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Topic: Most Addictive TV Theme Songs
Message: Posted by: critter (Sep 2, 2010 11:37AM)
I'll start:
1. Andy Griffith
2. The A-Team
3. Star Trek (original)
4. Miami Vice
Message: Posted by: Josh Chaikin (Sep 2, 2010 11:51AM)
Hmm...tricky

• Quantum Leap
• Doogie Howser MD
• Perfect Strangers
• Cheers

I just realized those are all 80s. Most 80s shows had great theme songs.
Message: Posted by: EsnRedshirt (Sep 2, 2010 12:05PM)
I've had the theme for the kid's show "Yo Gabba Gabba" running through my head for a month or so now. Though that's probably because it's my 18-month old son's favorite show, and he wants to watch it all the time.
Message: Posted by: kcg5 (Sep 2, 2010 12:13PM)
A-team
magnum
fresh prince
Message: Posted by: critter (Sep 2, 2010 12:40PM)
Mister Ed.
Oh yeah, forgot about Fresh Prince. "Iiiiiiiiit was Philadelphia born and raised..."
Isn't it ironic that the 80's is known for bad music but had the best theme songs?
Message: Posted by: BCS (Sep 2, 2010 12:51PM)
I loved the old Speed Racer cartoon as a kid… my kids are now watching the episodes on DVD, I find myself singing the theme song throughout the day.

Bruce
Message: Posted by: Larry Bean (Sep 2, 2010 12:56PM)
Twilight Zone
Dragnet
Gilligan's Island
Message: Posted by: muse (Sep 2, 2010 01:12PM)
Hawaii 5-0
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Sep 2, 2010 01:13PM)
Haven't we done this before? I think so.

Perfection: I Dream of Jeanie.

Virtually everything else here I would agree with.

How about Hawaii 5-0?
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Sep 2, 2010 01:17PM)
Gilligan's Island
Green Acres
Adams Family
Brady Bunch
Beverly Hillbillies

AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!

- Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Sep 2, 2010 01:20PM)
Peter Gunn....
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 2, 2010 01:21PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-02 14:17, Mary Mowder wrote:
Gilligan's Island
Green Acres
Adams Family
Brady Bunch
Beverly Hillbillies

AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!

- Mary Mowder
[/quote]

You either just told us your age, or that you are addicted to TVLand. ;)
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Sep 2, 2010 01:24PM)
Here's the thread I was thinking of:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=132893&forum=32

But mods, please don't delete this thread, because the question is actually different. It's about tune addiction.

German has a great expression for a tune that you just can't shake for a day or a few: an ear worm.

Which of these TV theme songs are ear worms?

Many, many, many. Some of these composers really knew what they were doing.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Sep 2, 2010 01:38PM)
First one to pop into my head was I Dream of Jeannie.

There are many that I like a lot better (Peter Gunn, for instance) but I have to go with the instinct.

Maybe I'm still in love with Barbara Eden.

John
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (Sep 2, 2010 01:43PM)
Here's a second vote for the Addams Family and Mr. Ed, and another vote for Gilligan's Island. (Useless Trivia: The Gilligan's Island Theme and most Emily Dickinson poems all use the same meter, so you can [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-5IMeNWeVw]sing most Emily Dickinson poems to the tune of Gilligan's Island[/url].)

What about the '60s Batman series with Adam West?
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Sep 2, 2010 01:52PM)
[quote]
What about the '60s Batman series with Adam West?
[/quote]

That's my cell phone ring tone. But that's because it's the very first TV theme song I can remember. It still gives me goosebumps of nostalgia.
Message: Posted by: balducci (Sep 2, 2010 02:00PM)
The Rockford Files.
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Sep 2, 2010 02:02PM)
Balducci, nice entry! That was indeed an ear worm. Good show, too.
Message: Posted by: balducci (Sep 2, 2010 02:10PM)
One common factor, is that Mike Post composed a great many of the theme songs people have listed above:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0006236/

Another great theme song that came to mind just now, is that of Mission Impossible (by Lalo Schifrin).
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Sep 2, 2010 02:13PM)
Mission Impossible is also a fascinating piece of music by any standards. It's not just an ear worm, it is also an interesting composition with regard to rhythm. Darned hard to play for any group. Impossible on the banjo. (Well, Bela Fleck might be able to do something with it. But he's Bela Fleck.)
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Sep 2, 2010 02:26PM)
SWAT & Hawaii 5-0
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Sep 2, 2010 02:27PM)
Dear Michael Baker,

Yup, I just told my age, I didn't watch all those but I have a quirky brain that gets stuck on songs for days. Ear Worm is a good name for that.

