100 Best TV themes

by johnno74 | created - 24 Oct 2011 | updated - 24 Oct 2011 | Public

Okay, some of the info on these tv progs is inaccurate, but these are some of the programmes with the best theme tunes ever written and performed. Some are from soaps, comedies, programmes I used to watch when I was a boy, you name it.

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1. Thunderbirds (1965–1966)

TV-G | 50 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In the 21st century, the Tracy family operate a unique private mechanized emergency response service.

Stars: Sylvia Anderson, Peter Dyneley, David Graham, Shane Rimmer

Votes: 3,657

2. The A-Team (1983–1987)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Four Vietnam vets, framed for a crime they didn't commit, help the innocent while on the run from the military.

Stars: George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz, Dirk Benedict

Votes: 32,102

3. EastEnders (1985– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

The everyday lives of working-class inhabitants of Albert Square, a traditional Victorian square of terrace houses surrounding a park in the East End of London's Walford borough. The square includes the Queen Vic pub and a street market.

Stars: Adam Woodyatt, Steve McFadden, Pam St. Clement, June Brown

Votes: 7,192

4. The Avengers (1961–1969)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A quirky spy show of the adventures of eccentrically suave British Agent John Steed (Patrick Macnee) and his predominately female partners.

Stars: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman, Linda Thorson

Votes: 6,125

5. The Pink Panther Show (1969–1976)

TV-G | 90 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The Pink Panther is a heroic, moral cartoon cat with pink fur and the manners of an English aristocrat. He only becomes flustered or angry at obtuse or offensive humans who try to disrupt ... See full summary »

Stars: Rich Little, Paul Frees, Dave Barry, Mel Blanc

Votes: 14,575

6. The Green Hornet (1966–1967)

TV-PG | 99 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

A newspaper publisher and his Asian valet/martial arts expert battle crime as the feared Green Hornet and Kato.

Stars: Van Williams, Bruce Lee, Wende Wagner, Lloyd Gough

Votes: 2,358

7. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)

TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

Set almost 100 years after Captain Kirk's five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in the U.S.S. Enterprise-D on their own mission to go where no one has gone before.

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton

Votes: 91,266

8. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.

Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 79,457

9. Stingray (1964–1965)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Family

The missions of the World Aquanaut Security Patrol, particularly the crew of its most advanced combat submarine, the Stingray.

Stars: Ray Barrett, Robert Easton, David Graham, Don Mason

Votes: 956

10. BBC News (1997– )

1,440 min | News

The BBC's 24 hour news service, also seen overnight on BBC One.

Stars: Joanna Lumley, Sally Eden, Tanya Beckett, Naga Munchetty

Votes: 136

11. The Protectors (1972–1974)

30 min | Adventure, Crime

The Protectors were Harry Rule, the Contessa di Contini and Paul Buchet, three freelance troubleshooters who ran an international crime fighting agency. Based in London, Harry was the ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Vaughn, Nyree Dawn Porter, Tony Anholt, Yasuko Nagazumi

Votes: 324

12. Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct.

Stars: Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz, James Sikking

Votes: 6,769

13. The Dukes of Hazzard (1979–1985)

PG | 60 min | Action, Comedy

The adventures of the fast-drivin', rubber-burnin' Duke boys of Hazzard County.

Stars: Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach, Denver Pyle

Votes: 9,973

14. Minder (1979–1994)

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Arthur Daley (George Cole), a small-time conman, hires former boxer Terry McCann (Dennis Waterman) to be his "minder", so Terry can protect him (Arthur) from other small-time crooks. While ... See full summary »

Stars: George Cole, Glynn Edwards, Dennis Waterman, Gary Webster

Votes: 1,721

15. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 161,287

16. The Simpsons (1989– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.

Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer, Julie Kavner

Votes: 345,156

17. The X-Files (1993–2018)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Two F.B.I. Agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.

Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis

Votes: 188,517

18. Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture.

Stars: Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus

Votes: 7,379

19. Bonanza (1959–1973)

TV-PG | 49 min | Western

The Wild West adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their Nevada ranch while helping the surrounding community.

Stars: Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts

Votes: 7,357

20. Airwolf (1984–1986)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

As part of a deal with an intelligence agency to look for his missing brother, a renegade pilot goes on missions with an advanced battle helicopter.

Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, Alex Cord, Ernest Borgnine, Jean Bruce Scott

Votes: 9,175

21. The Magic Roundabout (1964– )

5 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Cult classic children's animated series about a group of human and animal characters that gather at the roundabout / carousel in the park. Although the original series is French there are multiple dubbed versions from other countries.

Stars: Eric Thompson, Jacques Bodoin, Serge Danot, Micheline Dax

Votes: 256

22. The Bill (1984–2010)

50 min | Crime, Drama

Uniform officers and detectives from an inner London police station enforce law and order on a day to day basis.

Stars: Graham Cole, Jeff Stewart, Trudie Goodwin, Simon Rouse

Votes: 2,638

23. Grange Hill (1978–2008)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The long running television series of the Grange Hill Comprehensive School, and the children's everyday lives.

