: Classic TV Show Themes/Intros



gdwriter
02-17-08, 01:52 AM
Jesda's posting of the Family Ties theme got me thinking about some of the classic TV show intros. Most of today's shows don't even have an intro, so they can cram in yet another commercial. So, for a little nostalgia, here's some of my favorites:

Norman Lear's shows from the 70s always had good intros:

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And then there's Maude! Great cheesy organ:

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Movin' on up:

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Probably my all time favorite, Mary Tyler Moore, with the iconic hat toss:

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And you can't have Mary without Rhoda:

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Green Arces:

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gdwriter
02-17-08, 02:02 AM
Now for some cartoons intros:

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Who's more powerful, Samantha or Jeannie?

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Playdrv4me
02-17-08, 02:17 AM
The 80's marked the end of the Theme song era just about, but there were some great ones...

Newhart!

Henry Mancini wrote some of the greatest TV themes ever.
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These two were separated at birth!

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And for those who don't know what anything above is (shame on you)...

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The Final Frontier (and the only one I ever cared about)...

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JimHare
02-17-08, 11:29 AM
Actually, it's not so much about cramming in another commercial as it is about keeping you from changing the channel.. Back in the "good old days" of a grand total of three channels (if you were lucky), every show on TV pretty much ran the exact same way - an opening theme for about 40-50 seconds, then 1:00 of commercial time, then the first 12 minutes of the show, then 2 minutes of commercial, then back for the next 12 minutes, then commercial, then either an ending scene with credits over, or just the end credits.

Then when choices started appearing, and peoples eyes and ears were not so loyal, producers and advertisers realized they had to do something to keep you from switching away from the show when a commercial came on..so we morphed in to the present situation of th show starting up right away - with credits over, or no credits at all. There's 3 to 5 minutes of show before you even see a commercial or the credits, sometimes - then they run a c/block, then back for maybe three minutes of show, then another c/block, then a longer show block, etc etc...its those two commercial blocks right after one another that make it SEEM like there's more commercial.

Try this next time you watch a show - monitor how it works - see if there is scripted action before they run any commercials - and where they run the opening credit. I was watching "According to Jim" one time and the opening credits didn't appear until the 6 minute mark!

1/2 hour sit coms are a little different than 1 hour dramas, but the idea is the same - get the viewer hooked in "content" before you cut away to a commercial, so they'll be there when you come back.

gary88
02-17-08, 11:57 AM
This thread wouldn't be complete without Sanford and Son

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I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-17-08, 12:23 PM
One of the greatest ones of my generation:
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Benzilla
02-17-08, 03:07 PM
The Wonder Years - that's my show. Always loved the song too. If it wasn't already posted, I was going to post it.

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gdwriter
02-17-08, 03:26 PM
This thread wouldn't be complete without Sanford and SonDefinitely. I meant to put that in, but forgot.

I read somewhere that Quincy Jones wrote that music.

eldorado99
02-17-08, 06:44 PM
This brings back some fond memories spent in front of the tube, especially "All in the Family" for some reason I've always loved that show.

LeftyCTS
02-17-08, 08:11 PM
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02-17-08, 08:28 PM
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Playdrv4me
02-17-08, 09:00 PM
Fixed Youtube links..

Jesda
02-18-08, 02:53 PM
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Mr Belvedere!

CadillacGurl
02-19-08, 11:25 AM
I loved this show when I was younger... don't ask
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JRau
02-19-08, 09:16 PM
I don't know how to get the You Tube connections, but I loved "The Jeffersons." And Gary, you're right, Norman Lear was fantastic with theme songs in the '70's.

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Destroyer
02-20-08, 06:51 AM
Always loved the Fall Guy theme:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=H9m31100AYQ


A Team

http://youtube.com/watch?v=mAsJG67LH-4

RunningOnEMT
02-20-08, 08:27 AM
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Chicano-Mexicano
02-20-08, 08:37 AM
Two words Miami Vice. The show were every ones a coke lord. :P

http://youtube.com/watch?v=LGkurWAXgZs

SlxAlxx
02-20-08, 11:45 AM
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It's not so much the plots, or lack thereof that I'm a fan of, it's the multi-car pile-ups and the fact that LA is always baron when they have a car chase. I'm not a motorcycle fan (no offense to anyone who is) so whenever they show the Dodge Monaco squad cars being thrown around the turns, hubcaps flying off and all, that's when I get in to the show.

gdwriter
02-20-08, 07:37 PM
It's not so much the plots, or lack thereof that I'm a fan of, it's the multi-car pile-ups and the fact that LA is always baron when they have a car chase. I'm not a motorcycle fan (no offense to anyone who is) so whenever they show the Dodge Monaco squad cars being thrown around the turns, hubcaps flying off and all, that's when I get in to the show.Yeah, I don't think I've ever seen LA freeways so uncongested.

