In my semi-retirement, I’ve been watching the “oldies” channel around lunch time. And one thing I’ve noticed about these old TV shows (pre-70) is that their theme songs tend to be much better than current ones. In fact, many current TV shows have little in the way of theme songs.
One of my favorite current TV shows is “NCIS.” But I could not remember what the theme song sounded like without tracking it down. Another popular show is “Modern Family” but it’s theme song is pathetic. About the only current show I watch that I think has a good theme song is “The Big Bang Theory.”
So I’ve assembled the theme songs from some of my favorite oldies shows and invite you to think about what current shows can provide some competition to these oldies.
For me, the theme that’s stood the test of time (40 years?) is “Hawaii 5-0.” Lucky for me, it comes on at noon and I can watch it while I have lunch when I’m home. With it’s danceable beat and fast cut shots of Oahu, it’s a very memorable theme.
Although it’s a fairly “simple” theme, it’s hard not to get drawn into “Mission: Impossible.
Westerns were very popular in the ’60’s. Two themes from that genre have stayed with me all these years. One of them is “Bonanza.”
The other one is “Bat Masterson.”
Comedies were another popular genre. My two favorites were based on “unusual” situations. One was “The Beverly Hillbillies.”
The other was “The Addams Family” which has come back as a Broadway production.
Maybe it was just my infatuation with Dianna Rig, but I had to watch “The Avengers” each week. Its theme song is certainly one of the more “complex” ones.
And who can forget the theme to “The Monkees”?
Finally, do you remember what western TV theme song was sung by country music icon Johnny Cash? If you said “The Rebel” then you’re correct!
I admit that I don’t watch many current TV shows. If you think there are some theme songs you’ll enjoy 40 years from now, put a link to them in the comments.