Stars: Stuart Organ, Gwyneth Powell, Lee Cornes, Sally Geoghegan

Votes: 1,057

24. Match of the Day (1964– )

70 min | News, Sport

Highlights, interviews and analysis from expert pundits of Saturday's English Premier League football matches.

Stars: Gary Lineker, Guy Mowbray, Steve Wilson, Jonathan Pearce

Votes: 2,017

25. Knight Rider (1982–1986)

TV-PG | 46 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A lone crimefighter battles the forces of evil with the help of a virtually indestructible and artificially intelligent supercar.

Stars: David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart, Patricia McPherson

Votes: 27,908

26. Bottom (1991–1995)

30 min | Comedy

Two perpetually bored and broke flatmates waste their days in a futile struggle to get laid, earn cash, and not kill one another.

Stars: Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Steven O'Donnell, Christopher Ryan

Votes: 11,100

27. Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967–1968)

TV-PG | 25 min | Animation, Action, Family

A literally unkillable agent leads an international intelligence agency's fight against an extra-terrestrial terror campaign.

Stars: Ed Bishop, Donald Gray, Francis Matthews, Sylvia Anderson

Votes: 1,320

28. Joe 90 (1968–1981)

30 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

The adventures of a preteen secret agent who can have any useful skills downloaded into his brain.

Stars: Len Jones, Rupert Davies, Keith Alexander, David Healy

Votes: 462

29. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955–1960)

Approved | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Family

Robin of Loxley, otherwise known as Robin Hood, and his band of Merry Men protect England from the evil machinations of Prince John while King Richard the Lionheart is away fighting in the Crusades.

Stars: Richard Greene, Victor Woolf, Archie Duncan, Alexander Gauge

Votes: 616

30. The Addams Family (1964–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Horror

The misadventures of a blissfully macabre but extremely loving family.

Stars: John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Jackie Coogan, Ted Cassidy

Votes: 12,995

31. Batman (1966–1968)

TV-G | 25 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The Caped Crusader and his young ward battle evildoers in Gotham City.

Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier, Neil Hamilton

Votes: 17,557

32. The Flintstones (1960–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The misadventures of two modern-day Stone Age families, the Flintstones and the Rubbles.

Stars: Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl, Bea Benaderet

Votes: 30,849

33. Fireball XL5 (1962–1963)

TV-PG | 30 min | Family, Sci-Fi

Fireball XL5 was part of the fleet of interplanetary rockets protecting Sector 25 of the Solar System from alien invasion under the supervision of the World Space Patrol. In command of XL5 ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Maxwell, Sylvia Anderson, David Graham, John Bluthal

Votes: 448

34. Red Dwarf (1988– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

The adventures of the last human alive and his friends, stranded three million years into deep space on the mining ship Red Dwarf.

Stars: Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn

Votes: 31,383

35. Alvin & the Chipmunks (1983–1990)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Three chipmunk brothers, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore. The trio have been adopted by and are living with Dave (human). Each show finds the boys getting into trouble and new and unusual situations.

Stars: Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, Frank Welker, Dody Goodman

Votes: 2,673

36. Dragnet (1951–1959)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Sgt. Joe Friday and his partners methodically investigate crimes in Los Angeles.

Stars: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Olan Soule, Vic Perrin

Votes: 1,651

37. Fifteen to One (1988–2003)

30 min | Game-Show

Quickfire elimination general knowledge quiz show.

Stars: William G. Stewart, Anthony Hyde, Tony Bianchi, Ron Chalmers

Votes: 96

38. Gladiators (1992–2000)

60 min | Action, Game-Show, Reality-TV

Members of the public are pitted against superfit Gladiators in trials of strength, speed and stamina.

Stars: Ulrika Jonsson, John Anderson, John Sachs, Kim Betts

Votes: 883

39. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979–1981)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A 20th century astronaut emerges out of 500 years of suspended animation into a future time to become Earth's greatest hero.

Stars: Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Silla, Mel Blanc

Votes: 7,040

40. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator.

Stars: James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos, Luis Delgado

Votes: 6,314

41. Magnum, P.I. (1980–1988)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The adventures of a Hawaii based private investigator.

Stars: Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley, Larry Manetti

Votes: 20,495

42. Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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.

Stars: Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong, Herman Wedemeyer

Votes: 5,277

43. The Looney Tunes Show (2002– )

Animation, Comedy, Family

A showcase of Classic Looney Tunes cartoons with your host Holly Brisley.

Star: Holly Brisley

Votes: 134

44. Big Break (1991–2002)

30 min | Game-Show

General knowledge game show where contestants team up with snooker stars testing their skill against the clock.

Stars: Jim Davidson, John Virgo, John Parrott, Steve Davis

Votes: 112

45. Peter Gunn (1958–1961)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The cases of a stylishly cool private detective.

Stars: Craig Stevens, Herschel Bernardi, Lola Albright, Bill Chadney

Votes: 969

46. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993–1999)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Family