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Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:18 pm

Back in the day, networks & producers seemed to take great interest in having a good opening theme, audio and visually



WHAT'S HAPPENING:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpBhrjfetkk

ONE DAY AT A TIME:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M82CUd6isyY

ALICE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wedrJdHGHFM

TAXI:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kzhwx8aOO0A

THE FACTS OF LIFE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmgIXH4Bp9g

MAGNUM, PI:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBVHKwf5mSc

DALLAS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkCK8HB2Ouw

ANGIE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roEOCNPeALA

THE COSBY SHOW:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioa0-cZAO6M

ROSEANNE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNmhyAlhTh4

CHICO & THE MAN:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXdYrERzrWg

MOD SQUAD:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0-XrZoHj2k

CHARLIE'S ANGELS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCAdDBznfcY

FANTASY ISLAND:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwaEydIpS0E

HAPPY DAYS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM_jld_Hv2I

THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m4-Te1m7fY

SOAP:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSaNWYHmUvI

THE ROPERS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hwbs68w_hI




But in the last 10 years or so, the intros are very short or there's practically none at all. Those that do show the cast, move very quickly

BLUE BLOODS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSHgsIT2EzU

8 SIMPLE RULES
For Dating My Teenage Daughter:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVtohuWX-6s

ACCORDING TO JIM:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7DV5gNxrco

SCRUBS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tOG3v_pnqE

HARRY'S LAW:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOfrvEXCna8

LOST:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQDUtjwoaTY

THE B IN APT 23:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7qzhYNZkzU

COUGAR TOWN:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5AxKHKoTwc

HAPPY ENDINGS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTdYF2lYKlk

PAN AM:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0D4mc88pbE

HEROES:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bstv5Mko47Y

30 ROCK:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hdXA-yjSA4

CASTLE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESq7tUJbs88

MIKE & MOLLY:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRnoFl9hmPI

LAST MAN STANDING:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsI0_X7cbSA

UGLY BETTY:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_MQjophp_k

MR. SUNSHINE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht3uzKJCGSw

WHY IS THIS???
I think it sucks!

[Edited 2012-06-30 13:27:52]

[Edited 2012-06-30 13:34:01]
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:30 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
WHY IS THIS???
I think it sucks!

There is more time allotted to commercials and less to the show nowadays (a typical half hour show is now only ~20-22mins). Better to spend what precious time they have now on story rather than several minutes on an intro.
 
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:44 pm

I think during the 90s, there was change going on and by the end of the decade and into 2000, the trend was to distance itself from the decades earlier and shows appear more modern, as is the case with every decade. Gone were the cheesy family shows on TGIF but instead family friendly 'Boy Meets World' and 'Sabrina' but kid focused and by the end of the decade and totally gone by 2000.

'Seinfeld' was probably the biggest hit in the '90s going with a simpler TV theme. However, 'Home Improvement' which was at one point early was close in ratings, had a more traditional theme like 'Roseanne' and even those two themes weren't like show themes from the 80's. I'm surprised that you put 'Roseanne' in the top list rather than the bottom list but maybe it was in the middle.

'Friends' had lyrics its in theme, but it was a pop song that wasn't created for the show.

It'd be cool for themes with lyrics or well done themes to come back in style again but I doubt it'd happen anytime soon. Anyways, in syndication, TV Land and other channels want to squeeze that time for more commercials.
 
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:51 pm

Quoting Flytravel (Reply 2):
I'm surprised that you put 'Roseanne' in the top list rather than the bottom list but maybe it was in the middle.

Well, it shows the actors' names and doesn't seem rushed......compare that to 30 Rock
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:23 pm

Hi!

Another couple to add to the top list:

The sitcom "Perfect Strangers". I used to love this show and it's theme song!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vbnLYROCj8

"Alf" theme song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhFE4oxig04

It's not just tv theme songs though, the quality of film scoring in general has gone downhill quite a bit. There's very rarely any memorable original music in films and TV these days. I don't know why that is.

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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:30 pm

HBO still seems to care about proper title sequences, including decent musical themes.

