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Topic: Favorite Television Theme Songs.
Message: Posted by: Jordini (Sep 26, 2005 12:41AM)
Recently I have been collecting as many theme songs from various TV shows I loved as a child, (and I still love).

I was wondering what some of your favorites were.

Some of mine are the themes from:

Doug (One of the original 3 Nicktoons)
Seinfeld
X-Men
Gummi Bears
Ducktales
Inspector Gadget

These are only a few, but I don't have the patience to type them all out.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 26, 2005 12:51AM)
From my childhood? Just about anything this guy has on his list:

http://terrificmusic.com/files/tv_theme_songs.html
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Sep 26, 2005 01:50AM)
Although most people remember the sitcom shows, I tend to remember the weird cartoon songs like Cool McCool's theme song, or Top Cat or wally Gator or Go Go Gophers or Gorilla McGilla, etc.

Greg
Message: Posted by: Jerrine (Sep 26, 2005 02:54AM)
1st Bob Newhart, Odd Couple, Munsters, I Dream of Jeanie, & Barney Miller.
Message: Posted by: Brian Proctor (Sep 26, 2005 04:15AM)
I was an 80's and early 90's kid, so I have many fond memories of Duck Tales, Darkwing Duck, Gummi Bears, Garfield, and many others. Those were some good catchy tunes.

As for live action, Family Matters has a nice theme. And I can never get that Full House theme out of my head. Does not mean Its great, but that darn song will not get out of my head. Welcome Back Kotter was a bit before my time, but thanks to TV Land, I now have that theme song in with a bunch of theme songs I downloaded onto CD from Limewire.

Star Trek TNG is also a favorite theme of mine. It defines the best of Trek whenever I hear it. :)

Oh yeah! I just remembered another favorite theme, the 80's version of Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Brian
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Sep 26, 2005 04:24AM)
[quote]
On 2005-09-26 02:50, Greg Arce wrote:
Although most people remember the sitcom shows, I tend to remember the weird cartoon songs like Cool McCool's theme song, or Top Cat or wally Gator or Go Go Gophers or Gorilla McGilla, etc.

Greg
[/quote]

Please! Boomerang plays Wally Gator and I've had it with that theme song. They also play a "hip hop" version of the Magilla Gorilla theme song. Over and Over and Over again!

I liked the one they did when Cool McCool would set up the cartoon that was supposed to be his father's adventures as a cop!

"Now Number One thinks me a fool!
Has no respect for the name McCool.
But it days gone by way up at the top,
there was Harry McCool, he was my pop!
My pop the cop!"

I like the Superchicken theme song, but I can only remember a couple of lines!
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 26, 2005 09:07AM)
For singability and recognition, you can't beat "Gilligan's Island"

The very first cartoon I ever saw was "Dodo the kid from outer space" and I can still sing that song.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 26, 2005 09:47AM)
Sometimes a little research [url=http://www.bcdb.com/]here[/url] can uncover lost lyrics and other good stuff.
Message: Posted by: scott b. (Sep 26, 2005 10:28AM)
Perfect Strangers
Adams Family
The Monkees
Tiny Toons
Fraggle Rock
Cheers
Message: Posted by: Vandy Grift (Sep 26, 2005 11:36AM)
Eight is Enough. Espically in the later years when Grant Goodeve sang the theme.

"There's a plate of homemade wishes on the kitchen window silllll"


UGH!!
Message: Posted by: Patrick Differ (Sep 26, 2005 11:37AM)
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Message: Posted by: Vandy Grift (Sep 26, 2005 11:41AM)
The theme from Welcome Back Kotter is actually a pretty decent song that made the charts.

John Sebastian agreed to do the song only after the producers agreed that he would not use the words "Kotter" or "Sweathogs" in the song.

Posted: Sep 26, 2005 12:44pm
Alice. Espically Linda Lavin,s "scat-singing" over the closing credits.

Maude. "Joan of Arc with the lord to guide her/She was a sister who really cooked"

Hawaii Five-O. Just rocks.

