I realize there are a lot of shows that aren’t on this list, and you can add your comments. I fully expect Liz to mention one theme song she has memorized, and although it is not, really should be a source of embarrassment.
These aren’t just based on artistic merit, but a combination of songs and my personally favorite shows, although my favorite shows list would be different.
10. All in the Family Audio
Brilliant show, way ahead of it’s time, with Archie, Edith, Gloria, and “Meathead,” which ran from 71’ to ’79.
9. Simon & Simon Audio
Rick and A.J. had their show run for eight years on CBS from ’81 to ’89. Who wouldn’t love a show shot in San Diego?!
8. Magnum, P.I. Audio
Loved this show as a kid, which ran from ’80 to ’88, and years later I found out why my mom liked it so much. Ha! Here’s a hint.
7. Family Ties Audio
One of my all time favorite shows, running on NBC from ’82 to ’88, and launching the career of Michael J Fox. Teen Wolf and Back to the Future, can anybody say hey!
6. The Office Audio
It’s always hard, (”That’s what she said”) to rank newer items to any list like this, but a great song for your ringtone.
5. Sanford and Son Audio
You gotta love this song! Fred and Lamont Sanford ran their business from ’72 to ’77.
4. Sherlock Holmes (from Mystery) Audio
This one may not be well known, but easily one of my favorite shows. Running on PBS thanks to Granada from ‘84 to ’94, and Holmes perfectly played by Jeremy Brett.
3. MacGyver Audio
This was my favorite show growing up. Just hearing the music put me in a great mood. Running from ’85 to ’92.
2. WKRP in Cincinnati Audio
This was perhaps the most natural intro for a theme song. The comedy about a radio station ran from ’78 to ’82, and how could you forget Andy, Johnny, Les, Venus, Herb, Arthur, and Jennifer.
1. MASH Audio
Not even close, and easily my number one choice for theme songs. The show ran from ’72 to ’83, while the finale is still the most watched show with 105 million, and a 77% share! The title of the song is “Suicide is Painless” written by Robert Altman’s son Mike Altman at the age of 14. Robert got $70,000 for directing the movie, while Mike has received more than one million for the song.