What ever happened to the great TV-show theme songs??

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    Dec 22, 2010 8:16 AM GMT
    Whatever happened the great, iconic TV show intros? Friends, Cheers, Dallas, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Golden Girls, Magnum PI, Hawaii Five-O, Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat, The Facts of LIfe, Different Strokes, The Jeffersons, MASH, All in the Family......etc, etc, etc.

    It just seems that art has disappeared completely.

    Kind of sad, really.
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    Dec 22, 2010 1:32 PM GMT
    It really is. They've all been replaced by reality-TV shows that involve some lame guitar music, some hashed together chorus, and a bunch of shiny things.

    I'm only 25, but I do watch a lot of the older TV shows and can see that they had a definite quality to them that is lacking this day in age.
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    Dec 22, 2010 1:37 PM GMT
    Attention Defecit Disorder of society...thats what happened
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Dec 22, 2010 2:15 PM GMT
    Yeah, it is kinda sad. No creativity these days.

    I recently read that Vic Mizzy, who composed several TV themes had died. If I'm not mistaken, this was one of his compositions and many of us remember this show.....

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    Dec 22, 2010 2:17 PM GMT
    Columbusite saidIt really is. They've all been replaced by reality-TV shows that involve some lame guitar music, some hashed together chorus, and a bunch of shiny things.

    I'm only 25, but I do watch a lot of the older TV shows and can see that they had a definite quality to them that is lacking this day in age.


    part of the "dumbing down" of America!

    more than a few of the 1960's and 1970's tv theme songs stood alone as top 40 hits...NOT today!!

    "reality shows" have no plot or context about them at all! i watch television to escape from reality, NOT to re-create it.

    i'm finding TCM and AMC increasingly more attractive as of late.
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    Dec 22, 2010 2:23 PM GMT
    I think they just wanted more room for commercials, so, the writers and producers just want to get to the story.
    Back in the day, they had 25 minutes of time, now, I think it's about 20 minutes, so, the songs went the way of the dodo..

    I always liked "The Flintstones" and "I love lucy" and "Good Times."
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    Dec 22, 2010 2:42 PM GMT
    EastCoastNAZ saidWhatever happened the great, iconic TV show intros? Friends, Cheers, Dallas, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Golden Girls, Magnum PI, Hawaii Five-O, Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat, The Facts of LIfe, Different Strokes, The Jeffersons, MASH, All in the Family......etc, etc, etc.

    It just seems that art has disappeared completely.

    Kind of sad, really.


    Saving money. No theme song, less producers have to pay out for royalties. It adds up to a lot. "LOST"'s sound was way cheaper ;-)
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    Dec 22, 2010 2:52 PM GMT
    turtleneckjock saidYeah, it is kinda sad. No creativity these days.

    I recently read that Vic Mizzy, who composed several TV themes had died. If I'm not mistaken, this was one of his compositions and many of us remember this show.....

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    i've always loved that theme song!

    i'm old enough to (just barely) recall when this show was on prime time...one of the few tv shows that my parents would sit and watch with the kids.

    my brother and I bought the 45 rpm record (some of the old geezers here will know what i am talking bout here!) of this theme song and drove my parents crazy with all the finger snapping goin' on... icon_lol.gif

    my fav gay bar will sometimes play a compilation of tv theme songs....the singing along and finger popping when this one comes is is amazing. icon_cool.gif
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Dec 22, 2010 2:54 PM GMT
    How about one more? Take the Cannonball into Pixley, guys!

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    Dec 22, 2010 3:01 PM GMT
    My favorite memory from growing up. You just can't beat this one!

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    Dec 22, 2010 3:49 PM GMT
    Uh... the memories...

  • hartfan

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    Dec 22, 2010 4:32 PM GMT
    TV theme songs--I could write a whole thesis about them.

    One of my old time favorites is:


    I like the Friends theme too, conveys the premise of the show extremely well in both tune and lyrics. But I find the iconic ones don't always need lyrics. Here are some of my favorites as examples.

    There is the light-hearted, whimsical and very hummable jingle of The Office (US):


    There's the haunting and poignant yet oddly hopeful ballad of Friday Night Lights:


    And then there's the appropriately stately and majestic symphony of The West Wing:


    Then there's the epic yet wistful and elegiac melody for Band of Brothers:



    And a tune just absolutely upbeat and bouncing with energy and joy for How I Met Your Mother (though it is derived from an awesome song with lyrics):


    Finally, to defend reality shows a little bit, here is one extremely recognizable anthem for one of the granddaddy of reality shows, one that has successfully been used for over twenty seasons of the show (albeit each in a slightly different incarnation appropriate to its locale), that very aptly evokes the story of the struggles between man and nature with its tribal chants and epic overture:


    My point is that a theme has done its job once people hearing it immediately associate it with the show, and listening to it evokes the same memories and emotions as if you are reliving the show again. That is what a good theme song is all about.
  • canalpal

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    Dec 22, 2010 5:34 PM GMT
    My personal favorite will probably always be the theme from "Falcon Crest"
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    Dec 22, 2010 5:39 PM GMT
    I think the best ones (not counting the lyrics) were The Flintstones, Hawaii Five-O, Mission Impossible, and the like. Unfortunately, there just aren't very many big bands around to make music like that any more.

    I sort of like the "Psych" TV theme. It's a pretty good song, and it's fun the way they rearrange it from week to week to fit the theme of some episodes.
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    Dec 22, 2010 8:28 PM GMT
    Dallas. Loved Dallas. And since I grew up in Dallas, even better because I knew Southfork and alot of the places that they showed in the intro.
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    Dec 22, 2010 9:25 PM GMT
    Allathlete saidUh... the memories...




    ah yes i remember them
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    Dec 22, 2010 9:31 PM GMT
    turtleneckjock saidHow about one more? Take the Cannonball into Pixley, guys!

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    Dec 23, 2010 12:33 AM GMT
    This show was only one NBC for one season (1965-1966, I believe). I did watch this......Who else remembers this one besides me?

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    Dec 23, 2010 11:47 PM GMT
    The theme to "Enterprise" harkened back to the classic theme song days, with its lyric, melody, and the progression in its scoring from season to season as the series matured - from the tentative strains of the first season with a single guitar accompaniment , the fuller - more confident sound - of the second season, and then to the determined brash sound of the third. (with more percussion).

    It was written by "hit-maker" Diane Warren. (sung by Russell Watson)

    It was also a suitable precursor then, to the "future" theme of Alexander Courage's 1960s theme for Star Trek, which then was followed up by the majestic and triumphant St Trek: TNG theme music of the Federation in full flower.

    Deep Space Nine evoked the same majesty in isolation first with its lonely sole oboe lead line of the first season, joined by a fuller orchestral arrangement in subsequent seasons, as the "wormhole" brought increased traffic to that sector of space.


    Star Trek purists though, HATED the not-solely-instrumental lyrical Enterprise theme (which I felt gave it a previously untapped (thus distinctive) human quality.
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    Dec 23, 2010 11:52 PM GMT
    canalpal saidMy personal favorite will probably always be the theme from "Falcon Crest"


    I played this in high school show band:
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    Dec 23, 2010 11:56 PM GMT
    My all time favourite theme was to Masterpiece Theatre.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSAUy09emrU
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    Dec 23, 2010 11:57 PM GMT
    Says you:


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    Dec 23, 2010 11:57 PM GMT
    for all the canadians: