Feeling nostalgic: 12 TV theme songs you loved
June 10th, 2011
09:48 AM ET

Feeling nostalgic: 12 TV theme songs you loved

Andrew Gold, who’s responsible for the 1970s hit “Lonely Boy” - which was featured in flicks like “Boogie Nights” and “The Waterboy” - died on June 3.

The 59-year-old singer-songwriter also penned “Thank You for Being a Friend,” the song that introduced NBC’s “The Golden Girls” throughout the show’s seven seasons. Not only is “Thank You for Being a Friend” easily recognized as the sitcom’s theme song, it also tends to get stuck in your head - the true test of a genius opening tune.

In what proved to be a truly daunting task, we narrowed down a list of about 50 memorable TV show theme songs to the 12 listed below:

“Cheers”

“Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name,” or at least where you can listen to a really catchy theme song. Luckily, at Cheers, you can do both.

“All in the Family”

Remember listening to Edith and Archie Bunker sing the “All in the Family” theme song? “Those were the days.” (Pun intended.)

“Sesame Street”

“Can you tell me how to get” the “Sesame Street” theme song out of my head? Didn’t think so.

“Happy Days”

Not even The Fonz’s special way with a jukebox could get this tune out of your head. Ayyy!

“Brady Bunch”

“Here’s a story of” an earworm jingle that will stay in your head long between episodes - whether you like it or not.

“Welcome Back, Kotter”

“Welcome Back, Kotter” might not have lasted long on the air, running only for four seasons, but the sitcom’s theme song by John B. Sebastian managed to stick with us.

“The Addams Family”

“They’re creepy and they’re kooky” and they all snap really well.

“The Jeffersons”

Whether you’re “moving on up to East side” or not, you probably still have the tune from “The Jefferson's” ringing in your ears.

“The Flintstones”

“When you’re with the Flinstones, you’ll have a yabba dabba doo time” and most likely get their theme song stuck in your head.

“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”

Will Smith’s “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song might be the actor-rapper-producer’s finest contribution to the entertainment industry - if you don’t count “Bad Boys II.”

“Gilligan's Island”

Three hours isn’t just the length of a tour on the S.S. Minnow - weather permitting. It’s also the amount of time you’ll have the “Gilligan's Island” theme song stuck in your head after listening.

“Laverne & Shirley”

Don’t pretend you didn’t used to skip down the street chanting “Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!”

What did we miss? Share your favorites in the comments below.

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  1. Amy

    I love the theme from 3rd Rock From The Sun, Frasier, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Nanny, Golden Girls, Midsomer Murders and The King Of Queens.

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  8. Sherry

    What about The Monkees

    July 24, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. HLP

    I didn't see "The Twilight Zone" on here...both versions are great. And if we're including cartoons what about JEM ??

    July 21, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jac

    Jay, I was going to say Different Strokes...

    Andy Griffith is classic, I still whistle it.
    Anyone know this one? "you take the good, you take the bad, take them both then you have the FACTS OF LIFE"

    July 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dan

    What happened to "Good Times," "Shaft," "Fraggle Rock," "Muppet Babies?" I'm sure you forgot a lot more.

    July 21, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MEMORIES

    Wow, those good ole' memories! At our family reunion we would play 'Name That Tune' and I would get the CD from the library that had all these old theme songs on it....we had a blast! It took everybody back down memory lane, when life was so much simpler. You know, back when we only had 4 channels and when Knight Owl with his big glasses came on, then the Star Spangled Banner played, it was bed time. Well, a couple of my favorites were Golden Girl, Love Boat, Different World, Dallas, Knots Landing, Chalies Angels, let's not forget all the stories in the daytime, but my favorite, favorite was Welcome Back Kotter, something about that song is so smooth, I love it. Well, thanks for the memories!

    July 21, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. stuckinrerunland

    Hey, what about "Be-witched" and "I dream a Genie". I also like "Miami Vice" and dreamt as a child to drive a fast boat! One more "Knight Rider" got me all excited as a young boy wishing to have a talking car.

    July 20, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Rose McBeth

    Spiderman! first came to mind, then "I Dream of Jeannie."

    July 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. charli

    THE NANNY!!!!!

    July 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  16. funkee dredz

    duhhhhhhhh...FRASIER!

    July 15, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • SandyinCO

      The theme song for Frasier is great, although I didnt know Kelsey Grammer could sing...

      July 20, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  17. sarah

    Beverly Hill Billys – Gilligans Island – Happy Days!!!!!!!!

    July 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  18. cvsoldier75

    gimme a break

    July 14, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Poppy

    What about MONK? "It's a Jungle Out There" by Randy Newman
    LYRICS:
    It's a jungle out there
    Disorder and confusion everywhere
    No one seems to care
    Well I do
    Hey, who's in charge here?
    It's a jungle out there
    Poison in the very air we breathe
    Do you know what's in the water that you drink?
    Well I do, and it's amazing
    People think I'm crazy, 'cause I worry all the time
    If you paid attention, you'd be worried too
    You better pay attention
    Or this world we love so much might just kill you
    I could be wrong now, but I don't think so
    It's a jungle out there

    July 14, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Jeff S.

    My 2 favorites are The original Hawaii Five-O theme song and Mission Impossible's.

    July 13, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  21. sistaj

    two words.....FAMILY MATTERS and RUGRATS!!!

    July 12, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  22. PensFan

    Anybody remember the kids show called "Todays Special"

    Greatest show ever...took me like 5 years to remember the name of it though..would always get the melody stuck in my head and one day it dawned on me!

    July 11, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Roxanne

    They forgot BOY MEETS WORLD!

    July 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Mel

    How come no one says Andy Griffith? Ok there are no lyrics, but that whistling is catchy

    July 10, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  25. papo

    Now we go back in time my fav were Flipper and F-troop.To this day i still sing flipper theme/Lets face it he was faster then lightning,and was smarter then me.hehe

    July 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Linda

    What about Northern Exposure?

    July 8, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  27. JIm

    Hawaii 50 ( original and new)
    All Law & Order themes
    24

    July 8, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Joe

    scooby doo anyone?

    July 8, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  29. JUDY

    Oh YES, STAR TREK and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE TV – and most of the non dirty lists are all good ones. AND Let's not for get the #1 I LOVE LUCY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Richard

    Love the old school themes from the 60's 70's to today. What about The Nanny??? And I Love Lucy?? We learned the words to the theme song in her Birthday episode. It was Ricky's gift to her-..

    July 6, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  31. Sean

    Bossom Buddies, the Billy Joel song My Life.

    July 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  32. em

    The theme from "Now and Then". Great hip and evocative.

    July 5, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  33. Miss Bev

    the Dukes of Hazzard and Simon and Simon

    July 5, 2011 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  34. melissa

    2 WORDS: FAMILY TIES!!!!

    July 4, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  35. Laur

    OMG and no one mentioned BEWITCHED...as soon as you hear the song you think SAMANTHA!!

    July 2, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  36. sunshine

    how about pink panther

    July 1, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  37. WIZARD

    Paladin ( Have Gun, Will Travel)

    July 1, 2011 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  38. Jessica

    I can't believe no one has mentioned the tune from the Andy Griffith show! I mean everyone knows it!

    June 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Jim

    How can anybody not put Hawaii 5-O down? Also liked the ROckford files!

    June 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Amy

    I am voting for Cops!

    June 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Kmosuch

    How has no one mentioned Saved by the Bell?

    June 28, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  42. Kmosuch

    How has no one mentions Saved by the Bell?

    June 28, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  43. Germ

    Wow! Some of you are showing your (and my) age!! lol

    June 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  44. ME623

    What happened to Good Times; 227; Maude; The Mary Tyler Moore Show: all these shows had good theme songs.

    June 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Jorge

    I myself love that 70's shows theme song

    June 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Ben

    It might be early to call this one a "classic", but I have to add Game of Thrones. FREAKING EPIC.

    June 24, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Nee Nee

    How about I Love Lucy....and who doesn't whitle the theme to the Andy Griffith show every time it comes on?!?!

    June 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Matt Campbell

    I would have included

    The Wonder Years
    Hawaii Five-O

    June 23, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  49. Greg

    I didn't go through all the comments, but I had yet to see anyone mention Salute Your Shorts...an originial, uber-memorable song made for the show, sung by the cast. I'll always be able to recall how that tune goes.

    Come to think of it, most of the shows on old school Nickelodeon had awesome theme songs..I could go on forever:

    All That, Hey Dude!, What Would You Do, Wild and Crazy Kids, Rocko's Modern Life, Doug, Hey Arnold!, The Angry Beavers. Hell, I can sing pretty much every word to CatDog..."Alone in the world is a little CatDog!"

    I'm not including Rugrats in my list (I realize its classic but it was never my favorite show). But, I think SpongeBob Squarepants should get a nod since its so catchy. And I think everyones suggestions are on point, but it seemed like Nick wasn't getting any love!

    June 23, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  50. Ben

    It's been written by other people, and I want to put it in writing again: HAWAII FIVE-0 Theme song. The song was a lot better than the Aloha-hoi and Hawaiian Eye music that had been associated with the 50th state prior to it's release and was an instant classic thanks to The Ventures (and a very good tv show as well). Magnum P.I. (another Hawaiian tv show) also had a memorable tv theme song as well. There have been a lot of tv shows with a lot of great music associated with them since the 1940s (when tv started becoming popular in the USA).

    June 22, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Sil

    Daniel Boone

    June 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Carol

    What about Bosom Buddies (Tom Hanks) still played on the radio every so often

    June 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Mimann

    For instrumentals, the theme from Falcon Crest wins, hands down!

    June 20, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  54. SY

    No one at all mentioned Rosanne. Maybe th show over shadowed the them song but...

    If what doesn't kill us is making us stronger
    We're gonna last longer
    Than that greates wall in China....

    ...Well there's one thing that I've learned
    While waiting for my turn
    Is that in this life some rain falls
    But we also get some sun

    And we'll make out better than OK
    Hear what I say

    Hear what I say?

    June 20, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  55. Amy

    Was I the only kid who watched "Walt Disney" on Sunday nights at 7pm and heard "When you wish upon a star?" Then Tinker Bell did her little swooping thing at the end. I hear Glenn Miller's version often on my iPod and it takes me right back. I looked at this entire list and did not see a single mention of this song so maybe it's just me.

    June 19, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  56. Ken J

    Good Times and Stanford and Son!!!

    June 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  57. KateK

    Nanny and the Professor

    June 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Ladybug

    My favorite: The Waltons. The Muppet Show is pretty good too.

    June 18, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  59. Clariztbel

    The Wonder Years

    June 17, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Melanie

    "Facts of Life", "St. Elsewhere".

    June 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Martymuenks

    Joan of Arcadia is one that I haven't seen in all the above comments.

    June 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  62. mukazzi

    Animaniacs
    Chico and The Man (sweet)
    "Linus and Lucy" -our list should include songs that are immediately attributed to a particular or regular character, show or special.
    M*A*S*H -for those that claim that instrumentals are not included -better reread these posts. This theme song HAS lyrics.
    3rd Rock From the Sun (love the guitar!)

    June 13, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  63. latanya short

    Room 222, Speed Racer, Underdog, Super chicken, George of the jungle,Zoom,fat albert, fame.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  64. latanya

    "kiss my grits" alice!

    June 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  65. latanya short

    How about bosom buddy, american hero, taxi,

    June 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Sara

    The Greatest American Hero theme...

    June 13, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  67. johnnyb

    Sigmund and the sea monsters
    Underdog
    Gigantor
    Black sheep squadron

    June 13, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  68. Pele

    Hawaii 5-0, 1960's version

    June 13, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  69. Hank Chase

    Star Trek Enterprise - It's Been A Long Time

    June 13, 2011 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  70. yoli9098

    Threes company theme song

    June 13, 2011 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
  71. Amy Schulze

    The Jetson's!

    June 13, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  72. Patrick

    One of my favorites: theme from Hill Street Blues !

    June 13, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  73. abbey

    Saved by the Bell!

    June 12, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Brian Riback

    Um...How about Perfect Stranger? David Pomeranz is the man!

    June 12, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  75. mollie

    flinstones, jetsons, hey dude, family matters, step by step, full house, green acres, wonder years, blossom, the facts of life, mr ed, bewitched, saved by the bell.... just to name a few!!

    June 12, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  76. GREG MC

    Green acres,That Girl, Mannix. ,cannon, Barnaby Jones,Jeannie,Bewitched,Mork &Mindy,Too Close For Comfort,3`s Company.5-O...Shall I Go On?

    June 12, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  77. raul

    Lady Godiva was a freedom rider; Isadora was the first bra burner........

    C'mon, what about the theme to Maude? It was campy and soulful and just plain fun. It is a bit dated at this point, but so are many of the other choices listed. Sanford and Son's theme was usually the best part of that kinda crappy, but lovable, show. The Jeffersons was probably my favorite.

    June 12, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Harry

    Too many '70s shows. How about Petticoat Junction, I Love Lucy, The Beverly Hillbillies, My Little Margie, I Married Joan, and Love Nest from Burns and Allen, to name a few earlier themes.

    June 12, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  79. corey alex

    Three's company should have definitely been on this list along with the theme from GOOD Times

    June 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Rock

    Martin also

    June 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Rock

    Good Times

    June 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Rock

    Good Times was one of the best!

    June 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  83. sneeky

    Wut about the A-TEAM and I havnt heard this since I wuz like 5 and I still remember it- Sha-Na-Na. "Good nite sweetheart yeah its time to go"

    June 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Name*luigi

    Happy Days

    June 12, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Kathy

    The Mary Tyler Moore Show theme.....of course!

    June 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  86. williejr

    This list nailed it!

    June 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  87. EricNy

    The greatest American hero."Believe it or not, I'm walking on air, never thought I could feel so free....."

    June 12, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Nadiya

    I can't believe the "Friends" theme song didn't make this list :( It's one of my favorites!

    June 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Rod lindsey

    The Fall Guy. Definitely catchy.

    June 12, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Kathy

    Loved the ' western' themes from way back: Colt 45, Sugarfoot, Cheyenne, Rawhide (ahhh Frankie Lane), Maverick....

    June 12, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  91. Dragracngrl

    In my opinion they completely missed the greatest theme song (from the greatest show) EVER.........The Andy Griffith Show!! Who hasn't whistled that catchy tune at least a couple of times in their life?

    June 12, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  92. Paul C

    Go go Power Rangers you mighty morphing Power Rangers, but Walker Texas Ranger should definitely have been on there I mean come on its Chuck Norris

    June 12, 2011 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
  93. Thomas

    So many have been mentioned are great themesongs and bring back great memories. My list would be;and in no particular order:Mash, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Andy Griffith, Mary Tyler Moore, The Odd Couple, The Partridge Family, The Munsters, The Monkees, Mission Impossible, Hawaii Five-O, And one soap opera theme that has I think been mostly forgotten, although it was mentioned maybe once or twice: Dark Shadows. That music can send chills up your spine!

    June 12, 2011 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
  94. melissa

    OMG.....these posts bring tears to my eyes.....I miss the good ole days!!!!!! We tend to forget how great those shows were compared to the crap on tv today. Wow....miss those days and the great songs. Thanks guys for reminding me of those great times.

    June 12, 2011 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  95. NVBrat

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_XAPku7SgE&w=640&h=390]

    Puhleeze, this should have been on the list!

    June 12, 2011 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  96. Bewitched

    Bewitched, bewitched, you've got me in your spell.
    Bewitched, bewitched, you know your craft so well.

