November 22, 2005
World's Greatest Old TV Show Themes
For no particular reason.
The Rockford Files
The Partridge Family
Sanford And Son
Laverne And Shirley
Honorable mention goes to:
The Streets Of San Francisco
The Mod Squad
Most Over-rated theme songs:
The Brady Bunch
The Addams Family
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Can I put in a yip! for Barney Miller, too? Love that bass line!
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.
My number one theme song, hands down, is "CHiPs." You had to be in junior high in 1979, I guess...
Peter Gunn and Mr. Lucky (Henry Mancini). Mr. Broadway (Dave Brubeck)
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.
And I just remembered: Harlem Nocturne was used for the Mike Hammer Mysteries for the season or two it was on.
"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.
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?
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.
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.
No Family Ties or All in the Family?
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..........
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.
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.
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"
lol, yeah, we'll talk to bab
Where the Hell™ 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?