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mike alexander
2008-Feb-28, 07:42 PM
By a recent calculation 63.7% of my brain capacity is filled with 50 years of original theme music from television programs. Aside from proof of just how much of my life I have wasted staring at glowing phosphors, I wondered if anyone else remembers some of these with actual fondness (Some were quite good, really). Among mine:

The Twilight Zone (the original Bernard Herrmann one, not the Van Cleave one)

Cimmaron Strip (Maurice Jarre' did that)

Science Fiction Theatre

Star Trek: Voyager (Best thing about the program by far)

Have Gun, Will Travel


I would also include The Lone Ranger and Sgt. Preston of the Yukon, but those were both from operatic overtures.

CodeSlinger
2008-Feb-28, 07:53 PM
The twangy Firefly intro theme.

Jason
2008-Feb-28, 08:07 PM
Mission: Impossible.

Extravoice
2008-Feb-28, 08:15 PM
Peter Gunn

edited to add:
Ironside
The Munsters

Parrothead
2008-Feb-28, 09:01 PM
Mission:Impossible
Peter Gunn Duane Eddy or Art of Noise featuring Duane Eddy
Twin Peaks
Hawaii Five-O
Dragnet Some time ago, watching "The Killers" (1946) for the first time in ages, reminded me that Dragnet's theme grew from there.

Argos
2008-Feb-28, 09:03 PM
Batman [the 60's series].

Larry Jacks
2008-Feb-28, 09:35 PM
Peter Gunn
Get Smart
Mission: Impossible

Jason
2008-Feb-28, 09:54 PM
Get Smart. And it's got a great title sequence to go with it.

Larry Jacks
2008-Feb-28, 10:03 PM
Get Smart. And it's got a great title sequence to go with it.

Back in 1980, I worked in an underground facility in Germany. There were so many security doors, blast doors, etc. that I had to go through every shift that the theme from Get Smart (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvMj5LuT5hk) played in my mind all of the time. The link is to a YouTube video of the opening sequence.

KaiYeves
2008-Feb-28, 10:13 PM
Spider-Man TAS.
"Spider-Man, Spider-Man..."

mike alexander
2008-Feb-28, 10:19 PM
Route 66

Alasdhair
2008-Feb-28, 10:21 PM
Blake's 7

The closing credits song from Red Dwarf:

It's cold outside, there's no kind of atmosphere...

Jason
2008-Feb-28, 10:25 PM
The original Battlestar Galactica.
Knight Rider (much cooler than the show, actually.
Airwolf.
The A-Team, including the intro dialogue "If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire... The A-Team."
The Six Million Dollar Man, also with the intro. "A man barely alive. We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better...stronger...faster.".
Wonder Woman.

mike alexander
2008-Feb-28, 10:32 PM
Superman TOS, of course

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

The Avengers

KaiYeves
2008-Feb-28, 10:34 PM
Kim Possible!
"Ohhh, ye-ee-ah-
I'm your basic adverage girl
And I'm here to save the world
You can't stop me 'cause I'm
Kim Po-ssi-ble..."

Phlash
2008-Feb-28, 10:52 PM
77 Sunset Strip
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Highway Patrol
Rawhide
Cheyenne
Sugerfoot
Bronco Lane
Bonanza
Champion the wonder horse


All very dated now:whistle:

:)

CodeSlinger
2008-Feb-28, 11:41 PM
Since everyone's on a bit of a nostalgia run here...

McGuyver
Quantum Leap

chrissy
2008-Feb-28, 11:49 PM
tales of the unexpected

toolazytotypemyname
2008-Feb-28, 11:56 PM
How can it be that no one has mentioned Sanford and Son?

if it's gotta be sci-fi related: then I'd say the Incredible Hulk


if you're really into theme songs, check out this link:
http://netnotables.com/2007/12/02/101-classic-tv-intros/

novaderrik
2008-Feb-29, 12:39 AM
every theme song that they've used in any capacity on the show "Scrubs". they've done some pretty marvelous things on that show using classic television songs and commercial jingles...
and, also, the intro music to the show "Scrubs".
and what about Darkwing Duck? that there was some catchy music. or DuckTales..

ciderman
2008-Feb-29, 01:38 AM
Blake's 7

The closing credits song from Red Dwarf:

..

