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Old October 12 2012, 08:37 AM   #1
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Top 5 TV theme songs, read the rules before posting.

What are your five favorite TV theme songs. Rules:
1. Please try to name the five in order from most favorite to least.
2. Also the theme most have lyrics that are song during the shows run (If a show changes themes say which theme is your favorite.) for example, Dallas and Star Trek would not qualify because they have no lyrics and M*A*S*H would not qualify because, the lyrics to Suicide Is Painless is not sung.
3. No voice over themes like the Incredible Hulk.

My Favorites are:
  1. This Is It (One Day At A Time)
  2. There's A New Girl In Town (Alice)
  3. Without Us (Family Ties there's an early version same song just different opening montage Says it's from season 1 but I don't remember it.)
  4. Scooby Doo! Where Are You? (Scooby Doo! Where Are You? 1st series)
  5. I'll Be There For You (Friends)
I'll be there for you just beat out the theme to WKRP In Cincinnati, I couldn't find the one that begins with the story about a Senator who couldn't explain why he had no pants; and the End song was a joke.
The closing theme, "WKRP In Cincinnati End Credits", was a hard rock number composed and performed by Jim Ellis, an Atlanta musician who recorded some of the incidental music for the show. According to people who attended the recording sessions, Ellis didn't yet have lyrics for the closing theme, so he sang nonsense words to give an idea of how it would sound. Wilson decided to use the words anyway, since he felt that it would be funny to use lyrics that were deliberate gibberish, as a satire on the incomprehensibility of many rock songs. Also, because CBS always had an announcer talking over the closing credits, Wilson knew that no one would actually hear the closing theme lyrics anyway.
So what are yours?
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Old October 12 2012, 09:12 AM   #2
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Re: Top 5 TV theme songs, read the rules before posting.

Vanyel wrote: View Post
for example, Dallas and Star Trek would not qualify because they have no lyrics
Aren't the lyrics to Star Trek "Aah aah ah ah ah ah aaah"?
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Old October 12 2012, 09:30 AM   #3
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Re: Top 5 TV theme songs, read the rules before posting.

This is going to be tough, as pretty much all my favorite themes don't have lyrics. I'll throw some good ones out there though.

1. Greatest American Hero
2. Secret Agent Man (Danger Man in the U.K.)
3. Cheers
4. Mystery Science Theater 3000.
5. Batman (60's)
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Old October 12 2012, 09:36 AM   #4
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The Invisible Kirkman wrote: View Post
This is going to be tough, as pretty much all my favorite themes don't have lyrics. I'll throw some good ones out there though.

1. Greatest American Hero
2. Secret Agent Man (Danger Man in the U.K.)
3. Cheers
4. Mystery Science Theater 3000.
5. Batman (60's)
I like your choices, especially TGAH, Cheers and MST3K. Just which MST3K though? Didn't it change when Mike took over from Joel?
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Old October 12 2012, 09:38 AM   #5
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Re: Top 5 TV theme songs, read the rules before posting.

I can't believe that we are on a Star Trek board and someone is saying that the original Star Trek television show had no lyrics. Well, that's demonstrably wrong.
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Old October 12 2012, 09:53 AM   #6
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Vanyel wrote: View Post
The Invisible Kirkman wrote: View Post
This is going to be tough, as pretty much all my favorite themes don't have lyrics. I'll throw some good ones out there though.

1. Greatest American Hero
2. Secret Agent Man (Danger Man in the U.K.)
3. Cheers
4. Mystery Science Theater 3000.
5. Batman (60's)
I like your choices, especially TGAH, Cheers and MST3K. Just which MST3K though? Didn't it change when Mike took over from Joel?
I willfully decided not to deal with that issue. I think there were at least two versions for Mike (One for Forrester and one for Pearl.). I guess I'd go for the early Mike theme that had references to Dr. Forrester and Deep 13. All of them are nice though.
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Old October 12 2012, 09:55 AM   #7
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Flying Spaghetti Monster wrote: View Post
I can't believe that we are on a Star Trek board and someone is saying that the original Star Trek television show had no lyrics. Well, that's demonstrably wrong.
It has lyrics that were:
...not intended to be used in the show itself and had not been recorded or released.
The lyrics were a money grab. And even if they were written to be the theme song, they were never sung. Thus they fail requirement #2. I also feel very badly for Courage. That was an awful thing for Roddenberry to do.
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Old October 12 2012, 10:49 AM   #8
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Psych
Red Dwarf
Enterprise
Danger Man
Have Gun Will Travel
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Old October 12 2012, 11:12 AM   #9
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Re: Top 5 TV theme songs, read the rules before posting.

Red Dwarf
Dad's Army
Cheers
Only Fools and Horses
The old Spider-Man cartoon.

Honourable mentions to the Marina song from Stingray and the Captain Scarlet song.

Oh actually then there's Charlie Chalk, Dangermouse, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...

I'm probably one of the few who doesn't dislike 'Faith of the Heart'.
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Old October 12 2012, 12:35 PM   #10
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WKRP
Dukes of hazzard
Secret Agent Man
The Muppet show
Welcome Back Kotter
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Old October 12 2012, 12:41 PM   #11
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I'll throw one in no one else has mentioned (though I love "Faith of the Heart" as well), and that's "I'm Always Here" (the Baywatch theme). Fit's the show nicely, and if you ever hear the full-length version you'll think "what a great song for a hero movie"...
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Old October 12 2012, 01:06 PM   #12
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1. Fireball (Fireball XL5 closing theme)
2. Star Fleet (Star Fleet)
3. It Won't Be Easy (Star Cops)
4. Dance ti thy Daddy (When the Boat Comes In)
5. Record Breakers (Record Breakers)
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Old October 12 2012, 01:25 PM   #13
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1. Movin' On Up - The Jeffersons
2. Welcome Back Kotter
3. Three's Company (Season 6)
4. Happy Days (Early/Mid Seasons)
5. Chico and the Man
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Old October 12 2012, 01:29 PM   #14
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Hard to pick a top 5, so a few I liked

Danger Mouse
Red Dwarf

more to follow
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Old October 12 2012, 01:46 PM   #15
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Most of my favorite themes are not sung, but:

1. Rawhide
2. All in the Family
3. Cheers
4. Green Acres
5. WKRP

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