This season one of the things theTVaddict has been mourning (aside from the death of EVERWOOD) is the disappearance of the traditional TV theme song. Historically, the TV theme song was a show’s calling card. I vividly remember being sent off to bed on Friday nights just as my mom crawled into bed to watch her favourite show DALLAS. To this day, I’ve never seen an episode of DALLAS, yet I can hum the theme song to perfection.
The following are a few of my favourite TV theme songs. Please share any of your favourites that I missed in the comments below.
THE FLASH Airing on CBS in 1990, THE FLASH starred John Wesley Shipp as the man in red (Dawson’s deceased dad on DAWSON’S CREEK) and featured an unforgettable theme by music maestro Danny Elfman (THE SIMPSONS, BATMAN, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS). The show lasted for only one season, and being too young to understand how the television industry worked, it took years before I realized that the show was cancelled, and didn’t just disappear!
THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTY JR Another one hit wonder from theTVaddict’s childhood was FOX’s short-lived Western Sci-Fi starring cult legend Bruce Campbell (EVIL DEAD). Aside from having a catchy theme, the show was also executive produced by none other then LOST mastermind Carlton Cuse.
THE COSBY SHOW Aside from being one of the funniest family comedies ever, THE COSBY SHOW had a theme that changed from season to season. One of the most anticipated parts of the new fall season was seeing what Bill came up with for the new season’s opening. Can you guess what season this version’s from?
DAWSON’S CREEK Long before Tomkat and Scientology there was a cute innocent high school student named Joey Potter. On a nightly basis, Joey used to crawl into Dawson’s bed at night and watch Spieldberg flicks. While I jumped off the DAWSON’S bandwagon pretty quickly (teenagers do not talk like that!) I loved every minute of that first season.
BEVERLY HILLS 90210. If Aaron Spelling were alive today, he wouldn’t stand for this ‘lack of theme song to make money ploy’ the networks are forcing on shows. Spelling shows always had an uber cheesy theme song, and 90210 was no exception.
THE WEST WING Regardless of political affiliation, THE WEST WING portrayed the group of politicians we wish we had. Ideal and honest men and woman who strived their best to do what was right. Hearing those opening drum beats was a weekly sign to turn of my cell phone, compueter and everything else that was on and just sit back, relax and watch Bartlet be Bartlet.
EVERWOOD Dawn Ostroff, Yup, still bitter. If you want me off your back, release seasons 2 to 4 on DVD, or at the very least iTunes.