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(Yahoo)   And the winner for "Best TV Theme Song Ever Is.......... 'Gilligan's Island'"   (tv.yahoo.com) divider line 289
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2013-04-12 11:10:41 AM
This must have been limited to U.S. television, because the world's best TV theme song is from the U.K.'s   Are You Being Served.

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2013-04-12 11:12:39 AM
 
2013-04-12 11:12:44 AM

browntimmy: So many bad suggestions in this thread (but a few good ones too). Again I ask:

browntimmy: Why is the criteria, "What sticks in your head the best?" instead of, "Which is actually the best piece of music"? Do we still hold respect for "Who Let the Dogs Out?"


Come on, Rossini's  William Tell Overture from the Lone Ranger has stood the test of time!
 
2013-04-12 11:13:55 AM

FrancoFile: With Lyrics: WKRP

Without Lyrics: Rockford Files


I have to disagree with the without lyrics

I like Sanford and Sons far better
 
2013-04-12 11:13:55 AM
Andy Griffith show... was never a huge fan of the show but that theme song has always stuck in my head.
 
2013-04-12 11:14:04 AM
No love for Green Acres or I Dream of Genie?
 
2013-04-12 11:14:15 AM
I'm disappointed no one mentioned Psych,

http://youtu.be/3ll__XRs408
 
2013-04-12 11:14:41 AM
The highlight of my ruddy day is when the whistle blows...when the whistle blows...

Bill Nigh the science guy...

Where in the world...huh...is Carmen Sandiego
 
2013-04-12 11:15:09 AM
Can't believe this didn't make it.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKcYGOIJhqo

/kidding
 
2013-04-12 11:16:06 AM
Even if you haven't watched the show, you would be hearing the theme tune of this right now

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2013-04-12 11:16:21 AM
rvesco: This must have been limited to U.S. television, because the world's best TV theme song is from the U.K.'s   Are You Being Served.

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Also the accordian music from 'Allo 'Allo is pretty good as far as instrumental TV intros go
 
2013-04-12 11:16:44 AM
Meh.  In that era it would have to be the themes from "Get Smart" and "The Munsters" for just the sheer surf-funk.  The "Addams Family" was way better than Gilligan's too.  For a true ear worm, look to the old "Batman" theme.
 
2013-04-12 11:17:04 AM
Hart to Hart and Wonder Woman are the best theme songs of all time!!
Greatest American Hero is a close second
 
2013-04-12 11:20:05 AM
Henry Kaiser Band covered the Andy Griffith theme ("The Fishing Hole") about 25 years ago; the vocals are such that you're convinced it's summertime and when you get home, there'll be a fresh pie waiting for dessert, but instead of Aunt Bee, the gal with the pie is a Malibu 9.

This live version will make you look at Mayberry in a whole new light.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJgDE7frhXg
 
2013-04-12 11:22:07 AM
I sometimes hum the theme to "Mork and Mindy".
 
2013-04-12 11:22:11 AM

FrancoFile: With Lyrics: WKRP

Without Lyrics: Rockford Files


I love the WKRP theme, but I really get a kick out of singing The Unknown Stuntman. Would drive my brother crazy. He loved The Rockford Files theme, too.
 
2013-04-12 11:22:43 AM

bedtundy: Jument: It's been decades since I've seen an episode but The Facts of Life is still stuck in my brain.

Alan Thicke had a way of writing theme songs that could bore into your head and stay there... forever.  I haven't seen an episode of Diff'rent Strokes in 20+ years, but I can still hear that one in my head word for word.



Good news: I'm no longer hearing The Facts of Life in my head! Bad news: whatchyo talkin' 'bout, Willis!
 
2013-04-12 11:23:17 AM
not quite on topic but this person on youtube made a much better intro for the Mad Max movies than they ever had https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hirZFmRwXvE
 
2013-04-12 11:24:20 AM
No Hawaii 5-O, Mission Impossible, Wild Wild West, Avengers, WTF dude? Also missing:

19 Sai by Suga Shikao
Second Flight by Kotoko
Falling Down by Oasis
SUKI by Funta
TANK by Seatbelts

/even the theme to Buffy was better than Gilligan
 
2013-04-12 11:24:59 AM

Gaseous Anomaly: hdhale: Runners up: Beverly Hillbillies

That also has the virtue of giving the show's backstory, like Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch.

/It's my and Mrs. Anomaly's Special Song, srsly


Which is why I put All In the Way at the top.  Watch Edith and Archie sitting at the piano singing "Those Were the Days" and you have the gist of the series and their characters right there.
 
2013-04-12 11:26:04 AM
Which is why I put All In the Family at the top.

/preview, post
//preview, post
 
2013-04-12 11:27:36 AM
I loved the way the professor could magically pull out a book which has exactly the facts needed to fix or explain a particular problem they are having.
 
2013-04-12 11:27:56 AM
No love for Bosom Buddies?
 
2013-04-12 11:30:23 AM
For me, Pee-wee's Playhouse theme song was the best
 
2013-04-12 11:31:07 AM
pdxretro.com
 
2013-04-12 11:31:21 AM
The opening to the Saturday morning Bugs Bunny show was memorable
The Muppet Show is delightfully campy
Sponge Bob Square Pants - yes, really

Some good ones with no lyrics:
The Odd Couple theme
My Three Sons
Dragnet
Dallas
Mission: Impossible - bonus for being in 5/4
 
2013-04-12 11:32:08 AM
Was always a fan of the Beverly Hillbillies theme. I Dream of Jeanie was a catchy tune too.

/ Barbara Eden FTW... Yum.
 
