What happened to the TV theme? Or the entire opening credits, for that matter?
More and more, television shows are doing away with opening titles in favor of putting credits over first acts and getting right to the action. When Sports Night
did that in 1998, I thought it was novel. Now, however, it seems to be the rule and not the exception – and those catchy TV themes that used to stick in my head seem to be falling by the wayside. It bothered me, so it was something I discussed with composer Bear McCreary
in our interview, and then I saw the new Law & Order get rid of its iconic theme and wondered, “What’s become of TV themes?”
Allow me to share with you (in no particular order) six of my favorite TV themes. By that, I mean original themes recorded specifically for a TV series. Not pop songs