100 Greatest TV Theme Songs

These are the 100 theme songs that have the right mix of excellence, memorability, and relevance.
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1.
Gilligan's Island (1964 TV Series)
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Seven men and women are stranded on an uncharted island following a torrential storm. (30 mins.)
 
2.
The Andy Griffith Show (1960 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Widower Sheriff Andy and his son Opie live with Andy's Aunt Bee in Mayberry NC. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy's time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney. (30 mins.)
 
3.
The Beverly Hillbillies (1962 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A nouveau riche hillbilly family moves to Beverly Hills and shakes up the privileged society with their hayseed ways. (25 mins.)
 
4.
The Brady Bunch (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The misadventures of a large family united when one widowed and one divorced people married. (30 mins.)
 
5.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities. (105 mins.)
 
6.
The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner. (51 mins.)
 
7.
The Flintstones (1960 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The misadventures of two modern-day Stone Age families, the Flintstones and the Rubbles. (30 mins.)
“ 'Meet the Flintstones' ” - GreggEns
 
8.
Hawaii Five-O (1968 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The investigations of Hawaii Five-0, an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police answerable only to the governor and headed by stalwart Steve McGarrett. (60 mins.)
 
9.
The Jeffersons (1975 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A nouveau riche, African-American family who move into a luxury apartment building develop close, if occasionally fractious, relationships with other tenants. (30 mins.)
 
10.
Green Acres (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A New York City attorney and his wife attempt to live as genteel farmers in the bizarre community of Hooterville. (30 mins.)
 
11.
Danger Man (1960 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
John Drake is a special operative for NATO, specializing in security assignments against any subversive element which threatened world peace... (24 mins.)
“ 'Secret Agent Man' by Johnny Rivers ” - GreggEns
 
12.
Batman (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The Caped Crusader battles evildoers in Gotham City in a bombastic 1960s parody of the comic book hero's exploits. (25 mins.)
 
13.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A working class bigot constantly squabbles with his family over the important issues of the day. (30 mins.)
 
14.
Cheers (1982 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The regulars of the Boston bar Cheers share their experiences and lives with each other while drinking or working at the bar where everybody knows your name. (22 mins.)
 
15.
Cops (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Follows real-life law enforcement officers from various regions and departments of the United States... (30 mins.)
 
16.
Sanford and Son (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The misadventures of a cantankerous junk dealer and his frustrated son. (30 mins.)
 
17.
The Dukes of Hazzard (1979 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The adventures of the fast-drivin', rubber-burnin' Duke boys of Hazzard County. (60 mins.)
Director: William Crain
 
18.
Bonanza (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their ranch while helping the surrounding community. (49 mins.)
 
19.
The Addams Family (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The misadventures of a blissfully macabre but extremely loving family. (30 mins.)
 
20.
I Love Lucy (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations. (30 mins.)
 
21.
Happy Days (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The Cunningham family live through the 1950s with help and guidance from the lovable and almost superhuman greaser, Fonzie. (30 mins.)
“ 'Happy Days' by Pratt & McClain ” - GreggEns
 
22.
The Lone Ranger (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The adventures of the masked hero and his Native American partner. (30 mins.)
 
23.
Sesame Street (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
On a special inner city street, the inhabitants, both human and puppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games and songs. (55 mins.)
 
24.
Perry Mason (1957 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The cases of a master criminal defense attorney, handling the most difficult of cases in the aid of the innocent. (60 mins.)
 
25.
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Fred Rogers explores various topics for young viewers through presentations and music both in his world and in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. (30 mins.)
 
26.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life, which affects his mental state and ends up seeking professional psychiatric counseling. (55 mins.)
 
27.
Seinfeld (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends. (22 mins.)
 
28.
New American Bandstand 1965 (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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. (90 mins.)
 
29.
Star Trek (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets. (50 mins.)
 
30.
What's Happening!! (1976 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A trio of black youths learn about life, love, friendship, credit cards, gambling, and a variety of other things while growing up in an inner city. (30 mins.)
 
31.
The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The misadventures of a TV writer both at work and at home. (30 mins.)
 
32.
Survivor (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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. (60 mins.)
 
33.
The Muppet Show (1976 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Kermit the Frog and his friends struggle to put on a weekly variety show. (30 mins.)
 
34.
The Love Boat (1977 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The romantic and comic tales of the passengers and crew of the cruise ship, Pacific Princess. (60 mins.)
 
