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What is your favorite TV theme song?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on October 19, 2006

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“Full House.’ I love that show, and I think everyone knows the words. I still watch it.”

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.’ It’s the best theme song ever.”

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Six Feet Under.’ The theme song really fits the show.”

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Thundercats.’ It sounded cool when I was a kid, and it’s a great show.”

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Tychoman 8 years, 10 months ago

Aw Shelby the original's was so repetitive and self-congratulatory. Typical 1970s American music bombast and nothing more :)

tyger_lily 8 years, 10 months ago

The new Battlestar Galactica on SciFi!!

Bone777 8 years, 10 months ago

The Courtship of Eddie's Father. I remember this little kid and his dad throwing rocks in the water and that song would start up "Let me tell you about my best friend........."

ms_canada 8 years, 10 months ago

Favourite theme song. The Peter Gunn song and the theme from a little kids show called Wind In The Willows.

sgtwolverine 8 years, 10 months ago

Oh, and the Bob Newhart Show theme song has an amazing ability to get stuck in my head for hours at a time. It's really quite remarkable.

jonas 8 years, 10 months ago

betti: If I'm going solely on theme song, the best would have to be the one for Furi Kuri (FLCL) by the pillows. A few of the Inuyasha songs are great, and the one for Dragonball by the time it gets to the equivelent of american GT segment is wonderfully catchy. Excel saga has a great opening song too. Cowboy bebop has a great one in the American version, but I've heard the japanese one is great, too. And Trigun had a great song, too.

An anime fan, I presume?

oldfashiongirl 8 years, 10 months ago

Will you allow me to tell you of my favorite old radio broadcast-"The Shadow Knows". It was riveting music.

Last weekend on the way to Alabama I saw a sign of "Davey Crockett museum." We all began singing, "Davey, Davey Crockett, king of the wild frontier." We were sick of it by the time we got to Tuscaloosa.

LJW/OTS, please add my name to those wishing to reinstate One More Bob. While you're at it do the same for "Easy Money."

What ever happened to "KU Law"? Graduated??

jayhawks71 8 years, 10 months ago

The original Battlestar Galactica theme was not a John Williams (best known for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, etc) creation.

Stu and Glen Phillips are the composers.

I have always enjoyed anything by Mike Post; He is, by far the most prolific TV theme composer and many have been listed here. Here is just a sampling of what he has done: Hill Street Blues, LA Law, Law and Order, Rockford Files, Wiseguy, NYPD Blue, Greatest American Hero, Magnum PI, A-Team, Doogie Howser MD, etc....

(I think the CSI "themes" are sort of cheating, as they are actually songs that were composed not as themes).

Larry 8 years, 10 months ago

Wide World of Sports. The Rifleman was good too, especially at the beginning when you hear the sound of bullets flying. "Welcome to North Fork. Check your guns with Micah, and stay a while"

whitetower 8 years, 10 months ago

The original Transformers cartoon. They were more than meets the eye!

Ceallach 8 years, 10 months ago

TOB, I did a "user" search, found everyone I tried, except omb :( I hope they give consideration to our requests for his reinstatement. Sure he can use another name, but hey, he shouldn't have to do that. After all, he's good enough, he's smart enough and dog gone it, people like him :)

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Bone777 8 years, 10 months ago

I wrote this:

One More Bob was apparently banned and I would like to make a case for his reinstatement. I read most of his post and they were very enjoyable. I am not a part of the LJW staff and I don't consider myself an expert on much of anything, but I was never offended by anything I read. I think that the boards are a lot like a stew and I think that the different spices are what makes it interesting. I am out of state, but have lived and have family in Lawrence, and continue to read LJW on a daily basis. These boards are entertaining because of people like One More Bob, The Original Bob, Beatrice, Marion, Sunshine Sue, Reticent Irreverent, and many more of the regulars. Much of the post are said in jest, and as a regular, I do look to see how the others will respond. One More Bob was very entertaining and I would like to see him reinstated, please!!!!!!!

sgtwolverine 8 years, 10 months ago

If kam_fong were here, I imagine he'd cast a vote for Hawaii Five-0, too.

sgtwolverine 8 years, 10 months ago

Wait, R_I, does that mean you're going to be evaluating MY life? I'm not so sure I like this day so much.

beatrice 8 years, 10 months ago

Hear ye, hear ye, all who draw nigh. I am starting a petition right now. Everyone please, send a message to LJW/OTS right now. We want Bob reinstated immediately. 1. ms_canada add to list. ceallach, sue, gootsie, azure, badger, R_I, Bone777, beatrice

sunflower_sue 8 years, 10 months ago

Suicide is Painless (MAS*H)

In honor of National OMB day, I shall wear pleather, roast me some coffee beans, and turn right at the bear that looks like a rock and left at the rock that looks like a bear. I will find you, OMB! (Great, now I'm a stalker) :)

acg 8 years, 10 months ago

Dallas. Whenever I would hear that very distinctive beat blaring thru the house on Friday nights it was like a kickoff to the weekend. My mom, sisters and I would curl up in front of the t.v. to see who JR was going to screw over, ruin or sleep with next. I loved that show!

