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 Posted:   Mar 11, 2019 - 9:48 AM   
 By:   sajrocks   (Member)

WONDER WOMAN - Charles Fox/Norman Gimbel lyrics (see also Fox's THE LOVE BOAT)
DALLAS - John Parker
THE INCREDIBLE HULK - Joe Harnell
ORPHAN BLACK - Two Fingers
KNIGHT RIDER - Stu Phillips
THE JETSONS - Hoyt Curtain (see also Elfman's THE SIMPSONS)
"Angela" (Theme From TAXI) - Bob James
THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO - Mike Post/Stephen Geyer
THE WALKING DEAD - Bear McCreary
THE X-FILES - Mark Snow

Honorable mentions:
PETER GUNN - Henry Mancini (see also Lalo Schifrin's MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE)
STAR TREK - Alexander Courage
TWIN PEAKS - Angelo Badalamenti
WKRP IN CINCINNATI - Tom Wells/Hugh Wilson lyrics (see also David Shire's "There's a New Girl in Town" from ALICE)
MORK & MINDY - Perry Botkin (see also Botkin's HAPPY DAYS and LAVERNE & SHIRLEY)
THE BOB NEWHART SHOW - Lorenzo Music (yes, the original voice of Garfield)
"Come and Knock on my Door" (Theme from THREE'S COMPANY) - Joe Raposo (also lyrics)
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - Stu Phillips
DEXTER - Rolfe Kent
DRAGNET - Walter Schumann (see also Irving Szathmary's GET SMART)
And not sure if counts as a main theme, but Vince Guaraldi's indelible "Linus & Lucy" from the Charlie Brown animated features.

Doubly honorable mentions for themes for TV broadcasters:

HBO Feature Presentation - Ferdinand J. Smith



CBS Special Presentation



The latter fascinatingly created from bits of Morton Stevens's soundtrack to the original "Hawaii Five-O" series:



And, of course, "The Mission" (Theme for NBC News) - John Williams

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2019 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   Broughtfan   (Member)

So many good ones to be sure, but I'll give my top ten "a go:"

HOLOCAUST (Morton Gould)
THE MOD SQUAD (Earle Hagen)
THE MAGICIAN (Pat Williams)
LANCER (Jerome Moross)
GET SMART (Irving Szathmary)
HAWAII FIVE-O (Mort Stevens)
TIME TUNNEL (John Williams)
GREEN ACRES (Words and Music by Vic Mizzy)
THAT GIRL (S1 and S2-4 arrangements, Earle Hagen)
MANNIX (Lalo Schifrin)

 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2019 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   JeffM   (Member)

Anybody remember "240-Robert"?



I used to love that theme!

 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2019 - 10:53 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Dexter - good shout. Forgot that one. It was kind of Jarresque.

 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2019 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

Ah, how our respective generations shine through! (Mine included)

In no particular order:

DR. KILDARE (J. Goldsmith)
NBC MYSTERY MOVIE (H. Mancini)
THE DEFENDERS (L. Rosenman)
THE VIRGINIAN (P. Faith)
VICTORY AT SEA (R. Rodgers)
THE WEST WING (S. Walden)
WILD WILD WEST (R. Markowitz)
KUNG FU (J. Helms)
PERRY MASON (F. Steiner)
HOLLYWOOD AND THE STARS (E. Bernstein)


Forgot a biggie: MANNIX (L. Schifrin) (Glad Broughtfan caught that one!)

 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2019 - 2:01 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

1 - Rat Patrol - best ever by far
2. - Peter Gunn - coolest ever by far
3. - Battlestar Galactica - Stu Philips
4. - The Waltons - love Goldsmiths music
5. - Amazing Stories - Williams
6 - Mission: Impossible - how could this not be in anyone's top 10?
7. - Lost In Space - Williams main title with the countdown
8. - Falcon Crest - best of the night time soaps
9. - Hawaii Five - O
10. - Star Trek Voyager

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2019 - 3:30 AM   
 By:   Catweazle   (Member)

Barry Gray all the way

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2019 - 3:36 AM   
 By:   Catweazle   (Member)

And this theme seems to be missing from those lists posted here..



 
 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2019 - 5:30 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Achtung! Have The World at War and Colditz been mentioned? I can't ever whistle them both, only one or the other!

 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2019 - 7:38 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

And this theme seems to be missing from those lists posted here..



It was on mine. ;-)

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2019 - 10:47 AM   
 By:   Nightingale   (Member)

In no order.

Wild Wild West
Search/Probe (Dominic Frontiere)
Space:1999 original
Magnum PI
Rockford Files
Mission Impossible
Airwolf
Hawaii 5-0
Hogan's Heroes
UFO

Dynasty (11)

 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2019 - 11:17 AM   
 By:   townerbarry   (Member)

Oh Yeah..I forgot about Johnny T’s The Mission Theme..NBC

https://youtu.be/2Hn_h-0SdaM

And How About This Kids...John Barry’s USA Today Theme

https://youtu.be/yRQH8gb5Rfw


And Morton Steven Best Version Of Hawaii Five 0 ...The Cocoon...Pilot

https://youtu.be/nLgZpIXFWKE


UFO ..without Type Writer Sound

https://ufoseries.com/music/beg.mp3

 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2019 - 1:59 PM   
 By:   sajrocks   (Member)

TominAtl wrote:
6 - Mission: Impossible - how could this not be in anyone's top 10?

right!? that's the reason i did a follow up top 10. the initial 10 were things that left longstanding visceral/psychic impressions on me when watching the show (at age 3 or 4 i was literally dancing around the living room when DALLAS came on).

unfortunately M:I was about 10 years ahead of my birth/aural cognition. which kinda sucks now that i've heard some of those scores — all horn blasts and chugging strings and sneaky jazz percussion and the occasional creepy synthesizer and/or anachronistic electric guitar riff. a few of my favorite things. the M:I theme wouldn't really come into my life until i was in jazz and marching band in the early 90s, and of course the mid-90s with the launch of the film franchise.

 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2019 - 2:55 PM   
 By:   No Respectable Gentleman   (Member)

National Geographic
Van Der Valk
Lost in Space (2nd version)
Mission Impossible
Rockford Files
Peter Gunn
Batman
Superchicken
Barnaby Jones
The Pacific

 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2019 - 3:53 PM   
 By:   gsteven   (Member)

In no order:

12 O'Clock High (Frontiere)
The Big Valley (Duning)
The Fugitive (Rugolo)
Lost in Space (Williams)
Hollywood and the Stars (Bernstein)
Combat! (Rosenman)
Hallmark Hall of Fame (?)
Top Cat (Curtin)
Ellery Queen (Bernstein)
Dr Kildare (Goldsmith)

 
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