Two For Tuesday: Mike Post (Encore Presentation)

This was originally posted on November 12, 2015, as part of my “The Thursday Ten” feature (which is now “The Friday 5×2”), so there are many more than two songs. How do you pick? So you might call this “The Tuesday Ten.”

You might remember that, a couple of weeks ago, I posted a Friday Five of TV theme songs, and since there weren’t ten of them I decided that, rather than say it was Part 5, I decided it would be Part 4.5. So here I come with another list of ten themes… what do I call it? Part 5, or Part 5.5? Anyway…

I started putting today’s list together, and realized I had chosen a lot of theme songs by Mike Post. Sometimes he collaborated with someone, usually Pete Carpenter, but most of them he wrote on his own. So, this list is all about theme songs by him. I thought you might be interested in the people who developed the series (because often he worked with the same people) and when the series aired, so I included a table with all that information.

# Show Developed By Sns. Series Begin Series End
1 The Rockford Files 1 Roy Huggins

Stephen J. Cannell

6 1974 1980
2 Magnum, P. I. 1 Donald P. Bellisario

Glen A. Larson

8 1980 1988
3 The A-Team 1 Stephen J. Cannell

Frank Lupo

5 1983 1987
4 The Greatest American Hero 2 Stephen J. Cannell 3 1981
5 Quantum Leap Donald P. Bellisario 5 1989 1993
6 Law & Order Dick Wolf 20 1990 2010
7 L. A. Law Steven Bochco

Terry Louise Fisher

8 1986 1994
8 Doogie Howser, M. D. Steven Bochco

David E. Kelley

4 1989 1993
9 Wiseguy Steven Bochco

Frank Lupo

4 1987 1990
10 Hunter 1 Frank Lupo 7 1984 1991

1: written with Pete Carpenter
2: written with Stephen Geyer

Post wrote many more theme songs; his IMDb page has all the details.

7 thoughts on “Two For Tuesday: Mike Post (Encore Presentation)

  1. He is a prolific song writer with some fantastic tunes like T(e Rockford File and Greatest American Hero which I a show I loved. You know that many shows today don’t really have an opening song with the title and the stars. It just seems to be a few bars and then the show starts with the names coming out at the bottom of who is starring while the show begins. I wish for theme songs again. Oh and I couldn’t play Doogie Houser as it was unavailable to me:)


    1. Most shows have done away with theme songs, which I think is a shame. It’s part of the “we have 168 hours to fill, let’s do it as cheaply as we can” attitude.


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