Aileen Dingus 8 years, 10 months ago

OH! The Animaniacs!!! I sing that one with my kids.

Linda Aikins 8 years, 10 months ago

Northern Exposure or Sopranos.

I'm off to Texas! "See" you later!

Ghost78 8 years, 10 months ago

Tough call ... for current shows, I like the upbeat NCIS opening music, and the manic retro Venture Brothers theme. Classic shows ... definately A-Team.

juscin3 8 years, 10 months ago

That is a great practical joke. Wonder how many times it played the song over and over again. There are alot of songs that you all have listed on here and the songs go through my brain. Hubby will sing to the kids from time to time "The Facts of Life." They never seen the show, so they look at him like what the heck are you singing?!?!?!? Too funny! I like the song of Good Times and One Day At A Time, Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons. Wish they still show all of them. I do know that they still show Good Times. I tell the kids about that show and they actually seen it a few times and like it. They enjoy watching Fresh Prince...gotta love the Carlton dance! LOL

Shelby 8 years, 10 months ago

and the ORIGINAL Battlestar Galactica theme song....incredible piece by john williams.

And I absolutely hate the Six Feet Under theme.

I also hate The Wire's theme song, though it's without question the best tv show in the history of television.

jonas 8 years, 10 months ago

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was great when I was a kid. Haven't had the chance to hear the new one. Other than that, most of them are from Anime's, so I'm probably the only one here who's ever heard them.

Shelby 8 years, 10 months ago

Repetitive? it's about 3 minutes long. sophisticated variations on a theme. have you no soul?

beatrice 8 years, 10 months ago

I think it should be a song written specifically for a show, not an existing song that has been plugged into opening credits. For that reason, The Smiths tune used on Charmed is out, same with The Who's song on CSI.

There are a few I can think of that became hits -- Friends, Welcome Back Kotter, The Monkees.

But best TV Theme Song -- Twilight Zone. That simple, little "ding ding, ding ding," let you know you were in for something spooky. I still love it. Second favorite might be Six Feet Under. Again, an other-wordly tune, which is absolutely perfect for the show.

sgtwolverine 8 years, 10 months ago

I concur with bea. A theme song must be written for the show to be eligible for prizes. Man law!

Er, I mean...uh...

Bone777 8 years, 10 months ago

It should tell you something about our current society that a lot of people know the words to these assorted songs better than our own "National Anthem."

Althea Schnacke 8 years, 10 months ago

As a practical joke, my last day at a job, I put 5 CD's into the player that had nothing but the Golden Girls theme song in it. "Thank you for being a friend". Took them about a week to find all the CD's in the 60 disk changer.

JerkStore 8 years, 10 months ago

Sanford & Son (Written by Quincy Jones)

Kuku_Kansas 8 years, 10 months ago

If your memory isn't working yet, here's a cool website for ya:

http://www.retrojunk.com/

sunflower_sue 8 years, 10 months ago

How do we contact David Ryan? I'd really like to know where OMB went astray.

thubbard76 8 years, 10 months ago

The Tonight Show....with Johnny Carson!

Shelby 8 years, 10 months ago

altheasus, that is brilliant. I'm going to have to employ some similar method in some such way.

gccs14r 8 years, 10 months ago

The later seasons of Barney Miller, after they added horns.

conservativepunker 8 years, 10 months ago

Either "Car 54, Where Are You?" or "The Patty Duke Show"-- "A hot dog makes her lose control!!!!"

lunacydetector 8 years, 10 months ago

Three's Company

not really -that's got to be the worst theme song EVER.

Shelby 8 years, 10 months ago

Automan Manimal Eight Is Enough Tripods (UK) It's Your Move (1984, Jason Bateman silver spoons spin-off)

swamp_rat 8 years, 10 months ago

Coalition to reinstate Bob:

ms_canada, ceallach, sue, gootsie, azure, badger, R_I, Bone777, beatrice, TOB, ljreader, swamp_rat

Theme songs: "All in the family," "Suicide is painless"

ms_canada 8 years, 10 months ago

sue - I have written a letter to OTS the banned accounts department and asked them please to reinstate our boy bobby. Have not heard back yet. But I will write to him and see what the heck he did. Can't be all that bad. I don't understand this.