    Before I knew what you were doing, I looked in your eyes.
    That brand of woo that you've been brew-in', took me by surprise.

    You witch, you witch, one thing that's for sure,
    That stuff you pitch – just hasn't got a cure.

    My heart was under lock and key, but somehow it got unhitched.
    I never thought my heart could be had;
    But now I'm caught and I'm kind of glad to be Bewitched.
    Bewitched-Bewitched.
    (Best version, imo is Steve Lawrence's verison of Bewitched theme song)

    June 12, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  97. mr.awsome

    U guys r crazy 4 4getin these ...Maude,married with children,and the nanny

    June 12, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  98. ceebee

    Scooby Doo!

    June 12, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  99. letmybraincellsgo

    A few 'missing-in-braincell-filling' action:
    – The Odd Couple (Mancini: "that request, came from his wife")
    – The Munsters (who lived at 1313 Mockingbird Lane?)
    – The Mod Squad
    – Bewitched
    – Leave it to Beaver (starring...)

    And from Saturday mornings with a plate of pop-tarts on your lap and a glass of Tang in your hand...
    – Bullwinkle
    – The Tick (bum-ba, dada deedah...)
    – Johnny Quest

    Vote for future theme song nostalgia: Big Bang (math, science, history...)

    June 12, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  100. Believer

    Jphnny Yuma was "The Rebel", he rolled through the west. Loved that one!

    June 11, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  101. swflnick

    Who chose these videos?

    Until now, I had never even heard of that version of the Sesame St. theme song. With the bulk of these theme songs being from the 70's-era youd think they would have used a) the actually memorable Sesame theme, and b) a version of the Kotter opening that wasn't recorded on a camcorder set up in front of a tv.

    And where's hawaii five-o?

    June 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Shamil

    The Saint, The Pursuaders, Maple Leaf Wrestling & Saturday afternoon baseball before Fox. And I remember the Big Blue Marble.

    June 11, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Rika

    I love the NCIS theme song. Also very suprised that Growing Pains theme song didn't make it. "Show me that smile again"

    June 11, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  104. radarman09

    Bosom buddys...Charlie angels.....knight rider.:.

    June 11, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Name*viv

    Mary tyler moore show, one day at a time

    June 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Mingy

    Spin City
    News Radio
    Carol Burnett Show
    Dean Martin Show
    Dallas
    I Spy

    June 11, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Mingy

    Still love the Theme songs from Frasier, Seinfeld, Friends and Two and a Half Men! Where are they???

    June 11, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Danny T

    MIKE POST deserves recognition here for having written more of these memorable TV theme songs than perhaps any other person on the planet. He is the MAN when it comes to popular TV theme songs. Thanks, Mike!

    June 11, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Steve

    Just for the record the original theme of M*A*S*H did have words but the censor's of the 70's would not let them be sung on TV.

    June 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  110. MandyVZ

    and "american dad" (good morning usa.... Ive got a feelin that its gonna be a wonderful day....

    June 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  111. MandyVZ

    "danger mouse" was also a good one

    June 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  112. MandyVZ

    another one my mom and i used to sing constantly was "branded".... What do you do when youre branded... And youre full of shame.... What do you do when youre branded... Then you fight for your name...

    June 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  113. MandyVZ

    the show didnt last very long (but it shouldve lasted a lot longer imho cuz i at least found it clever and funny) but what about the theme to "mission hill"? It was the instrumental version of "italian leather sofa" by cake... "hes got a gold watch... She got a silk dress... And healthy breasts.... That bounce on his italian leather sooo-faaaa" (yes i am a fan of cake too)

    June 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  114. JM

    X-Files....

    June 11, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  115. jake

    Wish you had this: Friends, Three's company, Who's the boss

    June 11, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  116. anita

    There were some great game show instrumentals too: the Newlywed Game, the Dating Game and the Price is Right.

    June 11, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  117. anita

    The Mod Squad!

    June 11, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  118. anita

    No one mentioned ThatGirl with Marlo Thomas!!

    June 11, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  119. PJ Chu

    3's Company
    WKRP in Cincinnati

    June 11, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  120. marlyss

    does anyone remember Mr. Ed? a horse is a horse of course, of course

    June 11, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  121. carla brown

    You forgot Good Times.

    June 11, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  122. carla brown

    How in the world do u overlook Good Times..

    June 11, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  123. Troy

    How about "the beverly hillbillies theme" and the theme from "family ties"? Don't forget "green acres"

    June 11, 2011 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  124. Kevin

    Flipper, Bonanza, Bionic Woman, Firefly, Family Guy, Space 1999(season 1), The Heights, Late Night With David Letterman, NBC Nightly News, ABC Monday Night Football, Eight Is Enough, Star Trek, ST Next Generation, American Bandstand

    June 11, 2011 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  125. joe

    Family ties,wonder years

    June 11, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  126. Andy

    How about Doogie Howser M.D. and Street Hawk?

    Anyone...?

    June 11, 2011 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  127. Tim Liao

    Welcome Back Kotter and Fresh Prince are the two that definitely should not been on the list. I would have had the Growing Pains theme, Friends, or Mary Tyler Moore Show theme instead.

    June 11, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  128. JB

    LOVE BOAT!!! "Love, exciting and new...!!!"

    June 10, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Linda

    I always liked the theme to "Quincy, ME." And "Murder, She Wrote." And, no, I'm not 100!!

    June 10, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  130. uniqueladypoet

    Charles in Charge!! Married with Childern is a classic too :)

    June 10, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  131. c1rhino

    Scooby Doo is one anybody who watched cartoons will know and can sing for hours.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  132. abalenda

    love and marriage:)love and marriage..,or bad boys bad boys watcha gunma do what ya going to do when they come for you..this was filmed live with the men and woman of law enforcement..

    June 10, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Ben

    WHERE IS THE NANNY!?

    June 10, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  134. rew

    Did anyone mention the Midnight Caller theme. It was jazzy, but cool.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Jerry

    Has everyone forgotten about "The Monkees" and "The Partridge Family"?

    June 10, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  136. fourtyacres

    I can't believe nobody mentioned Cops!!

    June 10, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Bugger68

    How can you not have Hawaii 5-0?!?!?!?!?!

    June 10, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  138. LVmarc

    Great list but missing Beverly Hillbillies and WKRP

    June 10, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Ryan

    how about the original power rangers? lol

    June 10, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  140. SSC

    Greatest American Hero

    June 10, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  141. me

    I'd add the A-Team and Dallas theme songs. Both were great! And the Smurfs or Scooby Doo–who could forget those?

    June 10, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  142. DP

    Thanks John for the bringing back memories. The Rockford files was an awesome theme song. I still have it on 45. Us older folks know about those. Wish I had a record players. Might have to make one with a cone shaped construction paper and stick pin to spin it one more time.

    June 10, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  143. geckopelli

    How dare you leave out Flatt & Scruggs and the Clampets!

    June 10, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Pierre

    Barney Miller
    Hawaii Five-O
    The Odd Couple
    Miami Vice
    Hockey Night in Canada
    King of Kensington
    The Beachcombers

    June 10, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Jen

    the growing pains theme song. It tends to get stuck in your head when you hear it only once

    June 10, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Dorothy

    Petticoat Junctiion Theme Song

    June 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Jay Be

    QUINCY!!!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  148. CDNGinger

    Mickey Mouse Club
    I love Lucy

    June 10, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  149. CDNGinger

    Odd Couple
    Pinky and the Brain

    June 10, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  150. John

    I'd say that The Big Bang Theory's theme song is about the best one around these days.

    June 10, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  151. BelieveItOrNot

    The Greatest American Hero...

    June 10, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  152. tf

    How about Hee Hee Hee Haw Haw?

    June 10, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  153. CDNGinger

    Doctor Who

    June 10, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  154. John

    Hawaii Five O

    June 10, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Lizzy10

    I Love Lucy, Malcom in the Middle, MASH, Family Ties, Munsters, Batman, Emergency, The Jefferson's, Alice. These are just a few. Such a highly personal list who's to say what's the best. How about Beverly Hillbillies? Jeez, that suckers in my head for the duration.

    June 10, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Van

    Oh, and One Day a Time

    June 10, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Van

    Alice and Three's Company

    June 10, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  158. jfore1

    Reading Rainbow!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  159. VJS

    Johnny Sokko and Ultraman

    June 10, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Cliff

    Wiseguy
    Northern Exposure
    Coach
    Mr Ed

    June 10, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  161. LC

    Friends!

    June 10, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  162. sue gilbert

    Hey dont forget bad boys from cops and i have hawaii 50 for my ring tone. And happy trails to you all.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  163. D. Sabet

    Full House, Family Matters, Step by Step, Boy Meets World, Keenan and Kel.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Anthony Eromir

    No one has mentioned PHYLLIS! It was a great theme song and hilarious kicker on the end.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Andy

    Saturday Night Live theme

    June 10, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  166. JoeMoe

    Slowwwww newsssss dayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    June 10, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  167. ferrara

    Phyllis.
    Closing song of The Porky Pig show.
    And grrrr: now I've got the Charles In Charge theme stuck in my head!!

    June 10, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  168. doggies

    More than even once a week-the "Jeopardy" final question, every day X 5 !

    June 10, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Bryan

    I dunno...the Walker, Texas Ranger theme was pretty sweet once Chuck Norris began singing it...

    June 10, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Mulderandscullyfanforever

    Have any of the writers ever heard the X Files or Roswell theme song?

    June 10, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  171. steven

    What about the simpsons?!!!!! common now, how can you forget the simpons?

    June 10, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  172. dave

    M*A*S*H

    June 10, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  173. InGA

    ady Godiva was a freedom rider
    She didnt' care if the whole world looked.
    Joan of Arc with the Lord to guide her
    She was a sister who really cooked.

    Isadora was the first bra burner
    And you're glad she showed up. (Oh yeah)
    And when the country was falling apart
    Betsy Ross got it all sewed up.

    And then there's Maude.
    And then there's Maude.
    And then there's Maude.
    And then there's Maude.
    And then there's Maude.
    And then there's Maude.
    And then there's

    That old compromisin', enterprisin', anything but tranquilizing,
    Right on Maude.

    June 10, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Dan

    The Jeffersons

    June 10, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Hello???

    What is wrong with everyone... "Growing Pains"... duh!

    June 10, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Adam

    Thank You every one!!! Did we miss any? As I read them all, each song played in my head, My fav, H.5,O I guess it has no words is why no list. Still on my playlist

    June 10, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Carl B

    I agree that theme for Hawaii Five-0 is fantastic. I also liked the theme from Wild, Wild West, and Top Cat. I heard a band at Disneyland ROCK the Jetsons theme, which is extremely catchy. One theme song that is perhaps less worthy but can still crack me up is Super Chicken.

    June 10, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Grady

    No class without including some of Henry Mancini's tunes such as the Pink Panther theme, and the music from Peter Gunn.

    June 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  179. LarryH

    Two I haven't seen listed:

    The Andy Griffith Show – I can still whistle the tune perfectly.
    The Real McCoys

    Older but top notch shows IMHO.

    June 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Susan Lee

    Hawaii Five-O
    Hill Street Blues
    Combat
    12 O'Clock High
    High Chaparrel
    Virginian
    MASH (and it does have words-Suicide is painless and I can take or leave it as I please)

    June 10, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Rialto350

    The 'Andy Griffith Show', 'Hill Street Blues' and one most of you will not remember 'Jigsaw John'.

    June 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Mona Scales

    What about "Bewitched" & "Green Acres"?!!

    June 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Timothy

    Mr. ED

    June 10, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  184. jnab

    I hate them all.

    June 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  185. rutgersmo

    Theme from Peter Gunn
    the Monkey's
    Hawaii 5-0 : Book em Dano
    Perry Mason
    Twilight Zone

    June 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Vic

    I agree ... Leave it To Beaver

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMAi6JwxlGo&w=640&h=390]

    June 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  187. jc in bc

    I just read through the entire comment list and it is evident that this shoud be at least a top 100 list to do the topic justice. So many "oh yeah!" moments it was worth the half hour it took. The one that was not mentioned even once though was the instrumental theme to Monday Night Football (not the Hank Williams Jr song, oh God no!) That opening gives me the chills to this day.

    June 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Terri

    Anyone remember Seattle by Perry Como? It was the theme song for Here comes the Brides.

    June 10, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  189. newbie

    All of the songs listed (in the article and posts) are wondrefully memorable. I would like to add the Sons of Anarchy theme, Burn Notice, and Unsolved Mysteries for the adult list and Imagination Movers, Bubble Guppies and Dora The Explorer for the kids.

    June 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Malory Archer

    The Golden Girls theme song was a top-40 hit years before the Golden Girls TV premier. How can you make a top-10 theme song list and NOT include The Monkees?!

    June 10, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Malory Archer

    "Thank You for Being a Friend" was actually a top-40 hit years before the Golden Girls TV premier, so even though I love the show and watch in in reruns from time to time, it shouldn't count. How could you leave the Monkees theme song off the list?! Seriously!

    June 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  192. LRoy

    As a second generation viewer (I was too young for prime time), give me The Monkees theme song anytime).

    June 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  193. David Duarte

    Barney Miller, Sanford and Son, Hill Street Blues

    June 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Lisa

    One Day at a Time

    June 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Sally

    You missed "Green Acres" and the "Beverly Hill Billies", they were the best.

    June 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  196. jstratt

    Um, Growing Pains – "As long as we got each other..."

    June 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Superhiro

    +1 for Married with Children.

    June 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Susan2

    So many great themes....so hard to list them all! Loved all those westerns. Add Secret Agent, "Long Lonesome Highway" from Then Came Bronson, and Zorro. How can Mission Impossible not be on the list? Or Star Trek? Some of my favorites wouldn't count because they were stolen from classical music, not written for the series – Lone Ranger, Sgt. Preston of the Yukon, etc.

    June 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Stephen

    Mission Impossible

    June 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  200. Christopher

    Twilight Zone! Just play the first few bars and you know the theme.

    June 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  201. Jimi

    Greatest American Hero and Bosom Buddies. Two great themes that had good radio play.

    June 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Stephen Seretan

    I composed the Paper Chase theme on Showtime and did the music for the series. Proud of the show.

    June 10, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  203. fred

    They must be kidding?? FRIENDS?? "I'll Be There For You" is a great song that stands by itself without having to be a theme song. It sounded great on the radio.and now that I reminded everyone I am sure you'll go home with "I'll Be There For You, when the rain starts to fall...."

    June 10, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Shon

    What about Mr. ED?

    June 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Chilli

    Who is the maroon that came up with that list. From what was listed it sounds like a group of 40 year old women. Hands down its gotta be the theme from Hawaii 5-0 as number 1 then the theme from the Rifleman as number 2

    June 10, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  206. BobW

    Beverly Hill Billies
    Three's Company
    Bewitched
    I Dream of Jeannie

    June 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Stephen

    The Paper Chase theme on Showtime.

    June 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  208. alan

    Lots of great ones, but wanted to add:

    The Green Hornet
    Shazzan
    Tarzan (1960's)- Ron Ely
    UFO
    Dark Shadows
    The Waltons
    Pruitts of South Hampton
    Gomer Pyle
    The Avengers

    June 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      The Pruitts of South Hampton ???? OK, I'm stumped on that one. When, where was this show? I never heard of it.

      June 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • John R

      Mentioning The Waltons also reminded me of Little House on the Prairie...even in you didn't watch the shows, the themes to each were very memorable.

