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 Posted:   Mar 8, 2019 - 5:03 AM   
 By:   jacky   (Member)

What is your top 10 of the best tv themes?

mine are (In no particular order):

--Dinotopia (Trevor Jones),
--Martian Chronicles (Stanley Myers),
--Doctor Who (Peter Howell),
--Six Million dollar man,
--Airwolf (Sylvester Levay),
--Streethawk (Tangerine Dream),
--Knight rider,
--Black Beauty,
--Space 1999 (Barry Gray),
--Miami Vice (Jan Hammer)

--Stranger things on place 11 wink

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2019 - 5:18 AM   
 By:   judy the hutt   (Member)

Kinda enjoyed Peter Gunn. actually love that music

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2019 - 5:35 AM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

The Waltons
Cain's 100
Peter Gunn
Mr. Lucky
Staccato
Barnaby Jones
Riverboat
Black Saddle
The Rifleman
Mission Impossible

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2019 - 5:35 AM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

The Waltons
Cain's 100
Peter Gunn
Mr. Lucky
Staccato
Barnaby Jones
Riverboat
Black Saddle
The Rifleman
Mission Impossible

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2019 - 5:39 AM   
 By:   jacky   (Member)

The Waltons
Cain's 100
Peter Gunn
Mr. Lucky
Staccato
Barnaby Jones
Riverboat
Black Saddle
The Rifleman
Mission Impossible


Great list too!

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2019 - 5:40 AM   
 By:   standbyme   (Member)

(I assume that you mean instrumental.)
In no particular order, mine would be:

Hawaii Five-O
Northern Exposure
The Waltons
Wild Wild West
The Muunsters
Naked Gun
Gunsmoke
Masada
Hogan’s Heroes
The Wonderful World Of Disney

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2019 - 5:42 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Oh, that's tricky. I'll need some time to think.

All I know for certain at this point is that TWIN PEAKS will be on top, always and forever.

I'm guessing threads like this will more often reflect people's nostalgic connection to TV series from their formative years than a more 'objective' evaluation of the musical content itself.

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2019 - 6:28 AM   
 By:   jacky   (Member)

(I assume that you mean instrumental.)
In no particular order, mine would be:

Hawaii Five-O
Northern Exposure
The Waltons
Wild Wild West
The Muunsters
Naked Gun
Gunsmoke
Masada
Hogan’s Heroes
The Wonderful World Of Disney


Not particular has to be intrumental...The Waltons are great too btw! Naked gun is that a tv serie? wink

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2019 - 7:35 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Peter Gunn
Man From UNCLE
THE Cat
Mission Impossible
Mannix
The Persuaders
Sherlock Holmes
Jeeves and Wooster
Poirot
Treme

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2019 - 7:38 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

THE TWILIGHT ZONE
THE OUTER LIMITS
STAR TREK
PETER GUNN
HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL
THE SIMPSONS
THE MAN FROM UNCLE
HENNESEY
TWIN PEAKS
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

I consider mini-series a whole different animal.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2019 - 7:50 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Doctor Who ('63 -'85/'96-2013)
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (original series)
Thunderbirds
Stingray
UFO
The Avengers (Laurie Johnson)
The Munsters
The Prisoner
The High Chaparral
The Persuaders

But ten is way too small. And I think maybe both the Irwin Allen and the Gerry Anderson shows should almost be lumped into one each.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2019 - 7:50 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

D/P Apologies.

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2019 - 8:09 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Miami Vice - Hammer
Airwolf - Levay
Streethawk - T Dream
Sunset Beach - Truman
Raven - Franke
I'll Fly Away - Walden
Twin Peaks - Badalamenti
Babylon 5 - Franke
Falcon Crest - O'Hearn version

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2019 - 8:13 AM   
 By:   steffromuk   (Member)

The Avengers/The New Avengers
The prisoner
The muppet Show
The 6 Million Dollar Man
"V"
Space 1999
The Twilight Zone
The Fraggle Rock
The Knight Rider
The Mysterious Cities of Gold

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2019 - 8:24 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Just my favorites of the top of my head...


Since so many themes flew around in my head right away, I sorted it a bit and I exclude here TV themes that are actually movie themes (like THE COWBOYS or STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION), and themes for TV miniseries, like SHOGUN, QB VII or MASADA, and just focus on regular multi-season one hour drama shows. So no miniseries, no animation, no sitcoms, no game shows etc., simply to narrow it down already a bit. (I love Cheers, Flintstones, etc.... maybe I do another one for those. :-)

STARSKY & HUTCH (Lalo Schifrin)

STAR TREK - VOYAGER (Jerry Goldsmith)

THE WALTONS (Jerry Goldsmith)

THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO (Patrick Williams)

THE PERSUADERS (John Barry)

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (Stu Phillips)

THE ROCKFORD FILES (Mike Post & Pete Carpenter)

KNIGHT RIDER (Stu Phillips)

THE MAGICIAN (Patrick Williams)

PETROCELLI (Lalo Schifrin)

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2019 - 8:27 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I;m confused, jacky. In the title you says "themes", then in your post say best music for a series. Are we talking theme music or episodic scoring?

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2019 - 8:40 AM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

Agatha Christie's Poirot
Amazing Stories
Crazy Like a Fox
Feud: Bette and Joan
The Flash
Matlock
Police Woman
Quantum Leap
Scarecrow and Mrs. King
Star Trek: Voyager

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2019 - 8:47 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

My 10 best TV themes:

Star Trek
Doctor Who
The Persuaders
Hawaii 5-O
The Tomorrow People
Kung-Fu
Battlestar Galactica
The Man from UNCLE
Mission Impossible
Man In a Suitcase

For what it's worth.

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2019 - 9:03 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

This is a genre in which the Brits win hands-down!

Easily top ... by a mile:

The Persuaders!

with other first class themes (in no particular order) from:
Danger Man (a.k.a. Secret Agent - hour episodes)
Man in a Suitcase
Department S
All Creatures Great & Small
Callan
The Sandbaggers
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (a.k.a. My Partner the Ghost)
Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)
Doctor Who [orig. and some variations but not all!]
The Prisoner
The Adventurer
Public Eye

... and more, e.g. I really like Hawaii 5-0 [orig.] and plenty of non-Brit themes, too smile

Mitch

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2019 - 9:15 AM   
 By:   robertmro   (Member)

Two brilliant themes from the dark ages:

Perry Mason - Fred Steiner

Have Gun Will Travel - Bernard Herrmann

 
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