Ken Miller 8 years, 10 months ago

Theme from "The Office." It fits perfectly with that show.

ms_canada 8 years, 10 months ago

ceallach = I am not sad, I am flaming mad, mad, mad. What have they done to our dear Bob. How dare they cut him out of our lives. This is not fair. Sorry for ranting today but I missed yesterday completely. Hear ye, hear ye, all who draw nigh. I am starting a petition right now. Everyone please, send a message to LJW/OTS right now. We want Bob reinstated immediately. 1. ms_canada add to list. ceallach, sue,
gootsie, azure, badger.

audvisartist 8 years, 10 months ago

The Greatest American Hero theme song. A theme song SO GOOD that George from Seinfeld used it as his answering machine message!

Sheila Couchman 8 years, 10 months ago

Third Watch, Cops, Green Acres, Brady Bunch

betti81 8 years, 10 months ago

abe_froman...are you the abe froman? the sausage king of chicago?

sgtwolverine 8 years, 10 months ago

Hawaii Five-0. With the A-Team close behind.

Although the Lost theme is pretty amazing, isn't it?

Happy OMB Day.

RonBurgandy 8 years, 10 months ago

kuku_kansas - awesome website thanks.

Sopranos, hands down.

sgtwolverine 8 years, 10 months ago

Oh, and that 60 Minutes theme song is pretty darn good, too.

Grundoon Luna 8 years, 10 months ago

The Perry Mason theme. The Tubes covered that one and it's outstanding.

Shelby 8 years, 10 months ago

The Electric Company - "Moving out in a new wayyy!"

The Muppet Show - "It's time to put on makeup, it's time to light the lights..."

And the obvious: MIAMI VICE

Hilary Morton 8 years, 10 months ago

Mr. Belvedere! Think about it... "Streaks on the china, never had 'em before. Who cares? When you drop-kicked your jacket as you came through the door, no one glared." awesome song. I've spent a good 15 years trying to remember the words.

thisiknow 8 years, 10 months ago

This question takes me back to simpler times. Gunsmoke,Waltons, Flintstones. I catch myself humming those on a regular basis. If I were to sing a song my fav would be The Brady Bunch and Happy Days and the partridge family. My daycare kids and I sing The Addams Family alot.

jayhawks71 8 years, 10 months ago

RI, I don't know the answer to your question but Joey Scarbury was the vocalist on the Greatest American Hero theme.

sunflower_sue 8 years, 10 months ago

Yes, where is that link? I've been searching in vain.

galfromku 8 years, 10 months ago

the Brady Bunch... DUH!! Who does not know the words to that show??

Tony Kisner 8 years, 10 months ago

Meet George Jetson......

It's a swinging tune.

I think Miles D had a solo.

drewdun 8 years, 10 months ago

Growing Pains. Greatest theme-song/worst song ever.

"Show me that smile again..."

roger_o_thornhill 8 years, 10 months ago

Peter Gunn or Pink Panther. HEHE I like Mancini I guess.

Janet Lowther 8 years, 10 months ago

Secret Agent had to have had the best theme ever: People would turn it on, listen to the theme, then change the channel. Unfortunately the theme was so much better than the show. IIRC it only lasted one season.

Since I'm celebrating 20 years without a TV, I have never heard a lot of the suggestions. . .

betti81 8 years, 10 months ago

jonas: anime novice, more like it. FLCL made me late to class few times b/c i had to catch it at like 1 am or something. Inuyasha's is good, but FLCL i like alot.

betti81 8 years, 10 months ago

jonas: what anime's?

currently on air: 1. sopranos 2. south park (which btw was hilarious last night!) 3. (and because of #2 last night)-Dog the Bounty Hunter--(Ozzy-seriously, need i say more ;)

all time: 1. sopranos

sgtwolverine 8 years, 10 months ago

Also worth mentioning might be the Animaniacs theme. And Mary Tyler Moore.

Incidentally, when I started buying Magnum P.I. on dvd, I learned that the show didn't start with the famous Magnum theme song. The first season featured a more jazzy, laid-back song. The second season started the famous theme.

acg 8 years, 10 months ago

They booted OMB? Man, that blows!! He rocked!

I had forgotten about Fraggle Rock. I loved that show when I was a kid.

sunflower_sue 8 years, 10 months ago

How about ending show song?

"I'm so glad we had this time together..." insert ear tug here (Carol Burnett)

Also love all the Hee Haw songs!