Seconded :)

& Dr Who http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Who_theme_music

Krel
2008-Feb-29, 01:51 AM
Many mentioned above plus "Cade's County", and...
The Pruitts of Southampton, a Vic Mizzy theme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gL3vX-62z1k
Jack of All Trades, which had the best theme, and credits in many a year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VNsjjYRgjc
Captain Nice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whM0sVNiq6U
Mr. Terrific: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llY1rvs31Ps&feature=related
It's About Time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1G-TsdNWGg&feature=related
The Addams Family, a Vic Mizzy theme where he sings the theme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL_9zdu4iVw
Green Acres, a Vic Mizzy theme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2WlYgDe1Vs
The Man From U.N.C.L.E., this one if from the second season: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC88U1SyQQw&feature=related
The Ernie Kovacs Show, okay, it is actully Gershwin's Rialto Ripples, but it fit Ernie Kovacs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTgJTRoJj24

A good tv theme site: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC88U1SyQQw&feature=related

David.

Gillianren
2008-Feb-29, 02:50 AM
Firefly, of course. Twin Peaks, also of course. And My So-Called Life.

novaderrik
2008-Feb-29, 04:35 AM
Firefly, of course. Twin Peaks, also of course. And My So-Called Life.
like, what was so, like, great about the My So Called Life theme song?
or, you know, like, whatever. and stuff.
oh, forget about it..

and to the person that mentioned the "Jack of all Trades" theme- i forgot about that one. that show was great. Bruce Campbell can really do no wrong..

ravens_cry
2008-Feb-29, 05:05 AM
The BBC Chronicles of Narnia.
Star Trek: Enterprise
Mission Hill

The Backroad Astronomer
2008-Feb-29, 10:15 AM
One of the first theme songs and many regenerations, it has to be the Doctor Who theme song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKg9tuSbXmk&feature=related
And here a couple of the newer stars of the series singing it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtdGwiMtZ08

eburacum45
2008-Feb-29, 10:27 AM
The Doctor Who theme tune was an extraordinary creation back in the 60's, and still has a certain power to thrill today.

Other tunes from that era that I enjoyed at the time (and still do) are the Gerry Anderson tunes; Stingray, Thunderbirds and Joe 90.

The Backroad Astronomer
2008-Feb-29, 10:31 AM
oops did not see cidermans post.

Matherly
2008-Feb-29, 02:12 PM
From Babylon 5, "Requiem for the Line" which was first used in the pilot episode as the music cue when Sinclair is telling his girlfriend what it was like at the Battle of the Line. It was used many more times, most notably as the Season 3 Main Title theme.

mike alexander
2008-Feb-29, 03:42 PM
Alfred Hitchcock was mentioned above. The theme music was 'Funeral March of a Marionette'. And a good theme it was.

ngc3314
2008-Feb-29, 03:44 PM
Funny how some of the music plays when its background isn't familiar. While on a trip to the USSR (in about its last year, albeit unknowingly) I was first amused that the nightly TV announcements of decisions from the Supreme Soviet were prefaced by the fanfare from the TV show Battlestar Galactica. But better yet were the commercials. At the time (late 1990), Moscow TV was in its first halting experiments with commercials for banks and so forth, many of which at the time looked almost as if they were filmed in a garage. One bank's theme music was the Twilight Zone theme. Come to think of it, maybe that bank was affiliated with the one here at which I formerly did business. That would explain a lot.

Tog
2008-Feb-29, 03:50 PM
Wow, okay here goes...