Remmeber this show?
Message: Posted by: Vandy Grift (Sep 26, 2005 11:44AM)
Alice. Espically Linda Lavin,s "scat-singing" over the closing credits.

Maude. "Joan of Arc with the lord to guide her/She was a sister who really cooked"

Hawaii Five-O. Just rocks.

Remmeber this show?

http://www.sitcomsonline.com/sounds/Angietvversion.wav Maureen Mcgovern. Classic!
Message: Posted by: rossmacrae (Sep 26, 2005 12:41PM)
You're all too darned young and have been warped by having only that utter garbage from Hanna-Barbera to provide "fond childhood memories."

I can't help grinning like an idiot when I hear the "Betty Boop" song ("Made of pen and ink..."), "Popeye the Sailor Man" (Fleischer black-and-white Popeyes only) and "Puffing Billy" (Captain Kangaroo's theme).
Message: Posted by: RandyStewart (Sep 26, 2005 01:24PM)
I used to hate it but for several years past I like the M*A*S*H theme song.

Another favorite is Rockford Files.
Message: Posted by: Marshall Thornside (Sep 26, 2005 01:29PM)
Crossing jordan
profiler
pretender
everwood

don't forget
TJ Hooker
Message: Posted by: Vandy Grift (Sep 26, 2005 01:36PM)
[quote]

Another favorite is Rockford Files.
[/quote]

Yes!!
Message: Posted by: Law (Sep 26, 2005 03:16PM)
Night Court.
Message: Posted by: Mark Rough (Sep 26, 2005 03:44PM)
Twin Peaks
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 26, 2005 05:20PM)
Northern Exposure
Mystery Movie Theme
Message: Posted by: Lambertmoon (Sep 26, 2005 05:34PM)
How about Baretta.

How many times do you think Robert Blake heard " Don't do the crime if you can't do the time."?

Posted: Sep 26, 2005 6:36pm
Barney Miller was another good one.
Message: Posted by: Jordini (Sep 26, 2005 06:10PM)
I have most of the songs named above. (I love p2p networks).

The Munsters also had a great themesong, really terrific. Let's also not forget Married With Children.
Message: Posted by: scott b. (Sep 26, 2005 06:30PM)
[quote]
On 2005-09-26 14:24, RandyStewart wrote:
I used to hate it but for several years past I like the M*A*S*H theme song.

Another favorite is Rockford Files.
[/quote]

I didn't know until earlier that Marylin Manson actually covered the MASH theme.
Message: Posted by: RandyStewart (Sep 26, 2005 07:04PM)
[quote]
On 2005-09-26 14:24, RandyStewart wrote:
Another favorite is Rockford Files.
[/quote]

I recently got the entire Rockford Files collection on DVD 1974-1980.

Also bought a showtunes CD just for the Rockford Files theme music. Great for the car as it plays on a loop - plays over and over and over again....
Message: Posted by: Lambertmoon (Sep 26, 2005 07:05PM)
I still remember the original Bill Cosby Show Theme. Never understood the words but it made me laugh.
"HOO LORD! GONNA GET SOME RAGGETS...AN' SOME ROLLS...AN' SOME REEZINRIZINS, HA HA HA HA! EVERYDAY! LONG AS I'M AWAY..."
Message: Posted by: blazes816 (Sep 26, 2005 07:34PM)
Munsters is before my time, but it and tales from the crypt are on my cell phone as rings.
munsters
tales from the crypt
futurama
family guy
american dad
different strokes
threes company
"I got bees on my head, but don't call me bee head"
and if it counts I can play the them from Napolian Dynomite on my cello. that's right. I have serious skills.
Message: Posted by: M. Perk (Sep 26, 2005 11:40PM)
Many do not know this but the following TV Theme Songs had words to them:

Bonanza
The Munsters
MASH
Mission Impossible Composed as a jazz song

Top Cat is one of the more memorable theme songs for a cartoon.
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Sep 27, 2005 12:09AM)
I always liked the "Lost in Space" opening theme - the second (later, when the show was in color) rather than the first. The music in that show was always high quality - it was done by Johnny (John) Williams (Jaws, Star Wars....)

