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Best Television Theme Songs You Forgot About

Updated on November 25, 2011

TV Theme Music You Forgot You Knew

Television theme songs are a not-so-secret obsession of mine. All of my everyday iPod playlists contain at least one theme song from TV. I will sing along with them in the car, too! Because of this obsession, I know there are a lot of great television theme songs. Here are, in my opinion, the best television theme songs you forgot about.

Gimme A Break! - It's time I made it to the top

Nell Carter did more than one version of the theme song for her series, "Gimme A Break!" but the first one was by far the best one. The shimmy really makes the opening credits for me, too.

The Fall Guy - I may fall from a tall building

Lee Majors played the starring role on the television series "The Fall Guy" and even sang its opening theme song. It was a pretty logical career move for Steve Austin to become a stuntman, no?

The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show - Overture, curtain, lights!

Years ago, I really wanted to revisit the opening credits for "The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show" because I loved the opening so much as a kid. Little did I know at the time, that was asking a lot. There were apparently a number of versions of Bugs Bunny shows that ran on CBS from the 60s through the 80s. Finding the opening that I remembered from my childhood in the 70s was virtually impossible. It does exist, but the quality is so bad it almost ruins my memories. So instead, I give you the "close enough" version to the one I grew up on, from 1983. This version of "The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show" TV theme song has the most important component to me, which is the transition from "Overture" into the "Road Runner" theme song. In the 70s version, and I believe the 60s one as well, Bugs Bunny introduced the Road Runner segment in the second part of the show.

Fraggle Rock - Worry's for another day!

It's taking me a while to write the intro for this theme song because I have to stop and clap along! Just thinking about all the genius introduced to us by Jim Henson is a bit overwhelming. This theme song would still be one of my all time favorites even if Muppets were not involved.

Let the music play down in Fraggle Rock!

Car 54, Where Are You? - Brooklyn's broken out in fights!

I didn't watch "Car 54, Where Are You?" much when it was a staple in the early years of Nick At Nite. I just remember it was the show where Herman Munster was a cop. It has a very catchy theme song that gets the show's premise idea across. Short and sweet and to the point is sometimes just fine to become a quality television theme song.

Wonderfalls - I wonder why the wonder falls on me

I wonder why I completely forgot about this television theme song. I watched "Wonderfalls" too and I certainly did not recall that Andy Partridge of XTC fame recorded a theme for a television series. It's such a great TV theme song that it was released as a full-length single. You can watch both the version of the "Wonderfalls" theme featured in the show's opening credits, and the music video for the full song, "I Wonder Why The Wonderfalls" by Andy Partridge.

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Captain Planet & The Planeteers - Saving the planet is the thing to do!

Ted Turner is good at a lot of things. If he was aiming to come up with the cheesiest superhero concept, Captain Planet was a great entry. What I forgot in my youth, and I am sure you probably did too, is that the Captain Planet theme song actually only plays during the closing credits. They needed the opening credits for the television show to explain the premise, because whoever wrote all the television themes for the Sid & Marty Krofft shows must not have been available.

I apologize for the quality of this video, but it was the only one I could find that did not have a voiceover impeding our ability to enjoy the brilliant lyrics about the greatest (as in only) Turner Classic Superhero.

Out Of This World - You could be swinging on a star

The syndicated series "Out Of This World" was far better than say, "Small Wonder", and it certainly had a much better television theme song. I'm sure I speak for most kids when I say that I would much rather have been a half-alien kid with supernatural powers than a robot.

The Electric Company - Hey, you guys!

Yes, PBS revived "The Electric Company" in 2009. But the current version doesn't star an EGOT winner or the actor we now best know as God. Oh, yeah, and we had Spider-Man around to teach us to read back in the 70s, too.

There were a few different versions of the theme song over the seasons, but I like the 2nd season's theme song best. It has the "hey, you guys!" catchphrase of Rita Moreno's which was a very clear memory. The actual theme song starts at :34 after a brief demonstration from God of the dangers of banana splits. For comparison, I've given you "The Electric Company" theme song for the revival version currently on PBS. Did they really sort of sample "Electric Slide" by Marcia Griffiths there?

Perfect Strangers - Sometimes you just get a feeling like you need some kind of change

A wonderful odd couple type premise. Remember when Bronson Pinchot was best known on television for being Balki on "Perfect Strangers" with his Dance Of Joy? Mark-Linn Baker was best known as being his cousin Larry. Fast forward a decade or two and both of them ended up murderers in the "Law & Order" Universe.

"Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now" indeed.

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      7 years ago

      brought back a lot of memories. I had forgotten about Perfect Strangers, loved that show.

    • albadvert profile image


      7 years ago

      A lens with a very rich content.Congratulations!

    • jolou profile image


      7 years ago

      The Fall Guy theme is great. It's too bad now that current TV shows aren't bothering with themes. There were some great ones..... I love Airwolf, The Munsters, The Equalizer, Miami Vice and The Mary Tyler Moore show themes.

    • DANCING COWGIRL profile image

      Dancing Cowgirl Design 

      7 years ago from Texas

      I must have missed some of theses. Guess I was busy whistling with Andy Griffin or rockin' out to the Munsters theme song. ha ha ha. You have a good list.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      7 years ago

      I've always liked "The Fall Guy" theme song. I know people who worked on that show, and they have a lot of respect for Lee Majors. He's had a very good career, reinventing himself along the way. So sad now that Farrah's gone, though.

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      7 years ago

      Out of sight, out of mind and now remembering!

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      7 years ago

      You're right, I had forgotten about a lot of these! Thanks for sharing. ;) (Also, I love Fraggle Rock)

    • APackageAtTheDoor profile image


      7 years ago

      Car 54 Where Are You is one of our favorites. Thanks!

    • MelRootsNWrites profile image

      Melody Lassalle 

      7 years ago from California

      There are so many! But one of my favorites is the Courtship of Eddie's Father "People let me tell ya about my best friend..." Great theme. :)


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