      June 10, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  209. walker

    chuck norris show "texas ranger"

    June 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Stephen

    The Paper Chase theme on Showtime, not CBS.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  211. IN da hed

    What no mention of "Hey hey we're the monkey's" by anyone out there?

    June 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  212. Ryan

    Where's "Barney Miller" and "Sanford & Son?" My two favs.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  213. RScott0011

    What about some of the classic western themes, like Rawhide and Bonanza.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Kim

    Miami Vice. Yea. Go Crockett and Tubbs

    June 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  215. Lee

    What? No Fall Guy??

    June 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Bubblehead

    How about Buck rogers in the 25th century? I always thought it was cool. Airwolf and Fame too.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Bruce

    Dragnet ! Dun da dun dun duunnnnn !!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Junie

    Where is 'the Nanny'?

    June 10, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Tiberius

    I believe the songs on the list have words/lyrics that are memorable. Songs from Bonanza and Get Smart etc. are memorable but don't have lyrics.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Mark

    Geez, isn't anyone going to mention scooby doo or reading rainbow??

    June 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Doug

    Don't forget the Mystery Science Theater 3000 theme song! (Along with the end-theme: MIGHTY SCIENCE THEATER). So good!

    June 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Iamrightyouarewrong

    Don't know if I saw it yet the courtship of eddies father.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  223. Eric

    More recently – "I'll be there for you" Friends

    June 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  224. joe nostalgia

    Rat Patrol
    Beverly Hillbilies

    June 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Mike

    You totally missed The Monkees.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  226. Mario

    The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was a horrible show with a stupid theme song. I liked the theme song to "A Different World", the spin off of The Cosby Show. What about the theme song to Family Ties???

    June 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  227. David

    WKRP in Cincinnati

    June 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Deb

    Hello . . . the Mary Tylor Moore Show!

    June 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Bionic Nether Region

    Alice
    I Dream of Jeannie
    Wonder Woman

    June 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  230. KELLY

    what about the song for the cartoon the ARCHIES??

    June 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Jason B.

    I challenge anyone to listen to the Sesame Street theme and NOT smile a little. It's just one of those tunes that makes you feel good.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  232. bindiboi

    Instrumentals should count, Macguyver should be in there. And if it has to be lyrical, Family Guy!

    June 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  233. Kim

    And old one – "Andy Griffith"!
    and a newer one – "70's Show"

    June 10, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  234. AquaJeff

    Barney Miller

    June 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  235. 208gt500

    Macgyver theme music......Always got my blood pumping.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  236. SAUNDRA

    Where is the "Facts of Life" theme song?

    June 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  237. eww

    Not too many western themes. I did see Bonanza and Rawhide, but I guess I should date myself and say "The Rebel" with Nick Adams 59-61..."Johnny Yuma was a rebel, he wandered alone...."

    June 10, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  238. LR

    Beverly Hillbillies...Mister Ed

    June 10, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  239. danno

    how about the greatest american hero: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9Q3orQhEcA

    June 10, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  240. Arthur

    DALLAS!

    June 10, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Kybzor

    Married with Children – Love and Marriage!

    June 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Jack

    Bonanza, Hawaii-50, Dragnet, Lone Ranger.... Those are the ones that run through my head...but then they give away my age some?

    June 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  243. nala

    Wings
    Mr Beledere
    Married with Children
    My Two Dad's
    Thirth Something
    Remington Steele

    June 10, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Glenda in Texas

    There quite a few missed: Good Times, Roseanne, S.W.A.T., Partridge Family, Half & Half, Maude, etc. If you go to sitcomesonline.com you can hear any theme song from most sitcomes.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Alan

    Another great instrumental was Mancini's "Sunday Mystery Movie" theme.
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OleZDTgEglQ&w=640&h=390]

    Starring Peter Falk as Columbo!

    June 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • John R

      Within the NBC Mystery Movie, I particularly like the "McCloud" theme with Dennis Weaver.

      June 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Mr. Phelps

    Instrumental: I can't believe the Original Mission Imposible isn't getting more Love. How could you not tap your toes while hearing the bongos and flute.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  247. Mary Beth

    How about The Mary Tyler Moore Show. I loved that ...who can turn the world
    on with her smile......

    June 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  248. Laura

    Hello. Simply wonderful tunes and memories, though how about Mary Tyler Moore? Thanks.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  249. boo boo

    Hogan's Heros

    June 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  250. Kamter

    For instrumental: The Munsters, Bewitched, and I dream of Jeannie. They alternate as ring tones on my phone and everyone knows them.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Jeff

    Married With Children

    June 10, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  252. ishmael

    saved by the bell. them song COPS them song. Martain show them song. A-TEAM .KNIGHTRIDER. BAYWATCH

    June 10, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  253. À. Ï.

    Goosebumps no one has blog that one either!

    June 10, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  254. Ryan in GA

    How about friggin Mr. Belvedere?!

    June 10, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  255. Al

    Hill Street Blues

    June 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  256. Daryl

    Dukes of Hazzards!

    June 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  257. Steve Freedman

    While I wouldn't call it a beauty, there is no TV theme that stays in your head and refuses to leave more than Jeopardy. I like others better, but Jeopardy is almost a form of torture. Once in your head you're stuck.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  258. Matt

    How about those cheesy ones like Alf, Airwolf, Doogie Howser. Full house and Family matters!
    Truly cheesy but memorable – Inspector Gadget, Smurfs – thought I would add those for those cartoon lovers.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Jeff

    Growing Pains theme is epic.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  260. Jack

    That's a pretty good list. However, I agree with most readers that it should include MASH, Rockford Files (or anything else by Mike Post) and a few others already mentioned numerous times. I would also include, Maverick....maybe I'm just a James Garner fan..."Who is that tall dark stranger there? Maverick is his name."

    June 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      And if I remember right, the theme to Hawaii 5-0 was recorded by the Ventures but I don't know if it was intended as the theme song from inception or was adopted by the show. Maybe someone knows?

      June 10, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  261. Drooper

    The Banana Splits!

    June 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  262. Kim

    The theme song from Maude is one of my favs

    June 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  263. Lena

    "When you least expect it, you're elected. It's your lucky day. Smile. You're on candid camera." AND
    "A horse is a horse of course, of course, and no one can talk to a horse, of course. That is unless, the horse, of course, is the famous Mr. Ed."

    June 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  264. Dash

    Highlander

    June 10, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  265. Alan

    What about "Champion, the Wonder Horse".

    June 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  266. John

    I Dream of Jeannie....Barbara Eden was my first crush!!

    June 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Prom Queen

    Dragnet and Alf!

    June 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  268. george

    I am shocked to see the greatest theme song ever left out, especially since this show aslo starred the amazing Bea Author. Maude is about as hood as it gets!

    June 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  269. Just for Fun

    I always liked the theme songs from "Daniel Boone" and "Davy Crockett".

    June 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  270. David

    MAGNUM PI! The red Ferrari, the tires spinning on the gravel as the theme plays....

    June 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  271. Demos

    Thank you for the memories. Each one is unique. Additionally, I miss the theme from Rockford Files, Starsky&Hutch, Dynasty, Dallas, Threes Company and LA law.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  272. njk

    What about "I MARRIED JOAN", that great a capella number sung by the Roger Wagner Choral?

    June 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  273. MG

    Branded.... Perry Mason....Bewitched....Combat..... the A-Team.... Days of our lives.... CBS evening news with Walter Cronkite

    June 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  274. aleppo1091

    How many know Lorne Greene recorded lyrics to the Bonanza theme? "Hoss & Joe, Adam know every rock & pine. No one works, fights or eats like those boys of mine. Here we stand in the middle of a grand bonanza – with a horse & a rope and a hat full of hope, we'vw planted our family tree."

    June 10, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  275. Laughing Girl

    Two BIG misses:

    Hill Street Blues
    St. Elsewhere

    June 10, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  276. megan

    Charles In Charge

    June 10, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  277. adam hart

    Pretty good

    June 10, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  278. RLP1509

    If we are going to include songs without lyrics how about "I Love Lucy" and "The Andy Griffith Show". Who can't whistle that one?!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  279. Steven Gaynor

    A special metion should go to "Stranger On The Shore' by Mr. Acker Bilk. It was composed for a British TV show of the same name in 1961 that apparently did not air in the USA according to IMDB.com. Instead it was released in the US as a single and became the #1 hit of 1962 on the Billboard top 100.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  280. Maritza

    Maude..

    June 10, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  281. Julian

    I DREAM OF GENIE ! (SORRY)

    June 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrs. Thing

      Honey, you still didn't get it right! It's "I Dream of Jeannie!" LOL

      June 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  282. Julian

    I DRAM OF JEANIE!

    June 10, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  283. Anthony

    1. Mission Impossible
    2. Baretta
    3. Golden Girls
    4. Welcome Back Kotter
    5. Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley
    6. Good Times
    7. The Flintstones
    8. The Munsters
    9. The Adams Family
    10. The Wild Wild West

    *Telling My Age and I don't care

    June 10, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  284. tray117

    Kimba the white lion, is his name. . . .

    June 10, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  285. Gordie

    Nice going, Jean. Cheyenne, Cheyenne, where will you be camping tonight? A solkier of fortune is the man called, Paladin. Maverick, Sugarfoot, terrific. Alas, we seem to have forgotten our history, we had one frontiersman who was the king of the wild frontier, and another who killed him a "bar" when he was only three.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  286. S

    Missed some – MASH, Hawaii 5-O, The Rockford Files to name a few

    June 10, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  287. Reminisce

    What about Fame? "I'm gonna live forever!"

    June 10, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  288. John

    Decent list.

    If anyones interested, there are some pretty cool TV theme song soundboards on the android market. Search RocTech Mobile and they should come up.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  289. Chief

    Night Court
    Law & Order
    Big Bang Theory (how can you not like a theme song by BNL?)
    F Troop
    A Team

    June 10, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  290. Spanish Inquisition

    What about Love Boat ?

    June 10, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  291. Richard

    How about these:

    1. Hawaii 5 "0"
    2. Dragnet
    3. Superman (old Version)
    4. Munsters
    5. Road Runner Cartoon
    6. Get Smart
    7. Dick Vandike Show
    8. Wagon Train
    9. Yogi Bear
    10. Deputy Dog
    11. Laugh In
    12. Augi-Doggie
    13. Felix the Cat
    14. Space Ghost
    15 Johnny Quest
    Just to name a few.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  292. james

    come n listen to a story bout a man named jed, poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed, and what a family it was

    June 10, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  293. rodneycolma

    What's Happening had an amazing theme song as did Sanford and Sons!

    I never really enjoyed the show, but have been haunted by the theme to The Waltons all my life.

    Newhart had an amazingly catchy theme song as well as did Murder She Wrote!

    These ones listed seem just to be the most popular, but certainly not the catchiest.

    And yes, I agree... Mary Tyler Moore and MASH should be up there as well!

    June 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  294. David

    "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time - don't do it" BARETTA!

    June 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  295. Misha

    The Streets of San Francisco!

    June 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  296. Christina

    BJ & the Bear, Fall Guy, Renegade, Dallas, CHiPs, Growing Pains, Full House, Family Ties, Miami Vice.....the list could go on and on....

    June 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  297. jazz

    enterprise

    June 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  298. sonya

    The first one that came to my mind: Greatest American Hero

    Second one i thought of that I didn't see: The Bugaloo's - Remember it? Something like: "The bugaloos, the bugaloos, they're in the air and everywhere. Flying high. Flying low...."

    June 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  299. R. Sullivan

    How can you forget: (Not saying all these shows were great but the theme songs were catchy, even if not all had lyrics)

    The Fall Guy
    The A-Team
    The Andy Griffith Show
    The Simpsons
    Family Guy
    Benny Hill
    Sanford and Son
    Dukes of hazzard

    And last but not least THE MUPPET SHOW!!

    June 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  300. Missing the Jeffersons

    And Dallas.

    More recent themes – Xena Warrior Princess, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias, Angel, and Chuck.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  301. ME

    And Mr. Ed: "A Hore is a Horse, of course, of course..."

    June 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  302. Bob

    Married with Children

    June 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  303. eddantes

    Mission Imposible
    The Monkees
    The Pink Panther
    Lost in Space
    Bonanza
    Baretta
    Star trek
    the 6 million dollar man
    it's about time
    HR puff-n-stuff
    The twilight zone

    June 10, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  304. me

    What about The Facts of Life?
    "You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have...THE FACTS OF LIFE...THE FACTS OF LIFE!"

    June 10, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  305. James

    60 Mintues Theme.....bestof them all....tic tic tic tic tic tic........
    MASH was great, most people don't know the song was about suicide, lol.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  306. Jamaal

    Greatest American hero, hill street blues, taxi, good times, benny hill. Just to name a few. Oh, and threes company.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  307. T

    Also forgot, The Avengers (UK show, not the superheroes, with Diana Rigg and Patrick MacNee) and Doctor WHO.
    Also remember the '90s show, Weird Science ?

    June 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  308. Dee

    The list needs to be redone to include all of the shows that we've (posters) listed in our replies. But we'll give you a B- for starters – LOL!

    June 10, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  309. Kit

    "Robin Hood, Robin Hood,
    Riding through the glen.
    Robin Hood, Robin Hood,
    With his band of men.
    Feared by the bad,
    Loved by the good,
    Robin Hood, Robin Hood."
    Of course, you have to be pretty old to remember that one.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  310. Roe

    Soap Opera show theme song....DARK SHADOWS

    June 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  311. Belle

    The Brady Bunch!

    June 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  312. Meggo

    I thought for sure Saved By the Bell would make the list. I guess being a child of the 80's/early 90's it's ingrained in my memory. My husband and I still sometimes break out singing it in the car.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      Oh yes. I love the SBTB song. I totally describes my high school experience!

      June 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  313. The Doctor

    Of course the Doctor Who theme (instrumental)
    Fantasy Island! The plane The plane!!
    The Muppet Show is great!

    June 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  314. celly

    Different Strokes and The Facts of Life

    June 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  315. Frankie2145327

    Numbers 1 and 2 must go to Hawaii five- 0 and mission impossible. Cheers and golden girls don't even make the list.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  316. jalabi

    If you are talking about TV themes (no words, just instrumentals), I'm surprised no one has mentioned:
    THE ODD COUPLE (that opening electric piano riff)
    TAXI (aka "Angela", Bob James' finest hour)
    DOCTOR WHO (all the versions, but the most striking version is the original)

    June 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  317. pedro martinez

    How could you forget Hawaii 5-0????

    June 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  318. betty

    Andrew will be missed, especially since he was one of the great songwriters along all the others associated w/ movies. As a novice writer myself, I hope that I can develop something people will remember. RIP Andrew,have fun making theme songs in heaven...

    June 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  319. Venom

    Different Strokes

    June 10, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  320. tac

    what about Hawaii Five-O? The original..not the new

    June 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  321. Ant928

    What about "Friends"?

    June 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  322. Candy

    77 Sunset Strip and original Hawaii Five-O. Love the current Raising Hope theme.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  323. Jon

    Batman, Star Trek, M*A*S*H, The Waltons, Dallas...

    June 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  324. Mike J.

    Where is "Believe It Not?" the theme song from Greatest American Hero??? Maybe the greatest tv these song ever!

    June 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  325. GaryLee

    I always loved Speed racer and The Banana Splits Songs and I still sing them with my best friend on occasion.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  326. Vicki

    What about Rocky and Bullwinkle or Fractured Failr Tales?