The Rifleman - great music all the way around!
Message: Posted by: Jerrine (Sep 27, 2005 12:57AM)
Manson doing Suicide is Painless so fits.
Message: Posted by: RandyStewart (Sep 27, 2005 01:06AM)
[quote]
On 2005-09-26 20:04, RandyStewart wrote:
[quote]
On 2005-09-26 14:24, RandyStewart wrote:
Another favorite is Rockford Files.
[/quote]

I recently got the entire Rockford Files collection on DVD 1974-1980.

Also bought a showtunes CD just for the Rockford Files theme music. Great for the car as it plays on a loop - plays over and over and over again....

[/quote]

Also forgot to mention that aside from having one of the best TV theme songs, Garner also received the Purple Heart when he was wounded during the Korean War.

Whoa! Outstanding citizen alright....
Message: Posted by: mvmagic (Sep 27, 2005 04:19AM)
My all-time faves...

Northern Exposure
Picket Fences
MacGyver
Dallas
Highway to Heaven
Message: Posted by: Law (Sep 27, 2005 07:16AM)
A more recent one: Weeds. What exactly is ticky-tacky anyway?
Message: Posted by: MCM (Sep 27, 2005 11:56AM)
I like the themes that Mike Post has composed:
Law & Order
Hill Street Blues
Stingray (short-lived series in the 80s)

Others:

Airwolf
Robotech
Homicide: Life in the Streets
McGuyver
Battlestar Galactica (classic version)
Message: Posted by: Skip Way (Sep 27, 2005 12:25PM)
I'm not sure why...or what I can do about it short of shock therapy...but, every now and then I get the "George...George...George of the Jungle" theme stuck in my head. And drives me BATS! Oh great...there it goes again.

Skip
Message: Posted by: Ellen Kotzin (Sep 27, 2005 02:14PM)
Three's company!!!

Ellen
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Sep 27, 2005 02:27PM)
Ellen, you surprised me.
When I saw your name on this thread, I was sure you would say Night Court. (G)
Message: Posted by: Bill Rubie (Sep 27, 2005 04:09PM)
DRAGNET
Message: Posted by: Cory Gallupe (Sep 27, 2005 04:22PM)
Gummi Bears had a show??? I thought they where just a candy.
Message: Posted by: Jordini (Sep 27, 2005 06:18PM)
[quote]
On 2005-09-27 17:22, themagicman101 wrote:
Gummi Bears had a show??? I thought they where just a candy.
[/quote]

It was on the old Disney Channel (the one that played GOOD shows) in the early and mid 90's.
Message: Posted by: nums (Sep 27, 2005 09:43PM)
I like Night Court buy hate Barney miller which is strang as thet are the dame song.....jeff
Message: Posted by: Phil Thomas (Sep 27, 2005 09:51PM)
Dukes of Hazzard YEEE HAW!!!!!!!!!!

And possibly one of the coolest TV tunes ever.... Happy Days
Message: Posted by: Professor Piper (Sep 27, 2005 10:49PM)
Cheers
Night Court
Mad About You
Muppet Show
Fraggle Rock
M*A*S*H
Hawaii Five-O (My High Schools Fight song!!)
Message: Posted by: M. Perk (Sep 27, 2005 11:22PM)
Some obscure theme songs that are really good:

Branded
Have Gun Will Travel
The Wild Wild West
Mannix
Perry Mason
Patty Duke Show
Message: Posted by: elmago (Sep 28, 2005 04:05PM)
Dukes of Hazzard
The Greatest American Hero (Believe it or not, I'm walking on air...)
Mission Impossible (old one)
Airwolf
Knight Rider
Incredible Hulk Theme(piano version)
Star Trek (the new ones)
Gummy Bears
Gilligans Island (Use to pay it at camp)
Neverending Story (the movie)
A-Team

BTW I hate: (the songs, not the show)
Friends (Exception, I hate the show)
Sienfeld
Night Court
Message: Posted by: nick vassil (Sep 29, 2005 01:18AM)
The monkees
milton the monster
h.r.puffinstuff
giligans isle
hawaii five 0 ,saw Brian Setzer do a great version in Tokyo
addams family
munsters
the archies
mission impossible
give up ,actually the second and third are probably terrible,just getting nostalgic.
Message: Posted by: Ellen Kotzin (Sep 29, 2005 03:58PM)
[quote]
Ellen, you surprised me.
When I saw your name on this thread, I was sure you would say Night Court. (G)
[/quote]

Aha! But for THEME songs--I like ones with words. Three's company was so 70s. I LOVED it!
NC was my 3rd fav show.