Barney Miller
Night Court Great bass lines each.
*Peter Gunn, or as it is known to most of my generation, "That song from Spy Hunter."
M*A*S*H
*Magnum, p.i.
*Simon & Simon
Just about anything by Mike Post, really
The Tick cartoon
Enterprise (original version, not the dance mix one from the last two seasons)
Monk (original version with the happy little guitar, not that Randy Neuman abomination that plays now)
*Dukes of Hazzard
*Hawaii 5-0
*Hardcaslte and McCormick (original)
*Greatest American Hero
*Miami Vice

*Indicates those I have on my hard drive

Matherly
2008-Feb-29, 04:17 PM
*Peter Gunn, or as it is known to most of my generation, "That song from Spy Hunter."

:D

I'm going to have to add "Perry Mason Theme", mostly because I have both it and "Peter Gunn" as performed by the Blues Brother's Band on my iPod.

SeanF
2008-Feb-29, 04:24 PM
Monk (original version with the happy little guitar, not that Randy Neuman abomination that plays now)
Here, here! Did you see the episode where they dealt with that controversy within the show?

Did you know that Jeff Beal won an Emmy for his original theme, after the producers had already changed to Newman's song? Of course, Newman won an Emmy for his theme, as well.

Tog
2008-Feb-29, 04:28 PM
:D

I'm going to have to add "Perry Mason Theme", mostly because I have both it and "Peter Gunn" as performed by the Blues Brother's Band on my iPod.

Peeeeeeeery Mason
Peeeeeeeery Mason
He gets them all in court 'cause he too faaaaaaaaat to chase 'em.
:D

The GF still kicks herself for taking 15 years to realize the DA was "Ham(ilton) Burger"

I want to add the theme to Mike Hammer, but I'm pretty sure it's not original. Harlem Nocturne

Tog
2008-Feb-29, 04:29 PM
Did you know that Jeff Beal won an Emmy for his original theme, after the producers had already changed to Newman's song? Of course, Newman won an Emmy for his theme, as well.
Yeah. I was really hoping that after that episode about the song that they would change it back, since it ended with the original.

SeanF
2008-Feb-29, 04:32 PM
I want to add the theme to Mike Hammer, but I'm pretty sure it's not original. Harlem Nocturne
How about Sledge Hammer!, then? And The Simpsons, since we're on the subject of Danny Elfman. :)

NorthGuy
2008-Feb-29, 04:34 PM
Secret Agent Man (as sung by Johnny Rivers)

Used in the American broadcast of the British series Danger Man.

More in Wiki... (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secret_Agent_Man_(song))

I rank it a close second to the Peter Gunn theme in coolness.

Tog
2008-Feb-29, 04:39 PM
I don't remember the Sledge Hammer! theme at all. Simpson's is okay, but not on my "best of" list. Also, not one I'd like to hear everyday, but one I'd still like to get is the closing song from The Hulk. That sad little think that plays as he walks off.

mike alexander
2008-Feb-29, 05:07 PM
The series 'Crime Story' used an orchestration of Del Shannon's 'Runaway', a nice match to the time it was set in.

Lianachan
2008-Feb-29, 05:29 PM
Donnie Murdo (the Gaelic version of Dangermouse)
Starsky & Hutch
The Rockford Files
Inspector Gadget
The Adventure Game
The Banana Splits
Futurama
The Littlest Hobo
Camberwick Green
Trumpton
and many, many more (some of which are being edited into here as my gin kicks in!)

Disinfo Agent
2008-Feb-29, 05:33 PM
The original Battlestar Galactica.Another vote here. Others:

Yes, Minister
The Simpsons
Allo, Allo
Sherlock Holmes

It's curious, I used to like the theme song of "Automan" when I was a kid, but listening to it again now it doesn't do as much for me.

SeanF
2008-Feb-29, 05:43 PM
I don't remember the Sledge Hammer! theme at all. Simpson's is okay, but not on my "best of" list. Also, not one I'd like to hear everyday, but one I'd still like to get is the closing song from The Hulk. That sad little think that plays as he walks off.
Here's (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kygJbw-sZJw) a YouTube link for the Sledge Hammer! theme.

The ending theme to the The Hulk is another classic. Beautiful, simple, music.

Disinfo Agent
2008-Feb-29, 05:58 PM
Sledge Hammer was a great show.
Another one: the theme from Robin Hood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iJwiGEZZto), performed by Clannad.

eburacum45
2008-Feb-29, 06:25 PM
The Liberty Bell March.

