100 Greatest TV Theme Songsby GreggEns | created - 17 Aug 2012 | updated - 23 Aug 2013 | Public
These are the 100 theme songs that have the right mix of excellence, memorability, and relevance.
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2. The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family
Widower Sheriff Andy Taylor, and his son Opie, live with Andy's Aunt Bee in Mayberry, North Carolina. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy's time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney Fife.
7. The Flintstones (1960–1966)
TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
The misadventures of two modern-day Stone Age families, the Flintstones and the Rubbles.
'Meet the Flintstones'
11. Danger Man (1960–1962)
TV-PG | 24 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
John Drake is a special operative for NATO, specializing in security assignments against any subversive element which threatened world peace. The series featured exotic locales from all ... See full summary »
'Secret Agent Man' by Johnny Rivers
12. Batman (1966–1968)
TV-G | 25 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
The Caped Crusader and his young ward battle evildoers in Gotham City in a bombastic 1960s colorized and updated versions of the 1940's black and white television show based on the comic book hero's exploits.
15. Cops (1989– )
TV-14 | 30 min | Action, Crime, Reality-TV
Follows real-life law enforcement officers from various regions and departments of the US armed with nothing but with cameras to capture their actions.
21. Happy Days (1974–1984)
TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music
The Cunningham family live through the 1950s with help and guidance from the lovable and almost superhuman greaser, Fonzie.
'Happy Days' by Pratt & McClain
26. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama
A New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life, which affects his mental state and leads him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.
28. American Bandstand (1952–1989)
TV-G | 90 min | Music
On this show, Dick Clark hosts a daily to weekly dance show that features the latest hit music for the attending teens to dance to. In addition, the show has performances by popular musicians and audience members rate songs.
32. Survivor (2000– )
TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Game-Show, Reality-TV
A reality show where a group of contestants are stranded in a remote location with little more than the clothes on their back. The lone survivor of this contest takes home a million dollars.
37. SportsCenter (1979– )
60 min | News, Sport, Talk-Show
Daily sports news, results, and features.
Not the original theme from the early days, but the more familiar one.
40. NFL Monday Night Football (1970– )
Coverage of professional football featuring teams from the National Football League airing on Monday nights during the NFL's regular season.
The Hank Williams, Jr., theme
41. The Drew Carey Show (1995–2004)
TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama
Drew is an assistant director of personnel in a Cleveland department store and he has been stuck there for ten years. Other than fighting with co-worker Mimi, his hobbies include drinking ... See full summary »
43. Married with Children (1986–1997)
TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy
Al Bundy is a misanthropic women's shoe salesman with a miserable life. He hates his job, his wife is lazy, his son is dysfunctional (especially with women), and his daughter is dim-witted and promiscuous.
48. 60 Minutes (1968– )
TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, News
The classic long-running prime time TV investigative news magazine.
No true theme song, but a ticking clock that's just as iconic.
49. The Benny Hill Show (1969–1989)
TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy
A skit based show with Benny Hill, often containing smutty humour.
50. Get a Life (1990–1992)
30 min | Comedy, Fantasy
The misadventures of a 30-year-old paper-boy (played by Late Night alum Chris Elliot) and his wacky parents. Such show topics included the eating of a space alien, a robotic paper-boy and ... See full summary »
62. King of the Hill (1997–2010)
TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
A straight laced propane salesman in Arlen, Texas tries to deal with the wacky antics of his family and friends, while also trying to keep his son in line.
63. Speed Racer (1967–1968)
TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Teenager Gô Mifune aspires to be the world's best race-car champion with the help of his friends, family and his father's high-tech race-car, the Mach 5.
65. The Patty Duke Show (1963–1966)
TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music
Cathy Lane, teen-aged daughter of a globe-trotting journalist, comes to live at the home of her uncle, a newspaper editor in New York City. Curiously, Cathy is the spitting image of her ... See full summary »
71. Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969–1970)
TV-G | 60 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
A group of teenage friends and their Great Dane (Scooby-Doo) travel in a bright green van solving strange and hilarious mysteries, while returning from or going to a regular teenage function.
78. Dallas (1978–1991)
TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Romance
J.R. Ewing, a Texas oil baron, uses manipulation and blackmail to achieve his ambitions, both business and personal. He often comes into conflict with his brother Bobby, his arch-enemy Cliff Barnes and his long-suffering wife Sue Ellen.
82. The X-Files (1993– )
TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.
86. New Girl (2011– )
TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy
After a bad break-up, Jess, an offbeat young woman, moves into an apartment loft with three single men. Although they find her behavior very unusual, the men support her - most of the time.
92. Home Improvement (1991–1999)
TV-G | 22 min | Comedy, Family
The daily trials and tribulations of Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor, a television show host raising three mischievous boys with help from his loyal co-host, loving wife, and eccentric neighbor.
93. The Howdy Doody Show (1947–1960)
30 min | Family
The original children's TV program and a prototype for what followed. Buffalo Bob Smith hosts while likable puppet, Howdy Doody, stars. Bob voiced the puppet only when Bob was off-camera. Later, Allen Swift voiced Howdy from off-camera.
96. Animaniacs (1993–1998)
TV-Y7 | 21 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
Ensemble cast of off-the-wall Warner Brothers characters, appearing in a wide variety of roles. Wakko, Yakko, and Dot Warner, are WB Studio creations who were just too "zany" to be of any ... See full summary »
97. The Wonder Years (1988–1993)
TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
Kevin Arnold recalls growing up during the late 60s and early 70s; the turbulent social times make the transition from child to adult unusually interesting.