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November 22, 2005

World's Greatest Old TV Show Themes

For no particular reason.

Hawaii 5-0
Mission Impossible
The Rockford Files
The Partridge Family
Sanford And Son
Gilligan's Island
Laverne And Shirley
The Munsters

Honorable mention goes to:

Good Times
The Streets Of San Francisco
What's Happening?
The Mod Squad
Route 66

Most Over-rated theme songs:

The Monkees
The Brady Bunch
The Addams Family
The Jeffersons

Posted by annika, Nov. 22, 2005 | TrackBack (1)
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Can I put in a yip! for Barney Miller, too? Love that bass line!

Posted by: Robert the Llama Butcher on Nov. 22, 2005

Gee Anni,

No vote for Cheers? And I figured you for a gal who cares who knows her name.

BTW, some of the revenue from that song lined my pockets one year when I built the cabinetry to enclose the giant fish tank the songwriter had installed in her Dakota apartment. Cabinet, tank, fish and accouterment ran into the low six figures. Not to mention the service contract. Nice fish.

Posted by: Strawman on Nov. 22, 2005

Embarrassing admission:

My number one theme song, hands down, is "CHiPs." You had to be in junior high in 1979, I guess...

Posted by: Hugo on Nov. 22, 2005

Peter Gunn and Mr. Lucky (Henry Mancini). Mr. Broadway (Dave Brubeck)

Posted by: Dave Schuler on Nov. 22, 2005

Robert and Dave beat me to The Two of the ThreeBest TV Theme Songs of All Time: another vote each to Peter Gunn and Barney Miller. The third best: The Prisoner.

Posted by: Victor on Nov. 22, 2005

And I just remembered: Harlem Nocturne was used for the Mike Hammer Mysteries for the season or two it was on.

Posted by: Victor on Nov. 22, 2005

"The Andy Griffith Show"

A show I love, even though it expoused completely leftist values. The expousers were the kind of leftists I would be honored to call fellow citizens.

Posted by: gcotharn on Nov. 22, 2005

Gasp! Do my eyes deceive, or is no mention made of M*A*S*H?

Or if you're just not into melancholy music -- no Odd Couple?

Posted by: The Law Fairy on Nov. 22, 2005

What about The Beverly Hillbillies? Since you went to all the trouble of giving us the ENTIRE ballad of Davy Crockett, it deserves at least Honorable Mention. And it's much easier to sing too.

Posted by: Mark W on Nov. 22, 2005

OMG, The Odd Couple totally should be on the list. i forgot about it. i thought about including The Prisoner, too, but decided to limit my list to American shows only.

Posted by: annika on Nov. 22, 2005

No Family Ties or All in the Family?

Posted by: Mark on Nov. 22, 2005

miami vice???

no matter, it got beat out at the emmy's by the theme for "murder she wrote".

HI-50 is the best of all time.......something about the way she turns her head and looks straight into my eyes..........

Posted by: louielouie on Nov. 22, 2005

The Prisoner, is great, but you left out some of the finest, Old Western themes. My favorite, "The Virginian" followed by High Chapparal and Lancer.

To those who remember, High Chapparal was unique in that some of the heroes were mexicans. Also, the good guys didn't fight "fair" they would sneak up and shoot bad guys in the back if they could.

Posted by: kyle on Nov. 22, 2005

Thr Prisoner? so we can do British TV shows? Then how about The Avengers, and U.F.O. Both are instantly reconizable (to me at least) for what they represent. Add another vote for Peter Gunn, too.

Posted by: Keith on Nov. 22, 2005

I forgot Westerns!

Theme from "Rawhide"! - Since immortalized when the Blues Brothers played it behind chicken wire in the country music bar. This was a theme song from my very young and wide-eyed boyhood - when I was still riding stick-horses around the yard. It holds a special place in my heart.

Here's the second of three verses. The second verse is least remembered, yet still wonderful:

"Rollin', rollin', rollin'
Though the streams are swollen
Keep them dogies rollin'
Rain and wind and weather
Hell-bent for leather
Wishin' my gal was by my side.
All the things I'm missin',
Good vittles, love, and kissin',
Are waiting at the end of my ride"

Posted by: gcotharn on Nov. 22, 2005

"we'll talk to Bob."

Posted by: annika on Nov. 22, 2005

lol, yeah, we'll talk to bab

Posted by: Casca on Nov. 24, 2005


Where the Hellâ„¢ is "Barnaby Jones?" Groovy 70's music accompanied by a resonant narrator booming out names of each obscure, nobody guest star. Culminating with the "Special Guest Star" which always was the biggest nobody.

Who can answer this: Barnaby Jones, a _ _ Production?

Posted by: Radical Redneck on Nov. 25, 2005