It's purgatory! I get some Mission Impossible and Deep Space Nine days but one tiny bit of the "Meow Meow" song or Justin Beaber and the day is shot. Flipping from channel to channel with out Mute is like navigating a land mine (or being driven through one since I'm not usually the driver).

- Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Sep 2, 2010 03:43PM)
There is one I whistle but to be honest I'm not sure if it the I Dream of Jeanie song or the My Three Sons song.
Message: Posted by: gdw (Sep 2, 2010 03:53PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-02 13:40, critter wrote:
Mister Ed.
Oh yeah, forgot about Fresh Prince. "Iiiiiiiiit was Philadelphia born and raised..."
Isn't it ironic that the 80's is known for bad music but had the best theme songs?
[/quote]

I thought it was "in west philidelphia . . ."

Also, how has no one mentioned Spider-man yet?
Message: Posted by: critter (Sep 2, 2010 03:59PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-02 14:24, stoneunhinged wrote:
Here's the thread I was thinking of:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=132893&forum=32

But mods, please don't delete this thread, because the question is actually different. It's about tune addiction.

German has a great expression for a tune that you just can't shake for a day or a few: an ear worm.

Which of these TV theme songs are ear worms?

Many, many, many. Some of these composers really knew what they were doing.
[/quote]

Exactamundo! I don't even know if I've ever seen an entire episode of Andy Griffith, but I've had that infernal whistling in my head for 25 years...
Message: Posted by: kcg5 (Sep 2, 2010 04:31PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-02 16:53, gdw wrote:
[quote]
On 2010-09-02 13:40, critter wrote:
Mister Ed.
Oh yeah, forgot about Fresh Prince. "Iiiiiiiiit was Philadelphia born and raised..."
Isn't it ironic that the 80's is known for bad music but had the best theme songs?
[/quote]

I thought it was "in west philidelphia . . ."


[/quote]

I thought so also. "...on the playground is where I spent most of my days"
Message: Posted by: tommy (Sep 2, 2010 05:13PM)
Rawhide
Mission Impossible
The Twilight Zone

Well there are loads that spring to mind.
Message: Posted by: pepka (Sep 3, 2010 12:43AM)
Happy Days
The Love Boat
The Greatest American Hero

I'm starting to play with a new band this weekend. Looking at some of their tunes, their most popular ones are:
Hawaii 5-0
Peter Gunn
and the one I'm REALLY looking forward to,
The Muppet Show
Message: Posted by: Josh the Superfluous (Sep 3, 2010 12:53AM)
Odd Couple
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 3, 2010 01:16AM)
I think we did this a couple years ago, but... have fun kiddies!

http://www.televisiontunes.com/
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Sep 3, 2010 01:47AM)
Do miniseries and TV movies count? Every 6 months or so, the theme from "The Doberman Gang" gets stuck in my head.
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Sep 3, 2010 08:08AM)
How about:

Bonanza
Green Acres (or did someone already mention it?)
The Avengers
Thunderbirds
Laverne and Shirley
The Mary Tyler Moore Show

and...

...wait...

...wait...

THE LOVE BOAT!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_wFEB4Oxlo

And for any magicians who might post here, there's this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5idzfZXBro
Message: Posted by: Carrie Sue (Sep 3, 2010 09:27AM)
Can't believe no one has said ...

1. Knight Rider
2. Airwolf
3. Dukes of Hazzard
4. Wonderbug (from the Krofft Supershow)
5. Mork & Mindy
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Sep 3, 2010 09:45AM)
Spiderman, Spiderman,
Does whatever a spider can
Spins a web, any size,
Catches thieves just like flies
Look Out!
Here comes the Spiderman.

Is he strong?
Listen bud,
He's got radioactive blood.
Can he swing from a thread
Take a look overhead
Hey, there
There goes the Spiderman.

In the chill of night
At the scene of a crime
Like a streak of light
He arrives just in time.

Spiderman, Spiderman
Friendly neighborhood Spiderman
Wealth and fame
He's ingnored
Action is his reward.

To him, life is a great big bang up
Whenever there's a hang up
You'll find the Spider man.
Message: Posted by: mvmagic (Sep 3, 2010 11:49AM)
MacGyver
Knight Rider
Battlestar Galactica
Hill Street Blues
Dallas
Message: Posted by: Josh Chaikin (Sep 3, 2010 02:30PM)
A show that I loved watching when I was around 5 or 6...the theme is still pretty catchy. Besides, the show stars Tom Bosley, what's not to like?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCL3JWkRyCI
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Sep 3, 2010 02:40PM)
Somehow Josh's post made me recall that one of the most addictive songs I've ever heard for a TV series was here in Germany.