Ellen
Message: Posted by: Cory Gallupe (Sep 29, 2005 05:05PM)
I like the Family Guy song. Not cuz its good, but whenever its on that means I can watch it!!! :)
Message: Posted by: dpe666 (Sep 29, 2005 07:31PM)
[quote]
On 2005-09-29 18:05, themagicman101 wrote:
I like the Family Guy song. Not cuz its good, but whenever its on that means I can watch it!!! :)
[/quote]

AMEN, BROTHER!!!!

My picks other than Family Guy would be Night Court and Madame's Place. :devilish:
Message: Posted by: vinsmagic (Sep 29, 2005 08:03PM)
Ny two favorites were
The LOve Boat theme
and Kojack theme

vinny
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 29, 2005 08:32PM)
[quote]On 2005-09-27 01:09, Chessmann wrote:
I always liked the "Lost in Space" opening theme[/quote]
The Magic Castle is using this as the opening to the Palace of Mystery show. I wonder how many people in the audience recall it as the "Lost in Space" theme.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Sep 29, 2005 09:32PM)
[quote]
On 2005-09-27 17:22, themagicman101 wrote:
Gummi Bears had a show??? I thought they where just a candy.
[/quote]

Gummi Bears

Dashing and daring,
Courageous and caring,
Faithful and friendly,
With stories to share.
All through the forest,
They sing out in chorus,
Marching along,
As their song fills the air.

Gummi Bears!!
Bouncing here and there and everywhere.
High adventure that's beyond compare.
They are the Gummi Bears.

Magic and mystery,
Are part of their history,
Along with the secret,
Of gummiberry juice.
Their legend is growing,
They take pride in knowing,
They'll fight for what's right,
In whatever they do.

Gummi Bears!!
Bouncing here and there and everywhere.
High adventure that's beyond compare.
They are the Gummi Bears.
They are the Gummi Bears!!

And they even had Lorenzo Music doing a voice!

Posted: Sep 29, 2005 10:33pm
Quote:

On 2005-09-27 19:18, Jordini wrote:
Quote:
On 2005-09-27 17:22, themagicman101 wrote:
Gummi Bears had a show??? I thought they where just a candy.

It was on the old Disney Channel (the one that played GOOD shows) in the early and mid 90's.

It was actually on a syndicated show called "The Disney Afternoon" and moved to the Disney Channel later!
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 29, 2005 10:54PM)
Nobody's mentioned [b][i]Batman[/i][/b].

;)
Message: Posted by: Lambertmoon (Sep 30, 2005 08:55AM)
Tour of Duty
Message: Posted by: Jordini (Sep 30, 2005 10:21AM)
[quote]
On 2005-09-29 23:54, S2000magician wrote:
Nobody's mentioned [b][i]Batman[/i][/b].

;)
[/quote]

Batman
Message: Posted by: Big Jeff (Sep 30, 2005 10:58AM)
What about MR ED?

A Horse is a horse of course of course....
Message: Posted by: Lambertmoon (Sep 30, 2005 11:12AM)
China Beach

Posted: Sep 30, 2005 2:33pm
Hot L Baltimore
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Oct 1, 2005 09:25AM)
[quote]
On 2005-09-27 00:40, M. Perk wrote:
Many do not know this but the following TV Theme Songs had words to them:

Bonanza
[/quote]

I knew this! In a very early episode, the Carwrights mount up _talking_ the song's lyrics! (I understand it was because Lorne Greene thought it would be silly to have them actually singing!)

