The TV Weekly #210: Top 10 Underrated TV Theme Songs

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This week, we take a look at some of the most underrated TV theme songs of all time, we all know about some of the greatest TV theme songs, hell, I’ve even done a list of the best theme songs of all time in the past but here, we’re gonna look at the top 10 best underrated TV theme songs of all time, themes that don’t get as much attention as I think they should, even shows that have been on for a long time and have a longstanding reputation. Let’s take a look at the top 10 best underrated TV theme songs of all time:

10. The Chicago Code

I’ve already talked about this show being one of the most underrated shows of this decade but you add in an excellent theme song by Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins and all of a sudden, you have something truly epic and gets you psyched for the hour long cop drama you’re about to watch. Seriously, people, you need to look for this show, watch it and you will not be disappointed, it was a hell of a great show.

9. Coach

Even though it ran for nine seasons, Coach never really had that strong following a show does once it ends like Friends, Cheers, and Seinfeld to name a few did and the show itself was a great comedy and one of the more underrated aspects of the show was its’ theme song, the triumphant march of a high school band playing the theme perfectly sets the mood for the show you’re about to watch and by god, it’s a great theme to listen to.

8. Ally McBeal 

For the time, Ally McBeal was considered kind of a groundbreaking show, and it showcased the great writing style of David E. Kelley, who brought a lot of his writing style of blending comedy and drama with L.A. Law over to it. For the first four seasons, it was a really solid show, it even won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in its’ second year.

The theme by Vonda Shepard perfectly sets up the show you’re about to watch being upbeat and preparing you for the insane comedy that is expected in the episode while also throwing some heart into it.

The theme song gets mostly overlooked solely because the show itself was really good on its’ own but I feel it deserves some more attention so that’s why it’s on the list.

7. The Twilight Zone (1985)

Everybody remembers the original Twilight Zone intro with the introduction by Rod Serling so when the 1985 revival of the franchise came around, it would’ve been easy to just redo the original theme. Well, what they did instead was create this more intense and pretty creepy looking intro that perfectly sets the tone for the stories you’re about to told.

From the opening shot alone, you’re hooked, the music by the Grateful Dead perfectly sets up the tone for what you’re about to watch while also remembering to keep aspects of the original theme in there especially those famous four notes.

6. Matlock

Another song that just comes out of the gate hooking you in, the music by Dick DeBenedictis perfectly sets you in for the hour you’re about to watch for a, generic yes but still, really enjoyable show.

5. St. Elsewhere

The medical drama that launched the careers for many actors including Denzel Washington, Ed Begley Jr., Howie Mandel, David Morse, and Bruce Greenwood just to name a few and also had one of the biggest WTF endings of any TV show ever made.

One of the most memorable aspects of the series was its’ excellent theme song composted by the late Dave Grusin, the extended version of this theme song is absolutely perfect, it sets the tone for the series you’re watching and it has you humming as it’s playing, it’s that catchy.

4. Sonic The Hedgehog

Pretend like you’re about to watch the Sonic SatAM series for the first time, you were told nothing about it and were told of a Sonic show that was more crazier and all over the place than most animated shows. Imagine your surprise when you pop on the show only to come across this…

I mean, you’d be completely shocked by what you had just saw, especially if you thought you were about to watch Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog and not this show that came on the exact same time, and even more shocked to find out that the show itself is just as good and even better than that intro was. What’s great about this intro is that it tells you everything you need to know about this show in its’ runtime, you get every detail you need and have a full understanding of the story and what you’re about to watch, the show itself was great and this intro does a great job of keeping you up to speed on what’s happening before it even begins.

3. Moonlighting

Moonlighting was a success in the late 80s but since then, the show itself has kind of flown under the radar but at the time, was pretty ahead of its’ time, not only introducing us to Bruce Willis and giving a new boost for Cybill Shepherd’s career but also having that excellent song by the recently deceased Al Jarreau that should get some more attention nowadays.

2. Boston Public

My god, how the hell did Boston Public never catch on? Not only was the theme song really good but this features one of the best casts you could possibly get for a TV show, Chi McBride, Loretta Devine, Michael Rappaport, Anthony Heald, Jeri Ryan, Jessalyn Gilsig, Nicky Katt, Sharon Leal, Rashida Jones, this show was just so damn good and then, it just vanished, it never finished out its’ main stories and it just left never to be heard from again. This is another show created by David E. Kelley and once again, it’s another winner with a great theme song that perfectly sets the tone for the show you’re about to see and hopefully, one day, this show will be available to see again because this show had not only one of the most underrated theme songs but it’s one of the most underrated shows in TV history…actually, that’s another list I should probably do, let me make a note to myself, in the meantime…

the #1 most underrated theme song of all time is…

Beetlejuice

I mean, my god, the openings to the Beetlejuice animated series knew exactly what they needed to do to get your ass in your seat and watch what happens. This was produced by Nelvana, who prior to this was known for being the main animation company behind the Care Bears cartoons in the 80s, and with this, it seemed like they were returning to the level of those bizarre 70s animations they did before they became well-known with the animation for the Star Wars holiday special, except in that timeperiod. From the opening frames of this intro, you can tell that this is Nelvana going nuts again and doing the best job they could possibly do to recapture the magic and the spirit of the original movie and they succeeded.

And while the show itself never quite reached the full potential a continuation of the movie would do, it did do its’ best job of staying true to the spirit of the movie and the intro was that perfect jumping point to get it all started, which is why I consider it as the best underrated TV theme song of all time.

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