This Article is About
mary tyler moore
timothy olyphant
gary portnoy
raylan givens
roy rogers
Top Ten Television Theme Songs
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Top Ten Television Theme Songs

I sometimes wonder if there are others like me out there who miss the golden age of television. Growing up watching "The Wonderful World of Disney" every Sunday night. Waiting anxiously to see what disaster Lassie would help prevent this week. Not to mention Saturdays with Roy Rogers and Tarzan.

When I was older and my television viewing became a little more sophisticated I looked forward to shows like Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett and Bob Newhart. These shows were funny without being cruel or demeaning to their characters. Nothing like the comedies of today. As I look at the television guide today and see it littered with reality shows showcasing the worst behavior humans have to offer as entertainment, I can't help but miss the shows of my youth.

Back in the old days, shows used to have theme songs. These were catchy little songs that I can still sing to this day. Just a few bars of any one of them and the show they represented pops right back into your head. They were a clever and very effective marketing tool. I can still sing the entire "Green Acres" song, Hungarian inflection and all.

That all being said, I have compiled my ten best television theme songs list. See if you remember them and if they are also on your list.

1. Cheers. Where Everybody Knows Your Name by Gary Portnoy. Who doesn't want to go where everyone knows their name? This is a great theme song. You can't hear it without being back at the Cheers bar with Sam, Norm, Carla and the gang.

2. Justified. Long Hard Times to Come by Gangstagrass. I include this one because it is one of the few shows that feature a theme song these days. When I hear the first few beats of the song, there is Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens walking down that lonely railroad track. The song conveys the gritty world of Harlan, Kentucky and the tone of Justified. It does its job and it can stay in your head for days.

3. All in The Family. Those Were the Days sung by Jean Stapelton and Carrol O'Connor. Anyone who grew up in the seventies recalls Edith and Archie sitting at the piano belting out Those Were the Days. Didn't need no welfare state. Everybody pulled his weight. Those were the Days. The song fit Archie Bunker perfectly and who could forget Edith's off key voice singing in delight.

4. Friends. I'll Be There For You by the Rembrandts. The perfect theme song for this show about 6 friends. This show was about 6 people who were more like family than just friends. They didn't spend thirty minutes deriding each other and having a laugh at each other's expense. You got to know and love each character and embrace them will all their flaws as they struggled through life together.

5. Mary Tyler Moore. Love Is All Around by Sonny Curtis. Another one I can still sing to this day. It was the single working girls anthem during the seventies. You might just make it after all. This show was a trailblazer in its time. It depicted a single, working woman who was happy and successful. Mary was a modern woman. She even addressed some controversial subjects such as premarital sex and birth control.

6. The Jeffersons. Movin on Up by Janet Dubois. Took a whole lot of trying just to get up that hill. This show about a black family that worked their way up to the big time, was another seventies favorite. Their theme song told their story with a few lyrics. Their struggle and their eventual success through hard work. It dealt with racial themes including bi-racial marriage, a controversial subject in the seventies.

7. The Addams Family. Addams Family Theme Song written by Vic Mizzy. This song with its finger snapping and harpischord is just fun. Their creepy and their kooky. Mysterious and spooky. The theme song was better than the show. What can I say.

8. Scooby Doo. Scooby Doo Where Are You sung by Larry Marks. I can almost guarantee that everyone who was a kid in the seventies can sing this song. If we can count on you Scooby Doo, I know we'll catch that villain. And they could always count on Scooby Doo!

9. The Flintstones. Meet the Flintstones by Hoyt Curtin. The Flintstones was the first prime time cartoon. The Meet the Flintstones song wasn't used until the third season. It was The Honeymooners in the Cave Man era. Have a Yabba Dabba Doo time!

10. The Beverly Hillbillies. The Ballad of Jed Clampett by Paul Henning. Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed. A poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed. Thus began the Clampett family's journey to Beverly Hills, where they fit in like a sore thumb. This show appealed to the rural audience that built CBS. Along with shows like Andy Griffith and Green Acres, its homespun humor made CBS number one.

These are my ten favorite TV theme songs. There are many others I could have included like Gilligan's Island, The Brady Bunch even Petticoat Junction, but I had to choose the ones I feel best evoked the shows they represented.

Tell me your favorite theme songs or weigh in on my choices. In the meantime I'm so glad we had this time together. Remember that one?