I'd say that Game of Thrones is a rather impressive example of that:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7L2PVdrb_8
 
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:36 pm

This is really only half related to the topic on hand, but I came across Night Court the other day and realized I had forgotten how awesome their intro was:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIdOklcfdXk

Props to good ol Bill for the wonderful Saxophone work.
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:46 pm

Quoting poLOT (Reply 1):
There is more time allotted to commercials and less to the show nowadays (a typical half hour show is now only ~20-22mins). Better to spend what precious time they have now on story rather than several minutes on an intro.

Exactly. You get 30 seconds (if that) of music and titles, then they stretch the list of cast members over the first 5 minutes of the show.

A few to add to the list:

Where everybody know your name...
Opening credits:
Cheers
Full song:
Cheers

Maybe my favorite of them all - let's be careful out there...
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:48 pm

And let's not forget the single best opening title sequence in TV history...

http://youtu.be/vTK0hr5oAOk
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:07 pm

There are a few off-network hit shows that certainly have real intro music:

Mad Men http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcRr-Fb5xQo
Boardwalk Empire http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9DCLv_6e5c
The Walking Dead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phLVlvMKVi8

But then again there's Breaking Bad's near lack of opening...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1HNuAE9WdU

I don't think anything less of Breaking Bad for its short intro... still biting my nails in anticipation of the final season!

Pan Am should of had more of an opening IMHO, and they should of kept the FULL Dallas theme for the restart, but otherwise I'm fine with current show's openings.
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:21 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
WHY IS THIS???

More time for content and commercials.

Quoting Flytravel (Reply 2):
'Friends' had lyrics its in theme, but it was a pop song that wasn't created for the show.

That's a second reason to get rid of them: if you use a "real" song the royalties add up.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 5):
HBO still seems to care about proper title sequences, including decent musical themes.

Of course they do. Since they have no commercials the extra time isn't an issue for them.

It bugs me that in the cut down half hour long Entourage episodes in syndication, they keep the full theme song. It's a good sequence, don't get me wrong, but I'd rather have an extra minute of show. I really like the full episodes Spike shows sometimes which are blocked for 35 or 40 minutes.
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:37 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 5):
HBO still seems to care about proper title sequences, including decent musical themes.

I also think HBO did a nice job with the opening of Boardwalk Empire.
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:03 am

I used to LOVE the "Angie" theme song.

Another to the mix is "My Sister Sam"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYndidDMUG4


and don't forgot some of the 70s one such as
The Rookies (hot theme, poor graphics lol)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHYGEs5NPn0

Baretta
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRa9uhiAPBs

and even older, one of my faves:
the Big Valley
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg3HcxYcbog
 
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:20 am

I've always liked Southland's theme:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBFFZ9CS8cc

Boardwalk Empire too:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2y0lrvPnpU
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:29 am

No. 1 ALL TIME - ROCKFORD FILES (theme music only not actual opening sequence with answering machine)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d41cAOmcuxk

CHiPS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTDOLoDiOcg&feature=related

SANFORD AND SON
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WqazleR3FE


HAPPY DAYS (the original opening sequence)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w43rpXbJ1JQ

BJ AND THE BEAR
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3GpxAyM6yc

[Edited 2012-06-30 17:34:12]

ABC's WORLD OF SPORTS*
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7eN7RKJgyo

*Didn't think about sports until Longhorns's post


[Edited 2012-06-30 17:49:52]
 
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:40 am

ER, Law and Order, and Game of Thrones are my favorite non-sports TV themes. Another good ones is Firefly.

If you include sports, you have to go with NCAA on CBS, the older ABC College Football theme, NBC's Wimbledon themes, and the NFL on Fox. And of course the Olympics theme.

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Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:48 am

Dallas and Hawaii Five-O are back !!!!
 
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:56 am

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 16):
Dallas and Hawaii Five-O are back !!!!

Hawaii Five-O has one of the greatest themes of all time; And both the old and the new one are excellent.
 
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sun Jul 01, 2012 5:35 am

ALL IN THE FAMILY:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F9vRVyV914

THE JEFFERSONS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYcqToQzzGY

Two great classics.
 
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:31 am

What about the Big Bang Theory, it has a theme.
 
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:53 am

Thanks for mentioning The Cosby Show! I loved that show (actually will still watch it every now and then). I was always a fan of the Seasons 6 and 7 intro:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHC-YsXYTsg

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 4):
The sitcom "Perfect Strangers". I used to love this show and it's theme song!

Oh man, me too! That was my favorite sitcom when I was a kid.

