The good Cmdr. b*tch*s to-day about modern TV series lacking distinctive theme song , I recall the theme song to " Lotas Luck " with Dom DeLuise...Let's discuss themes from TV shows of old here !:-)!!!!!!!!

You know , O/my Captian , this is when the now-lack of the videos-adding function is really showing:-)<WINK>...

Basically , modern-era TV series tend to lack disticntive  theme songs because of the modern-day network philosopy that KEWWLL! HIP! ON THE CUTTING EDGE! viewers are PERPETUALLY armes w/their remotes , and have to GRABBED! by hhe b*lls immediately - Oh , and the fact that , since the Reagan-era dumping of old regultions regarding TV (which may have started under Carter I guess) , the number of commecials stuffed into each hour of commecial TV , especially?? prime-time , has VASTLY gone up...

  With both of these factors , I suppoe it is thought that a minute devoted to telling us that here's the story of a lovely lady , or not to do the crime if we can't do the time is a running-boadrds level relic of a more leisurely , pre-modern , world .

Actually , I could point out that many of the TV themes we aging nostalgic Boomers get all rosy-eyed about were themes from CHILDREN'S show , if not actual than " sort-of " early evening run and then endless late afternoon/6-7 PM reruns fodder , and , say , SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS , for one , to-day has a pretty nifty , memorable , theme song...But anyways .

  Theme songs from old TV AHHHOOOOYY !!!!!!!!!

  Lotsa luck !

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It so happens that The Wall Street Journal weighed in on this very topic today: "The Golden Age of TV Theme Songs"

And it happens that Slate today gave a nod to Cop Rock, which I actually enjoyed, although I may be the only one who did: "Take a Gritty Cop Show. Add Musical Numbers. That's Cop Rock, the Weirdest Network Show of its Era." I watched it all the way from the debut to the ending.

...Well , the peice sort puts down " our " kinda TV themes...That Rupert !!!...:-( .

ClarkKent_DC said:

And it happens that Slate today gave a nod to Cop Rock, which I actually enjoyed, although I may be the only one who did: "Take a Gritty Cop Show. Add Musical Numbers. That's Cop Rock, the Weirdest Network Show of its Era." I watched it all the way from the debut to the ending.

When I was in college, it wasn't unusual for people at a party to end up in the kitchen singing TV theme songs.  My faves were Underdog, Speed Racer and Spider-Man.

Eh, each generation gets their own.  What was glorifying and wonderful when I was a lad is not old-fashioned.  That's the facts of life.

Emerkeith Davyjack said:

...Well , the peice sort puts down " our " kinda TV themes...That Rupert !!!...:-( .

So, like, 60 minutes, then?   photo whistling.gif

ClarkKent_DC said:

And it happens that Slate today gave a nod to Cop Rock, which I actually enjoyed, although I may be the only one who did: "Take a Gritty Cop Show. Add Musical Numbers. That's Cop Rock, the Weirdest Network Show of its Era." I watched it all the way from the debut to the ending.

Wise guy -- no, I watched ten of the 11 episodes aired. (I missed one because my local ABC station pre-empted it one week, and back in those days, I couldn't just go to Hulu or Netflix and get it from there.) 

As noted over here, the new Ironside doesn't use the classic theme song, nor anything approximating the distinctive opening credit sequence opening credit sequence that sets up the situation and tone for the show.

I don't get the logic that, because people are too prone to change channels, you don't need theme music to attract people -- shows like this really need all the the help they can get.

Randy Jackson said:

When I was in college, it wasn't unusual for people at a party to end up in the kitchen singing TV theme songs.  My faves were Underdog, Speed Racer and Spider-Man.

When I was in high school, Rescue from Gilligan's Island aired, over two weekends. Consquently, my entire homeroom class began the day by singing "The Ballad of Gilligan's Island" every day for two weeks!

Speaking of Gilligan's Island, its theme is a classic example of the theme that sets up the situation for the viewers and introduces the characters.

That is, most of them; the first season theme famously mentions only five of the seven castaways, dismissing Mary Ann and The Professor with ".. and the rest." Bob Denver went to the producers later and suggested the lyrics be changed to include them, going so far as to assert he might invoke a clause in his contract over his own billing -- possibly demanding his credit be moved to the end of the credits or removed entirely if Russell Johnson and Dawn Wells weren't added. So the following season's credits proudly names "...the Professor and Mary Ann."

ClarkKent_DC said:

I don't get the logic that, because people are too prone to change channels, you don't need theme music to attract people -- shows like this really need all the the help they can get.

If people are really that prone to change channels, why don't the networks lose their audiences every time they run an ad break?

I zipp around during adds, unless I've got the program on the dvr. Even after all this time there is a rhythm and timing to adds. While watching Transformers Prime Beast Hunters movie I knew approximately how long some of the comerials would go and jumped around. I've seen enough of the network to know that the 'Stompies' commercial won't end quick. Also for any hour long show the last commercial break around the 45 minute mark will be the longest so there is time there.

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