35.
The Mickey Mouse Club (1955 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Mickey Mouse hosts a youth oriented variety show. (60 mins.)
 
36.
You Can't Do That on Television (1979 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Sketch TV by young amateur actors in true classic Nick-style. But whatever you do, never admit that you don't know or ask for water. (30 mins.)
 
37.
SportsCenter (1979 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Daily sports news, results, and features. (60 mins.)
“ Not the original theme from the early days, but the more familiar one. ” - GreggEns
 
38.
It's Garry Shandling's Show. (1986 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Garry Shandling pokes fun at sitcom conventions. (30 mins.)
 
39.
Frasier (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Dr. Frasier Crane moves back to his hometown of Seattle where he lives with his father and works as a radio psychiatrist. (22 mins.)
 
40.
NFL Monday Night Football (1970 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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 ” - GreggEns
 
41.
The Drew Carey Show (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Drew is an assistant director of personnel in a Cleveland department store and he has been stuck there for ten years... (30 mins.)
“ 'Cleveland Rocks' ” - GreggEns
 
42.
The Partridge Family (1970 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The humourous adventures of a family of pop musicians. (30 mins.)
 
43.
Married with Children (1987 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (22 mins.)
 
44.
That '70s Show (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A comedy revolving around a group of teenage friends, their mishaps, and their coming of age, set in 1970s Wisconsin. (22 mins.)
 
45.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Jimmy Kimmel interviews celebrities. (60 mins.)
 
46.
The Jetsons (1962 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The misadventures of a futuristic family. (25 mins.)
 
47.
The Monkees (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The misadventures of a struggling rock band. (30 mins.)
 
48.
60 Minutes (1968 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A popular television News magazine in the USA, in which an ever changing team of CBS News correspondents contribute segments ranging from hard news coverage to politics to lifestyle and pop culture. (60 mins.)
Director: Arthur Bloom
“ No true theme song, but a ticking clock that's just as iconic. ” - GreggEns
 
49.
The Benny Hill Show (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A skit based show with Benny Hill, often containing smutty humour. (30 mins.)
“ 'Yakety Sax' ” - GreggEns
 
50.
Get a Life (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The misadventures of a 30-year-old paper-boy (played by Late Night alum Chris Elliot) and his wacky parents... (30 mins.)
 
51.
The Electric Company (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A comedy variety show that teaches basic phonetic and grammar concepts using live-action sketches, cartoons, songs, and Spider-Man episodes. (28 mins.)
 
52.
WKRP in Cincinnati (1978 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The staff of a struggling radio station have a chance at success after the new programming director changes the format to rock music (30 mins.)
 
53.
SpongeBob SquarePants (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The misadventures of a talking sea sponge who works at a fast food restaurant, attends a boating school, and lives in an underwater pineapple. (23 mins.)
 
54.
M*A*S*H (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The staff of an army hospital in the Korean war find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation. (25 mins.)
 
55.
The Munsters (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A family of friendly monsters have misadventures, never quite understanding why people react to them so strangely. (30 mins.)
 
56.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The Banks family, a respectable Californian family, take in a relative - Will Smith, a street-smart teenager from Philadelphia. The idea is to make him respectable, responsible and mature, but Will has got other plans... (22 mins.)
 
57.
Barney Miller (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The captain of a city police station and his staff handle the various local troubles and characters that come to the building. (30 mins.)
 
58.
The Honeymooners (1955 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A bus driver and his sewer worker friend struggle to strike it rich while their wives look on with weary patience. (30 mins.)
 
59.
I Dream of Jeannie (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A United States astronaut finds his life vastly complicated when he stumbles on to a bottle containing a female genie. (30 mins.)
 
60.
Mister Ed (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The misadventures of a wisecracking talking horse and his human owner. (30 mins.)
 
61.
Welcome Back, Kotter (1975 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A compassionate teacher returns to his inner city high school of his youth to teach a new generation of trouble making kids. (30 mins.)
 
62.
King of the Hill (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (30 mins.)
 
63.
Speed Racer (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Teenager G 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. (30 mins.)
 
64.
The Bob Newhart Show (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The professional and personal misadventures of a psychologist and his family, patients, friends and colleagues. (30 mins.)
 
65.
The Patty Duke Show (1963 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Cathy Lane, teen-aged daughter of a globe-trotting journalist, comes to live at the home of her uncle... (30 mins.)
 