Note the nice '72 Sedan de Ville (in a typically 70s gold) at about 00:25.

gdwriter
02-20-08, 07:40 PM
Another classic 70s show:

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I always loved the messages on his answering machine, a newfangled contraption in 1974.

gdwriter
02-22-08, 12:54 PM
Another good one, Mission Impossible with Lalo Schifrin's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lalo_Schifrin) iconic theme music:

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Schifrin also wrote the soundtrack for Bullitt.

Playdrv4me
02-22-08, 02:09 PM
Heard this on the way to work this morning...

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77CDV
02-23-08, 10:14 PM
The truly sad thing is that these shows, all at least 20 years old, kick ass over the dreck they're showing today. I'm really shocked that none of the red-blooded heterosexual males (of a certain age) chose Charlie's Angels. Maybe not the best theme song, but some very nice scenery. And of course there's always that epic cheese-fest, The Love Boat! :)

gdwriter
02-24-08, 12:20 AM
Ask, and ye shall receive:

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Like most 11 year olds at the time, I didn't understand what they meant by "jiggle TV," but I certainly didn't mind the view.

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77CDV
02-24-08, 04:15 PM
Thanks for the trip down Amnesia Lane! :)

Jesda
02-24-08, 05:45 PM
60-second extended version:
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Thank you for being a friend.
Traveled down the road and back again...

Playdrv4me
02-26-08, 01:31 AM
60-second extended version:
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Thank you for being a friend.
Traveled down the road and back again...

Oh it's ON now...

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Playdrv4me
02-26-08, 01:35 AM
Oh what the hell, why not...

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gdwriter
03-03-08, 11:30 PM
I can't believe I forgot to include this earlier:

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Truly one of the great ones. A perfect soundtrack and outstanding cinematography.

MauiV
03-04-08, 01:14 AM
I am SOOOO disappointed in so many of you. Those that are too young get a slight pass, but not really.

EASILY the greatest TV theme song EVER...

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And I think Jan Hammer did both this and Miami Vice.

gdwriter
03-04-08, 02:30 PM
I am SOOOO disappointed in so many of you. Those that are too young get a slight pass, but not really.

EASILY the greatest TV theme song EVER...

And I think Jan Hammer did both this and Miami Vice.Well, everybody's entitled to their opinions, but sorry, I'm not all that impressed. I think the music and cinematography are much more impressive on Mission Impossible (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission_Impossible#Inspirations_and_innovations) and especially Hawaii Five-0 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaii_Five-0#Opening_and_closing_credits). And I'm not the only one who thinks so (http://starbulletin.com/96/10/21/features/story1.html). To my ears, those pounding drums and pulsing bass line with the trumpets are so much more dynamic than the Jan Hammer's synthesizers.

While looking up info on the Hawaii Five-0 opening, I found that it was directed by Reza Badiyi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reza_Badiyi), who also created the iconic opening credits for The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

heavymetals
03-04-08, 03:12 PM
Peter Gunn (Mancini)

Secret Agent (Johnny Rivers)

gdwriter
03-04-08, 04:15 PM
Peter Gunn (Mancini)I just bought a book of Television Sheet Music (http://cgi.ebay.com/Television-Sheet-Music-Hits-Easy-Piano_W0QQitemZ310016580761QQcmdZViewItem)for easy piano. In addition to Hawaii Five-O, it also includes Peter Gunn and the Pink Panther theme.

RightTurn
03-04-08, 05:51 PM
WHAT??? No Dr. WHO???

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CIWS
03-04-08, 05:54 PM
Monty Python :D


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RightTurn
03-04-08, 05:54 PM
And who didn't sing along with this...

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gothicaleigh
03-04-08, 05:58 PM
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gothicaleigh
03-04-08, 06:09 PM
It's time to get things started... :)

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Dance your cares away... :gothimanic:

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03-04-08, 06:42 PM
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03-04-08, 06:48 PM
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I couldn't find the one from the t.v. show... just the movie but it works I guess. grrr.

gdwriter
03-04-08, 07:30 PM
Another 70s crime drama starring the very hot (at the time) Angie Dickinson:

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My Netflix queue continues to grow.

RightTurn
03-04-08, 07:45 PM
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gdwriter
03-04-08, 07:56 PM
The University Marketing department at OSU is in Adams Hall, a little building off by itself across the railroad tracks from the main campus. Since we're all a little crazy around here, we're known as the Adams Family.

ahahnu
03-04-08, 08:22 PM
I'm a little dissapointed as just about all my shows are on here. Married with Children, Night Court, Muppet Show, Saved by the Bell. Did anyone mention the Simpsons. Still running, but approaching almost 20 years on tv I'd have to imagine.