    June 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  327. r

    Two of my favorites have no lyrics: The original Hawaii Five-O and I Dream of Jeannie.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  328. Mary Jo

    What about the Andy Griffith show – I never could quite get that whistle

    June 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  329. realist

    Good stuff.....

    June 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  330. Tim

    I suppose it was a family thing; my eldest cousin, Bill Tinsman, [read credits next time you watch] was one of creators of the "Beverly HillBillies" and its list of spin-offs. Glad to see that others felt this theme song is good for the Good Ole TV Hall-of-Fame.
    Let's not forget another spin-off; "Green Acres";"...the chores – the stores..."
    and Jed Clampett's sister's hotel on "Petticoat Junction";
    How can any righteous Baby Boomer forget
    "The Green Hornet" or [admit it, you love it!]
    "It's Howdy Doody Time". Happy Retro Watching to ALL

    June 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  331. Doctor

    Doctor Who
    Have Gun will Travel
    Peter Gunn Theme

    June 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  332. JD Huddleston

    That '70s Show should be on there. Unless this is for older shows only.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  333. me

    Great list, I'm just surprised Three's Company isn't on there! Love that song!

    June 10, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  334. Marilyn

    Andy Griffith Show....how could that have been overlooked?

    June 10, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  335. apink

    Also liked 'The Little House on the Prairie' song :-)

    June 10, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  336. Marge

    I liked em all. So what's wrong that they don't do theme songs for the shows on cable and TV now. Kinda like when the theme song starts you know..oh boy here it comes.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  337. apink

    It didnt have lyrics but The Munsters theme is catchy :-)

    June 10, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  338. Will

    The Beverly Hillbillies

    June 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  339. 0075

    umm hellooooo BAYWATCH.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  340. Cartman

    South Park

    June 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  341. Jeff

    Mr. Roger's Neighborhood

    June 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  342. Sean

    FRIENDS- "I'll Be There For You" by The Rembrandts! I always do the hand clap after the line, "See no one told you life would always be this way..." :)

    June 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  343. Dennis

    speed of lightning, roar of thunder
    fighting all who rob or plunder
    Underdog. Underdog!

    June 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  344. Optimus

    Transformers

    June 10, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  345. Paul

    M.A.S.H. !!! :-)

    June 10, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  346. polarbear

    No one mentioned Bewitched. How many of us tried to wiggle our noses?

    June 10, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  347. Aisha

    "Who's the Boss?" LOVED that song.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  348. Tim

    Lots of great themes. What about Sanford and son? Not sure if it was written for the show or not.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  349. Rob

    Melrose place

    June 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  350. Barry P

    Fresh Prince of Bel- AIr....YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING!! And leave out "MASH"...and "The Andy Griffith Show"...who put together this list?

    June 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  351. PTM

    For the love of all that is good and decent, how can you forget the MONKEES??????

    June 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  352. Zippy chippy

    1960's Batman - with Adam West. Pow!!

    June 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  353. Susan M.

    Newhart (Mancini Theme)
    I'm so glad we had this time together . . .
    Captain Kangaroo
    It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood . . .

    June 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  354. GE

    Fat Albert, He-Man, Thundercats, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...I can't believe Good Times didn't crack the top 10

    June 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  355. John

    Very sad to hear about Andrew Gold. I was fortunate to meet him along with Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell back stage when they were recording a Music DVD called America and Friends. Very talented man. He will be missed.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  356. Dead Man Blogging

    All sit-coms and kids' shows? Have Gun, Will Travel. Hill Street Blues, Bonanza and a host of other older programs, back in the days when they didn't count on the opening credits to take 2 minutes that they didn't have to come up with ideas for. (Well, they actually had stories back then, not just a collection of put-down lines strung together.)

    June 10, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  357. 80sFunFan

    some of the article was speaking about how not just that they were good songs, but that they get stuck in your head:
    How about Courtship of Eddies Father with Bill Bixby – "People let me tell ya bout my Best Friend...
    Or Speed Racer – "Here he comes, here comes Speed Racer, he's a demon on wheels..."

    June 10, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  358. Chrispg

    I know reality TV shouldn't count but COPS has become a timeless theme. Inner circle has become a one hit wonder due to that song.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  359. Cesparza

    For me, I gotta tell you there are tons missing from this list, but my top 2 are definitely Good Times and Three's Company. I personally believe those are more recognizable than Welcome Back, Kotter and the Fresh Prince. Just Sayin'.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  360. Dey

    "One Day at a Time" Will never forget that one.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • John R

      I never watched soaps but The Young and the Restless (I think?) was one of those moving instrumentals. I have full version of it on a Mancini 'record'.

      June 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  361. Josh C.

    Dukes of Hazard..... not in the top ten? Wow.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  362. just for this

    Married with Children has not made the comments as far as I've seen. also, What's Happening? (no lyrics) and iCarly, which is super catchy. . . .just a stretch here – the Great Space Coaster?

    June 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  363. Beverly Wilkinson

    I got tired of scrolling. Did anybody list "Spiderman"?

    Car 54, Where Are You
    The Monkees
    American Bandstand
    And actually.......NBC Nightly News....can't beat John Williams

    June 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  364. Suefri

    What about The Rockford Files?? I remember that themem actuallu got played on the radiio! And how about Kimba the white lion, Speed Racer, The Bana Splits and HR Puff-N-Stuff???? :)

    June 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  365. Jean

    In addition to many already listed, I loved the theme songs to the old Warner Brothers westerns - Cheyenne, Bronco Lane, Sugarfoot and Maverick. Add to that other golden oldies like Rawhide and Have Gun Will Travel. My sister and I would sing these songs as we cleaned house when we were growing up.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  366. Conrad Shull

    I can't think of a more high energy, heart-pumping theme then the "Johnny Quest" theme! It's incredible what all they fit in there in one minute!

    June 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  367. Mike

    Charles in Charge and Family Matters

    June 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  368. Todd & Buzz

    Just watched Property Virgins last night, now I can't get that tune out of my head (and it's not even that good!)

    June 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  369. mark

    the Monkees theme song......Here we come, Walking down the street......

    June 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  370. SmokeNwheels

    Wat about Small Wonders?I think that's the name of it.Wit the lil robot girl.w

    June 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  371. KD

    TOUR OF DUTY!!! THEME SONG WAS PAINT IT BLACK BY THE ROLLING STONES...

    June 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  372. bubbahu?

    amos n andy and the honeymooners cuz you did not have to remember the words ...........

    June 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  373. mystic7

    Thought I was kidding, didn't you?
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS6M67A490A&w=640&h=390]

    June 10, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  374. ladydi

    "Where was she to go? What was she to do? She was out on her fanny!" Who can get The Nanny's theme song out of their head? Those Callaway ladies can sing! I still play their CDs and watch Nanny reruns....until the show actually begins.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  375. Dara

    The Wonder Years!

    June 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  376. bubbahu?

    obviously , this writer had no life .
    what about the real forgettable ... i mean unforgettable tv theme songs like :
    my mother the car
    it's about time , it's about space ...
    lost in space ... hum along with the instru"mental" theme
    popeye cartoons
    winchell mahoney time
    mack and myer for hire
    [ ok i hate to do this but ] green acres !!!!!!!!
    the naked city
    the peoples choice
    the list could but thankfully will not go on and on and on and on and ......

    June 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  377. Jeremy

    The best intro song for a show is "Way Down in a Hole" season # 1 from the Wire. (Honorable mention to True Blood – Bad Things)

    June 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  378. Chris

    What about Dallas...possibly the most recognized theme song for a show in world history.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  379. mystic7

    Well, now that every single great tv theme song has been named how about a list of the worst. It would be nowhere near as long. My vote for all time worst tv theme song was for a show from the early 80's called "We've Got It Made" about two losers who help a "hot blonde" (I forget her name now but she wasn't all that hot) by letting her stay with them in exchange for being a maid. The theme song went as follows (I kid you not):
    Ba-da-da-dahhhh
    Ba-da-da-dahhhh
    Ba-da-da-dah, ba-da-da-dah
    We've got it made!

    Seriously, I didn't forget how it went. Those were the actual lyrics.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  380. Dex

    GOOD TIMES!

    June 10, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  381. Willow

    I always liked What's Happening and Different Strokes' theme songs.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  382. David

    BONAZA

    June 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  383. planethou

    Hillstreet Blues...the best theme song ever.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  384. Frodis

    Misfits of Science!!! Until Youtube provided evidence that, in fact, that show did exist, I thought I had imagined it.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • PeterIsGr8

      Loved the Misfits of Science theme - especially the ending when someone yelled "Class dismissed". Loved Courtney Cox in her short cut.

      June 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  385. Tamia

    You forgot the Wonder Years!!

    June 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  386. soraya

    Did I miss the Andy Griffith shows theme? Also I would include Law and Order which not technically a song frequently gets stuck in my head.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  387. Jeffer65

    Another vote for Red Dwarf

    For instrumentals I suggest Doctor Who

    June 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  388. reddwhine

    Rockford Files
    Andy Griffith Show
    St. Elsewhere
    Hill Street Blues
    Bob Newhart Show (Henry Mancini)

    June 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  389. jenni

    You missed Mary Tyler Moore and looney tunes those always get stuck in my head

    June 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  390. REALLY

    Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  391. Todd & Buzz

    Reaching way back, I came up with a couple more: I Love Lucy–what a great theme song, a Latin rythym ovelaid with that lush string instrumentation. Also, The Untouchables–love those saxes! I also remember those goofy sounding organ themes of the soaps my mom watched back in the early 60s (Guiding Light, Search for Tomorrow, etc). Also, I didn't see The Office listed here. It's a good one.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • B=Dog

      I LOVE LUCY IS FILMED IN FRONT OF A LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE. I LOVE LUCY IS A DESILU PRODUCTION.

      June 10, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  392. Deet

    Full house bahaha

    June 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  393. KD

    Tour of Duty??? Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones was the theme song. Series only lasted 2 or 3 years but the theme song is a classic.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  394. Bob

    First of all, there's a Website that has all of these called televisiontunes.com. Second, the obscure shows often produced some of the great themes. Third, some of the GREAT performers of our day wound up doing TV themes. And while I like a number of the lists so far, (and leaving out the kids shows, which could be a list unto themselves) I'd be remiss in not including mine...
    10: Friends (I'll be there for you, Jennifer Aniston!)
    9: All Is Forgiven (mid-70s sitcom)
    8: It's a Living (the great Ann Jillian vehicle)
    7: Perfect Strangers (It's my life and my dream, and nothing's gonna stop me now)
    6: Make Room for Daddy (A big-band version of "Danny Boy". Perfect)
    5: Hill Street Blues (best with the opening montage of characters)
    4: Welcome Back Kotter (Perfect sense of nostalgia)
    3: The Love Boat (Welcome aboard, it's Jack Jones!)
    2: Search: (A Tony Franciosa/Doug McClue/Hugh O'Brian behicle in the 70s. Dominic Frontiere...)
    1: The Name of the Game (Gene Barry, Robert Stack and... Tony Franciosa!)

    June 10, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  395. OMG

    I forgot Donny & Marie. duh.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  396. cme

    Charles in Charge!

    June 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  397. cal008

    While it wasn't a prime time show, for Saturday Cartoons the original "Jonny Quest' theme music was the best!

    June 10, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoonToon

      Actually, the cool thing is, Jonny Quest was a primetime series. As was the Flintstones. They aired in prime time long before they were reran on Saturday mornings.

      June 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  398. Josh

    Men, men, men, men, manly men, men, men....

    June 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  399. charlie

    No Mary Tyler Moore theme???

    June 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  400. JIm

    Hawaii 50 (original 1968-1980)
    Hawaii 50 ( Current)
    24 Ticking Clock
    Original Law&Order

    June 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  401. Meggie

    I think the Friends' theme should have made the list: "I'll be there for you, cuz you're there for me too!"

    June 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  402. OMG

    Small Wonder
    Too Close for Comfort
    Kids Incorporated
    and finally if only locally – Just Kiddin' Around

    June 10, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  403. Marky Mark

    I think Sanford & son's theme was the best. Written by Quincy Jones its a classic!

    June 10, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  404. Morty Schlepper

    How 'bout "Night Gallery" "The Outer Limits" and "The Twilight Zone"?

    June 10, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  405. Fred the Triskadecaphobic Ogre

    Susan has come up with the right answer. She wins the internets!

    June 10, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  406. Phil from Akron

    The Animaniacs
    Beverly Hillbillies
    Good Times
    The Facts of Life
    Family Matters
    Family Ties
    Step by Step
    Threes Company

    June 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  407. Leasha

    What about Chico and the Man sung by Jose Feliciano?

    June 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  408. Josh

    From reading this list, IMHO, the criteria for being on the list should be that the theme song was so great, it transfered over to the radio and sold on vinyl, independently making it on its own up the music charts.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  409. Genevieve

    My sister used to watch a show like Sesame Street called "Pinwheel."

    I still have that theme song stuck in my head after 25 years!

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLCg1kb1sA0&w=640&h=390]

    June 10, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  410. Dane Michael

    1 Alice
    2. Golden Girls
    3. Facts of Life
    4. The Nanny
    5. Love American Style
    6. Saved by the Bell
    7. Love Boat
    8. Dynasty
    9. Dallas
    10. Friends

    June 10, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  411. Fox

    Maybe I'm dating myself.. but "Fireball XL-5"

    June 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  412. Todd & Buzz

    Route 66 (not the Bobby Troup vocal, but Nelson Riddle's instrumental). Also, Taxi and The Fugitive. Dragnet was pretty cool too.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  413. the 60's and the early 70's the best

    The TV theme songs from the 60's and early 70's had the best instrumental theme songs of all times...by far.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  414. Ryan in Michigan

    What about the A-Team, Star Trek, Hogan's Heroes, and the Dukes of Hazzard? Those were all good theme songs that get stuck in your head.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  415. Eric Benson

    How about Sanford and Sons? Theme song written by the legendary Quincy Jones.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  416. Don

    They left out the best one.....Chico and the Man. The show 'Good Times" also had a good tune.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  417. T

    My 10 favorites were 1. MacGyver 2. Gilligan's Island 3. Mission: Impossible ('60s & 80s versions) 4. Batman 5. Star Trek (TOS) & ST: Voyager 6. Battlestar Galactica (original) 7. The Greatest American Hero 8. Quantum Leap 9. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 10. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (3rd Season)

    What about short lived shows ? There were quite a few that you couldn't get out of your head.
    1. Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (1990s)
    2. The Highwayman (1980s)
    3. Stingray (1980s)
    4. Cobra (1990s)
    5. Ryan's Four (1980s)
    6. 12 O' Clock High (1960s)
    7. Shazam ! (1970s)
    8. Tales of the Gold Monkey (1980s)
    9. House Calls (1980s)
    10. Angie (1970s, 1st season)
    11. The Flash (1990s)
    12. Love American Style (1970s)
    13. Courtship of Eddie's Father (1960s)
    14. Riptide (1980s)
    15. The Greatest American Hero (1980s)
    16. U.F.O (UK) (1960s) – one of the best.

    Also special mentions the theme for Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer from the '80s, that one was very good.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  418. EO

    Red Dwarf
    West Wing (no lyrics, but evocative!)
    Pinky and the Brain
    Animaniacs
    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager
    Frasier
    Big Bang Theory

    and, I admit, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood :)

    June 10, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  419. Cameron

    You forgot the Sopranos

    June 10, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  420. Cecil

    The series theme song that's kicking all of the other theme songs butts right now is Treme from HBO.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  421. Steve

    George of the Jungle! "Watch out for that tree!!!"

