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September 28th, 2004

Best 70s TV Theme Song

For the past three days, I’ve had the theme to The Greatest American Hero stuck in my head. That, and George Costanza’s answering machine message riff on it. But the 70s seemed to be a time when theme songs still mattered – most shows nowadays have instrumental themes or none at all.

With that in mind I ask you, Pingers, to name your favorite 70s TV theme song. And woe to anyone who answers 60 Minutes.

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FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday September 28, 2004 -- 9:05:00 am
Greatest American Hero was good, but man, it's not even close: What's Happening?!!, of course.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday September 28, 2004 -- 9:56:43 am
I'd put the theme song to The White Shadow at the top of my list. Funky-ass music to start one of the more underrated shows of the 70's.

We miss you, Ken Howard.

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday September 28, 2004 -- 10:46:04 am
The theme from S.W.A.T. Just try and claim that you never ran around the neighborhood playing cops and robbers while loudly doing the theme.

A close second is Waylon Jennings Good 'Ole Boys from The Dukes of Hazzard

FROM: Rafael
DATE: Tuesday September 28, 2004 -- 11:12:58 am
The Munsters and who can forget Electric Company (Heyyyy you Guyyyyys!!!)

FROM: Joe Revees
DATE: Tuesday September 28, 2004 -- 11:28:01 am
Gotta go with The Rockford Files.

The 'Television's Greatest Hits' CDs are a good source for remembering those theme songs from long forgotten shows...

DATE: Tuesday September 28, 2004 -- 1:12:17 pm
Those Were the Days, of course, from All in the Family!! :)

FROM: aharris
DATE: Tuesday September 28, 2004 -- 3:43:57 pm
Good Times by far!

(I refer you to The Chappelle Show for lyric information...hanging in a chow line. too funny.)

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday September 28, 2004 -- 9:21:49 pm
No, no to all above. By far the best jam for a theme song was Barney Miller. It started off with those heavy lone electric bass riffs, joined first by a sizzling high hat, bongos and then off to full jammin' jazz ensemble complete with a wild horn section. IIRC, I think the theme song actually won jazz awards.

Ooooh, I'm jammin' now.

FROM: Greg
DATE: Wednesday September 29, 2004 -- 3:10:12 pm
Dukes of Hazzard was a good one. My Mom just got me the first season on DVD and I can listen to it all the time. Or at least until I want to take Waylon's guitar and smash it over my head. My vote would have to be for Hill Street Blues. No words, just good music.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Wednesday September 29, 2004 -- 6:29:51 pm
Wasn't Hill Street Blues an 80's show?

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Wednesday September 29, 2004 -- 6:32:07 pm
Hill Street Blues

FROM: Greg
DATE: Thursday September 30, 2004 -- 9:47:37 am
How about that. I would have bet that the show started in the 70s. Thanks for the correction Joseph. Then it is Dukes of Hazzard that gets my vote for the best 70s theme song.

FROM: cate
DATE: Thursday September 30, 2004 -- 11:26:42 am
I'm troubled that no one has mentioned the theme song from "the Brady Bunch" - It told a story, for criminy sake! A whole story! And any song you can listen to while watching endentured servant, Ann B. Davis's disembodied head gets the thumbs up from me!

And what about the theme song from "Bosom Buddies"? Or was I the only one who liked seeing Forrest Gump in a dress? or was that in the 80's? Am I giving Peter Scolari a longer career than he actually had?

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday September 30, 2004 -- 11:31:05 am
Bosom Buddies, though a great show, was indeed released in the 80s. It only ran for a season or two, IIRC.

FROM: redgotee1206
DATE: Wednesday October 6, 2004 -- 9:51:53 am
wow - what cool blog topic...
The Rockford Files - good.
All in the Family - very good.
Barney Miller - great.
but my fave has to be Sanford and Son.

DATE: Thursday October 28, 2004 -- 3:05:02 pm
My vote goes to Wonder Woman. Those horns over the base guitar in the background is a great combination.

DATE: Thursday November 18, 2004 -- 6:15:15 pm
ROOM 222-Do you remember?

FROM: Bill
DATE: Monday March 7, 2005 -- 8:25:12 pm
Dukes of Hazzard was the best damn theme song ever. A dumbass knows that

FROM: Garry from alabama
DATE: Monday March 7, 2005 -- 8:27:46 pm
Fuckin right Dukes of Hazzard was and still is the best ever and no fuck up show can change it

FROM: Emmerson
DATE: Tuesday June 28, 2005 -- 3:25:28 am
I think "I Dream of Jeanie" was the best theme from the '70s. You gotta love that jingle.

FROM: TV-A-Holic
DATE: Tuesday October 18, 2005 -- 8:56:10 pm
All In The Family, Good Times, ZOOM! Who can choose just one? They were all so good...

FROM: \"Game Show Man\" Joe Van Ginkel [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday October 18, 2005 -- 10:50:46 pm
I'm partial to the theme from Match Game myself. :D

FROM: Matt
DATE: Wednesday November 23, 2005 -- 5:47:39 pm
I hate to break it to you but the greatest american hero is also an 80's theme song. It aired from 81 to 83

FROM: Steve A.
DATE: Thursday November 24, 2005 -- 3:37:35 pm
I'm only adding this because it was on as late as 1971; Hogan's Heroes. I was at an Air Force Base outside of London many years ago getting a flight physical done. I heard the theme on muzak in the waiting room... sheesh...

Happy Thanksgiving!

bass_kills January 5, 2007, 2:18 am

barney miller is killer. im sorry to any who disagree but dang. i play the bass so its even better for me. i wasnt around in the 70s tho so i dont kno much. thanks.

bubby January 27, 2007, 2:39 pm

how about the the song from ba ba black sheep and i cant find it anywhere help me find it

lip service January 30, 2007, 2:23 pm

Barnaby Jones. Good low register flute melody. Also the theme from Quincy M.E. is ROUSING as heck! What a tune!!

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