CodeSlinger
2008-Feb-29, 06:25 PM
Would it be accurate to say that there's a strong correlation between liking a show and liking its theme? I only see a few instances of people liking a theme despite not liking the show (Voyager, Knight Rider). I think in many cases, we like the theme to a show because we associate it with the anticipation of getting to watch a show we enjoy.

ETA: Hmmm, that sounded nice and significant in my head, but looks stupidly obvious now that I've typed it out.

NorthGuy
2008-Feb-29, 06:50 PM
Would it be accurate to say that there's a strong correlation between liking a show and liking its theme?

Not always. Sometimes the music surpasses or outlasts the show. It continues to be played long after the show's demise. I've seen maybe a few episodes of Secret Agent (aka Danger Man), and I don't recall seeing even a single episode of Peter Gunn. But I recall hearing that catchy, jazzy music my whole life.

vonmazur
2008-Feb-29, 06:55 PM
The Liberty Bell March.

Monty Python's Flying Circus.....

Hawaii 5-0 was the Ventures--early heavy metal!

Twelve O'Clock High--Dominick Frontere--TV not the Movie, but it was good too!

Captain Gallant of the French Foreign Legion--"Tiens voila du Boudin..."

Circus Boy---Don't know who wrote it...(Starring Mickey Dolenz as a kid!)

Dale in Ala

Nadme
2008-Feb-29, 07:05 PM
Hawaii 5-0.

That's the first which came to mind. Not my favorite "oldie TV," but yeah -- that theme song is a classic. :)

AtomicDog
2008-Feb-29, 07:08 PM
I've got the Star Trek: Voyager theme in my iPod.

There's also a rock version of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine theme that I like.

Other favorites:

The Flash, 1990 tv series

Thunderbirds March

Stingray theme (Supermarionation!)

Spaaace Ghooost! (one of the greatest cartoon themes ever!)

The 1960's Fantastic Four cartoon (jazzy!)

Lots of great music from Carl Sagan's Cosmos

Lots of others, I may post more later.

Disinfo Agent
2008-Feb-29, 07:14 PM
Lots of great music from Carl Sagan's CosmosI've always liked the theme song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOf4SktPDak) by Vangelis.

Gillianren
2008-Feb-29, 07:24 PM
Not always. Sometimes the music surpasses or outlasts the show. It continues to be played long after the show's demise. I've seen maybe a few episodes of Secret Agent (aka Danger Man), and I don't recall seeing even a single episode of Peter Gunn. But I recall hearing that catchy, jazzy music my whole life.

Conversely, I don't like the theme to Quantum Leap or Remington Steele, but I quite like both shows.

soylentgreen
2008-Feb-29, 07:33 PM
Would it be accurate to say that there's a strong correlation between liking a show and liking its theme? I only see a few instances of people liking a theme despite not liking the show (Voyager, Knight Rider). I think in many cases, we like the theme to a show because we associate it with the anticipation of getting to watch a show we enjoy.


Most of the time that's probably correct, but there are always exceptions.

For me, VOYAGER had the best theme of any television incarnation of Trek. Composed specifically for the show(as opposed to Next Generation's appropriation of the ST:TMP theme), Jerry Goldsmith's soaring theme perfectly captures the spirit and nobility I think Roddenberry was after all along. I, however, never watched the show...tried a few times, but just couldn't sink into it. Frankly, Enterprise should have had that theme instead.

Stargate: Atlantis is another example. The show is trite, redundant and a boring extension of the weakest elements of the terminal phase of SG-1. The theme however is gorgeous. This time it's Joel Goldsmith. As a composer, Joel took a little while to grow into his own sound(Anyone remember his awesome theme for the UNTOUCHABLES series in the 90s? What a stunner!) but he's reached a satisfying point of musical maturity where he sails confidently beside his father's legacy, rather than in it's titanic wake.