    June 10, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  422. kart68

    Mr. Rogers!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  423. Caroline

    difficult so many catchy and great theme songs out there, this is my list.

    The golden girls. "thank you for being a friend"
    Cheers. "Where everybody know your name"
    Jeffersons "moving on up"
    Happy days.
    Hillstreet blues.
    Family ties. "what would we do"
    Growing pains " as long as we got each other"
    Mash "suicide is painless"
    Dynasty..
    Dallas. } these 8à's tv themes most people would remember them...!!!
    The a team

    June 10, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  424. twilla

    Little House on the Prairie.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  425. Anthony

    Well I think ones with only words was a bad way to go as well. There were alot of good theme songs that were based on instrumentals only and should've been on that list. But here are a list of my favorites:

    A-Team
    Airwolf
    Knight Rider (80's version)
    St. Elsewhere
    Greatest American Hero
    The Love Boat
    McGuyver
    Friends
    Life Goes On ("O-blah-di, o-blah-da, life goes on" Beatles come on!!!)
    Monk
    Babylon 5

    That encompasses the favorites list, if I listed what I liked well not enough room to do that :).

    June 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  426. Malicon

    Add the shows:
    "Branded"
    "Space 1999"
    "Lost in Space"
    "Wonder Woman"
    "Best of the West"
    "Diff'rent Strokes"
    "Zoom"
    "Mission Impossible"

    June 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • John R

      Thank you for Space 1999 (both versions are great). Wonder Woman was very catchy too. I somethings wish it was still the 70's (just sometimes).

      June 10, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  427. Reese

    Absolute favorites: Duck Tales, Small Wonder, Fraggle Rock, Reading Rainbow, He-Man/She-Ra, Monchichis (I'm clearly a child of the 80s)

    June 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  428. Susan

    How about The 3 Stooges? or If you're from the Chicago viewing area, way back when... The Garfield Goose Show where my favorite cartoon with the moving lips; "Clutch Cargo with His Pals Spinner and Paddlefoot". Now there was some muzak!!

    June 10, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  429. Ajamarie99

    Greatest American Hero!

    June 10, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  430. AmyO

    Land of the Lost

    June 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  431. Galaxy

    'Cover Up' (used the theme song "Holding Out for a Hero") starred Jon-Erik Hexum

    June 10, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  432. Oliver

    How about the these from Makin' It? The show debuted in the late '70s some time and lasted maybe 3 episodes. The theme song by David Naughton was very catchy, upbeat and positive, however.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  433. jim

    Hawaii-5O

    June 10, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  434. Larry

    How 'bout the theme song from Starman? Eh? Eh?

    June 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  435. gro...icmc

    Airwolf

    June 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  436. lb

    Hawaii 5-0 should definitely be there, so should Good Times, Knight Rider, Sanford and Son, The Greatest American Hero, Family Ties, Bosom Buddies, 21 Jumpstreet (admit it, that was catchy), Married...With Children, Perfect Strangers and a show from the modern era: Community.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • just for this

      ha! I knew someone would mention Married with children! – catchy little bugger of an intro. thanks.

      June 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  437. danceland

    THE FACTS OF LIFE!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  438. eddantes

    H.R puff-n-stuff

    June 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  439. gro...icmc

    Hard castle and mcormick

    June 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  440. blsseattle

    No way! The theme song from Sanford and Son is an all time great. Quincy Jones at his finest!

    June 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  441. steven Paine

    The Friends theme song should have been on this list, it was perfect!

    June 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  442. Jrb158

    Perfect!

    June 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  443. Diane

    I like instrumental themes. I used to love the LA Law theme and now I adore Friday Night Lights.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  444. gro...icmc

    Simon and simon

    June 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      Totally. Loved the show, loved the theme. I can occasionally catch it in the afternoons locally on Retro TV. Ahhh, AJ...

      Also, Northern Exposure!!

      June 10, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  445. Trainer14

    How about B J and the Bear theme song! "I'm B J McKay and this is my best friend Bear!"

    June 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  446. Eugene S

    Friends!! I'll be there for you cause you're there for me too!

    June 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  447. Dick K.

    Very memorable themes here...
    Batman
    Superman
    Twilight Zone

    June 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  448. Kelly E.

    My favorite is the intro music of Law & Order: SVU which I have as a ringtone as well. Talk about obsession, huh? If I have a baby, that'll be my lullaby song.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  449. trinaxoxo

    Mr Rogers neighborhood....Won't you be my neighbor?

    June 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  450. old guy

    And Sky King! No healthy American boy growing up in the 50's could forget his niece, Penny

    June 10, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • grampy19521952

      Along with sky king.
      There was highway patrol with broderick crawford.
      Then the whrily birds with kenneth tobey.
      Men in space with william lundigan.
      Dragnet.

      June 10, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  451. Katie Strzyzewski

    Mary Tyler Moore?

    June 10, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  452. English Teacher

    The theme song for "Chuck"–Cake. Awesome.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  453. PeterIsGr8

    Okay Nobody's mentioned "L.A. Law", how could anyone forget that incredible song??

    Currently, love the "Psych" song!!

    Wish more shows would have theme songs, that would be too cool!!

    June 10, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  454. Kim

    What about my faviroite all time show of the 70's Three's Company!!!!! Come on that's a great theme song- come and knock on my door--- I always wish I had a friend like Jack Tripper- portrayed by the late and great John Ritter!! God bless his soul

    June 10, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      Amen Kim. I have been watching 8 simple rules of late and I keep wanting to cry seeing John in those episodes. Awesome man.

      One or two of my favorites though:

      Picket Fences
      ER
      Chicago Hope

      June 10, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  455. randomthought

    I like most of the posts below the article more than the article. Of course it doesn't say anything about being the top 12 songs, just 12 songs.......I was a kid in the 70's so I would state that any and probably all of the morning cartoons were known by their theme songs. GI JOE, TRANSFORMERS, GEM, fraggle rock, you name it, there was a theme song. Morning cartoon theme songs are practically burned into my head at this point. Stick a catchy tune with a cartoon and kids will watch it and return to watch it again....

    June 10, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  456. eddantes

    Some of my favorites of all time

    1. Lost in Space
    2. Bonanza
    3. Baretta
    4. The 6 million dollar man.
    5. Star trek
    6. the Pink Panther

    I know I'm forgetting 1 or 2 more, hummm!!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  457. William

    The Adams Family Started,
    When Uncle Fester Farted,
    They all became retarded,
    The Adams fa-mi-ly....

    June 10, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  458. old guy

    Take it waaay back: Happy Trails from Roy Rogers' show, written by Dale Evans

    June 10, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  459. BD

    and all versions of Doctor Who

    June 10, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  460. BD

    The A-Team

    June 10, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  461. Mr. Ed

    A horse is a horse of course,of course, and everyone knows that a horse can't talk, except of course, the famous Mr. Ed!

    June 10, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  462. Canadian Man

    Love Boat, SWAT, The Hulk

    June 10, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  463. me

    the magic school bus

    June 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  464. Costanza

    What about the Seinfeld theme? Quirky yet fun. I also liked the theme from the very short-lived 70s show "Angie". It became a big hit for Maureen McGovern.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  465. Jules

    Married With Children

    June 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  466. Alex

    Has no one mentioned the Roseanne theme song? "What doesn't kill us is making us stronger.."

    June 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  467. Ray

    Different Strokes!

    June 10, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  468. BobZemko

    THE ROCKFORD FILES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  469. Kevin

    How does Fresh Prince count as a classic compared to the other ones listed. Not even in the same league. No offense to Will Smith but come on...

    June 10, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  470. Leila Almawy

    But where's the Three's Company theme song? That is by far the most epic theme song of any sitcom.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  471. Smiles_Dover

    What about:

    Green Acres
    Beverly Hillibies
    Andy Griffth Show

    June 10, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  472. Joe Montana

    Seriously, CNN has become the most ridiculous news site on the web. Its almost as if their deliberately trying to stupefy us.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  473. lew

    I started reading this thinking that "Beverly Hillbillies" must be on the list. It wasn't. Great theme song. It is catchy and it effectively summarizes the backstory/premise of the show in about a minute.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  474. Milton the Monster

    Now for the tincture of tenderness, But I must use only a touch,
    For without a touch of tenderness, He might destroy me!
    Oops too much.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  475. erich2112x

    Shaft.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  476. Old Don

    And now for something completely different...

    IT'S...

    Monty Pythons Flying Circus

    actually John Phillip Sousa's "The Liberty Bell" march I believe.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darlene

      I can't believe I forgot (and so did everyone else except you apparently) MONTY PYTHON! And while we're at it, Fawlty Towers too!

      June 11, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  477. Peace

    Gonna show my age here, but here it goes...Flipper-"they call him Flipper, flipper"...

    June 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Old Florida

      "Faster than lightning.
      No one you see,
      Is smarter than he."

      Wow what a trip on the Way Back machine!

      June 10, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  478. Buffytheslayr

    The Facts of Life!

    June 10, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  479. Melinda Storm

    Courtship of Eddie's Father was a good one.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  480. rtbrno65

    I'm surprised "Rings And Things" didn't make this list.

    "Power up your set
    Better feed your pet
    Rings and things
    for you dingalings
    de boo de boody doo"

    I can hear it in my head now as if a tv was onm

    June 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  481. letsgomets2011

    I remember when TV theme songs were also released as singles - the theme from "Welcome Back Kotter" stayed on the charts for a good long clip.:) So did the theme from "SWAT."

    More I can name: Love American Style, Patty Duke Theme Song, Adams Family theme song, MASH theme song...and the SpongeBob Square Pants theme song.:)

    June 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  482. mistyblue

    How could you forget these classics???? Dukes of hazzard, The Greatest American Hero, Good Times, Alice, and of course In the Heat of the Night!

    June 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  483. Mike C

    The theme to "Love American Style" was recorded by folk-pop family The Cowsills (known for "The Rain, the Park and Other Things" and "Indian Lake'"). How's that for some nostalgia?

    June 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  484. VanCityVilla

    No Greatest American Hero??

    June 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  485. deg

    It doesn't look like anyone has mentioned Walker, Texas Ranger yet. Wonder why???

    June 10, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  486. Venus Flytrap

    What about W.K.R.P. in Cincinnati?

    June 10, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  487. Meow

    I always get the Scrubs theme song stuck in my head...

    June 10, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave R.

      Yup – Scrubs theme song is one of my favorites. It's the only theme song I've purchased on iTunes. Great song. Great show.

      June 10, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  488. Linda

    Twin Peaks?

    June 10, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  489. Charlie

    A horse is a horse, of course, or course.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  490. John

    If we're talking about theme songs with lyrics, then THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW and TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL. Just instrumental, MAGNUM, STAR TREK, MURDER SHE WROTE, etc...

    June 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  491. Kristina

    I agrewe with Andy Griffith, and thress company – I read this entire list shocked noone had said Growing Pains, my favorite, and what about Full House?

    June 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  492. will

    What about "Love Boat" & Barretta

    June 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  493. ShallowWit

    The theme song to Grizzley Adams used to make me cry!

    June 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • TC

      Yes! I was wondering if anyone was going to remember Grizzly Adams. I loved that show, but I loved the song more.

      June 10, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  494. nosofamousguy

    Love, Love, Love

    Love, American Style,
    Truer than the Red, White and Blue.
    Love, American Style,
    That's me and you.

    And on a star spangled night my love, (My love come to me).
    You can rest you head on my shoulder.
    Out by the dawn's early light, my love
    I will defend your right to try.

    Love, American Style,
    That's me and you.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  495. Jaztaz

    What about St. Elsewhere?

    June 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  496. Keith W

    Where's the Hawaii Five-O theme? Even though it's back, it should have been listed here.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  497. BOB

    10,000 comments/suggestions and no I Dream of Jeannie. Dag that theme song makes me fantasize about being in love with her!

    June 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  498. grampy19521952

    Branded with chuck connors? Rawhide?

    June 10, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  499. Laflor

    Instrumental:
    Get Smart, Rugrats

    Lyrics:
    Mr. Rogers, Zoom, Magic Garden, Fraggle Rock!

    June 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  500. rob

    All good ones,but M*A*S*H is top,name of the song is suicide is painless...

    June 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  501. Charlie

    Gotta love those identical cousins from the Patty Duke Show.
    Where Cathy adores a minuet,
    The Ballet Russes, and crepe suzette,
    Our Patty loves to rock and roll,
    A hot dog makes her lose control -
    What a wild duet!

    June 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  502. Mike

    What about Baretta? Don't do the crime if you ain't got the time

    June 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  503. Nic S.

    How has no one said Perfect Strangers yet??? Also, not enough cartoons represented here. Duck Tales, anyone?? Not to mention Darkwing Duck, Tale Spin, Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers, Goof Troop, Spongebob, Doug, and probably a lot more that I'm forgetting. Also good: Family Matters, The Hogan Family, Charles in Charge, Monk.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  504. Michelle

    What about The Love Boat?

    June 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  505. Westy

    Um, what about Taxi? Hill Street Blues? St. Elsewhere? The Greatest American Hero? C'mon now guys!

    June 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  506. murphysmom

    My favorites were Hill Street Blues and Magnum, P.I.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  507. grampy19521952

    what about car 54? Harrigan? Its about time? Roy rogers happy trails? F troop? Rin tin tin? Lassie? Original outer limits?

    June 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  508. Themse songs w/o lyrices

    M.A.S.H, I Dream Of Genie, Hill Street Blues, Theme from LA Law – These were all GREAT theme songs despite not having any lyrics.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  509. Maureen

    I know it's an instrumental, but doesn't anyone think the original Wild Wild West was awesome...Friday nights CBS about 7pm...then it was followed by I think the Adams Family and Honey West.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  510. Mike Adams

    You are all wrong, the catchiest theme song is Law & Order. "In the criminal justice system people are represented by two separate, yet equally important groups. The police who investigate crime and the District Attorneys who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories" Tell me that jingle doesn't stick with you...duh duh.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  511. Just for Fun

    What about "My Mother the Car" ( She's a car, she's my very own guiding star. A 19_8 Porter, that's my mother dear, she helps me through everything I do, and I'm so glad she's here). Also, for an instrumental, "My Three Sons".

    June 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  512. Susan

    Johnny Quest!!

    June 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  513. sultana

    my moms wondering what no knight rider theme song . she loves that show ... lol

    June 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  514. motolove

    Barney Miller (I know, not lyrics but super funky) and WKRP

    June 10, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  515. Passerby

    Mr. Ed. My Favorite Martian. Sky King.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  516. Gary w

    Where is "I Dream Of Jeanie" ???

    June 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  517. Flardaboy

    Can't believe no one has mentioned "Secret Agent" One of the greatest of all time TV themes (and top 40 record by Johnny Rivers). I used to never miss the opening of that show just to hear the song. Then I'd go away because the show itself was boring to me at 10 years old or whatever I was then

    June 10, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  518. mike

    This is a major FAIL. Best theme is simpsons hands down. Done deal.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  519. Jason

    Perfect Strangers!

