|
The theme to Gloria is an earworm that has stayed in my head for 30 years, even though the show was only on for one season.
Poor Sally, though. It ranked 18th in it's premiere season, and scored an 18.7 rating, and the suits still pulled the plug. Shows today would kill for an 18.7.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||12/23/2012|
Game of Thrones - I don't even fast forward through that one. Same with True Blood.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||12/23/2012|
An oldie but goodie...Hawaii Five O. A young Jack Lord yuuuuummmmm.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||12/23/2012|
I also thought it was interesting that many shows used closing themes that were different from the opening themes. For instance, WKRP and The Jeffersons.
Others just did a closing theme that was a variation on the opening. I'm 90% certain that Gimme A Break's closing theme was Nell Carter sitting at a Casio keyboard trying to recreate the opening theme. (You can hear it at 13:20 of the clip.)
|by Anonymous||reply 101||12/23/2012|
I would say the all-time greatest were:
Hawaii Five-O (the most exciting)
Phyllis (the best final payoff gag)
Maude (the best sung song)
But there are some forgotten ones I just love. I loved the theme for the all-too-brief series "Pasadena" with this credit sequence--the music perfectly captures the sense of hidden secrets.
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Wonder Woman, bitches!
|by Anonymous||reply 104||12/23/2012|
Ripley's Believe it Or Not with Jack Palance (early 80's)
|by Anonymous||reply 105||12/23/2012|
Beverly Hillbillies single-handedly saved the 5 string banjo from extinction.
Whether that's a good thing is open to debate.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||12/23/2012|
It's hard to argue against themes that became number one hits like 'Theme from SWAT' and 'Miami Vice Theme'.
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|by Anonymous||reply 108||12/23/2012|
Re: MASH theme. Altman's son, as a teen, co-wrote it. He received more money from residuals than his father did for directing the movie.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||12/23/2012|
The Littlest Hobo
|by Anonymous||reply 110||12/23/2012|
ABC Wide World of Sports. The Agony of Defeat Guy seems kind of mild now, in our current state of Extreme Everything.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||12/23/2012|
Amen! Love Sherman's little dance after coming out of the jump rope.
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The West Wing.
|by Anonymous||reply 114||12/23/2012|
A Year in the Life. Im on a phone so maybe someone could grab the youtube video for me?
|by Anonymous||reply 115||12/24/2012|
A year in the life? Seriously?
|by Anonymous||reply 116||12/27/2012|
LOST IN SPACE (3rd Season)
I DREAM OF JEANNIE
THE DAYS AND NIGHTS OF MOLLY DODD
|by Anonymous||reply 117||12/27/2012|
Mama Dyke here. I always loved "The Facts of Life" theme. Both the original first season theme and the one used in the second and third. I had them both recorded onto a cassette tape and played that song everywhere I went. It was the only song I played for at least five years. It still makes me feel warm and fussy.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||12/27/2012|
None of these songs were even chart hits. If a song is truly a great theme it would have charted on some level. Songs you find personally tuneful would be a better title for this thread.
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|by Anonymous||reply 120||12/27/2012|
The Farmer's Daughter, I loved the theme when I was a kid.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||12/28/2012|
Nanny and the Professor
|by Anonymous||reply 122||12/28/2012|
Chico and The Man (I really love this one).
|by Anonymous||reply 123||12/28/2012|
Mad Men - there was an ad at the beginning appropriately enough.
|by Anonymous||reply 124||12/28/2012|
Rubicon on AMC didn't last long, but the theme was great.
|by Anonymous||reply 125||12/28/2012|
When a young man looks at Madame
She just throws herself right at him
She's as flames more than gay parades
And at Madame's Place she's the perfect host
She fucks the boys and fucks Donny Most
Her amazing charm
Brings the boys much harm
Cause she's full of the AIDS...
|by Anonymous||reply 126||12/28/2012|
One of the most iconic themes (at least the opening notes): DRAGNET! Perhaps second only to THE TWILIGHT ZONE.
|by Anonymous||reply 127||12/28/2012|
I always loved the Xena opening credits and theme as a kid.
At the end when they cut to her on the cliffside, it was just do awesome.
Also the best theme ever was X-FILES.