"Gloom, dispair, and agony on me...Woah! Deep dark depression, excessive misery...Woah! If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all...Woah! Gloom, dispair, and agony on me!"

"Well, we're not one's to go around spreadin' rumors. Why, really we're just not the gossipy kind. No, you'll never hear one of us repeating gossip... So you better be sure and listen close the first time!"

Classics!

Shelby 8 years, 10 months ago

So what is the explanation for The Night To Watch TV changing from Friday in the eighties to Thursday now?

H_Lecter 8 years, 10 months ago

Dear OTS,

When you banned Marion, you accidently banned OMB. Please correct this error.

Thanks,

H_L

BOE 8 years, 10 months ago

"Nat Geographic" and also, American Experience on PBS

St. Elsewhere for honorable mention

Most Annoyingly Evil: theme from "The Fats of Life"

fully support the campaign to reinstate OMB

rodneyking 8 years, 10 months ago

I never cared for the "Cops" theme that much

abe_froman 8 years, 10 months ago

thank you for being a friend. traveled down the road again. your heart is true you're a pal and a confidante. and if you threw a party and invited everyone you knew, you would see the biggest gift would be from me and the card attached would say "thank you for being a friend!"

Robert Kerley 8 years, 10 months ago

The Underdog theme and Battle of the Planets.

ms_canada 8 years, 10 months ago

OK guys - look up above this just under the pictures of the four on the street. It says Comments and then words about the policy and in blue print it says, problems, commemts and banned accounts page. I hope that will get them. That is where I wrote. Have still not heard back. If I don't hear, I will write again. I would sure help if a few more were to write. I don't care at all what bob said, he deserves a second chance. He is our buddy.

Tychoman 8 years, 10 months ago

Tyger Lily: Battlestar Galactica's music is incredible.

Star Trek Voyager, Veronica Mars seasons 1 & 2, West Wing, Six Feet Under, both Stargates because I am a nerd and have no friends :(

livinthedream 8 years, 10 months ago

What about Golden Girls?? I loved that song!
That is what friendship is all about!

Shelby 8 years, 10 months ago

does anybody remember an early-80s tv show that was about a white guy in his late 20's or early 30's and an old japanese guy who taught him how to be a ninja?

sunflower_sue 8 years, 10 months ago

OK, My letter is sent. Hopefully soon we can all sing the theme song to "Welcome Back Cotter" for our OMB.

mom_of_three 8 years, 10 months ago

Some of the most popular theme songs were written by the same guy - Mike Post. Magnum, P.I., NYPD Blue, the A team, Hunter, CHiPS, Black Sheep Squadron, Riptide, Quantum Leap, Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law,Rockford Files.... I did an Engish assignment in college about tv theme songs.
I like "High Chapparel" which some basketball bands play, and E.R. and Magnum

Bone777 8 years, 10 months ago

Hear ye, hear ye, all who draw nigh. I am starting a petition right now. Everyone please, send a message to LJW/OTS right now. We want Bob reinstated immediately. 1. ms_canada add to list. ceallach, sue, gootsie, azure, badger, R_I, Bone777

sgtwolverine 8 years, 10 months ago

Ooh, R_I, good point on Mission Impossible. That is one of the great ones. It still is great, even though Tom Cruise is trying his best to ruin the song.

Tychoman 8 years, 10 months ago

What's the deal with OMB Day? Can someone fill me in?

sunflower_sue 8 years, 10 months ago

Theme song for OMB:

Him an' his jokes travelled all through the land an' his speeches made him friends to beat the band His witty criticism was their favorite brand an' everyone wanted to shake his hand One More, One More Bob, helpin' his legend grow!

He knew when he spoke he sounded the knell of his hopes for a laugh and pleather fame as well But he spoke out strong so hist'ry books tell an' patched up the crack in Inmate's cell. One More, One More Bob, seein' his duty clear!

He heard of Houston an' the Astrodome so to the Texas plains he jest had to go Where freedom was fightin' another foe an' they needed him at the OTS, Oh! One More, One More Bob, the man who don't know fear!

Shelby 8 years, 10 months ago

No, it was kind of obscure...probably didn't last more than one season. It was in a modern setting (at the time), too.

the_seeker 8 years, 6 months ago

in reference to the question from Shelby. ...Does anybody remember an early-80s tv show that was about a white guy in his late 20's or early 30's and an old japanese guy who taught him how to be a ninja?

It was an NBC show called the Master starring Lee Van Cleef.

He also used to star in so-called "spaghetti" western movies. Also even though he isn't in it, you might want to see "Blind Fury" starring Rutger Hauer.

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