"Standing tall, on the wings of my dreams....Rise and fall...."

Always loved that the opening credits showed Balky falling down right when they say "standing tall" (at least I think it was Balky....this is all from memory).

Quoting kiwirob (Reply 19):
What about the Big Bang Theory, it has a theme.

...which is probably the only good part of the show.....

Then there were the cartoon theme songs that I remember from when I was a kid:

TMNT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDQzALOH9iU
Ghostbusters (with, of course, due credit to Huey Lewis): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hj7Wkfu7INU (I still want to cover that song someday)

Many others....
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:14 pm

Here's my personal favorite, from THE FALL GUY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmIsMzyohqM
 
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sun Jul 01, 2012 4:17 pm

Quoting SmittyOne (Reply 21):
Here's my personal favorite, from THE FALL GUY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmIsM...yohqM

I see your Fall Guy (one of my favourite shows when I was growing up btw) and raise you the show from my childhood which I guess has shaped my "career"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3GpxAyM6yc

I don't have a chimpanzee though

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Sun Jul 01, 2012 4:27 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
CHICO & THE MAN:

One of my favorites, sang by Jose Feliciano. Another one is "Welcome Back" from Welcome Back Kotter, composed and sang by John Sebastian.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPaed8I3V1A
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sun Jul 01, 2012 4:40 pm

These are from the 2 best tv shows of the last 15 years .......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVL0GBunw0A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_PVEwzDFdo

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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:01 pm

I loved this show as a kid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdFN6agkNnQ&feature=related


What this entire thread is telling me is that there was a time when TV didn't suck. Even though we had like 3 channels there seemed to be a higher probability that something 'good' would be on  
 
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:06 pm

Quoting SmittyOne (Reply 25):
What this entire thread is telling me is that there was a time when TV didn't suck.

…or as kids we've just had somewhat lower standards then, and were more easily entertained…!   
 
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:57 pm

Quoting SmittyOne (Reply 25):
Even though we had like 3 channels there seemed to be a higher probability that something 'good' would be on

It's just that now, that same number of good shows get spread across 497 channels, so they have to fill in with dreck...
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:35 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 26):
…or as kids we've just had somewhat lower standards then, and were more easily entertained…!   
Quoting moose135 (Reply 27):
It's just that now, that same number of good shows get spread across 497 channels, so they have to fill in with dreck...

Haha, to some degree true on both! I clearly recall watching bowling!!

Sorry to take us off topic a bit...here's another intro theme I liked:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_ZUSQQdoS4
 
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:54 pm

Quoting SmittyOne (Reply 28):
Quoting Klaus (Reply 26):…or as kids we've just had somewhat lower standards then, and were more easily entertained…!

Quoting moose135 (Reply 27):It's just that now, that same number of good shows get spread across 497 channels, so they have to fill in with dreck...

Haha, to some degree true on both! I clearly recall watching bowling!!

The limited amount of time for 'good shows' did seem to concentrate more good ones together. Failure rates of new shows were still high - but networks and production companies could put their effort into a few popular shows.

Of course we ended up watching Ed Sullivan and Bonanza on Sunday evenings for a decade. And I remember watching both bowling and wrestling on Saturdays - simply because there was absolutely nothing else on.

Bonanza had a very recognizable theme song.
 
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:59 pm

half hour shows were 22.5 minutes but now some are down to 18min run time with out comercials. With the time pressure most shows have cut down the them song to fit a whole episode into the 18min.
 
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Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:48 am

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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:00 pm

I don't think things are quite as bad in recent years as OP thinks. For instance, I think The Wire did a great job with its opening titles/theme, especially using different variations on the theme each season by different artists and changing up the footage to be relevant to the goings-on of each season. For instance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1ABR4UpDSU - Season 1 - Performed by The Blind Boys of Alabama

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=_6H9VMobE8o&NR=1 - Season 2 - Performed by Tom Waits

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1S69staui8 - Season 3 - Performed by Aaron Neville

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNOTE7W5qts - Season 4 - Performed by DoMaJe (a group of five Baltimore kids)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnkBD37fggg - Season 5 - Performed by Steve Earle (who also portrayed a character in the series)

Then throughout the series you see the same closing theme, "The Fall" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMVObjbQu9c