    June 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  520. OldBureaucrat

    I'm a bit longer in the tooth than most here. My favorites are much older. I liked many that have already been mentioned but thought I'd add that I still get goosebumps when I hear the theme to Combat. Other themes that stick in my mind are Gunsmoke, the Jackie Gleason Show, Wagon Train, 12 O'Clock High, Rockie and Bullwinkle, and (much newer) Taxi.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  521. Mr. Cosby

    I just scrolled all the comments and no one has mentioned the Cosby Show or Different Strokes!Bobby McFerrin's rendition os the Cosby theme was the best.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  522. Jennifer

    One Day at a Time; Alice; Different Strokes

    June 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  523. cris

    Roy Rogers/Triger /// Rin Tin Tin/// Green Hornet

    June 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  524. BobZemko

    For instrumental themes, the best ever was the closing credit theme to the English series "The Prisoner" in the 60s.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  525. la

    Who could forget the Perry Mason theme song?

    June 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  526. Storgerson14

    Three's Company!!! :) What about Family Ties, Growing Pains??

    June 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  527. Jode

    The Facts of life. Sopranos. Frasier.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  528. TamarS

    "Mr. Ed" deserves to be on this list - "A horse is a horse, of course, of course – and no one can talk to a horse of course - that is of course unless the name of the horse is the Famous Mr. Ed"!

    June 10, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  529. carlesha chaplin

    Amen......shine on me...shine on...ayyy i need it every minute....shine...shine....shine on me....

    June 10, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  530. Jewels

    Love American Style

    June 10, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  531. Jim

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer- no lyrics, but kicks the most ass.

    I also really like the Pysch song, "I Know You Know". It doesn't take itself seriously just like the show which is what I love about both.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  532. Richard

    To the poster who thinks Henry Mancini wrote the 'Batman' series theme it was Neal Hefti (who also composed 'The Odd Couple' theme) with Nelson Riddle's arranging that added the 'POW!!!' and 'BAM!!!' accents. Nelson Riddle also composed, arranged and conducted the 'Route 66', 'Emergency', 'The Untouchables', 'The Naked City' and 'Newhart' themes.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  533. GGBASEBALL1960

    all of the other themes (except M*A*S*H) are ok but NOT that memoral.. the MAIN list of 12 should have the "Andy Griffith" theme instead of fresh prince or even sesame street... who DIDNT or DOESNT whistle that HAPPY tune every now and then. also coulf be thought is "I Love Lucy", or even better yet "Linus and Lucy" (Charlie Brown theme)

    June 10, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  534. Minnesota

    Kate and Alley and Webster! Threes Company!

    June 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  535. Gary

    The writer is showing their age, or lack thereof. Sanford and Sons, Cosby Show, Red Skelton show, 12 O'clock High. Lassie, Flipper. Branded, Rifleman, Sea hunt, Bat man, and the king of theme songs... Lawrence Welk.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  536. carlesha chaplin

    Three's Company and Gimme A Break......how could we forget...

    June 10, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  537. Sun Stevens

    How could the M*A*S*H theme not be on this list?

    June 10, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  538. Hattereno

    "Life goes on" from Empty Nest!!

    June 10, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  539. BC32

    Greatest American Hero

    June 10, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  540. Minnesota

    The opening to TAXI. Love that song- it's called Angela

    June 10, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Latka

      The Taxi song was boring and long butt the good thing was it allowed plenty of time to go take a poo poo.

      June 10, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  541. Paula

    The theme song from the Courtship of Eddie's Father with Bill Bixby. That was a great one.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  542. RC

    Route 66

    June 10, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  543. GAH

    Believe it or not… I'm walkin' on air. I never thought I would feel so free -e -e. etc ad nauseum.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  544. Wayne

    No mention of "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson"?

    June 10, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  545. cartboy

    The greatest theme song and the comedy show that was wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ahead of its time was Green Acres

    June 10, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  546. Janis

    Friends should be number 1

    June 10, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  547. Name*Tom O'dell

    I think you have to put the catchy whistling on the Andy Griffith Show or Mayburry RFD. (I think it went by both names) If you hear that or even think about it, you can't help but have that stuck in your head.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  548. bigdex987

    Hogans Heros and the theme from Combat

    June 10, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  549. Snowdome

    Anything by Mike Post
    I Love Lucy
    The Honeymooners
    Winky Dink
    Pinky Lee
    The Mickey Mouse Club
    Texaco Star Theater
    Perry Como
    You Bet Your Life
    American Bandstand

    June 10, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  550. pickle

    3 Stooges??? Monkees? Classics! NUK NUK NUK

    June 10, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  551. CKonieg

    SPACE:1999

    June 10, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  552. MissedOne

    The Magnum PI theam song, Dukes of Hazard,

    June 10, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  553. Mr.Fabulous

    wait... NEWHART (the original)

    June 10, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  554. fredo

    What about Hawaii 5 – 0?

    June 10, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  555. KD

    damn you beat me to the punch with greatest american hero...classic! believe it or not was the theme song, perfect for that show.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  556. Steve Trevor

    "In your satin tights...fighting for our rights!"

    WONDER WOMAN!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  557. sid bonfire

    I've always liked 1) the Untouchables 2) Ben Casey 3) Perry Mason.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  558. Emily

    I am very much amazed that you all did not include the theme song from "Friends!"

    June 10, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  559. Mrs. Thing

    Seriously! Who could forget "Early to rise, early to bed?" And ole Flo! "Alice" rocks!

    June 10, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  560. ian

    What about the music to

    Debbie Does Dallas
    Prison girls without pants
    Humpin Ho~Mo volume 7
    White boys on the dark side of town
    The Devil in Mrs Jones.
    Pig Pen Womens auction house

    June 10, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  561. Coloradoherb

    cajun herb. you are a dick.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  562. BIg-O-Gay

    Alice
    I Dream of Jeannie

    June 10, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  563. wormboy

    S.W.A.T.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  564. Nunya

    Loved One Day at a Time, too.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  565. Scott

    "It's a Jungle Out There". Randy Newman's composition for "Monk". Perfectly describes the essence of Monk.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  566. dave

    Sorry to hear about Andrew Gold's passing.... so very talented. His albums are still personal favorites.

    Another obscure, but catchy and deserving, theme song... Bobby Sherman's "Seattle" from the 1968-70 ABC television series "Here Come The Brides"...

    June 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  567. FC

    How about "The Love Boat," "Three's Company" and one of the most famous one's of all, "The Twilight Zone"

    June 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  568. sonia

    The lone ranger, just to mention one.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  569. mike

    captian planet.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  570. vakamalua

    The LOVE BOAT!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  571. @Thurston H the III

    I think u got Gilligan and Professor mixed up. Gilligan and Maryann were busy taking care of their "plants" in the jungle. Lol !

    June 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  572. steven

    YOU WANT TO TELL ME "GOODTIMES" IS NOT ON THIS LIST CAN BE

    June 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  573. Avid Listener

    What I want to know is if there is a soundtrack on CD of just amazing theme songs? I love Hawaii-5-O and Mission Impossible.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimboyc

      Yes there is a great collection of TV themes on multiple CD's made about 10 years ago by "TV Toones". Go to Amazon, they should still be available. Each one carries about 75 themes. Plus the trivia liner notes on the themes are worth the price as well!

      June 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  574. Frank

    Wow. No GREATEST AMERICAN HERO, eh?

    Unforgivable.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  575. Lunachique

    Scooby dooby Doo where are you? I can't believe no one mentioned it!

    June 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  576. Debbie

    One Day at a Time
    Hill Street Blues
    Hawaii Five-0
    Magnum PI
    Miami Vice
    MASH

    June 10, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Robin

      I agree! Those were some of the best instrumentals. I might also add "St. Elsewhere".

      June 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elwood

      The "Peter Gunn Theme" by Henry Mancini, for the TV show "Peter Gunn".

      June 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  577. Theme songs

    Ok here is my list, some are mentioned and others aren't...some are newer and some are older...

    Beverly Hillbillies
    Wonder Years
    Growing Pains
    Full House
    Step by Step
    Family Matters
    Saved by the Bell
    Friends
    Facts of Life
    Spongebob
    Fresh Prince
    Cheers
    Brady Bunch
    Gilligans Island

    I am sure I could list more if I sat back and actually put some deep thought into it, but those are off the top of my head...

    June 10, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  578. ashley

    How could the theme song from tru calling be left out?? That song was by full blown rose and still one of my flavorites.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  579. vic

    NOT ONE PERSON MENTIONS PERFECT STRANGERS!!! EVERYONE IS CRAZY!!!!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  580. WordOnTheStreet

    I Love Lucy, Good Times, Mission Impossible, Dynasty, Batman, X-Files, Law&Order. Really, how can we omit these theme songs????

    June 10, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  581. jo

    Goodtimes....ain't we lucky we got em.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  582. Dr Jacoby

    Twin Peaks

    June 10, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  583. Ron Schreiber

    Green Acres !!!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  584. wrstleref

    What's the "First Thing You Know"? (Ole Jed's a Millionaire) It has to be Beverly Hillbillies!

    June 10, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Takin a Deuce

      "Well the first thing ya know ole Ellies gettin fat
      The kin folk said Jed why'd ya do that..."

      June 10, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • FC

      Let me tell you a story about a man named Jed
      He was so poor he barely kept the family fed
      But one day while he was out, a shooting for some food
      He fired a shot and up came a bubbling crude
      Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea

      Well the next thing you know
      Old Jed's a millionaire
      The family said, "Jed move away from there!"
      So he loaded up the family and He moved to Beverly
      California that is, swimming pools, movie stars

      The Beverly Hillbillies!! (enter wild banjo music playing!!)

      June 10, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheoryofaJackal

      @ FC.

      While I can appreciate your attempt at the words to the Beverly Hillbilies, they do have this thing called the internet. If you can't remember the words, then by all means look them up before you post them wrong.

      June 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zippy chippy

      It's not "the Family" its "the Kinfolk." Here is the whole thin gincluding the end part that was played during the credits at the end of the show with the Clampetts waving to Ya (from that internet thingy):

      Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed
      A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed,
      Then one day he was shootin at some food,
      And up through the ground came a bubblin crude.

      Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.

      Well the first thing you know ol Jed's a millionaire,
      Kinfolk said "Jed move away from there"
      Said "Californy is the place you ought to be"
      So they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly.

      Hills, that is. Swimmin pools, movie stars.

      Well now its time to say good by to Jed and all his kin.
      And they would like to thank you folks fer kindly droppin in.
      You're all invited back a gain to this locality
      To have a heapin helpin of their hospitality

      Hillybilly that is. Set a spell, Take your shoes off.

      Y'all come back now, y'hear?.

      June 10, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  585. allen

    Really? No Sanford and Son?

    June 10, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  586. tortue

    Hey wutabout family guy? "Violence in movies and s*x on tv"

    June 10, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  587. Gamerdork

    Phineas & Ferb!

    June 10, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  588. jon

    Am I missing something here? The Sesame Street theme song is only 13 years old?

    June 10, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  589. Doug

    The Greatest American Hero: "Believe it or not, I'm walking on air . . "

    June 10, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  590. Patty

    Green Acres

    June 10, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  591. Victoria

    N

    June 10, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  592. we must not 4get

    The theme song to south park !

    June 10, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  593. Mr.Fabulous

    I was listening to an NPR story about Canada oil sand a few days ago and in the middle of the bit they played "Dallas"... and I cheered out-loud! That has to be there, too.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  594. iPhlogger

    CHEERS – how long was that song on the charts? Forever...

    June 10, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Zippy chippy

      It's also the first one on their list.. They asked for ones not on their list.

      June 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  595. Willie Young II

    My all-time favorite has to be the theme from "Angie" "Different Worlds" sung by Maureen McGovern. It was even released as a single and became a big hit on the Adult Contemporary charts in 1979. Great song!

    June 10, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • John D

      I was hoping someone would mention this one. Not a great show, but the theme song was great – Maureen McGovern has such a phenomenal voice.

      June 10, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  596. John

    I'm 49 now and remember my little sister and I jumping together in circles on my parents bed signing the Gilligan's Island theme song when the show was coming on.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  597. Matt

    Welcome back Kotter? Really?? I don't know maybe the Friends theme song they were only on for ten years. Maybe my personal favorite Magnum P.I. that song pumps me up

    June 10, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  598. KathyB

    I can't believe nobody mentioned THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY. "Hello world there's a song that we're singin', come on get happy!"

    June 10, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  599. Joe T.

    Family Ties, Hawaii Five-0, Facts of Life, One Day At a Time, Taxi, Love Boat, Mary Tyler Moore...

    June 10, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  600. Ron

    How about "Car 54, Where are you?" I still can't forget it, and I've tried.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  601. Mr.Fabulous

    lisa m is right... Great American Hero *definitely* belongs on the list, definitely

    June 10, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  602. meee

    Add them all!!!! great memories thanks!!

    June 10, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  603. J

    I always liked the bluesy theme song from "Roseanne".

    June 10, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  604. ssk

    Moonlighting. 25 years later its still a good song.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  605. juan

    The original Beverly Hills 90210 theme. Gotta love the guitar solo.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  606. polarbear

    Hey, what about That Girl & the Mary Tyler Moore Show.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  607. Mr.Fabulous

    Peter Gunn, Miami Vice (which I bet has top record sales of all of these), Sanford & Son... and how about the music from Fringe (might not belong on the list, but needs some love nonetheless)

    June 10, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  608. judith

    Perry Mason...dramatic, beautiful..and speaking of that...Peter Gunn...Have Gun Will Travel...similar in tone.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  609. Richard Cheese

    Some of my favorites, in no particular order:
    1. Night Court
    2. Barney Miller
    3. Cheers
    4. Cagney & Lacy
    5. Simon & Simon
    6. Sanford & Son
    7. Hillstreet Blues
    8. Bosom Buddies
    9. Dukes of Hazzard
    10. The Twilight Zone
    11. Amazing Stories
    12. The Fall Guy

    June 10, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  610. Jimboyc

    These are all great themes, but thanks to corporate America, they are in danger of extinction! Few shows today have full themes if any at all, just so they can run more advertising to line their pockets, let alone having to pay an artist to create one. Very sad. Next generation will have non. My favorites include Car 54 Where are you?, Hank, Bewitched, ER and the absolute wonderful master piece Wild, Wild West. Thanks Andrew Gold for your contributions!

    June 10, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  611. Cadams

    Wow! No "Good Times?"

    June 10, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  612. Mona Rodriguez

    No lyrics, but how about "Jeopardy" -dun dun dun dun..., dun dun dun...dun da dun dun, dun dun dun. Visit http://www.monarodriguez.com

    June 10, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  613. Opie

    Green acres. Beverly Hillbillies. And who can't whistle The Andy Griffith Show?

    June 10, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  614. Capt. Bury

    Here's a great TV theme song from a TV show that never actually existed: "Mr. Downtown." It's from the Tom Hanks excellent '60's period piece "That Thing You Do!" Think of it as a replication of the theme from Peter Gunn, only with words. Very well done.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  615. Halfpint28

    Wow

    June 10, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  616. The Truth

    A couple of scifi themes not mentioned. Battlestar Galactica (original), Buck Rogers and Starblazers. Classics that are immediately recognized, bring you back to the 70s/80s and stick in your head.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  617. Tina

    Wow, everybody's naming some good ones. I just remembered the instrumental Lost in Space.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  618. Justin

    Charles in Charge

    June 10, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  619. Ralph M

    The songs in the article all have lyrics. My top three orchestral themes are:

    The Wild, Wild West
    Hawaii Five-O
    Miami Vice

    June 10, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      I agree, but in a different order.

