Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Jot the Dot Dot, Nov 28, 2011.
I'm hoping Netflix has it!
It's been just over 10 years since the finale, so I guess it can be considered yesteryear
I miss that show.
I was always amazed how Skippy could communicate with humans, rescue people in distress, diffuse bombs, capture terrorists etc. He was almost as smart as your typical Australian Wombat. What's a wombat you say?
The best late night TV theme ever composed.
No one's come close to the legend that was Johnny Carson. When I was a kid, I cannot imagine watching TV for so many years without this being a part of my life.
I liked this one:
Someone already mentioned "The Last American Hero", "The Fall Guy" et.al., but here's some others I spent my formative years watching. TV intros were the first music videos IMO.
Simon and Simon
Hill Street Blues
Dukes of Hazzard
BJ and the Bear
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo
Black Sheep Squadron
Mork and Mindy
Laverne & Shirley
News-cast “Vremya” – Weather Cast back-ground music – “Manchester-Liverpool”
Any-ka Devushki! (Go, Girls!)
Czterej Pancerni w kolorze (4 tankmen and a Dog)
In the Animal World (V Mire Zhivotnikh)
Ein Herz und eine Seele
Sledstvie Vedut ZnaToKi – Investigation Held by Experts (and all the wonderful themes composed by David Tukhmanov)
La Piovra – 1
La Piovra – 5
Man from UNCLE
All in the Family
Didn't need no welfare state,
Everybody pulled his weight.
Gee our old LaSalle ran great.
Those were the days.
Same here. I especially loved it in the early days from New York. Such interesting guests. Can't imagine people like Oscar Levant or Bob & Ray getting many guest spots these days without movies to plug.
I believe the theme music was written by Paul Anka.
to the quetion of "what's a wombat?" I cite the inimitable Ogden Nash:
THE WOMBAT LIVES ACROSS THE SEAS
AMONG THE FAR ANTIPODES.
HE MAY EXIST ON NUTS AND BERRIES--
OR, THEN AGAIN, ON MISSIONARIES.
HIS DISTANT HABITAT PRECLUDES
CONCLUSIVE KNOWLEDGE OF HIS MOODS--
BUT I WOULD NOT ENGAGE THE WOMBAT
IN ANY FORM OF MORTAL COMBAT.
This used to be my favourite show Out of this world
Catchy song... 21 Jump Street
Batman! I loved that show when I was a kid.
Yes, Netflix has all three seasons. I watched them all couple years ago on Netflix, then I lucked out and found the full three seasons set for $20 at Costco. I have already started my Roswell marathon for the holidays but I am not sure I have the patience to go through the entire thing. I may just watch my favorite episodes.
You are all bringing back lots of memories. Seems like most TV shows don't have theme songs anymore, let alone an opening credit montage.
One of the funnest days at work (several years ago) was when I'd brought in a cassette tape collection (yea, I said cassette tapes, I told you it was several years ago, LOL). The collection was of TV Theme songs. It went from pretty much the beginning of TV, to present time. There were about 10 of us sitting around a table packaging product, so we set a radio in the middle and played the tapes. We had a blast trying to be the first one to guess the theme song/show. At one point, it was the Green Acres song, and this one guy who was a great big guy, at least a couple of hundred pounds, big/stocky, tall, and very flamboyantly openly gay. His name was Mike but he was often called "Big Mike." He took over the Eva Gabor portion of the song, and he was just a riot singing it in his best Eva expression. It was so funny seeing this great big husky stocky guy belting out....."New York is where I'd rather stay....." in an effemanite voice, as he pantomined a perfect Eva swoon.
Those few hours before first break just flew by, we were having so much fun. In fact, when break time came and "Big Mike" turned off the cassette player and called "BREAK!" The girl across the table from me said, "awwww....do we have to?" LOL.
Mickey was my favorite too! On his birthday (which I'm sure we saw in 16 magazine), we sang Happy Birtday to him. My friend Shauna did not sing the "dear" part because her favorite was Davy. What were we - 10, 11? (The things I remember from my childhood could fill a very large book.)
When this theme song became a full length hit on the radio, I used to get teared up hearing it. ??? (Hey, I had an aunt who used to say we cry at dog food commercials!)
Not a show from way back when, but one of the many reasons I love Psych is because of the perky theme song:
This was my favorite version of the AbFab theme .
