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What are the best TV show Theme Songs?

Shows these days don’t have them. Sad.

Arthur’s theme song is great and sweet and honest. It actually has thoughtful lyrics. Love it!!!

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by Anonymousreply 128January 20, 2022 1:58 PM

Thank you for being a friend from The Golden Girls!

by Anonymousreply 1January 4, 2022 1:22 AM

I don't know if this counts because it wasn't written for the show:

Sopranos - Woke Up This Morning by the Alabama 3

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by Anonymousreply 2January 4, 2022 1:27 AM

Taxi

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by Anonymousreply 3January 4, 2022 1:28 AM

Linked the wrong version at R2

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by Anonymousreply 4January 4, 2022 1:29 AM

I just learned that the Arthur cartoon character is supposed to be an aardvark. He looks NOTHING like an aardvark!

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by Anonymousreply 5January 4, 2022 1:34 AM

Patty loves to rock and roll a hot dog makes her lose control.

by Anonymousreply 6January 4, 2022 1:34 AM

Oops.

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by Anonymousreply 7January 4, 2022 1:35 AM

Despite never watching the show I always liked the Thirtysomething theme, the part used on the show is toward the end.

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by Anonymousreply 8January 4, 2022 1:36 AM

Not a song with words, but this theme music from Journey to the Unknown always unnerved me. It still does!

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by Anonymousreply 9January 4, 2022 1:38 AM

The Jeffersons. The worst is Friends. Just ghastly.

by Anonymousreply 10January 4, 2022 1:40 AM

I loved the opening of The Munsters when I was a kid. Those funky dissonances paired with a tuba = Genius!

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by Anonymousreply 11January 4, 2022 1:43 AM

Hangin’ in a Chow Line!

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by Anonymousreply 12January 4, 2022 1:47 AM

We cover this subject at least once a week.

I never watched the show, but I've recently found this one (last year), and absolutely love it. It's bright and uplifting, and the absolute best theme the show ever had (I've done the reaearch). Thank you, Billy Barber!

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by Anonymousreply 13January 4, 2022 1:49 AM

Eldergays, you may remember this one from your much younger days

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by Anonymousreply 14January 4, 2022 1:54 AM

Gilligan's Island for sure.

by Anonymousreply 15January 4, 2022 1:56 AM

It's not a great big bed of roses!

It's not like show biz!

BUT THE MAIN THING I SUPPOSE IS!

by Anonymousreply 16January 4, 2022 2:00 AM

The Magic Garden

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by Anonymousreply 17January 4, 2022 2:10 AM

Wings opening music, compliments of Franz Schubert

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by Anonymousreply 18January 4, 2022 2:11 AM

Land Of The Lost - Intro and Outro

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by Anonymousreply 19January 4, 2022 2:41 AM

There's a NEW GIRL in town.

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by Anonymousreply 20January 4, 2022 2:43 AM

Always The Jeffersons so another vote.

by Anonymousreply 21January 4, 2022 2:43 AM

Catchy as hell

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by Anonymousreply 22January 4, 2022 3:23 AM

WKRP in Cincinnati.

"But the Senator, while insisting he was not intoxicated, could not explain his nudity."

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by Anonymousreply 23January 4, 2022 3:28 AM

Mary Tyler Moore Show

Six Feet Under

by Anonymousreply 24January 4, 2022 3:28 AM

I’ve aways liked the complexity of the lyrics …

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by Anonymousreply 25January 4, 2022 3:32 AM

Agreed r21!!

by Anonymousreply 26January 4, 2022 6:10 AM

R11 A classic!

by Anonymousreply 27January 4, 2022 6:35 AM

This is easy:

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by Anonymousreply 28January 4, 2022 6:39 AM

Family Ties for the win. Especially when the female vocalists sings “throoooooggghhh”. Me and my brother used to fight over who got to sing the female part when we would sing it together.