Listen to this five times, and then try to forget it. You can't. It's an ear worm.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzCygWJD4Og
Message: Posted by: Josh Chaikin (Sep 3, 2010 02:43PM)
Hmm...the animation sequence and music is strangely familiar...I probably saw it before on ZFN...or whatever the channels are there...I only remember ZFN. Probably because of *ahem* certain shows that came on around 11:00 PM
Message: Posted by: critter (Sep 3, 2010 03:39PM)
This was before my time but it was on a cartoon theme song tape I had in high school:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obxfuFrUTzg

Another one that's not a theme song but gets me choked up:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhUCQCTZnkk
Message: Posted by: kcg5 (Sep 3, 2010 06:46PM)
"1. Knight Rider
2. Airwolf
3.dukes of hazard"

Carrie, we agree!!! I can't believe I forgot the dukes. I met boss hog once!

Robert Altman, the director of the film m*a*s*h, said his son made more money than he did from it, as his son wrote "suicide is painless" the theme song for the film and show.

What war was it about?
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Sep 3, 2010 07:57PM)
Wow...I realize I wasn't in the US for my whole life but there are a lot of shows listed either I've never heard of or never have seen.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Sep 3, 2010 09:20PM)
The Real McCoys


I Love Lucy


The Flintstones


The Smothers Comedy Brothers Hour


Zorro!


The Mickey Mouse Club


Robin Hood
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (Sep 4, 2010 12:37AM)
Does this game show TV theme song count?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuzc4jgwlT8
Message: Posted by: Douglas Lippert (Sep 4, 2010 12:43AM)
Firefly

The Wonder Years

The X-Files

Friends

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Darkwing Duck

Baywatch
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Sep 4, 2010 09:20AM)
Here's one from Germany that I really love:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-mCm7V7Jxo
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Sep 4, 2010 09:54AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-04 10:20, stoneunhinged wrote:
Here's one from Germany that I really love:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-mCm7V7Jxo
[/quote]

Are you adding it to your banjo repertoire?
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Sep 4, 2010 10:37AM)
Interesting. I never thought of that. The audiences would go nuts! Maybe I'd get groupies and everything.

But...uh...I don't have the voice that that guy does.
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (Sep 4, 2010 12:29PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-03 10:27, Carrie Sue wrote:
Can't believe no one has said ...

1. Knight Rider
2. Airwolf
3. Dukes of Hazzard
4. Wonderbug (from the Krofft Supershow)
5. Mork & Mindy
[/quote]

I don't know about Mork & Mindy. The theme song was pleasant enough, but it wasn't catchy. For me, it always seemed to drop out of my head as soon as it was finished.
Message: Posted by: Joey Stalin (Sep 4, 2010 10:17PM)
Douglas beat me [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrAS20mNZUE]Firefly[/url] heh
Message: Posted by: Dan Bernier (Sep 5, 2010 01:09AM)
Dallas theme song. It always had a nice ring to me. Even today, I occasionally find myself humming the theme song. I wasn't a fan of the show though, go figure.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsBYBugvDek
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Sep 5, 2010 01:37AM)
To me, the best musical score for a tv show was "The Rifleman".

- the opening
- the father/son theme
- the suspense theme, whenever a gun battle was about to happen, is unsurpassed (to me!)

Anyone remember the song in one episode that went, "Jake - Jake Pardee. Someday you'll hang!"

Great stuff!
Message: Posted by: landmark (Sep 5, 2010 07:39PM)
I don't remember the Rifleman theme but you reminded me about "Branded." ("What do you do when you're Branded . . . and you know you're a man!")

And on the same lines--"Johnny Yuma was a rebel . . ."
Message: Posted by: Nosher (Sep 5, 2010 08:54PM)
The theme from Callan. Very catchy. Makes light bulbs have a sound.
Message: Posted by: Cyberqat (Sep 5, 2010 09:28PM)
Peter Gunn.

Evidenced by the fact that you KNOW the song, even though you've probably never heard of the show.

http://www.flashwidgetz.com/musicsearch/Henry%20Mancini%20-%20Peter%20Gunn%20Theme

By Henry Mancini, the man who also brought us probably the most infectious movie theme of the 60s...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb9dcv1xDiY

(This version is not the original, its the Sting cover from the remake, but ist still excellent.)
Message: Posted by: boynextdoor (Sep 6, 2010 01:53AM)
"It's a Living" had one the BEST theme songs EVER! I wish it was 8 minutes long! I LOVE IT!

