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« Reply #75 on: April 16, 2018, 05:27:41 PM »

Few additions:

"Perry Mason" - great show with great theme.
"Rocky & Bullwinkle" - immediate favorite.
"Around The World With Willy Fog" - nice friendly singsong intro & nice rolling credits song in the end. Esp. intro.
"Tail Spin" - mischievous, joyful, fun. "I Just Can't Wait To Be King" meets "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" but better.
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CBS Radio Mystery Theatre - starts with long nerve-racking, nails-to-glass high creaking noise, it then shifts to bass, slow, dark doomed 3-note music. In short - cool! 3D
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« Reply #76 on: April 16, 2018, 07:50:59 PM »

Only TV theme song that can bring tears to my eyes: Chico and the Man
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7FISjhfpmc

Remastered version here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dFQ0k9iAOg
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« Reply #77 on: April 17, 2018, 06:26:04 AM »

Three TV faves and their composers:

The Wild Wild West - Richard Markowitz
The Price Is Right Theme - Edd Kalehoff (or, Shelia Cole)
Green Acres - Vic Mizzy


Special Mentions:
Gotham City Municiple Swing Band - Neal Hefti. Theme for Bob Wilkins' various Northern California TV shows.
Syncopated Clock -  Leroy Anderson. Opening theme for Valley Playhouse (pretty sure), a local show out of Sacramento, CA.
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« Reply #78 on: April 17, 2018, 06:28:47 AM »

Here's a good one by the great John  Barry that is mostly forgotten, probably because the 1971 series only lasted one season. His theme for The Persuaders:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UypR9O4IT8U

Great theme!
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« Reply #79 on: April 17, 2018, 08:56:42 AM »

Hard to tell whether this one has been linked yet. Great, great instrumental (guitarfool will agree). It's the theme from Route 66: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zw1tiNGQ4wI

This is cool, too, but different. It's the theme from a US TV series I only discovered earlier in the week, BoJack Horseman:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSEyU_OZUVI
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« Reply #80 on: April 17, 2018, 04:00:56 PM »

Lots of good stuff mentioned here people, nice!

This for Alex as he remembered it and it is awesome - Batman Animated Series

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEx9r5enZsk


What about most hated TV themes? Mine has to be the Friends theme 'I'll Be There For You' - if I ever have to hear that shitty fucking song ever again I will go on a stabbing frenzy!

I realize I'm replying to a really old post, but if you're still out there lurking Paulos, I was talking about the series with the REAL Batman, the late great Mayor of Quahog, Adam West. You know, "na na na na na na na BATMAN!"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSaDPc1Cs5U
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« Reply #81 on: June 07, 2018, 07:16:35 AM »

Hey, I didn't list "Heathcliff", 80s TV cartoon show about cat Heathcliff & fam he lives in. Mel Blanc voices. 3D Cool upbeat song! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ml8mnc7WciA
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« Reply #82 on: May 28, 2019, 02:38:25 AM »

"Laverne & Shirley" - nice cheery song with good vocs & crucial reason - it fits the lovely & funny ladies which TV series tells about. Didn't check its related series ("Happy Days" is it? "Happy Times"? Keep forgetting), seems like it's about family, looking at publicity pic.
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« Reply #83 on: May 30, 2019, 08:55:54 PM »

Older shows:

Classic Era Doctor Who
Star Trek Original Series
Hawaii Five-O

21st century shows:

Sopranos
John Adams
House of Cards
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« Reply #84 on: May 31, 2019, 01:09:13 AM »

Didn't see "Dr. Who". Is it really good that many say? Wiki description seems dull.
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« Reply #85 on: May 31, 2019, 07:59:04 PM »

Didn't see "Dr. Who". Is it really good that many say? Wiki description seems dull.

Like anything, it depends on your tastes, RR. I've been a lifelong fantasy/sci-fi fan, and a casual fan of British TV, so when I was introduced to Doctor Who over a decade ago, it was a natural fit for me. I find the basic premise of a quirky, long-lived character who travels through time and space in a box having adventures and doing good appealing. Of course, the show is decades old, and has had many actors fill the role of the Doctor over the years. Most fans find they have a favorite iteration or two. Mine happens to be the 4th Doctor, played by Tom Baker. In my circle, people seem to either love the show or hate it.
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« Reply #86 on: June 12, 2019, 02:56:21 PM »

Magnum PI
Miami Vice
Sesame Street (which bears more than a passing resemblance to GV)
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« Reply #87 on: June 12, 2019, 03:51:45 PM »

Magnum PI

Any thoughts on the original theme song? It lasted for about 9 or 10 episodes.
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« Reply #88 on: June 12, 2019, 05:42:15 PM »

"Laverne & Shirley" - nice cheery song with good vocs & crucial reason - it fits the lovely & funny ladies which TV series tells about. Didn't check its related series ("Happy Days" is it? "Happy Times"? Keep forgetting), seems like it's about family, looking at publicity pic.

The Laverne and Shirley theme is nice.
The other show would be Happy Days
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« Reply #89 on: June 13, 2019, 08:43:18 PM »

Magnum PI

Any thoughts on the original theme song? It lasted for about 9 or 10 episodes.


Iíd forgotten about the original theme!  I re-watched the first couple of seasons of Magnum a few years ago and was surprised to hear the original theme as I didnít remember it from the first time around.  To answer your question, I think itís a fine piece of music on its own and actually quite interesting, but as theme music to the opening credits of a show it just doesnít compare to the later theme.  The second, more long-running theme and opening credits just worked so well together and created a real sense of excitement.  The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, I guess is what Iím trying to say. 

What do you think?
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« Reply #90 on: June 13, 2019, 08:56:04 PM »

What's this weird "Magnum PI" title?
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« Reply #91 on: June 13, 2019, 08:59:29 PM »

Magnum PI

Any thoughts on the original theme song? It lasted for about 9 or 10 episodes.

Iíd forgotten about the original theme!  I re-watched the first couple of seasons of Magnum a few years ago and was surprised to hear the original theme as I didnít remember it from the first time around.  To answer your question, I think itís a fine piece of music on its own and actually quite interesting, but as theme music to the opening credits of a show it just doesnít compare to the later theme.  The second, more long-running theme and opening credits just worked so well together and created a real sense of excitement.  The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, I guess is what Iím trying to say. 

What do you think?

I agree with you. I also get a '70s vibe from the original theme which is disjointing for obvious reasons.
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« Reply #92 on: June 14, 2019, 06:24:15 AM »

What's this weird "Magnum PI" title?

Magnum, P.I. was a TV show from the 1980s, based in Hawaii and starring Tom Selleck as a private investigator (P.I. being an abbreviation for private investigator).

Here's the theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBIgXhiOpeQ
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« Reply #93 on: June 14, 2019, 08:41:19 AM »

TY, GH.
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« Reply #94 on: June 15, 2019, 04:14:58 PM »

Theme from Tales of the Unexpected.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js7T-VTL91k

St Elsewhere.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9h7ugSzlEk

Laverne and Shirley.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAnecJl_Z1A

Mary Tyler Moore Show.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYgKcUDZ-E0

Rhoda.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtjZuWxE6ho

Dharma and Greg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dm3e7w2xtfU


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