66.
Bewitched (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A witch married to an ordinary man cannot resist using her magic powers to solve the problems her family faces. (25 mins.)
 
67.
The Man Show (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A comedic talk show geared toward men, and their interests. (30 mins.)
Director: Bill Price
 
68.
Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Pee-Wee Herman and his friends have wacky, imaginative fun in his unique playhouse. (30 mins.)
Director: Bill Freiberger
 
69.
Taxi (1978 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The staff of a New York City taxicab company go about their job while they dream of greater things. (30 mins.)
 
70.
Hill Street Blues (1981 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct. (60 mins.)
 
71.
Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (30 mins.)
 
72.
Knight Rider (1982 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A lone crimefighter battles the forces of evil with the help of an indestructible and artificially intelligent supercar. (46 mins.)
 
73.
The A-Team (1983 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Four Vietnam vets, framed for a crime they didn't commit, help the innocent while on the run from the military. (60 mins.)
 
74.
The Cosby Show (1984 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The goings-on in the life of a successful African American family. (30 mins.)
 
75.
Mary Tyler Moore (1970 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The lives and trials of a young single woman and her friends, both at work and at home. (30 mins.)
 
76.
Police Squad! (1982 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Sight-gags and non-sequiturs dominate this spoof of police dramas. The six episodes formed the basis for later very successful "Naked Gun" movies. (24 mins.)
 
77.
The Rockford Files (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator. (60 mins.)
 
78.
Dallas (1978 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The soapy, backstabbing machinations of Dallas oil magnate J.R. Ewing and his family. (60 mins.)
 
79.
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The educational adventures of a group of Afro-American inner city kids. (30 mins.)
 
80.
Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe. (30 mins.)
 
81.
Laverne & Shirley (1976 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The misadventures of two single women in the 1950s and '60s. (30 mins.)
Director: Cindy Williams
 
82.
The X-Files (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
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. (45 mins.)
 
83.
The Kids in the Hall (1988 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The TV series of the Canadian sketch comedy troupe that, more often than not, puts bizarre, unique, and insane twists in their skits. (25 mins.)
 
84.
Magnum, P.I. (1980 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The adventures of a Hawaii based private investigator. (48 mins.)
 
85.
The Odd Couple (1970 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two men, a neat freak and a slob separated from their wives, have to live together despite their differences. (30 mins.)
 
86.
New Girl (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (22 mins.)
 
87.
Get Smart (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Bumbling Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 for CONTROL, battles the evil forces of KAOS with the help of his competent partner Agent 99. (25 mins.)
 
88.
The Fall Guy (1981 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The adventures of a film stunt performer who moonlights as a bounty hunter when movie work is slow. (60 mins.)
Director: Michael Lange
 
89.
Rugrats (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The cartoon misadventures of four babies and their snotty older cousin as they face the things in life they don't understand. (30 mins.)
 
90.
Good Times (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A poor Afro-American family make the best of things in the Chicago housing projects. (30 mins.)
 
91.
Pardon the Interruption (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Two former sportswriters discuss the day's top stories of the sports world. (30 mins.)
Director: Tom Howard
 
92.
Home Improvement (1991 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The daily trials and tribulations of Tim Taylor, a TV show host raising three mischeivous boys with help from his loyal co-host, loving wife, and eccentric neighbor. (22 mins.)
Director: Andy Morris
 
93.
The Howdy Doody Show (1947 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A variety show hosted by the famous puppet Howdy Doody and his ventriloquist. This show was aired in front of the famous peanut gallery on the early days of American Television. (30 mins.)
Director: Sandy Howard
 
94.
Pinky and the Brain (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A genius mouse and his stupid sidekick try to conquer the world each night. (30 mins.)
 
95.
Charlie's Angels (1976 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The adventures of three sexy female private eyes. (60 mins.)
 
96.
Animaniacs (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Ensemble cast of off-the-wall Warner Brothers characters, appearing in a wide variety of roles. Wakko... (21 mins.)
 
97.
The Wonder Years (1988 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (22 mins.)
 
98.
The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Widower Tom Corbett raises his young son Eddie. (30 mins.)
 
99.
Tiny Toon Adventures (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The adventures of a new generation of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters.
 
100.
Inspector Gadget (1983 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A bumbling bionic police inspector stumbles about on his cases, while his niece and dog secretly do the real investigative work. (30 mins.)