The Thursday Ten: TV Theme Songs, Part 2


I did Part 1 of this series back in May. At the time, I threatened you with promised you another part later. So, here’s Part 2, and there will likely be a Part 3 and 4 and … Today’s list reflects two days of watching MeTV and Antenna TV; now that we no longer have cable, it’s what we’ve been able to pick up with rabbit ears.

Again, these are in no particular order.

  • Theme from “Mr. Lucky”, Henry Mancini
  • Theme from “The Green Hornet”, Al Hirt (based on “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov)
  • “Yakety Sax,” James Q. “Spider” Rich and Homer “Boots” Randolph III (Theme from “The Benny Hill Show”) – not technically the theme, but the song everyone associates with the show.
  • Theme from “Hogan’s Heroes,” Jerry Fielding (sung by Ivan Dixon, Richard Dawson, Robert Clary, and Larry Hovis from the cast)
  • Theme from “All In The Family,” Lee Adams and Charles Strouse (with additional lyrics; includes “Remembering You,” which played over the credits.)
  • “Welcome Back” (theme from “Welcome Back, Kotter”), John Sebastian
  • “Angela” (Theme from “Taxi”), Bob James
  • “Where Everybody Knows Your Name (Theme from “Cheers”), Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo
  • Theme from “Bewitched,” Howard Greenfield and Jack Keller
  • Theme from “The Mod Squad,” Earle Hagen

And that’s The Thursday Ten for August 14, 2014.

13 thoughts on “The Thursday Ten: TV Theme Songs, Part 2

  1. A few more of my favourite TV shows from growing up. Theme songs were so iconic, you don’t have that so much any more. Probably my favourite is the theme from Taxi.


  2. Welcome back Mr Kotter is not a show I’m familiar with (growing up in Ireland) but after your post, I went You Tubing and watched several clips. Very funny. The actor who played Mr Kotter is very watchable.


    1. Gabe Kaplan (Mr. Kotter) was at one time a very funny standup comic, then after the show he sort of disappeared. He pops up on occasion, but you never see him doing standup anymore.


  3. Great job collecting these! Sharing! I love the Rockford Files and The Odd Couple Theme. There are so many more, some of which you have here.


  4. lovely trip down memory lane, John. interesting how some songs takes only a few notes and others take a few more. and some I can’t listen to because I’m in Canada. thanks so much


  5. I love this one! Our cable company reset all our channels this week, and we lost MeTV. I’m struggling with that – we watched it a lot, and the fall lineup really looked great. Sure, I can watch many of the shows on Netflix or Amazon Prime, but there’s something about watching Adam-12 with the commercials, the way I remember in being when I was 5, and Pete and Jim inspired me to want to be a ‘mounted lady police officer’, and I started writing my earliest fan fiction stories about them, in my head..

    Sigh. Makes me almost ready to give up that basic cable. First they took away our NatGeo, and now MeTV and two of the public TV channels (Create and World) that we watched a lot, too…

    They did give us three or four more shopping channels we’ll never use, though!


    1. The trend in the cable TV industry is to show their subscribers the shows they want to, not the ones the subscribers want. All the while jacking up the rates and feeding you content you don’t want to see. They make their money whether you watch it or not, so they’re going to put on whatever’s cheap for them. And the subscribers pay inflated rates so that the cable companies can lure more subscribers. They’re fighting tooth and nail to avoid letting the customers dictate what they want to see. So, we hit them where it hurts, in the wallet. Things will change when enough subscribers leave. Whether that happens remains to be seen.

      Did you call them when these stations were removed from their lineup and complain? Not that it matters, but if they start hearing enough, maybe they’ll reconsider. Yeah, right, and blue monkeys are going to fly out of my backside, right?


      1. I didn’t call. I’m guessing it won’t matter to them. We have basic cable; it’s very inexpensive. We’re watching more and more via various streaming media, though, so, someday, we may decide we’re done with cable, as I suspect many people may be.

        I’m over the shock. I’m also watching less TV overall than I was, and that’s making room for other things. =)


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