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
Nick Santinos Suicide Result Of Dislikes Of Pit Bull Dog
Pit bulls get a bad rap from the public eye. Are they really as bad as everyone believes? People are truly afraid of pit bulls, but if trained properly they are as gentle as any other dog. They are really kind and loving animals. All of the news stories, stories…
By: Sherry Bradburn in  Pets  >  Dogs   Feb 06, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

My Five Favorite Timothy Olyphant Movies
I love Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens on FX Networks hit show Justified. Olyphant has portrayed two great TV lawmen, Raylan Gives and Seth Bullock on HBO's Deadwood. He also had a recurring role on Damages plus several memorable guest starring roles in various shows. However, Olyphant has also had…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Movies TV   Jul 18, 2013  
0
  Likes: 3

Timothy Olyphant is Dealin With Idiots
Timothy Olyphant, star of the hit series, “Justified” will be “Dealin With Idiots” this July. The movie hits theaters July 12, 2013 in limited release. The movie is the project of comedian, Jeff Garlin. Garlin wrote the movie as well as starring and directing. He states it is a largely…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Movies TV   Jul 09, 2013  
0
  Likes: 2

Timothy Olyphant Goes to The Wild West
Timothy Olyphant is a great actor who is well know for his tough lawman roles as Seth Bullock in HBO's Deadwood and Raylan Givens in FX's Justified. What he is perhaps less known for is his voice roles. Olyphant has lent his voice talent to video games, animated features and…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Movies TV   Jul 13, 2013  
0
  Likes: 1

Timothy Olyphant to Star In Bone Tomahawk
Timothy Olyphant star of FX Network's Justified, has been cast in the new horror western movie Bone Tomahawk. Olyphant is familiar with both genres. He was the star of The Crazies the 2010 remake of George Romero's movie of the same name. Olyphant also starred as Sheriff Seth Bullock in…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Movies TV   Jul 10, 2013  
0
  Likes: 3

Timothy Olyphant Stars In This Is Where I Leave You
Timothy Olyphant has been in New York filming This Is Where I Leave You. Olyphant joins director Shawn Levy's ensemble cast to film the movie based on a book by Jonathan Tropper. The story revolves around a dysfunctional family who has joined together to sit shiva when their father passes…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Movies TV   Jul 14, 2013  
0
  Likes: 2

Justified, Timothy Olyphant And Great Guest Stars
I am a big fan of FX's show Justified. I love all the main characters and the actors who portray them. I also love all the wonderful actors who turn up as guest stars. This show seems to have a knack for finding just the right actor for the part.…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Movies TV   Jul 09, 2013  
0
  Likes: 2

Two Mules for Timothy Olyphant? 5 Westerns Hollywood Should Remake
By now I am sure everyone knows I am a big fan of Timothy Olyphant's work. I plead guilty to enjoying Mr. Olyphant's presence on my screen. The problem is there isn't enough of him. Now since Olyphant plays the cowboy characters so well, it got me to thinking about…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Movies TV   Jul 22, 2013  
0
  Likes: 1

Not A Justified Junkie Yet? Here is Why You Should Become One
I am a self confessed Justified Junkie. Raylan Givens is the coolest character since Dirty Harry. He is a quick draw U.S. deputy marshal who shoots straight from the hip. He is quick with a gun and even quicker with a one liner. You get the feeling Raylan was born…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Movies TV   Jul 30, 2013  
0
  Likes: 2

The Emmys Prove to Be Elitist Snobs Snubbing Justified Once Again
The Emmy nominations are out for 2013 and once again they have overlooked one of the best shows on television. Justifed is touted by many critics as the best drama on televison. Yet it does not receive one major nomination. Not for actor, not for supporting actor and not for…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Movies TV   Jul 22, 2013  
0
  Likes: 4

Raylan Givens Vanilla Ice Cream And Women
FX's hit series Justified features one of the coolest lawmen to ever grace the small screen. Timothy Olyphant brings a charismatic charm to his character, Raylan Givens, which is hard for any woman to resist. His soft voice with an edge of steel, his sleepy bedroom eyes, his panther like…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Movies TV   Jul 05, 2013  
0
  Likes: 6

Raylan Givens And the Stetson Hat
Anyone who has ever watched FX Networks' hit series Justified can attest to the fact that Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) is one cool character. He strolls into a scene as if he is detached from the mayhem going on around him. He is charming, cool and oh so handsome. And…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Movies TV   Jul 08, 2013  
1
  Likes: 3

Raylan Givens Busts Sonny Crockett? My Fantasy Justified Guest Stars
FX's hit show Justified has had some awesome guest stars. Most of them aren't big name actors, but their performances are brilliant. The characters they create unforgettable. Margo Martindale and Jeremy Davies have both won Emmys for their portrayals of Kentucky criminals. Watching Martindale as Mags Bennett turn from grieving…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Movies TV   Jul 22, 2013  
0
  Likes: 6

Sex And the City, Carrie Bradshaw And Her Famous Men
HBO's Sex and the City was one of my favorite shows. I loved the weekly adventures of Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon). The viewers got to journey along through the ups and downs of the girls adventures in Manhattan and their…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Movies TV   Jul 15, 2013  
0
  Likes: 1

Is AJ Styles Champion Material?
We all have our favorite WWE or NXT superstar that we want to be champion one day. Without trying to be biased, AJ Styles sticks out to me as a great Future WWE Champion. I am not some huge Styles fan and do not even own any of his shirts...yet.…
By: Ramsey Sidawi in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Movies TV   Jun 08, 2016  
0
  Likes: 1

Article Views: 1112    Report this Article