Wednesday, June 22, 2011


KYTV news anchor Ethan Forhetz opened a can of worms with a feature on the KY 3 website. Ethan chose his Top 10 favorite TV theme songs. The problem is ten doesn’t cover the number of great TV themes.

I’m going to give you a list of some of what I consider the greatest TV themes of all times. Unlike Ethan, I have created a criteria for my list.

I’m ruling out theme songs that were around before the TV show was created. This rules out Make Room For Daddy (“Danny Boy”), American Bandstand (Les Elgart’s “Bandstand Boogie”), Bosom Buddies (Billy Joel’s “My Life”), the Golden Girls (Andrew Gold’s “Thank You For Being a Friend”), Leave It To Beaver (“The Toy Parade”), Benny Hill Show (“Yakity Sax”), Absolutely Fabulous (Brian Auger and Trinity’s version of “Wheels On Fire”), Captain Kangaroo (“Puffin Billy”), The Young and the Restless (from the soundtrack of Bless The Beast and The Children), Crime Story (Del Shannon’s “Runaway”), the Avengers (An instrumental known originally as “The Shake”), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Gounod’s “Funeral March For a Marionett”), That 70's Show (Big Star’s “In The Streets”) and the CSI shows (Most of The Who’s greatest hits).

Also if the song was carried over from radio or a movie, I have disqualified it. This leaves out Dragnet, Gunsmoke, The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet, The Roy Rogers Show, the Hitchhikers Guide To the Galaxy (A double whammy since it was on the “One of These Nights” LP by the Eagles) and M*A*S*H, Shaft, Magnificent Seven, In The Heat of the Night and Fame.

I put an asterisk next to shows with two different theme songs (open and close).

Let start this list.

1. Batman
2. Hawaii 5-O
3. The Monkees*
4. Gilligan’s Island
5. Beverly Hillbillies
6. Twilight Zone
7. Secret Agent*
8. The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
9. Peter Gunn
10. The Flintstones
11. Friends (“I’ll Be There For You”)
12. Rawhide
13. The Addams Family
14. Bonanza
15. Dark Shadows
16. Davy Crockett
17. Andy Griffith Show
18. Mary Tyler Moore Show
19. The Virginian
20. Happy Days
21. Dr. Who
22. Miami Vice
23. Ironside
24. Welcome Back Kotter
25. SWAT
26. Cheers
27. Rockford Files
28. Mission: Impossible
29. Hill Street Blues
30. Dukes of Hazzard
31. Route 66
32. The Banana Splits Adventure Hour
33. I Love Lucy
34. Love Boat
35. Dallas
36. The Greatest American Hero (“Believe It or Not”)
37. WKRP In Cincinati*
38. Have Gun Will Travel*
39. Soul Train (TSOP)
40. Here Comes The Brides (“Seattle”)
41. All In The Family*
42. The Jeffersons
43. The Mod Squad
44. Star Trek
45. Bob Newhart Show
46. Sanford & Son
47. Name of the Game
48. Spider-Man (60's Cartoon)
49. The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
50. Baretta
51. Daniel Boone
52. Cornet Blue
53. Man From U.N.C.L.E
55. The Untouchables
56. The Adventures of Johnny Quest
57. Perry Mason
58. The Munsters
59. Mannix
60. Ally McBeal

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