2013-04-12 11:32:39 AM

Amusement: Staying home sick from school watching Gilligan's Island was a treat.  Theme song is good but there are better, Barney Miller, Hawaii 5-0 and the original Battle Star Galactica.

Gilligan's Island was full of veteran actors who seem to exactly fit the role, including Bob Denver as Gilligan.

Which reminds me..I've always wanted to spoof the show and have the character Gilligan killed in fourth episode.  Maybe a guy in the gorilla suit could take Gilligan's place, or one a robot.

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In Mediocre Korea Jong-Un plays Gilligan.  He doesn't last after threatening to nuke Yankee Imperialists.


I LIKE this... instead of Gilligan's Island it could be Lil Kim's Island...  Lil Kim convinces the professor to make weapons instead of silly gadgets to make life more comfortable on the island or things to help them get rescued... he takes the Howell's money... let's them starve in a work camp...  Ginger obviously represents the frivolities of the American lifestyle (fame and money for being attractive, not for hard work)... the skipper probably represents China, always trying to control best Korea .. eventually they all get blown up by a foreign power... with a laugh track...
 
2013-04-12 11:33:01 AM

WhippingBoy: Nope. It's this one:

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Re: Heather Thomas....

Holy shiat. Where's she pumping gas at these days?
 
2013-04-12 11:34:09 AM
With Lyrics:  Thundercats, Perfect Strangers, WKRP (as noted above)

W/O:  Quantum Leap, MacGyver


yeah, born in the 80's
 
2013-04-12 11:34:45 AM
If you're looking for me, you better look under the sea, 'cuz that is where you'll find me...
 
2013-04-12 11:35:10 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je2fGzKiqRM">http://www.youtube.com/wa tch?v=Je2fGzKiqRM

HSB owns all your earballs!
 
2013-04-12 11:35:28 AM

Jack's Smirking Revenge: If you're looking for me, you better look under the sea, 'cuz that is where you'll find me...


/check under the sea, that is.
//just left the Archer thread - can you tell?
 
2013-04-12 11:35:29 AM
Retrocrush lists the "Gilligan's Island theme" at tied for second in the top 100 (http://www.retrocrush.com/tvthemes/1-25.html). They have a point that telling the complete back story (it tied with "Brady Bunch" which also managed it) in a short intro put them so high.

From memory, notables missing from the thread are "Taxi" and "The Young and the Restless (Nadia's Theme)".
 
2013-04-12 11:36:27 AM
Best instrumental theme: The Persuaders.
 
2013-04-12 11:36:40 AM
upload.wikimedia.org

You guys all suck.

/doodily-ding-dong tick-tock
//doodily-ding-dong tick-tock
 
2013-04-12 11:36:43 AM

DigitalCoffee: No Hawaii 5-O, Mission Impossible, Wild Wild West, Avengers, WTF dude? Also missing:

19 Sai by Suga Shikao
Second Flight by Kotoko
Falling Down by Oasis
SUKI by Funta
TANK by Seatbelts

/even the theme to Buffy was better than Gilligan


TANK was really good but anime themes just cannot stand up to classic theme songs IMO. I grew up with Nick at Nite and grew into Anime and it is just not there for me. Though the whole soundtrack to FLCL is amazing
 
2013-04-12 11:36:58 AM
I have an entire playlist on my iPod from this site:

http://www.televisiontunes.com/

You'll thank me later. (or curse me for the earworm infection).

(Can't get the theme from "Tom Slick" out of my head now).
 
2013-04-12 11:37:20 AM
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Bf+
2013-04-12 11:37:26 AM

Tom_Slick: Fun fact, that was not the original theme.


Another not-quite-as-fun fact: The theme music was basically ripped off from a laughably terrible (and I mean TERRIBLE!) western called "Stagecoach to Dancer's Rock" starring a very young Martin Landau:  (youtube link to the song)

If only MST3K had covered this one...
In my head I can hear Servo screaming at the screen.
(IMDB Reviews Link)

/Terrible!
 
2013-04-12 11:38:13 AM

Nick Nostril: / Barbara Eden FTW... Yum.


Sorry when it comes to supernatural 1960s ladies, Elizabeth Montgomery wins.
 
2013-04-12 11:38:54 AM

Super Chronic: Beverly Hillbillies and Hawaii Five-0. Kind of surprised that neither was even in the poll.


90210, Saved By the Bell, Dawson's Creek, The Simpsons...and no Hawaii Five-0?

FAIL.

/Hawaii Five-0 = ten foiled hats' theme song
 
2013-04-12 11:40:41 AM
You take the good
You take the bad
You take them both and there you have
THE FACTS OF LIFE THE FACTS OF LIFE

There's a time you got to grow and show
You're growing now you know about
The FACTS OF LIFE THE FACTS OF LIFE

/Winner winner chicken dinner
 
2013-04-12 11:41:02 AM
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Gangstagrass
 
2013-04-12 11:41:51 AM
Crusader Cat Theme
 
2013-04-12 11:42:03 AM
Some good ones here, I agree with Rockford Files, Unknown Stutman, WKRP, Sandford and Son. But you left out Good Times and Whats Happening for gods sake!
 
2013-04-12 11:42:19 AM
Aren't two guys who are up to no good supposed to show up and cause trouble in this thread?
 
2013-04-12 11:43:24 AM
NOT ONE MACGYVER MENTION! BLASPHEMY!

/kidding
//kind of
 
2013-04-12 11:45:21 AM
 
2013-04-12 11:46:51 AM
Theme from Lost. Short and to the point.
 
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