As far as favorites go, I would mention Falcon Crest. An incredible theme from that golden age of 10 O'clock "giant family" dramas like Dallas, Dynasty, etc. Bill Conti's theme for those intrigue-prone winos still works after two decades.

Must mention Jerry Goldsmith one more time, for The Waltons. Talk about nailing the substance of the story perfectly. His peppy yet gentle theme captures the tone of the show so perfectly it feels nearly organic, as if it had literally grown out of the family itself.

The Mod Squad! dun-dun...Dah-dun-dun...Dah-dun-dun. People get sentimental for S.W.A.T. but this one takes the cake. Earle Hagen strikes again. If you dig tv themes, especially the classic ones, seek out his autobio. Chances are you're a fan of his work and don't even know it.

Mike Post's phenomenal Hill Street Blues still blows away most of what passes for show themes now. Thankfully the trend of the burp/fart/finger snaps of Seinfeld never really took off.

Oh and of course, Trapper John M.D.!

Not sure if I should be proud of being able to sing along completely to the theme from Are You Being Served? :o ...or Alice, for that matter. :o

Lianachan
2008-Feb-29, 08:03 PM
I can't believe I forgot to mention Roobarb and Custard (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L52idWDN9Nw&feature=related) and Bod (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_4_2yzylaE&feature=related).

The Backroad Astronomer
2008-Feb-29, 08:22 PM
there was series on masterpiece theater called sharpe and I cannot find the intro music but liked that as well. I also agree with voyager music but also like the ds9 theme, mash theme is always good.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICiFnQrHOrk&feature=related

Disinfo Agent
2008-Feb-29, 08:28 PM
I like the Manic Street Preachers' version of the theme from MASH.

Matherly
2008-Feb-29, 09:18 PM
I like the Manic Street Preachers' version of the theme from MASH.

Of course, nothing beats the look on people's face when they are informed the theme from M*A*S*H is called "Suicide is Painless" and hear the lyrics (say when the see the movie the first time).

KaiYeves
2008-Feb-29, 09:59 PM
Ducktales
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
What's New, Scooby-Doo?
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command

Jay200MPH
2008-Feb-29, 10:14 PM
I always liked the music for Cowboy Bebop (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6zDfxZ4NcE). I think the sound & music really made the show what it was. The other 99% of TV should take a lesson.

Also have to agree on the A-team (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBmZN2LnDbA).

- J

Parrothead
2008-Feb-29, 10:19 PM
I ended up putting a cassette version of this (http://www.amazon.com/Televisions-Greatest-Hits-Vol-50s/dp/samples/B000000GOI/ref=dp_tracks_all_1#disc_1), into my tape deck, last night. :lol:

Lianachan
2008-Feb-29, 10:27 PM
Muskehounds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-XeLtmFmUY)....
Mysteries Cities Of Gold (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcH_ZTF6smY)....

mike alexander
2008-Feb-29, 10:37 PM
Many US Westerns had excellent theme music. 'The Virginian' and 'Gunsmoke' now come back to mind.

Paul Beardsley
2008-Feb-29, 10:55 PM
For science fiction shows, the worse the programme, the better the theme tune.

Blake's 7 was great.
Space: 1999 was amazing.

The main exception was UFO - best theme tune of all, but the programme was wonderful.

The Doctor Who theme only worked during the William Hartnell era, imo. In fact, it only really worked in the first episode of the first serial, An Unearthly Child, with the policeman on the beat outside 76 Totters Lane. In every other episode, it could have been excised without any loss to the programme.

Having said that, I recall a day durng the wilderness years in the mid 1990s when Doctor Who had been cancelled. My wife and I were walking along South Street in Chichester, and somebody in a flat above a shop was playing an episode of Hartnell Who. The music was drifting down into the street, and I imagine a few passersby were experiencing a frisson from the fondly-remembered sound.

Meanwhile, borderline fantasy shows such as the aforementioned David Lynch creation Twin Peaks were delivering amazing music. "Are we/falling/in love?"