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by Anonymousreply 29January 4, 2022 6:43 AM

Ha ha that’s so funny that you fought over it, my sisters and I used to do that kind of stuff too.

by Anonymousreply 30January 4, 2022 7:07 AM

Mainly because their bloopers are so hilarious, I'm nominating New Zoo Revue. (theme below)

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by Anonymousreply 31January 4, 2022 7:08 AM

Theme.

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by Anonymousreply 32January 4, 2022 7:10 AM

Comment 30 was for the Family Ties post.

And this website is funky so I’m not going to reply anymore , but great thread OP. me and my kids loved Arthur and still talk about it.

For the Banana Splits poster: Bob Marley was a house Dad for awhile, living in Delaware. His kids watched the show every day (or whenever) and he had that tune stuck in his head. He turned it into Buffalo Soldier.

by Anonymousreply 33January 4, 2022 7:12 AM

r5 Arthur used to look like an Aardvark in the early books.

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by Anonymousreply 34January 4, 2022 7:29 AM

That AMC theme takes me right back, r13. I'm still partial to the original one with the hand opening the book. It reminds me so much of my grandmother.

by Anonymousreply 35January 4, 2022 7:34 AM

R29 Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams.

by Anonymousreply 36January 5, 2022 12:47 AM

I loved the show so the theme song puts me in a better mood.

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by Anonymousreply 37January 5, 2022 7:52 AM

The Ropers

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by Anonymousreply 38January 5, 2022 8:19 AM

This is it.

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by Anonymousreply 39January 5, 2022 10:10 AM

I thought the opening song from "Karen" was great when I was a little kid -- much later I found out who sang it.

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by Anonymousreply 40January 5, 2022 11:33 AM

Wait there was actually a show called "Karen"? 😂

by Anonymousreply 41January 5, 2022 1:46 PM

Green Acres is the place to be!

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by Anonymousreply 42January 5, 2022 2:06 PM

Most HBO shows still do opening credits. I love the theme from “Succession.”

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by Anonymousreply 43January 5, 2022 2:39 PM

The fucking Patty Duke Show theme song, wh., thanks to the DL, has exhumed itself in my brain and is on a constant loop. Have you any idea what it's like to be trapped with no hope of escape hearing this tune over and over? Of course you do, this site is Drama Queen Ne Plus Ultra? What was I thinking?

by Anonymousreply 44January 5, 2022 2:55 PM

It's old but the brass and twangy guitar mesh so well

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by Anonymousreply 45January 5, 2022 6:53 PM

This one from a children's show. Just give the lyrics a listen. Beautiful.

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by Anonymousreply 46January 5, 2022 6:58 PM

Family Affair!

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by Anonymousreply 47January 5, 2022 8:47 PM

I'm A Big Girl Now:

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by Anonymousreply 48January 6, 2022 12:41 AM

Angie:

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by Anonymousreply 49January 6, 2022 12:42 AM

The Stockard Channing Show:

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by Anonymousreply 50January 6, 2022 12:43 AM

Fame, season 1:

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by Anonymousreply 51January 6, 2022 12:44 AM

Fame, season 6:

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by Anonymousreply 52January 6, 2022 12:44 AM

The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd:

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by Anonymousreply 53January 6, 2022 12:45 AM

Kate & Allie:

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by Anonymousreply 54January 6, 2022 12:46 AM

The Avengers:

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by Anonymousreply 55January 6, 2022 12:48 AM

For theme songs with words: 1) The Pruitts of Southampton 2) Gidget 3) Mr. Ed 4) The Patty Duke Show

For instrumental themes"

1) Perry Mason 2) Hawaii Five-O 3) Mission: Impossible

by Anonymousreply 56January 6, 2022 12:58 AM

Maude

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by Anonymousreply 57January 6, 2022 8:14 AM

There are MANY beloved 80's cartoon intro themes but this one is one of the best. Cheesy goodness.

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by Anonymousreply 58January 6, 2022 8:22 AM

Charlie's Angels

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by Anonymousreply 59January 6, 2022 11:20 AM

Here Come the Brides

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by Anonymousreply 60January 6, 2022 10:44 PM

The theme from Big Brother UK:

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by Anonymousreply 61January 6, 2022 10:47 PM

I can't believe it took that long to post Angie.