[quote]
The Munsters
MASH
[/quote]

I knew this too! It was an audition piece of mine for years! (It was also a Jeopardy answer; "This television theme song is actually entitled "Suicide Is Painless.")

[quote]
Mission Impossible Composed as a jazz song

Top Cat is one of the more memorable theme songs for a cartoon.
[/quote]

Posted: Oct 1, 2005 10:26am
Quote:

On 2005-09-27 13:25, Skip Way wrote:
I'm not sure why...or what I can do about it short of shock therapy...but, every now and then I get the "George...George...George of the Jungle" theme stuck in my head. And drives me BATS! Oh great...there it goes again.

Skip

Weird Al Yankovich actually covered that on one album. Totally straight, no parodies or twisted lyrics!

Posted: Oct 1, 2005 10:27am
Quote:

On 2005-09-29 23:54, S2000magician wrote:
Nobody's mentioned Batman.

There's probably a good reason for that!
Message: Posted by: John S. (Oct 5, 2005 08:21PM)
Aqua teen Huger Force and The Munster are the best in my opinion.
John
Message: Posted by: Small-hands Luke (Oct 7, 2005 07:11AM)
Gotta go with Perfect Strangers and Cheers.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Oct 7, 2005 08:43AM)
[quote]
On 2005-09-26 01:51, Michael Baker wrote:
From my childhood? Just about anything this guy has on his list:

http://terrificmusic.com/files/tv_theme_songs.html
[/quote]

Those look great! But for some reason I can't get them to play.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Oct 7, 2005 08:44AM)
I have to go with The Munsters, Gomer Pyle, and , well I could just make a list a mile long!
Message: Posted by: Eric Rose (Oct 8, 2005 05:15PM)
Leon Redbone's Mr. Belvedere theme. Top notch, that one.
Message: Posted by: paisa23 (Oct 8, 2005 05:46PM)
How about "She's a SMMMAALLL WONder!"
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (Oct 8, 2005 05:57PM)
My favorite theme songs include (in no particular order):
Greatest American Hero ("Believe it or not, I'm walkin' on air...")
Out Of This World (A classic before it was a theme song: "Would you like to swing on a star, carry moonbeams home in a jar...")
Whiz Kids (no lyrics, just synthesized music. Perfect for a show about computer geniuses and their adventures)
It's Your Move
Mr. Belvedere
CSI
Addams Family
Munsters



Trivia time: In all of US prime-time television history, there has only been one show that had no theme song. Name it.

(You're going to hate me if you don't get this. It's one of those trivia questions where, when you hear the answer, you hit yourself on the head and say, "Of course!")
Message: Posted by: Eric Rose (Oct 8, 2005 06:14PM)
I seem to remember that even though that show didn't have a theme song, it did have a good beat to the intro....
Message: Posted by: paisa23 (Oct 8, 2005 06:27PM)
God its burning me up because I know I know it.
Also to add love Out Of This World
also want to add My secret Identity.
Welcome back Kotter
theme from the show Monsters not Munster I cant find this anywhere
Amazing stories
and Outer Limit

Posted: Oct 8, 2005 11:27pm
So your just going to leave me in the dark huh?
Message: Posted by: Jordini (Oct 8, 2005 10:42PM)
OH what about Perfect Strangers? I just remembered that show. I think it had a pretty catchy tune...
Message: Posted by: Lambertmoon (Oct 9, 2005 03:04PM)
[quote]
On 2005-10-08 18:57, Scott Cram wrote:
Trivia time: In all of US prime-time television history, there has only been one show that had no theme song. Name it.

(You're going to hate me if you don't get this. It's one of those trivia questions where, when you hear the answer, you hit yourself on the head and say, "Of course!")
[/quote]

Is it 60 minutes?
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (Oct 9, 2005 11:39PM)
Lambertmoon got it! 60 Minutes is the correct answer!

Although, I have a feeling Eric Rose knew it, too. ;)
Message: Posted by: Jordini (Oct 10, 2005 12:20AM)
They have a theme song, what are you talking about?

*tick**tick**tick**tick**tick**tick**tick**tick*