I think musicians found a vibe in fantasy-rooted-in-dirty-reality, which reached transcendence with the genre-breaking computer game series Silent Hill (very much inspired by David Lynch), with such amazing songs as Room of Angel: "Here's a lullaby to close your eyes/It was always you that I despised/I don't feel enough for you to cry/Here's a lullaby to close your eyes/Goodbye."

Disinfo Agent
2008-Feb-29, 11:01 PM
Mysteries Cities Of Gold (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcH_ZTF6smY)....Oh, you bring back memories! :)

Once Upon a Time... Space (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGyknMeDwRg)
(Here's a fuller version (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAz8YW0AUdM), sung in Portuguese.)
Once Upon a Time... Life (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxdUEvuYE4E&feature=related)

Delvo
2008-Feb-29, 11:45 PM
When I was a kid watching "He-Man" cartoons, I didn't care about the intro music with Prince Adam talking over it and a choir stupidly occasionally saying "He-Man", but even after the show was over, I'd always leave the TV on for the "outro" music: roughly the same orchestra parts, reworked to be less redundant, minus both sets of words so there's nothing but the instrumental music.

I also routinely left the TV on for a few minutes after the show I was watching was done, to catch the music for "Dallas". Then I'd turn it off because I didn't even watch "Dallas".

Here was a discovery that I didn't see coming. I was listening to samples at Amazon to decide whether or not I wanted to buy this CD (http://www.amazon.com/Pure-Moods-Vol-Various-Artists/dp/B00000DMH7/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1204328102&sr=1-4), and noticed that "Teardrop" by Massive Attack felt familiar somehow. I listened some more and figured out where I'd heard PART of it before. The instrumental part alone is used as the theme for "House". But I was slowed down in figuring that out because I was distracted by the unfamiliar vocal part, which is more prominent, with the instrumental stuff as merely a rather detached background that doesn't suggest and isn't suggested by the melody. Someone behind the scenes at "House", who had this music in his/her personal collection at home, must have thought of the idea of using just the unimportant background as a stand-alone song in its own right, brought it in to a meeting, and sold the idea to whoever else mattered.

novaderrik
2008-Mar-01, 12:03 AM
i might have missed it, but i didn't see any love for the "Three's Company" theme song..
and how about the old "Transformers" and "G.I.Joe" cartoon themes?
and i can't remember the tune, but the opening for "the REAL Ghostbusters" was kinda trippy to this 10 year old at the time..

Alasdhair
2008-Mar-01, 12:04 AM
It wouldn't be the first time: when they still had the Formula 1 rights, the BBC introduced Grand Prix races with the last part of Fleetwood Mac's The Chain.

Come to that, the Lone Ranger theme is about 10 minutes into Rossini's William Tell overture...

mike alexander
2008-Mar-01, 01:31 AM
It was many years later when I discovered the intro music to 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' was 'Journey of the Sorcerer' by the Eagles. And that was only because I ran across a copy of the annotated radio scripts in a secondhand book shop.

Gillianren
2008-Mar-01, 02:42 AM
i might have missed it, but i didn't see any love for the "Three's Company" theme song.

Um . . . because I haven't any and never did? (And you mock my affection for the My So-Called Life theme . . . .)

novaderrik
2008-Mar-01, 06:13 PM
Um . . . because I haven't any and never did? (And you mock my affection for the My So-Called Life theme . . . .)
like, whatever.. and stuff..


...like...

Maksutov
2008-Mar-01, 07:09 PM
Alfred Hitchcock was mentioned above. The theme music was 'Funeral March of a Marionette'. And a good theme it was.Well, if it was Gounod 'nuff for Alfred, it was good enough for me!

Gillianren
2008-Mar-01, 08:00 PM
like, whatever.. and stuff..


...like...

Did you watch the show, or are you just mocking it because you think it's funny? Hint--if you want it to be funny, you're going to have to try harder. Just as Three's Company would have.

KaiYeves
2008-Mar-01, 08:33 PM
Full House
Rugrats

Once Upon a Time... Space
It looks cool! Is there a version with English subtitles?

Disinfo Agent
2008-Mar-01, 09:22 PM
I found the version in English (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpjMyYGqhJw&feature=related). Naturally, the lyrics were freely translated. It was a cool cartoon series, even though the opening credits have a little bad astronomy.