If instrumentals count, it's this one.

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by Anonymousreply 62January 6, 2022 10:49 PM

Arthur had a nose job, R5.

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by Anonymousreply 63January 6, 2022 10:51 PM

Buck Rogers In The 25th Century

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by Anonymousreply 64January 6, 2022 11:23 PM

Battlestar Galactica ( 1978)

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by Anonymousreply 65January 6, 2022 11:26 PM

I was addicted to this show, Jimmy & Jack Wild. I honestly believe this show fukked me up. This song alone would do it. I still have my H.R. Pufnstuf lunchbox.

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by Anonymousreply 66January 8, 2022 4:31 PM

No one mentioned Gilmore Girls? It’s one of the best, and sweet/touching, like the Golden Girls theme.

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by Anonymousreply 67January 8, 2022 4:43 PM

R67- I prefer the Gillian girls

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by Anonymousreply 68January 8, 2022 5:01 PM

One of the best TV series ever and one of the best theme songs to match!

by Anonymousreply 69January 8, 2022 5:05 PM

So fun!

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by Anonymousreply 70January 8, 2022 5:06 PM

Love is All Around

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by Anonymousreply 71January 12, 2022 7:10 AM

The best theme song there ever was...for the best show there ever was...

Mary Tyler Moore Theme Song: 'Love Is All Around'

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by Anonymousreply 72January 12, 2022 7:17 AM

Mary Tyler Moore Tribute (The Mary Tyler Show pilot opening: 9/19/70)

The first theme song of MTM's first season is the same theme, but it's actually the second verse of 'Love Is All Around,' so the lyrics are not quite as familiar as the more well-known, "Who can turn the world on with her smile?"

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by Anonymousreply 73January 12, 2022 7:21 AM

I’m sure it’s been posted, but RIP Marilyn Bergman who wrote the lyrics for this…

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by Anonymousreply 74January 12, 2022 7:27 AM

H.R. Pufnstuf

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by Anonymousreply 75January 12, 2022 7:53 AM

It's About Time

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by Anonymousreply 76January 12, 2022 7:55 AM

The Mighty Hercules

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by Anonymousreply 77January 12, 2022 7:56 AM

Eight Is Enough

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by Anonymousreply 78January 12, 2022 7:58 AM

Picket Fences

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by Anonymousreply 79January 12, 2022 8:00 AM

[quote] The Mighty Hercules

That singer is Johnny Nash. He got a legit hit a few years afterwards.

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by Anonymousreply 80January 13, 2022 10:50 AM

The Bugaloos

Some dl queen had to have come up with the name Benita Bizarre

The Bugaloos were SO cute you wanted to smack them.

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by Anonymousreply 81January 13, 2022 1:58 PM

The Bugaloos!

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by Anonymousreply 82January 13, 2022 8:06 PM

R72/R73, I thought you might find this story of interest:

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by Anonymousreply 83January 13, 2022 11:19 PM

R83, please see R71.

by Anonymousreply 84January 14, 2022 12:07 AM

Makin' It

From the writers of "Shake Your Groove Thing" and "I Will Survive", it reached #5 on the Billboard charts.

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by Anonymousreply 85January 14, 2022 4:52 PM

[bold]TV themes:[/bold]

Too Close for Comfort

Get Smart

Night Court

[bold]TV Theme songs:[/bold]

Moonlighting

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by Anonymousreply 86January 14, 2022 5:04 PM

Honorable mentions:

You Can't Do That on Television

Fifteen

Nickelodeon Guts

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by Anonymousreply 87January 14, 2022 5:07 PM

Greatest American Hero had a nice opening song and outro- I just never cared for the show itself.

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by Anonymousreply 88January 14, 2022 5:16 PM

Phyllis...

... it sure isn't you!

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by Anonymousreply 89January 14, 2022 5:20 PM

I don;t think the first season version of the theme of "The Munsters" works nearly so well as the second, when they bring in the bass more plentifully and add the saxes. I always love how they really swing it when Marilyn appears.