Also:
X-Men
Batman: The Animated Series
The Avengers
Charlie's Angels
The Love Boat
Laverne & Shirley
Love American Style
Message: Posted by: boynextdoor (Sep 6, 2010 01:55AM)
And yes, Dallas has a GREAT theme song.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Sep 6, 2010 08:31AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-04 11:37, stoneunhinged wrote:
Interesting. I never thought of that. The audiences would go nuts! Maybe I'd get groupies and everything.

But...uh...I don't have the voice that that guy does.
[/quote]

Do it!


John
Message: Posted by: Josh Chaikin (Sep 6, 2010 11:13AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-04 10:54, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
[quote]
On 2010-09-04 10:20, stoneunhinged wrote:
Here's one from Germany that I really love:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-mCm7V7Jxo
[/quote]

Are you adding it to your banjo repertoire?
[/quote]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jjPrmhmWvo

Here it is in English...interesting to listen to the stylistic changes. I also seem to recall the German theme for The Never Ending Story film being just orchestral and very haunting.
Message: Posted by: motown (Sep 6, 2010 07:57PM)
All in the Family

Friends

Rawhide
Message: Posted by: critter (Sep 7, 2010 11:52AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-05 20:39, landmark wrote:
I don't remember the Rifleman theme but you reminded me about "Branded." ("What do you do when you're Branded . . . and you know you're a man!")

And on the same lines--"Johnny Yuma was a rebel . . ."
[/quote]

Oh wow, my uncle wrote a parody of Branded.
"What do you do when you're stranded, stranded on the toilet bowl?
What do you do when you're stranded, and you don't have a roll?
Must you prove you're a man by using your hand?"
And so on...
Message: Posted by: Bob Clayton (Sep 7, 2010 07:59PM)
If you include game shows, the Jeopardy tune is an unbeatable classic.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Sep 7, 2010 10:32PM)
Darkwing Duck yes, also Ducktails.

In fact any of the "Disney Afternoon" themes, including the actual Disney Afternoon theme itself!

No love for "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."?
Message: Posted by: critter (Sep 7, 2010 10:49PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-07 23:32, ed rhodes wrote:
Darkwing Duck yes, also Ducktails.

In fact any of the "Disney Afternoon" themes, including the actual Disney Afternoon theme itself!

[/quote]

Oh I loved those! And Tailspin...
My favorite of those theme songs was Chip and Dale; Rescue Rangers. Great show and great song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZB5cM_6Ru8

DD:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=375ENQbru8s

Talespin:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_cMaGt52QE&feature=related

Not Disney but my favorite cartoon as a kid:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VthsQVsXwEg
Message: Posted by: Dreadnought (Sep 7, 2010 11:48PM)
Barney Miller
Message: Posted by: boynextdoor (Sep 8, 2010 01:31AM)
I REMEMBER COUNT DUCKULA! It was so grown up for me to watch something with an intor that sounded like Thriller, haha.

I also LOVED the theme for Danger Mouse, he was just SO cool!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrM0E9pag8E

And the Care Bears!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfsrjGb7LcE&feature=related

And Fantastic Max!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dSJ2Y4iVus

And the Are You Afraid of the Dark intro still creeps me out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jitg-3xbmKU&feature=related

It'd come on right after Ren & Stimpy and I'd quickly make my way out of the living room, haha. I eventually grew old enough to watch it, but it sure scared the hell out of me!
Message: Posted by: boynextdoor (Sep 8, 2010 01:35AM)
Eerie Indiana, too:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU-DAWveB_g&feature=related

Sorry, there's just so many I love!

Like Peewee's Playhouse:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp7G18nQxvU

And Ed Grimley:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14Ku5ccBCX4
Message: Posted by: rudy-ray (Sep 8, 2010 08:08PM)
Ok, Ok : From an old trumpet player- 1) The Green Hornet 2) The Magician And the baddest t.v. western theme Have Gun Will Travel
Message: Posted by: Cyberqat (Sep 8, 2010 08:31PM)
Super Chicken!

I wouldn't sing it, but I stil remember it after all these years...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKss2pBYQ6Y
Message: Posted by: boynextdoor (Sep 9, 2010 02:04AM)
AW YEAH! SUPER CHICKEN!
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Sep 9, 2010 04:56AM)
Darkwing Duck even had a Super Chicken reference.

At one point, Darkwing turns to Launchpad and says; "As the chicken said, LP; 'You knew the job was dangerous when you took it!' "

I had to explain to the kids why I hit the ground laughing!