I was also a fan of the music for David Simon's previous work, "Homicide: Life on the Street"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRNm21GWEJY&feature=related

Other themes I like -

The Office - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z023i8JZSUk

Parks and Recreation - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXNDJnwpvig

Keeping Up Appearances - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVxrPtETmZ0
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:51 pm

Weeds had for the first 2 seasons (if I remember correctly) a nice theme:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8StRAJCork

But after they changed it to a ten-second intro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sd-x2VOypfw

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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:08 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
WHAT'S HAPPENING:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpBhr...fetkk
Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
MAGNUM, PI:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBVHKwf5mSc

DALLAS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkCK8...B2Ouw
Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
CHARLIE'S ANGELS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCAdDBznfcY

FANTASY ISLAND:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwaEy...IpS0E

Those are all wonderful theme songs. What you pointed out is a problem with music across the board. Music from that era was better as well so as a result, the TV show themes, movie themes and even music in commercials were better back then. In many ways, the 1970s was the peak of Western civilization.

Here are some other gems;

Falcon Crest
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypZT4lQHoK8


Love Boat
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_wFEB4Oxlo&feature=related



Now EVERY aviation enthusiast should know about this TV show. 'Flying High'.            
I remember when I was 5 years old begging to stay up late to watch this show.

Flying High
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PocbPm2CF_k

Same for this one. Gotta love the LareJet at the beginning.

Hart To Hart
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNaLVStHXpk


Dynasty (season 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjpCU4Zy9Cs


Theme From S.W.A.T.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0Ba8rQtwY8

Other greats;

Barnaby Jones
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1pFregK-Y4

Theme From Beretta
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRa9uhiAPBs
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:15 pm

Two great shows, two great theme songs

WKRP in Cincinnati:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4go-tz1m_TY

Barney Miller:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox-DmJ9H3ng
 
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:06 am

I loved the intro and outro to "Untamed World". Music by Mort Garson.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU3zAQ_eTPs

The intro is the first minute or so and the outro starts around 3:00.
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:48 am

I can't believe you guys forgot the best theme of all time:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MVonyVSQoM

I really like these themes from recent shows:

- House

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfJO5C3z_xs

- Lie to me (couldn't find a decent clip unfortunately): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdXys2EP9uU

- Hell on Wheels: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7ApR8GOq7o
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:50 am

Quoting ER757 (Reply 35):
Barney Miller:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox-DmJ9H3ng

This is the proper Barney Miller theme from the early seasons.
Keep in mind, this taping is a rerun and was some 10 years after the original broadcast.

Barney Miller
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfgNcwOi6WM
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:54 am

Quoting 2707200X (Reply 31):
Hart to Hart

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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:50 pm

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- House

I forgot to include House in mine mainly because I knew it as "Teardrop" before it got used by the show. I do love me some Massive Attack.
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Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:25 pm

In honor/memory of his death today:

"The Andy Griffith Show" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUERL6ITsAE

"Matlock" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQgdfJoxX1s
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:15 am

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
THE ROPERS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hwbs...8w_hI

One of the worst themes (at least in my humble opinion)

These days, it seems CBS has the most of them:
  • Big Bang Theory (hatoraide) Bare (Gay Naked Ladies) No thank you
  • CSI, NY, CSI, and Miami (MIA) cancelled...Songs by the Who, Jerry Bruckheimer rules
  • Cold Case *
  • Hawaii 5-0 (Not a bad update on the classic)
  • 2 and a Half Men (don't care for it)
  • Without A Trace *
  • Criminal Minds
  • The Nanny (a throwback to your over the top animated late 1950's/early 1960's schmaltzarama) (OK the Nanny has been off for years but I still lop it into the recent era.

* Denotes cancelled series

Can anyone else remember any over the top type animated themes like the one for the Nanny? Within the past 10 to 20 years?
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:11 am

Quoting zippyjet (Reply 42):
These days, it seems CBS has the most of them:

Big Bang Theory (hatoraide) Bare (Gay Naked Ladies) No thank you

CSI, NY, CSI, and Miami (MIA) cancelled...Songs by the Who, Jerry Bruckheimer rules

Cold Case *

Hawaii 5-0 (Not a bad update on the classic)

2 and a Half Men (don't care for it)

Without A Trace *

Criminal Minds

The Nanny (a throwback to your over the top animated late 1950's/early 1960's schmaltzarama) (OK the Nanny has been off for years but I still lop it into the recent era.