Then, of course, there's this gem from the first two seasons of one of the greatest sitcoms of the late 80s/early 90s (too bad it went to shit the last few years it was on the air).
I tried to find the original opening theme/music from the early years of SNL on youtube, but it was MIA .
This has nothing to do with TV themes, but yesterday I was cleaning out boxes in my office, and I found a videotape on which I'd recorded the 15th Anniversary show of Saturday Night Live (recorded in Fall 1989, which was technically on 14 years, but that season would have ended in 1990, so I figure they considered it the 15th Anniversary).
At any rate, it has tons of some of the freaking funniest clips from the early years with the original cast as well as when they changed it up and added the likes of Eddie Murphy, Joe Piscopo, Billy Crystal, Dennis Miller, Christopher Guest, Martin Short, Jon Lovitz, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks, Nora Dunn, Victoria Jackson, Kevin Nealon, and Mike Myers.
For me, those years were the heyday of SNL - it didn't get any better than that. The few years I've tried to watch it over the past 15 or so years, it's been worse than a trip to the dentist for a root canal w/out novocaine.
I'd love to see Big Mike in full costume doing that--sounds like you had a fun group to work with at that time. I don't have anything to compare but I was in a college classroom when one student mentioned Saturday morning cartoons and "Conjunction Junction" was mentioned and the entire class starting singing except for a foreign student who was at first startled then laughed at us. Nice moment. http://youtu.be/mkO87mkgcNo
Munster's theme song:
There is the English export Man About The House http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mroyWhvpL-8 reincarnated as "Three's Company" (I always prefered the English version), and the spin-off George And Mildred http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twMFWMb5N4A
Well I'll own up to a couple of shows that were "sinful" pleasures of mine.
Love watching a female kick butt
And her one true love who had his own show a few seasons later
My absolute favorite show when I was a kid.
Another one of my favorites!
Theme from Route 66
I liked the theme song from the show "Providence". It was a cover of the Beatles "In My Life" by Chantal Kreviazuk.
I loved John Barry's music; and the show.
Interesting fact: I remember Roger Moore saying that the pictures of "him" when younger, in the Intro montage, are actually of his son.
His former wife destroyed all early photos of Sir Roger.
Forgive the double post.
No discussion of great TV themes is complete without this:
"The Twilight Zone":
I love the way they play with the theme song. The Bollywood version was just awesome!
Agreed, a hands down winner.
Loved The Addams Family, Munsters and Gilligan's Island theme songs, along with:
(My kids also loved this show - one DD skated to this song)
I Dream of Jeannie
I loved the Westerns. A few of my favorites.
The Big Valley
Have Gun Will Travel
The Real McCoys
The Wild Wild West
Conjunction Junction reminded me of the ice skating Schoolhouse Rock - "2 and 2 are 4, 4 and 4 are 8................" where she traced the numbers on the ice like the old school figures.
http://youtu.be/nzycxJUjdWI It's pretty catchy, and I'm loving that she does the right loop in a spread eagle position
That wasn't what I remembered at all, but it was neat.
I forgot all about this--thanks for posting it. I didn't fall in love with figure skating until I was an adult.
The Adams Family http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVDJvrBFDDc
& Dark Shadows http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSbCqp_a3iE
I'm with you. I always loved Rawhide.
My sister lived in the Peter Gunn house for several years in the Hollywood Hills. Great house - especially on the inside.
Whoever added Beauty and the Beast - I like that one too.
Here is my offering for the day -
Law and Order - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS9oNBJEtNU
One of my local stations is showing the original episodes with Michael Moriarty on Saturday evenings. I'm enjoying them.
I never even knew this series (The Persuaders) existed--wonderful theme.
There was a British series that ran on PBS that was several years old when I first saw it but I was hooked anyway. It was called "The Sandbaggers" about the good old bad old days during the Cold War. Here's the theme:
http://youtu.be/sSCmoSHlTwg (apologies if it was posted earlier)
I'm really surprised nobody mentioned two of my all-time favorites
The Cheers song [Everybody knows your name]
and the theme from Moonlighting - probably one of the best TV themes ever - but then I love Al Jarreau.
I cant believe that no one has mentioned this one:
"Hill Street Blues" - another by Mike Post, who wrote so many others already in this thread.
It was the 2nd link in my post.
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