There were so many TV shows like this, it's impossible to list them all. I think Nils Holgersson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzCygWJD4Og) had a particularly classy tune, even though I was not a big fan of the series (maybe I was too old when it was played).

ToSeek
2008-Mar-01, 09:31 PM
there was series on masterpiece theater called sharpe and I cannot find the intro music but liked that as well. I also agree with voyager music but also like the ds9 theme, mash theme is always good.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICiFnQrHOrk&feature=related

If we're going to talk Masterpiece Theater themes, I'd go with the one for The Flame Trees of Thika.

A few weeks ago my wife and I attended a concert that featured a bevy of sf TV and movie themes, including loads of music from Star Trek and Star Wars. The highlight might have been a medley of title songs: X-Files, Space: 1999, Twilight Zone, My Favorite Martian, Lost in Space (times 2), Outer Limits, and Stargate (also times 2).

JonClarke
2008-Mar-02, 01:26 AM
Blake's 7
Dr Who
Voyager
From the Earth to the Moon

and with a non-SF or space theme

Rush
Frontline
Seachange
As time goes by
The Bill

KaiYeves
2008-Mar-02, 02:25 AM
That one Star Trek series with the "exploration" montage at the begining. I stop watching after the opening, though.

novaderrik
2008-Mar-02, 06:39 PM
Did you watch the show, or are you just mocking it because you think it's funny? Hint--if you want it to be funny, you're going to have to try harder. Just as Three's Company would have.
like, i watched every episode.. or whatever.. and thought it was actually a pretty good show.. and stuff..
someday, ABC will make a reunion movie, where we will find out that Jordan is a CEO of a large corporation, and he's married to Angela's mom(they seemed to get along rather well, didn't they?). Angela gets married, moves away, and has a good life in the big city. but she gets divorced and moves back to her home town, where she runs into the goofy kid next door with the curly hair- who says to her when they are hanging out at a bar that she is his one and only true love- and they get married and live happily ever after. Rayanne works thru all of her problems, and now works are a chemical dependency rehab center. the gay kid (Ricky?) just kind of disappeared, and no one knows what happened to him. that will be covered in the second reunion movie if the ratings and DVD sales are good enough for the first movie..

(fade out to trendy semi-alternative music as closing credits play)

i think that's how Disney would make it happen, so that's the movie we will see..
or, you know, like, whatever..

seriously- how many times did each character say the word "like" in any given episode? or "whatever"? i'm sure there is a list somewhere out in the world of the interweb. and i'm sure college kids have made a drinking game out of it..
i'm not mocking the show- or anyone that likes it- but rather the way the writers threw in those words, like, whenever they couldn't think of anything else to put there. even the adults said it iwith surprising regularity, for Dog's sake.

about the theme song- like, i can't even remember what it was.. or whatever.. and stuff..

hawaii50girl
2008-Mar-02, 07:20 PM
My favorite television theme songs are Hawaii Five-O, Bonanza, Charmed, The Munsters, Are You Being Served?, Keeping Up Appearances, and Monty Python.

Gillianren
2008-Mar-02, 07:57 PM
seriously- how many times did each character say the word "like" in any given episode? or "whatever"?

Gosh. The teenagers of my generation on the show were talking like teenagers of my generation in the real world. That is unusual.

The Backroad Astronomer
2008-Mar-02, 08:55 PM
If we're going to talk Masterpiece Theater themes, I'd go with the one for The Flame Trees of Thika.

A few weeks ago my wife and I attended a concert that featured a bevy of sf TV and movie themes, including loads of music from Star Trek and Star Wars. The highlight might have been a medley of title songs: X-Files, Space: 1999, Twilight Zone, My Favorite Martian, Lost in Space (times 2), Outer Limits, and Stargate (also times 2).
Xfiles theme good as well, so is stargates.

MeteorWayne
2008-Mar-02, 09:10 PM
Since everyone's on a bit of a nostalgia run here...