      1. Miami Vice
      2. Hawaii Five-O
      3. Wild Wild West

      June 10, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  620. Eddie

    The Rockford Files, theme from Swat

    June 10, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  621. lisa m

    Great American Hero!

    June 10, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  622. David Hershey-Webb

    Mission Impossible the best! But what about The Tonight Show w Johnny Carson?

    June 10, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  623. Kris

    Whenever there's talk of theme songs I immediately think of Dallas. I loved that one.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  624. bearclawva

    While I mostly love it for the catchy tune, I will never forget the heartfelt yet hilarious lyrics to the theme for The Simpsons:

    "The Simpsons..."

    June 10, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  625. Mom! Phineas and Ferb are posting a comment!

    Although not really in the 'remember when' category yet, anyone with kids (and even those without) will probably get Disney's "Pineas and Ferb" theme stuck in their head, not to mention all the unique songs they create for the series.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  626. Mike in NYC

    Folks – by definition a "song" has lyrics. If there are no lyrics its a piece of music. So technically if there are no lyrics its a TV theme not a theme song. Don't mean to be picky. That said I'm with Double J – one of my favorite TV theme songs is Greatest Amreican Hero and (IMHO) the greatest TV theme ever written was from the original Battlestar Galactica.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • max

      Hey. Did we say you make rules?

      June 10, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zippy chippy

      Star Wars theme song had words – I heard Bill Murray sing them on SNL. – They just cut them out for the movie ;)

      June 10, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  627. Hawksre

    Don't forget the best instrumental of all time.

    Doctor Who

    June 10, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  628. À. Ï.

    No one has said this one yet theme song. Everyone here used to be kids or had kids singing this or bashing it. BARNEY! I love you n you love me lets get together n kill barney!

    June 10, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  629. Regg

    I wouldn't mind havn't all of there shows back on the air. Better than most of the filth thats on now. Alot of the shows back then had some kind of moral story.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Zippy chippy

      If you look around the guide/channels you can find a lot of these on Retro stations, tv Land, and filling programming of some of the crappier cable stations – even late at night. Just DVR them... That reminds me of - "Quantum Leap"!

      June 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  630. Rock

    I dont know who made it but the 'Barney Miller' theme is awesome. Fantastic bass lines

    June 10, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  631. SCROOGE

    HOW ABOUT ALL THE LAW AND ORDER THEME SONGS!

    June 10, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  632. Tina

    Ahh Yes, Miami Vice, LOVE that. What about Star Trek (the original), Three's Company. Somebody mentioned The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Yes.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  633. Double J

    Two lists here, short ones. One instrumental, one with lyrics.

    Instrumental:
    Battlestar Galactica (original version from Glen Larson series)
    Benson (Soap spin-off)
    The Ropers (short lived spin-off from Three's Company)
    Highway to Heaven
    Knight Rider
    The Incredible Hulk

    Lyrics:
    Greatest American Hero (looks like a good following here for this one)
    Family Matters (Did I do thaaaaat?)
    Family Ties
    The Electric Company (Hey, you guuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuys!)
    Tiny Toon Adventures
    Animaniacs
    Great Space Coaster

    Yes, there's a ton more. They did note it was 'difficult' for them to narrow their list of 50 down to twelve, though.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • ZOOM

      How many people remember Morgan Freeman got his start on Electric Company?!! LOVED that show. Came on right after Sesame Street and before ZOOM...repeat after me SASE SASE SASE (pronounced sayzhee)!

      June 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lance

      Instrumental: Hill Street Blues
      Lyrics: Howdy Doody

      June 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Looie

      What about 'I Love Lucy' and 'The Honeymooners'!!

      June 10, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gina

      Omigosh! "We're the Aaani-maaniacs! And we've got pay per play contracts." Love that one. And – thanks for mentioning The Hulk. I would know it was time to come in from playing in the yard on Friday nights when I heard that theme song start.

      June 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • billa1972

      I totally remember, yet can't find it on netflix or IMDB. even a reference to it.

      June 10, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  634. Mike

    What about "Magnum", "The Rockford Files", Hawaii Five-O", "Starsky & Hutch", "Six Million Dollar Man", "Babylon 5", "NYPD Blue"

    June 10, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  635. Mark

    Hockey Night in Canada, both the classic theme and the current one.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  636. Mr Hanny

    Green Acres.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  637. Regg

    I didn't notice Good Times anywhere on the list. Or Night Court.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  638. krencha

    Love American Style
    Love Boat

    June 10, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  639. Not my momma

    1-airwolf
    2- Dukes of Hazard
    3- wonder years
    4- two and a half men lol Jk
    5- nypd blue I just loved that show!
    6- the Oc
    7- American dreams

    June 10, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  640. Just my opinion

    The king of queens theme song is awesome if you guys pay attention to it, but I guess maybe not old enough for the majority here.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  641. Dayton

    No one has mentioned "The A Team"?

    June 10, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  642. AllegedUser

    The theme from 'Good Times' is a glaring omission. Fortunately, it's my ringtone.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  643. Alex172005

    Saved by the Bell?

    June 10, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      Seriously...what an amazing song. Family Matters, Califronia Dreaming, Beverly Hills 90210...I could go on...Law & Order theme song along with NBC Nightly News (I know there are no lyrics, but they are awesome)

      June 10, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  644. Mr Karlan

    The Bob NewHart Show.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Squiddy

      Heck yeah! Other instrumentals that were great jazz songs – Taxi; Odd Couple

      July 5, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  645. beefromnj

    These are All right . Loved them all. But you should have added The Greatest American Hero, Good Times, Bosom Buddies, Family Ties, Cheers, Amen, The Wonder Years, full House. The love boat, the Partridge Family, Growing Pains, Different Strokes, Three's Company. i can go on and on, but i wont. I think they meant just to put all theme songs with words that were fun to sing.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  646. Kensi

    Some posters are listing instrumentals or music themes, but I think this list refers only to themes with lyrics, not music only. Are there any TV shows on now that even have opening credit songs with lyrics? I can't think of one. Everything seems to be instrumental.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Don

      Community's theme song has lyrics, as do Seth MacFarlane's three shows (Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show). Wasn't there a (brief) time when one or more networks actually tried to get rid of theme songs?

      June 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJsWinner

      The Big Bang Theory has the best song done by the Bare Naked Ladies. BANG!

      June 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zippy chippy

      Raising Hope has lyrics. The Good Guys had a cool theme song! Stupid Fox didn't give it a chance. Chicago Code – Smashing Pumpkins guy – Billy Corgan. Perfect song for that show.

      Non Lyrics – Fringe, Chuck, Bones

      June 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      Hey Kensi, the only show I can think of with a theme song currently is Chicago Code, but I believe it has been cancelled.

      June 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  647. Diane

    How about the Monkees? The Partridge Family?

    June 10, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Can't believe I had to go this far down the list before somebody mentioned "The Monkees"

      June 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  648. The Mad R@p3r

    All the comments on here make me remember that there was a time when TV was actually good.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • SugarplumFairy

      Amen!!! Wow....just reading all the comments here makes me yearn to watch so many shows of years gone by....the 60s, 70s and early 80s. And the 90s till now just pales in comparison.

      June 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  649. Snake Oiler

    The song to the Speed Racer cartoon series.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  650. bree

    Threes company and the one with tony the house keeper

    June 10, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  651. Goober Gobblin

    The theme song to The Crying Game.

    June 10, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  652. Tom

    Bosom Buddies!

    "I don't care what you say anymore this is my life. Go ahead with your own life, leave me alone"

    June 10, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Billy Joel Crapper

      NO I dont think so. Billy Joel is a drunken suicial maniac and music is for Crap. *FLUSH*

      June 10, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Divorced

      Not only was "My Life" the theme song of Bosom Buddies, it was also the theme song of my divorce! LOVE that song.

      June 10, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Sharon

      To Billy Joel Crapper: Bet you wish you had half his cash for writing what you call crap!

      June 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  653. Chelle

    Here's a great one from the 80's that still gets stuck in my head: The Snorks. They looked like colorful little Hershey Kisses with a snorkel on top of their heads, but the show (and theme) were awesome.

    June 10, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  654. sandyk

    hello??? andy griffith show!!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  655. 1adam12

    Emergency 51
    Swat

    And i gotta agree. Bonanza was the stuff!

    June 10, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  656. Cess

    Let's go even furher back.... What about "The Courtship of Eddie's Father"

    June 10, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  657. pennagirl

    morons (the poster)...NO it's not theme songs that were written by Andrew Gold (because if you would have read the post John Sebastian wrote the Welcome Back Kotter theme)...this is about FAVORITE theme songs.

    June 10, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  658. David

    I love Leon Redbone's theme to Mr. Belvadere.

    June 10, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Double J

      Nice pull! There's a show that did well but didn't do well. I'd like to lob the Soap spin-off Benson in, too.

      June 10, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  659. Mark

    Threes Company "where the kisses are hers and hers and his"
    Family Ties
    Growing Pains
    Facts of Life
    Diff'rent Strokes

    June 10, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  660. morons

    it is only songs that dude wrote ding bats...

    June 10, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      Actually, you are wrong. If one has minimal reading comprehension skills and a desire to be informed and actually READ the article before posting, one would know that Mr. Gold's passing inspired the author to compile this list and that Mr. Gold did not write each of the twelve selected theme songs, but only "Thank You for Being a Friend." You are welcome.

      June 10, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  661. john

    knight rider anyone??????

    June 10, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  662. Pennagirl

    SpongeBob Squarepants and The Muppet Show

    June 10, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  663. Tom Bruce

    Curtain up, light the lights, this is it, the night of nights...how could your list not include the Looney Tunes theme. It was even resurected and given permanent culture status on the Seinfeld show.

    June 10, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  664. Lisa

    "Friends" is the best and I really like "King of Queens" and "Mad About You" too

    June 10, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Yolanda Weiner

      Friends...yes I used to sit on the toilet while listening to the Friends theme song.

      June 10, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  665. kimberly476

    The Wonder Years!

    June 10, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  666. Gary

    St. Elsewhere....

    June 10, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  667. Pennagirl

    I'm not sure but maybe the article writers only consider them songs with words? Many goods ones without words were skipped. The Andy Griffin Show, The Waltons, M*A*S*H*, Dallas, NCIS, Barney Miller, Sanford and Son. Ones with words, The Facts of Life and The Jetsons, CSI, CSI:Miami, CSI:NY, Friends, Mad About You.

    June 10, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  668. MLT

    Friends!

    June 10, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  669. The Fonz

    Ayyyyyyyyy

    June 10, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  670. joe m

    I have to agree good times should definitely make the list

    June 10, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Mitch Florida

      Yessss Good Times!!! "Keeping your head above water... Making the way that you can (temporary lay-offs)... Good times! (easy credit rip-offs) good times!.... Ain't we lucky we got em?"

      June 10, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  671. Ines

    Get on board, get o board, get on board with the double deckers....
    Hawaii 5.0
    The Munsters
    Get Smart

    June 10, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Somebody else remembers the Double Deckers! I loved that show as a kid (or maybe I just had a crush on one of the actresses, sort of hard to remember by now), but I definitely liked the theme.

      June 10, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  672. Floogin McNoogin

    The theme from The Greatest American Hero is not on the list and that is a travesty.

    Also, the theme from MASH, as previously mentioned and the Friends theme, which was annoying as hell but extremely popular.

    June 10, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  673. Chelle

    These are all great examples that bring a smile to my face. One of my personal favorites is another Jim Henson/Muppet contribution: Fraggle Rock. "Dance your cares away, worry's for another day. Let the music play! Down in Fraggle Rock!"

    June 10, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Fraggle Maniac

      Yes, Fraggle Rock rocks! The theme is so upbeat and memorable - I love it!

      June 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  674. ian

    The Patty DOOK show.

    June 10, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  675. Steven Gaynor

    My favorite TV Theme songs are:
    1. WKRP In Cincinnati
    2. Moonlighting
    3. Monk (by Randy Newman)
    4. Welcome Back, Kotter
    5. All In The Family
    6. Peter Gunn (by Henry Mancini)
    7. HIll Street Blues
    8. Cheers
    9. Greatest American Hero
    10. Courtship Of Eddie's Father (by Nilsson)
    11. When Things Were Rotten
    12. Poirot

    June 10, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Pennagirl

      How about SpongeBob Squarepants?

      June 10, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Courtship of Eddie's father!!!! People let me tell you bout my best friend....

      June 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      Peter Gunn....for sure.

      June 10, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJsWinner

      Yeah, that's a great one. If we can include instrumentals, how about the theme from Newhart. The theme from the Bob Newhart Show was great too!

      June 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zippy chippy

      Monk is a good one. Can never go wrong with Randy Newman.

      June 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry

      Great call on Peter Gunn. I like your whole list. Another "great one" in the old classics category would be the theme to The Honeymooners (Jackie Gleason). While the earworm lyrical songs of later years were quite effective, I like some of those old instrumental show openers. The theme to Route 66 was another good one (breezy and cool, evocative of the open road).

      June 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Baby,If you've ever wondered
      Wondered,whatever became of me
      Im livin' on the air in Cincinnati
      Cincinnati,WKRP

      June 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  676. Kylie

    How could the Friends theme song not be included? Not old enough?

    June 10, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Simon and Buttfunkel

      Because Friends was a crapfest but not as much a crapfest as that silly song by "The Rembrandts." Havent heard much from them in say oh the last 15 years.

      June 10, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  677. AJK

    How about the Mary Tyler Moore Show? Also, although there were no lyrics, I'll always remember my family whistling together at the start of The Odd Couple.

    June 10, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • watched too much TV as a kid

      There were indeed lyrics to Mary Tyler Moore – "You're gonna make it after all" and she throws the hat! Kudos to you for remembering!

      I will add:
      Courtship of Eddie's Father (people let me tell you bout my BEST friend..)
      Love – American Styel
      Emergency (season 1 – when it was all instrumental – you can do a goofy "Emergency" dance – da dadadaDAdum da dadadaDAdum da dadadaDAdadadadadum)

      June 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      There were lyrics to the MTM show:

      Who can turn the world on with her smile?
      Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make ita ll seem worthwhile?
      Well its you girl and you should know it.
      With each glance and every little movement you show it.
      Love is all around, need to waste it.
      You can have a town, why don't you take it?
      You're gonna make it after all.
      You're gonna make it after all.

      (the first season was a bit different, but these were the words for every other season).

      June 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  678. Nick A

    Well, I'm not the kind to kiss and tell,
    but I've been seen with Farah.
    I'm never seen with anything less than a nine, so fine.

    Fall Guy Theme Song is on my list.

    June 10, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  679. Shawna

    umm – The Love Boat?

    June 10, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Sharon

      I'll say The Love Boat was WAY up there with songs!

      I was thinking "Bewitched" and I dream of Jeannie"

      June 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  680. amy

    The Andy Griffith Show
    The Partridge Family
    Streets of San Francisco
    The Banana Splits

    June 10, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  681. jeremy

    Wonder Years! How could you forget that?

    June 10, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • MarylandBill

      I think we might debate whether instrumentals count (by the looks of it they didn't include them), but I am certain that a cover of Beatles Song that was famous (Both the original and the cover) long before the show was even conceived of would not qualify for a list like this.

      June 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  682. bobo

    I've got two:
    -Fat Albert-"Hey, Hey, Hey! It's Fat Albert!!!"
    -Greatest American Hero-"Believe It or Not". That song will get stuck in your head for days.