You forgot Person of Interest, while the themesong is somewhat muted over Finch's (Michael Emerson) narration, it's there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOnQ8CD3v4g

One thing I've noticed regarding TV shows that still have intros; many of them do not list the main cast members in the intro. For decades, this was SOP. Among today's shows, I think Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, CSI, CSI-NY and the now-cancelled CSI-Miami are the only ones that still follow this practice. All the others only list the Created By or Developed By in the credits, usually at the end.

One show that evolved with the disappearing intro act was ER.

First season intro:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5a8Bkl3gks&feature=related

After Season 12, the intro was basically dropped... until the final episode in Season 15:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOWKpd6lzio&feature=related

Quoting Superfly (Reply 38):
Quoting ER757 (Reply 35):
Barney Miller:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox-DmJ9H3ng

This is the proper Barney Miller theme from the early seasons.
Keep in mind, this taping is a rerun and was some 10 years after the original broadcast.

Barney Miller
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfgNc...Oi6WM

'Fly, actually the intro that ER757 posted is from the show's 2nd Season (1975-1976). The theme didn't switch over to the intro you posted (which is from Seasons 6 through 8, following Jack Soo's death) until Season 3 (1976-1977)... the final season w/Abe Vigoda.

Here's the intro from the first season (1974-1975); note the different skyline shot not showing the then-new Twin Towers:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cG5cSxT7ZIw

For classic intros, I'm surprised that nobody mentioned M*A*S*H

Season 4 (1975-1976) intro and closing from The Novocain Mutiny episode:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDSMm8IlR9I&feature=related

Since Hawaii Five-0 was mentioned a few times; let's post both intros as well as the original 1968 pilot episode Cocoon

Original Series Pilot Epsiode, Cocoon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLgZpIXFWKE
This particular theme would serve as model for the hit version done by The Ventures about a year later.

Original Series, Early Seasons (the Kono years)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AepyGm9Me6w

New Series Season 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7Ba_jz22sI

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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Fri Jul 06, 2012 5:01 am

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 43):
'Fly, actually the intro that ER757 posted is from the show's 2nd Season (1975-1976). The theme didn't switch over to the intro you posted (which is from Seasons 6 through 8, following Jack Soo's death)

Thanks for the clarification.
Seasons 6 through 8 had the best intro.

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 43):
note the different skyline shot not showing the then-new Twin Towers:

That is just insaine!
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Fri Jul 06, 2012 5:05 am

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Fri Jul 06, 2012 5:10 am

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 45):

One of the worst shows on TV. It's so trite and dated. And the theme song was as lame. One of my favorite TV themes was the Bill Cosby/Robert Culp I Spy.
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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:46 pm

Bold emphasis added:

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 43):
The theme didn't switch over to the intro you posted (which is from Seasons 6 through 8, following Jack Soo's death) until Season 3 (1976-1977)... the final season w/Abe Vigoda.
Quoting Superfly (Reply 44):
Seasons 6 through 8 had the best intro.

I should've worded my earlier post more clearer. The intro you posted was indeed from Seasons 6 through 8; but the theme was first used in Season 3. Unfortunately, YouTube did not have that one on file, otherwise I would've posted it. Season 3's cast line-up in the intro had Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Max Gail, Ron Glass & Jack Soo. Linden's scenes in the intro were identical to the ones from the Season 2 intro (these would carry over into Season 5), but scenes of the other cast members were new and different from the previous seasons' intros.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 44):
Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 43):
note the different skyline shot not showing the then-new Twin Towers:

That is just insaine!

What probably happened there was an older stock shot of the skyline (that predated the Twin Towers) was selected due to cost reasons and/or availablity (remember we're talking 1973-1974 here (when the pilot was first written and developed) and the Twin Towers weren't 100% complete yet). Once the show was a hit and renewed for another season, there was extra money available to get a newer shot.

It's worth noting that the footage used in the intros and closings to All in the family and Maude were actually shot in 1969, years before either series first rolled out. Which explains the shots of much older, for the time, cars in the footage of the Maude intro and closing.

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RE: Where Did All The TV Themes Go?

Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:36 pm

I feel woozy....what did you put in that Pudding Pop?

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