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List Of Favorite Television Series Theme Songs

 

What fans tend to recall most fondly and vividly about a television show will be the song that introduces each episode. These tunes can withstand decades imbedded in our psyche, becoming part of who we are. They can immediately stir affection and recollection, bring to mind our perception of a particular series by embodying the aspect of the characters and setting. Everyone has their favorites. This is our list of treasured memories.

 
You can hear or download most of the songs mentioned below at www.televisiontunes.com!
 
1. I LOVE LUCY
Who can resist that upbeat tempo, the slightly goofy heartfelt Big Band orchestration introducing a show and a redhead we will never forget?
 
2. MONK
One tune with lyrics by Randy Newman exemplifying  a phobic outlook — or perhaps a rational perspective — of the world around us, plus a separate song: the original Monk Theme without words.
 
3. THE X-FILES
Who can escape the pervasive cloying ominous eerieness of the melody? You can run but you can’t hide!
 
4. LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY
Making Our Dreams Come True — this could be our own optimistic brimming-with-hope-and-confidence theme song!

5. MARY TYLER MOORE
Love Is All Around, written and performed by Sonny Curtis. Who can forget the concluding image of Mary tossing her cap at a busy intersection?
 
6. FRIENDS
I’ll Be There For You performed by The Rembrandts. It doesn’t get much better than this.
 
7. SCOOBY-DOO
A daffily cheerful uplifting sing-along song for a funny yet thrilling cartoon.
 
8. THE SONNY & CHER COMEDY HOUR
A funky opening theme featuring The Beat Goes On and the closing live renditions of I’ve Got You Babe.
 
9. THE MONKEES
Who can forget “Hey, hey, we’re The Monkees!”? We certainly couldn’t.
 
10. THE PINK PANTHER
The beloved jazzy soulful tiptoe-through-the-shadows song for sleuths and bandits alike.
 
11. CHEERS
Where Everybody Knows Your Name performed by Gary Portnoy; an almost painfully wistful ballad capturing the need to belong.

12. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
A sizzling searing flute score with an irresistible beat.
 
13. INSPECTOR GADGET
“Go, Gadget, go!” — a rambunctious and joyful tune.
 
14. THE TWILIGHT ZONE – OUTER LIMITS
A tie between a pair of equally bizarre themes rife with staid elocution, mysterious dictives, loony images, and creepy unsettling symphonic piercing “dischord”.
 
15. THE ADDAMS FAMILY
From the dysfunctional family portrait of a somber grim-faced finger-snapping clan to the “kooky” and “spooky” lyrics, it is delightfully indelible.
 
16. HAWAII FIVE-O
A stirring instrumental surge of trumpets and drums.
 
17. PLANET EARTH
A symphony of sweeping dramatic images, of cathedral choir arias, capturing the heartbeat and pulse of the planet.
 
18. THE FORTY-FOUR HUNDRED
An ethereal ballad of lost souls:  A Place In Time.
 
19. HANNAH MONTANA, I-CARLY,AND WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE
A three-way tie between The Best Of Both Worlds performed by Miley Cyrus, the peppy confession of a pop princess leading a double life; Leave It All To Me, the catchy effervescent internet anthem performed by Miranda Cosgrove; and the magically mellow yet enthralling lilt of Everything Is Not What It Seems sung by Selena Gomez.
 
20. UNDERDOG
“There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here!” A bold and ultra-emphatic superhero theme boasting clever lyrics and a catchy tune.
 
 
40 More Television Theme Favorites (Alphabetically)
 
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Who can forget the off-key duet of Those Were The Days, performed by Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton, Archie and Edith Bunker?)
 
ANDY GRIFFITH
Who doesn’t love the lighthearted whistled notes of The Fishin’ Hole performed by Earle Hagen?
 
THE AVENGERS
A distinctive edgy theme for the coolest pair of secret agents ever!
 
BATMAN
The iconic comic book anthem, complete with a zany “Da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da, Batman!”
 
BECKER
A cool urban number about attitude.
 
THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES
“Oil that is, black gold, Texas Tea.” A banjo-strummin’ode to the hills. Beverly, that is.
 
BEWITCHED
An enchanting nose-twitching tune about magic.
 
BONANZA
The song’s bouncy horse-galloping rhythm can’t be “beat”.
CHARMED
A mystic angst-ridden rant, striving for love and renewed faith.
 
CRUSOE
A dynamic sweeping orchestration embodying adventure.
 
THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW
Who can ignore the trippy melody and percussive quality?
 
EVEN STEVENS
A madcap hectic arrangement with fabulous percussion.
 
GILLIGAN’S ISLAND
The Legend Of Gilligan’s Isle: “Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip . . .”
 
GREEN ACRES
“Greeeen Acres is the place to be! Faaaarm living is the life for me!” An ode to rural communities.
 
HERCULES
A symphony of brawn, friendship, and glory.
 
I DREAM OF JEANNIE
The bubbly orchestration of a not-so-Arabian-Nights genie-in-a-bottle tune.
 
IMAGINATION MOVERS
A totally fun song about using imagination.
 
KINGDOM HOSPITAL
Worry About You by Ivy — a mournful revery, soft and searching.
 
LIFE WITH DEREK
A percussive peppy blended-family anthem.
 
LIZZIE MCGUIRE
A sweet ballad about getting “one step closer” in an uphill climb.
 
THE LONE RANGER
A true classic: The William Tell Overture and “Hi-ho, Silver, away!”
 
THE LOONEY TUNES
“Th-Th-That’s all, folks!” The merriest of melodies.
 
M*A*S*H
Suicide Is Painless, conveying with or without lyrics the sad and futile realities of war.
 
MEDIUM
A haunting theme both disturbing and compelling.
 
MISTER ED
“A horse is a horse, of course, of course, except if the horse is a horse, of course, like the famous Mister Ed!” — written and performed by Jay Livingston.
 
THE MUNSTERS
A lively and rockin’ yet macabre instrumental.
 
THE ODD COUPLE
The bouncy amiable anthem of mismatched roommates.
 
THE OFFICE
A simple yet evocative little tune.
 
THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY
C’mon Get Happy, performed infectiously by The Partridge Family.
 
PSYCH
An energetic cymbal-crashing intro of comic proportions.
 
SEINFELD
The jazzy anthem of quirkitude.
 
STAR TREK
“. . . to boldly go where no man has gone before!” Who can deny this wailing sailing masterpiece?
 
STILL STANDING
The love song of family ties and those knots that bind.
 
THE SUITE LIFE OF ZACK & CODY
A rollicking ditty that exudes mischief and mayhem.
 
TALES FROM THE CRYPT
A ghoulish phantomesque Halloweenish refrain punctuated by The Crypt Keeper’s cackle.
 
THAT’S SO RAVEN
A soulfully hip song about seeing the future performed by Raven-Symone, Anneliese Van Der Pol, and Orlando Brown.
 
THEN CAME BRONSON
Long Lonesome Highway performed by Michael Parks (Bronson). The song that inspired kids to pretend their bikes were motorcycles, Lori Lopez included.
 
THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN
A far-out universal anthem for the aliens among us.
 
TOM AND JERRY
A lovable melody about best foes and friends.
 
XENA
An operatic bagpipe adventure ballad: the sentimental warrior princess anthem.
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