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Peter Gunn and Perry Mason.
|by Anonymous||reply 130||12/28/2012|
Wonder Woman fucking owns this thread!
|by Anonymous||reply 131||12/28/2012|
The Pruitts of Southampton
|by Anonymous||reply 132||12/28/2012|
Even this Wonder Woman theme kicks ass!
|by Anonymous||reply 133||12/28/2012|
Always liked the snappy theme song from "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir"
|by Anonymous||reply 134||12/28/2012|
What's wrong with A Year in the Life? It's very nice.
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|by Anonymous||reply 136||12/28/2012|
Cheers! (Where everybody knows your name!) And the dandy in the last shot made me smile.
The Young and the Restless.
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Fun Food Factory
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I can't believe no one's mentioned The Muppet Show.
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Law and Order
Oprah - ten years come and gone so fast, by Paul Simon
|by Anonymous||reply 140||12/28/2012|
R121 Was there another FD opening? I vaguely remember a theme song with lyrics that began, "Katy, the farmer's daughter ..."
|by Anonymous||reply 141||12/28/2012|
I have many favorites, but one I heard today was the Young & The Restless theme. So beautiful and dreamy. It's so good it might be part of why Y&R is one of the few soaps still on.
|by Anonymous||reply 142||12/28/2012|
r98, I didn't even remember Sally Struthers tried to spin off her Gloria character. Poor, pathetic Sally. And I'm sorry, but that song is terrible too. It'd be like remembering some muzak you heard in an elevator 30 yrs ago.
|by Anonymous||reply 143||12/28/2012|
Is the theme from Bonanza too eldergay to mention?
|by Anonymous||reply 144||12/28/2012|
"Magnum, P.I." That opening had it all--- Tom Selleck shirtless, a great energetic song, Roger T. Mosely and Larry Manetti. I'm getting warm all over just thinking about it. Did I mention that it featured Tom Selleck, shirtless?
|by Anonymous||reply 145||12/28/2012|
Even if you have never heard of the show you will probably recognize the theme from Peter Gun, composed by four time Oscar winner Henry Mancini. You know, the guy who wrote "Moon River."
|by Anonymous||reply 146||12/28/2012|
First season of Andromeda with Kevin Sorbo. It was a really intense guitar riff that sounded like bagpipes. It was from the guitarist from Rush and I think it was called March of the Highguard.
Also the music from Earth Final Conflict.
|by Anonymous||reply 147||12/28/2012|
Favorite theme music would be Rockford Files
|by Anonymous||reply 148||12/28/2012|
R141, I could only find Seasons 2-3 on YouTube, Season 2's theme was another instrumental, but those lyrics you mentioned seem familiar to me too for some reason, maybe Season 1.
|by Anonymous||reply 149||12/29/2012|
Mostly for the video portion, but I liked Quincy's theme:
|by Anonymous||reply 150||12/29/2012|
Can someone explain to me how the theme song from Barnaby Jones got into my head all day? I remember watching it once in a while, but I don't think I've seen it since it went off the air when I was 10 years old.
Tonight's episode: Nest of Scorpions...
|by Anonymous||reply 151||05/18/2013|
Opening song for Friends.
|by Anonymous||reply 152||05/19/2013|
UFO and SPACE 1999. I don't know that I can objectively say they're musically brilliant or anything, but they fill me with buzzy, kitschy happiness.
|by Anonymous||reply 153||05/19/2013|
No, it was [italic]Love Boat[/italic]
|by Anonymous||reply 154||05/19/2013|
R141, yes there are lyrics to "The Farmer's Daughter" theme, but they were infrequently used. From memory, it was something like...
"Katy's the farmer's daughter...you can't resist that gal. She's country style, but city designed, got a smile that's sprinkled with sunshine.
Look at the farmer's daughter..she'll pick up your morale...her brand of charm is so disarming, frowns turn upside-down....Katy's the girl from Sweden, she's just what we've been needin'....so glad the farmer's daughter came to town!
|by Anonymous||reply 155||05/20/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 156||05/23/2013|
All In The Family Soap Hill Street Blues LA Law thirtysomething NYPD Blue A Different World Twin Peaks Gilmore Girls Dallas Dynasty Colbys Falcon Crest Love Boat Touched By An Angel
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