McGuyver
Quantum Leap

Hate to tell you, that ain't nostangia.

Now Highway Patrol and the Original Dragnet....That's Nostalgia.

I might add the Johnny Carson Tonight Show Theme.

MeteorWayne
2008-Mar-02, 09:11 PM
:D

I'm going to have to add "Perry Mason Theme", mostly because I have both it and "Peter Gunn" as performed by the Blues Brother's Band on my iPod.

Good one!!

Occam
2008-Mar-02, 10:46 PM
Ooh... don't get me started
The Munsters
Mission Impossible
Friends
Hill St Blues
Dr Who
The Avengers
Welcome Back Kotter
Danger Man (Patrick McGoohan - I think you yanks called it Secret Agent Man)
Thunderbirds
Peter Gunn
Monty Python's Flying Circus
The Beverly Hillbillies
Bewitched
The High Chaparral

KaiYeves
2008-Mar-02, 11:13 PM
Just finished watching Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego. Going to have to say that theme song.

Extravoice
2008-Mar-02, 11:33 PM
Just finished watching Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego. Going to have to say that theme song.

You're kidding, right, Kai? The theme to Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego was orders of magnitude better.

Hit it Rockapella (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdzyuJJZMCI&NR=1)!

KaiYeves
2008-Mar-02, 11:37 PM
You're kidding, right, Kai? The theme to Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego was orders of magnitude better.
I said it was good, not the best.

novaderrik
2008-Mar-03, 01:07 AM
Gosh. The teenagers of my generation on the show were talking like teenagers of my generation in the real world. That is unusual.
but , like, the adults did it too.. like a lot..

Rue
2008-Mar-03, 04:11 AM
Babylon 5 (season 5) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_7XzVsjKMQ)

Starblazers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5oniErmeuE) is very amusing.

Airwolf (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijQ7kHfrRt0&feature=related) (original series version)

SkepticJ
2008-Mar-03, 05:25 AM
Star Trek: TNG
Futurama
The Daily Show
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Cowboy Bebop

SkepticJ
2008-Mar-03, 05:30 AM
Hate to tell you, that ain't nostangia.

Depends how old you are. It is for me. I was a kid when I watched MacGyver.

mike alexander
2008-Mar-03, 03:40 PM
I was a kid when I watched Highway Partrol. 10-4.

peteshimmon
2008-Mar-03, 07:24 PM
Well I will be the one to praise the music of
The Prisoner. Ron Grainer did the main theme
but it had very carefully chosen items
throughout the series. The last episode had
something called September Song which was very
evocative of end of term, stressful time over!

Many great films of the last 60 years were
blessed with great music or had memorable
tunes like the Green Leaves of Summer from
the Alamo. Films like Cleopatra and Ben Hur.
Hitchcock was lucky many times.

Fireball XL5 had a catchy tune by Holliday that
entered the charts. The Dutch Robinson Crusoe
series of the sixties used a theme over and
over and got away with it, it was good.

Coming back to Ron Grainer, he did a theme for
a film called the Trap, I think. It is very
stirring and was used many times by the BBC
when covering Marathons. But for a time I
thought it was taken from the last movement of
Handels Messiah. I have a superb video by
Neville Mariner that has it. Does anyone
confirm they are similar. I do not want to
suggest plaguerism!

Paul Beardsley
2008-Mar-03, 09:23 PM
Well I will be the one to praise the music of
The Prisoner. Ron Grainer did the main theme
but it had very carefully chosen items
throughout the series. The last episode had
something called September Song which was very
evocative of end of term, stressful time over!
Yes yes yes yes YES to the entire paragraph! I meant to mention Priz but didn't think of it until after I'd posted.

I walked out of a job (with a better one to go to) shortly after seeing the series all the way through for the first time. That September Song was the soundtrack to my life that day.


The Dutch Robinson Crusoe
series of the sixties used a theme over and
over and got away with it, it was good.

Even just READING this is overwhelming me with nostalgia.

Rue
2008-Mar-03, 10:49 PM
Even though I am unfamiliar with the series, the UFO theme has a grooovy beat.