TV theme songs – part 2 of 4

Part 2

TV theme songs – part 1 of 4

TV theme songs – part 2 of 4

TV theme songs – part 3 of 4

TV theme songs – part 4 of 4

Batman

When I was very young, I was almost scared of this one.

Green Acres

Although I’ve never liked the show itself, I do enjoy its snappy theme song.

Petticoat Junction

I remember this song from when I was very young, and I still like the song today. I can’t really remember the actual show, even though I did watch it at the time.

Birdman

Some of the Hanna-Barbera cartoons from the 60s had great jazzy theme music, and this was one of them. I never liked the show itself very much, however.

Dino Boy in the Lost Valley

I like the narrative that goes along with the opening music.

Fantastic Four

A really exciting theme song to a pretty good action cartoon show.

Herculoids

Another great action cartoon from Hanna-Barbera.

Space Ghost

They should have called this show “Blip,” because he was the real hero.

Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour

This takes a bunch of theatrical shorts, and surrounds them with new, made-for-TV footage. I guess it’s OK to count it as a TV show. The opening itself was made-for-TV.

Scooby Doo Where Are You? (two versions)

This first one here is rarely heard. I like it – perhaps even more than the familiar version.

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Hawaii Five-O

Of course this one has to be included.

All in the Family

I think it’s safe to say that we have definitely entered into the 70s.

H.R. Pufnstuf

This is a brilliantly done, live-action fantasy opening, made on a low budget, decades before CGI. If they were to do this today, they’d spent far more money using CGI, and get far less interesting results.

Bob Newhart Show

One of the best TV songs of all time.

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

Although it seems obvious now, when I was a child, I did not know that Bill Cosby did the voice for Mushmouth.

Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood

My dog and I met Mr. Rogers in real life – twice. He remembered us the second time.

Sanford and Son

A fantastic opening song for a pretty funny show.

Sesame Street

This was a wonderful show in the 70s. Later on, the switch from Grover to Elmo as host was a big letdown. It also sucked that they got rid of the guy who used to bang his head on the piano. And it’s absurd that Cookie Monster started eating vegetables. Old school rules!

Good Times

Another funny yet serious show from Norman Lear, whose shows had this wonderful habit of having excellent theme songs.

Land of the Lost

The first two seasons of this are some of the best science-fiction that has ever been created for TV. This is not just a kid’s show – adults can enjoy it too. The beginning of season 3 was as big as any “jump the shark” moment  that TV has ever had, as the father got “rescued” and was replaced by “Uncle Jack,” Ta and Sa were gone,  Holly was a foot taller but still fit in the same clothes, the family moved out of  their safe home in the cave I (which was destroyed) and into the dangerous heart of Sleestak territory, the Sleestak became more talkative and thus less mysterious and less interesting, and a lot of the plots were absurd. They really should have just canceled this show after the second season, which was already one more season than other Krofft shows got anyway.

Electric Company

Yep – that’s Morgan Freeman!

TV theme songs – part 1 of 4

TV theme songs – part 2 of 4

TV theme songs – part 3 of 4

TV theme songs – part 4 of 4

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October 11, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Music, Television.

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