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by Anonymousreply 90January 14, 2022 5:30 PM

[italic]Emmerdale[/italic]

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by Anonymousreply 91January 14, 2022 6:00 PM

Brideshead Revisited.

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by Anonymousreply 92January 14, 2022 7:33 PM

The animation on this is just awful, but the theme song itself is great.

"Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?"

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by Anonymousreply 93January 14, 2022 7:40 PM

The Courtship of Eddie’s Father

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by Anonymousreply 94January 14, 2022 8:24 PM

Cheers

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by Anonymousreply 95January 14, 2022 8:35 PM

Welcome Back Kotter

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by Anonymousreply 96January 14, 2022 8:36 PM

Bosom Buddies

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by Anonymousreply 97January 14, 2022 8:48 PM

The Facts of Life

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by Anonymousreply 98January 14, 2022 8:49 PM

Wonder Woman

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by Anonymousreply 99January 14, 2022 8:51 PM

Amen

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by Anonymousreply 100January 14, 2022 8:53 PM

Here you go, R64.

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by Anonymousreply 101January 14, 2022 8:54 PM

Rawhide

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by Anonymousreply 102January 14, 2022 8:54 PM

Saved By The Bell

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by Anonymousreply 103January 14, 2022 8:55 PM

Three's Company

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by Anonymousreply 104January 14, 2022 8:58 PM

OMG, how beautiful the young Clint Eastwood was.

by Anonymousreply 105January 14, 2022 8:58 PM

Paper Dolls.

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by Anonymousreply 106January 14, 2022 8:59 PM

Happy Days

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by Anonymousreply 107January 14, 2022 9:00 PM

Paper Dolls version 2

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by Anonymousreply 108January 14, 2022 9:01 PM

Dynasty

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by Anonymousreply 109January 14, 2022 9:01 PM

Gimme a Break!

by Anonymousreply 110January 14, 2022 9:06 PM

Car 54, Where Are You?

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by Anonymousreply 111January 14, 2022 9:20 PM

Dallas

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by Anonymousreply 112January 14, 2022 9:22 PM

Twin Peaks

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by Anonymousreply 113January 14, 2022 9:32 PM

[quote] Greatest American Hero had a nice opening song and outro

They stole that from George

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by Anonymousreply 114January 14, 2022 9:47 PM

Downton Abbey

by Anonymousreply 115January 17, 2022 1:11 PM

ANGIE

the theme song is Different Worlds by Maureen McGovern!

by Anonymousreply 116January 17, 2022 2:50 PM

To Tell The Truth

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by Anonymousreply 117January 20, 2022 3:43 AM

Nothing beats Circle Square's theme song....wholesome, Christian, family values, drinking, pre-martial sex, gloryholes

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by Anonymousreply 118January 20, 2022 4:14 AM

That girl the last season opening

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by Anonymousreply 119January 20, 2022 5:00 AM

Punky Brewster was always a favourite of mines.

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by Anonymousreply 120January 20, 2022 5:08 AM

Who’s the Boss

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by Anonymousreply 121January 20, 2022 5:11 AM

Moonlighting

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by Anonymousreply 122January 20, 2022 5:18 AM

The Nanny - written & performed by Ann Hampton Calloway

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by Anonymousreply 123January 20, 2022 6:13 AM

"Here Come the Double Deckers"

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by Anonymousreply 124January 20, 2022 6:26 AM

Yes to: Big Brother UK, Brideshead Revisited.

My pick: The Raccoons. An animated Canadian kids show had no right to have such an absolute banger as the theme music (and it totally holds up, just listened again).

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by Anonymousreply 125January 20, 2022 7:08 AM

The Dragnet theme, composed by Walter Schumann. Dum Di Dum Dum.

by Anonymousreply 126January 20, 2022 7:15 AM

Where paleface and redskin, both turn chicken.

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by Anonymousreply 127January 20, 2022 1:14 PM

R127- F Troop is another example of a GOOD theme song for show I never really liked like Greatest American Hero.

by Anonymousreply 128January 20, 2022 1:58 PM
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