    June 10, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • DC

      "Greatest American Hero" was the 1st one that came to mind for me, too.

      *GREAT* call!

      June 10, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jill

      Greatest American Hero is the one I was going to post, but you beat me to it. :)

      Some of the ones mentioned above might have been great, but I challenge most people to actually sing or even hum them without prompting with a youtube reminder of how they actually went. Some deserved to be on the list for sure (how could they leave off The Jeffersons or M*A*S*H*???)

      I'll add:

      WKRP in Cincinnati
      The Love Boat
      The Courtship of Eddie's Father (man, that one will have me whistling all day!)
      Monk !!!

      June 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jill

      And oh my goodness, how could I forget

      HR Pufnstuf!!

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5e9yCB-hiw&w=640&h=390]

      June 10, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      And I thought I was the only one who remembered the red P.J.'s!!!

      June 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Yea, Greatest American Hero was another one that made it onto the music charts.

      June 10, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mookooman

      Thank you I'll be damned as I scrolling down trying to remember the name of that show I look up HR Puffnstuff good job.

      June 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  683. The Mad R@p3r

    Sanford and son. Its in ur head right now I bet.

    June 10, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Double J

      That song is called "The Streetbeater". Just a random bit of trivia.

      June 10, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • jonsvibe

      done by Quincy Jones – how is this not on top of the list also rockford files anyone?

      June 10, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  684. Ad Man

    Notice how there isn't a single TV show theme song from anything past 1990?

    June 10, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Glen Quagmire

      What are you talking about?

      June 10, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • qamariarose

      A lot of shows don't bother with songs anymore. The theme song to Friends was pretty popular.

      June 10, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • We can rebuild him, make him better than he was before

      The Six Million Dollar Man.

      June 10, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Hey Tony

      Sopranos theme rocked in 1999 to 2007

      June 10, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • bigbear42

      Fresh Prince was in the 90s

      June 10, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Cajun Herb

      I agree on the Sopranos. Second only to "Suicide is Painless" from Mash.

      June 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • max

      Good Luck, Charlie!

      June 10, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Letty P.

      I did noticed that! Nothing from newer shows but there are some reallly good ones

      Friends
      One Tree Hill
      Mad about you
      Dawson's Creek
      The O.C.
      2 and 1/2 men
      Big Bang Theory
      to name a few

      June 10, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Today? Most shows don't even have openings anymore. They run the credits along the bottom during the action.

      June 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zippy chippy

      On right now, "Raising Hope". THough half the time they don;t play it all the way through for sake of time but I still know all the words and sing along. Here we go OH, Oh, Oh!

      June 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      Hey Ad Man, yes there are. Read the replies again, there are a lot that are pre 1990.

      June 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • music

      Because the writer is an old fogey and is only judging based on personal nostalgia. X-Files had a big song, House uses the instrumental of a critically acclaimed song by a revolutionary band. Didnt the Friends song win a freakin grammy?

      As for catchy nostalgic TV themes most of the 90's shows from TGIF have legendary theme songs that every kid would know like Full House, Family Matters, Step by Step.

      June 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • colin

      how about the theme to True Blood? Rocks!

      June 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  685. Glen Quagmire

    SWAT, The Beverly Hillbillies,

    June 10, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  686. Alek

    The X-Files theme song!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  687. Gremlin on the Wing

    The Twilight Zone!

    June 10, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  688. Bill

    The Facts of Life!!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Tootie gotz some tooties

      No I dont think so.

      June 10, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Zippy chippy

      anyone who has ever watched the intro to Facts of Life knows "the Facts of Life are all about you."

      Instrumental – Cosby Show

      June 10, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  689. Eaton Butts

    What about

    Hong Kong Phoey
    The Bugs Bunny Road Runner show – a classic.
    Hogans Heroes.
    Mannix
    Cannon
    Mission Impossible
    Police Woman
    McCloud

    How could we forget those.

    June 10, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Good call on Mannix. The theme song really set up the show that followed. The same with 'The Rockford Files' theme.

      June 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deuce

      Totally Bugs Bunny and Road Runner hour!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqKf7j43i_k

      June 10, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • LRoy

      How about that pounding Peter Gunn theme. And how about Pink Panther.

      June 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  690. KG

    Dukes of Hazzard?

    June 10, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Doodee Rustler

      You mean DOOKS of Hazard.

      June 10, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Zippy chippy

      Yeah! the Dukes - awesome (TV version not stupid movie version) – Waylon Jennings.

      Facts of Life, Different Strokes, and Family Ties.

      June 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  691. hunter

    Good Times, Hill Street Blues, Magnum PI, Barnaby Jones, MASH. Just to name a few.

    June 10, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  692. Agent 99

    Get Smart!

    June 10, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • BioHzrd420

      I think that falls in the same category as the Simpson's Theme song, all instrumental and no lyrics. That being said, I still volunteer up The Simpson's theme song.

      June 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  693. paparob

    HOW is the Peanuts theme song NOT at the TOP of this list? !

    June 10, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Uncle Dag

      I think song of which you speak, "Linus and Lucy," was not considered, as The Peanuts shows were specials, and not series. That's how I'm reading it... but were I to find a list of "Specials" music, I would start right there, and include "Free to Be You and Me," and Nilsson's, "The Point." Definitely "Special!"

      June 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • deltaman

      Easy, it's about the top television show theme songs. The Peanuts was never an actual TV show, just TV show specials.

      June 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • LRoy

      What you're talking about is called "Linus & Lucy". For those of you who don't know it's most famous on the Peanuts Christmas (when all the kids are dancing on the auditorium stage. As soon as I hear that I immediately think of them.

      June 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  694. Victor

    Star Trek, The Munsters and Beverly Hillbillies.

    June 10, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  695. Robert Longwing

    Duh...what about Miami Vice? Or are instrumentals not allowed?

    June 10, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Dude!

      Everytime I hear the Miami Vice theme, I get pumped up and want to start beating the snot outta stuff. Jan Hammer is the man!

      June 10, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • qamariarose

      Knight Rider would also be on my list for instrumental

      June 10, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      The Miami Vice theme song kicks a$$ !! I still remember the premier and thinking wow this show was going blow away everything else on TV – which it did for the first couple of seasons.

      June 10, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrea M

      I also was wondering about Miami Vice! Since they included the Flintstones theme, it seems odd that Spongebob Squarepants was also left out. There isn't a single 20-something or younger who can't sing you the entire theme the moment you tell them unassisted.

      June 10, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      M*A*S*H!!

      June 10, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Yea, M*A*S*H ! I think its theme song was even on the music charts.

      June 10, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zippy chippy

      Mash was good and Knight Rider. What about Chips? That had a good instrumental. very distinctive always knew what was coming on.

      Currently, I like the them song to "Raising Hope".

      June 10, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • andrea

      hah i agree...which is why thats my ring tone

      June 10, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  696. Namey Namey

    Family ties and Good Times

    June 10, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • irving

      My Three Sons
      Mr McGoo (ROOOAD HOOOOG)
      Petticoat Junction (Billy Joe...tasty)

      June 10, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  697. tsmiller

    How could you leave out Hawaii 5-O? That was an incredible opening theme song! Medical Center wasn't too bad either...

    June 10, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • etta sandwich

      The Original BATMAN – Music composed by Henry Mancini.
      The Lone Ranger – William Tell Overture.

      MadMen.

      June 10, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Flamingo

      The Batman theme was written by Neal Hefti, not Henry Mancini.

      How about "Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow" from Baretta (insert Robert Blake joke here). Was a hit for Sammy Davis Jr.

      June 10, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      Oh, no! Lalo Schiffren's "Mission Impossible" theme!

      June 10, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grant

      I have to agree that Hawaii 50 was the top of my list. As for stuff getting stuck in your head, I hear new ones every week. Also, the network show Cold Case always did the best of period music for each episode.

      June 11, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  698. Frogirl

    Um...hello, where is 'Good Times' on this list!?!?

    June 10, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  699. OldenOne

    The Jetsons. Nifty bit of jazz.

    June 10, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Atari

      Anything by Hoyt Curtin, who did most of the incidental music for Hanna-Barbera and, sadly, never got the credit he deserved (he was only credited with "musical direction" if anything at all). Interestingly enough, the Johnny Quest theme was written as a dare–the trombonists in his orchestra kept chiding him about not writing difficult music, so he wrote a piece that is physically impossible to play on trombone. What you hear during the credits is the closest they ever got to playing what was written!

      June 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  700. Surprise Surprise Surprise

    I prefer the theme song to Gomer Pyle USMC. Also on Pink Floyd The Wall listen carefully to the song Vera Lynn and you will here Gomer saying "Surprise Surprise Surprise."

    June 10, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  701. originalcontent

    How about Bonanza and Rawhide? "Day by day...riding side by side. for Bonanza. and "Get em up move em out ....for Rawhide. NA d of course Dragnet!!

    June 10, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      And Lorne Greene proved he had no musical talent in singing the theme to Bonanza. That was why shortly after the first show, they went to just a musical score. On the other hand, how can you beat Frankie Laine singing "Rawhide"?

      June 10, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      I wonder which Flintstones theme? It changed it season, ever so slightly.

      June 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  702. Anthonystjoseph

    As a writer, I love the lyrical contributions that Andrew Gold has made to our culture. My favorite, which is hard to choose, is probably a song that I shall never forget: "Cuz if you threw a party, and invited everyone you knew. You would see, the biggest gift would be from me, and the card attached would say, 'thank you for being a friend'. I'm sure heaven right now is singing, 'Welcome back'.

    June 10, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Anthonystjoseph

      I am very OKAY with not coming to your PARTY OF ONE!

      June 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jan Marson

      What about MASH's theme? Shaft's theme? I thought they were quite catchy...........................................................

      June 10, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Instrumentals and songs not specifically created for the show should not apply...that being said.
      Green Acres
      Beverly Hillbillies
      Good times
      Mary Tyler Moore (we're gonna make it after all)
      Courtship of Eddies Father
      Banana Splits
      HR Puff and Stuff

      June 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • evoc

      My fave was the theme from Twin Peaks. And, I like the House theme.

      June 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen Hamblyn

      The Beverly Hilbillies

      June 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • GM

      Green Acres!

      June 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris from pa

      The Fall Guy

      June 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • PS

      Speaking of tuesday nights in the mid 70's on ABC (Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley) how about Three's Company? And Saturday nights–Love Boat and Fantasy Island.

      June 10, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • PS

      Family Ties..Sanford and Sone...Good Times.. Also as a kid liked the SWAT theme better than the show. On a side note, "reallity television" has ruined TV.

      June 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • jred

      TWO WORDS – BARNEY MILLER.

      June 10, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Dallas, Rockford Files, Star Trek

      June 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      Yes, you all have missed quite a few theme songs. Remember: Good Times, The Greatest American Hero, Mary Tyler Moore, Alice, and Three's Company, just to name a few. We won't even go into theme songs for cartoons. Let's do this poll again, you missed a lot of good, adorable theme songs that have and will last the test of time.

      June 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Soljagurl

      THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME was the Golden Girls.... Good Times, and MOST DEFINETLY Welcome Back Kotter...

      June 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I would have swapped out the Fresh Prince theme and added the theme from Green Acres.

      June 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marmotking

      Let's not forget, "What's Happening". I still have that one on the brain.

      June 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aristotle 120

      F Troop!

      June 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Come and knock on my door

      Three's Company!!

      June 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • July

      Wonderful words for a great arts...

      June 10, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Floyd

      I can never walk through a hallway of a government building or industrial building without humming the 'Get Smart' theme. Love it!

      June 10, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hanna S

      I like the selection above, and the Golden Girls is one of my all time favourites – but I do miss "Magnum P.I." from your list. I know there's no lyrics, but that theme is a classic!

      June 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • ike bee

      I agree with all of the themes mentioned along with the MANY fans of TV themes comments. Here's a list of themes will be burned in my brain forever:

      Sesame Street
      Electric Company
      Mr. Rogers Neighborhood
      Lonney Tunes theme (original WB cartoon intro)
      Fat Albert
      Johnny Quest
      Hong Kong Phooey
      Jetsons
      All in the Family
      $effersons
      Maude
      Barnaby Jones
      Mannix
      Cannon
      Rockford Files
      Kojak
      Barreta
      Barney Miller
      Sanford and Son
      Good Times
      Chico and the Man
      Welcome Back Kotter
      Perry Mason
      Ironside
      Hill Street Blues
      Miami Vice
      Streets of San Franciso
      Three Stooges
      Laurel and Hardy
      There are scores more in my head but you get the idea.

      June 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • an

      Hawaii Five-O.

      June 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • joepa

      The guy who said "The Fall Guy" must have a sense of humor. That was sung by Lee Majors for Pete's sake.

      June 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zeke

      What about The Monkeys?!

      June 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Picket Fences
      ER

      June 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nostaligiclover

      I agree with so many people. Missing are, The Golden Girls, Mary Tyler Moore Show, Family Ties and Three's Company.

      June 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • John R

      Agree with others on:

      Mary Tyler Moore – 'Who can turn the world on with a smile', and 'How will you make it on your own' openings
      Mannix
      Dallas
      The Electric Company – several versions, all great
      321-Contact (another wonderful Joe Raposo song meant for kids, but catchy)
      Big Blue Marble (yet another PBS contribution...anyone else remember it??)
      Hawaii-5O (extended version)

      Some others I hadn't seen mentioned....hate to admit this, but I have some of these on a 'TV Theme' CD I made...cough, cough....

      Law and Order
      The Streets of San Francisco
      Battlestar Galactica (original, of course)
      The A-Team
      The Rookies
      Emergency (the really catchy version)
      Land of the Lost (Sid and Marty Croft, not the new version)
      Dr Who – you know, the synthy one
      Lost in Space (2nd version)
      The Price is Right
      Hill Street Blues
      The Incredible Hulk – I'm thinking the ending version with the sad piano, not the intro.
      Alice
      Police Woman
      The Bionic Woman – the full version is quite interesting.
      Barnaby Jones

      There's so many others...

      June 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • RJ

      Mission Impossible

      June 10, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meg

      I can't believe that the Beverly Hillbillies theme song was not on the list! I know every word to it!

      June 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy

      While Golden Girls is great, every month or so I listen to the One Day at a Time theme song just to take me back.

      June 10, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      What about the dukes of hazzard or A-team..Both classic anthems!!

      June 10, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wawa

      Mr. Ed. My mother the car. car 54 where are you.

      June 10, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Syl

      The Facts Of Life theme

      June 11, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • E.

      I can't believe it(or not) no one is mentioning the theme from the greatest American Hero.

      June 11, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      I always thought the theme song from "One Day At A Time" was penned by the devil. I can never get it out of my head.

      June 13, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • bk

      Sanford & Son - Berretta (sp?)

      June 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      Don't forget "Dear John", now that was a catchy tune.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  703. DAT

    Classy

    June 10, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  704. Phil

    I must have been the only person to watch Malcom in the Middle. You not the Boss of me now

    June 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  705. Gillian

    Nope, you're not the only one! Definitely needs to be included!

    June 10, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  706. Jay

    No one has even mentioned "Different Strokes!" Now the world don't turn to the beat of just one drum, what might be right for you, may not be right for some!!! :)

    June 12, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  707. Dani

    "Well a man is born; he's a man of means, then along comes two and theyve got nuthing but the cheese!" LOL! Love this thread!

    June 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |

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