The Thursday Ten: TV Themes, Part 4

On Monday, WordPress informed me that I had posted for 385 days in a row. I’m sure they could have waited until I had posted 400 days in a row, but the recognition is nice. Anyway…


Time for another installment of themes from television shows. This is the fourth installment; here are links to the other three.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

I Dream Of Jeannie – Hugo Montenegro and Buddy Kaye

Mannix – Lalo SchifrinMaybe my favorite, I can’t imagine why I haven’t done this yet…

Dragnet – Walter SchumannA 1953 recording by Ray Anthony and His Orchestra

77 Sunset Strip – Max Steiner and Jack HalloranThe opening from all three seasons, plus the full theme song

Surfside 6 – Jerry Livingston and Mack DavidMack David is the brother of Hal David

Route 66 – Nelson RiddleThe original song was written by Bobby Troup, who was married to Julie London; CBS commissioned Riddle to write a different theme for the TV show. It has a few elements of the original song…

The Saint – Edwin Astley and Leslie Charteris Astley composed the theme from the black & white series

Checkmate – Johnny WilliamsWilliams has done some other theme songs as John Williams…

The Prisoner – Ron GrainerGrainer also wrote the theme music for Doctor Who. But then, you knew that… This is the music over the opening credits; the music for the ending credits is here.

The Avengers – Laurie JohnsonTheme music from Season 5

And there’s your Thursday Ten for July 23, 2015.

15 thoughts on “The Thursday Ten: TV Themes, Part 4

  1. I have to admit, a few of these themes and/or shows I have never heard before. 77 Sunset Strip, Surfside 6, Route 66, I guess the ones with numbers in their names. Yes, I am familiar with Ron Grainer and his theme music. I grew up on the classic Doctor Who.
    Another one of “Johnny” Williams theme songs I like is the Lost in Space theme. Perhaps another suggestion for series V of your theme songs? May as well throw in a classic Doctor Who while you are at it. 🙂


    1. I’m getting all these down for the next round, which could be next week…

      77 Sunset Strip and Surfside 6 were two of the four detective shows Warner Bros. made for ABC in the late 50’s-early 60’s. The other two were Hawaiian Eye and Bourbon Street Beat. I had seen 77 and Hawaiian Eye, but not the other two. Have to go scout them out. Route 66 was an early “buddy” show with Martin Milner and George Maharias; that’s another I’d like to refamiliarize myself with.

      There’s a video of Doctor Who with all the versions of the theme music on YouTube. I should feature that… maybe today?


  2. Man, when I worked at a video rental store way-back-when, I took home the first episode of ‘THE PRISONER’ one night and got absolutely hooked immediately. I watched every episode to see what would happen, but that finale was such an incredible letdown.

    By the way, when I nicknamed my friend “Sheboyganboy Six”, the “Six” part stems from the fact that he’s a huge fan of ‘The Prisoner’.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    ‘Loyal American Underground’


    1. “Who are you?” “I am number two.” Who is number one?” “You are number six.” That was a great show, and Patrick McGoohan was a fantastic actor.


  3. I Dream of Jeannie, Dragnet and 77 Sunset Strip, I knew… but the others were delightful to find out about. Had to listen to them all. What a fun post. Thanks.


    1. I dream of Jeannie and Bewitched show up on the oldies TV channels (MeTV, Antenna TV, Cozi, etc.) on occasion. They’re always changing broadcast rights, so you have to look for them.

      Surfside 6, 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, and Bourbon Street Beat were four Warner Bros. detective shows that were on in the late ’50’s and early ’60’s on ABC, if I recall. A lot of the vintage TV channels are funny about showing the black-and-white shows, because a lot of people turn them off, but there’s a big contingent of those of us who grew up with B&W sets who’d love to see them again. But, they never listen to me…


      1. I never grew up in the B/W age myself. But I love watching B/W TV shows. But then again, I’m a vintage lover. I just finished rewatching the old Twilight Zone episodes. Great stuff, and they are all in B/W. Anyone who refuses to watch a show because it’s in B/W may be missing something they can truly enjoy. Such a shame.


        1. We have a small local station (about five miles from home, in fact) that got a lot of the shows the vintage TV networks passed on. Nearly all are in black & white. MeTV ran the Man From UNCLE shows from the year before they went all-color, and they were all B&W; they also run Perry Mason twice a day, and practically all of them were B&W.


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