Movie Mom

Movie Mom


TV Theme Songs (Part 2)

posted by Nell Minow

More great TV show theme songs! This time, I’m going to focus on shows about cops and detectives and crime.

The “Hawaii Five-O” theme suggests the pounding surf and adrenalin.

The theme of “The Rockford Files” has its hero’s rumpled charm.

No one wrote better theme music than Lalo Schifrin. His most famous is probably the theme for “Mission Impossible.” But I love his theme for “Mannix.”

The cool jazz theme for “The Man from UNCLE” gave it a James Bond feeling.

The trailer for the new “A-Team” movie has a nice reference to the classic theme with its slightly military tone.

Jan Hammer’s techno theme song for “Miami Vice” was electrifying.



  • Vince

    What? No “Law and Order”? No “Homicide”? No “Dragnet”? For shame!
    I’m a massive animation junkie, so naturally, my favorite theme songs are all from cartoons: Josie and the Pussycats, Speed Racer, Star Blazers, Spider-Man (the 1960’s theme song), Bucky O’Hare, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Fairly Oddparents, etc.
    The short lived cartoon Stripperella had an excellent theme song by Kid Rock, but oddly, the dvd of the show uses a different theme that’s not as good. I guess they didn’t want to pay him royalties. Oh well.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    All great choices, Vince! I will be posting more soon, so keep checking.

Previous Posts

Pride
The ingredients for this film were so irresistible that it is a unexpected bonus to find that it is so much better than it needed to be. It's based on a true story of extraordinary kindness, generosity, and friendship and it stars a bunch of adorable English actors (Imelda Staunton, Bill Nighy) w

posted 6:00:25am Dec. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Interview: Ava DuVernay of "Selma"
My favorite movie of the year is "Selma," the story of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King's march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital, Montgomery, to bring attention to the barriers the

posted 9:41:45pm Dec. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Smile of the Week: A Boy and a Penguin
This reminds me a little of the depiction of a child's world in The Complete Calvin and Hobbes and Barnaby. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iccscUFY860[/youtube] Many thanks to Slate for this and the others on its list of the year's best ads.

posted 12:06:45pm Dec. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Mel Torme and Judy Garland: Christmas Song
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaEedtRHklg[/youtube] I love it that Judy Garland sings "rainbows" instead of "reindeer."

posted 8:00:57am Dec. 21, 2014 | read full post »

What Happened to All the Great Quotable Movie Lines?
Michael Cieply has a fascinating piece in the New York Times about the movie lines we love to quote and why there don't seem to be any new ones. Look through all of the top ten lists of the year, and see if you can think of one quotable line from any of them. That doesn't mean they aren't well wri

posted 3:58:57pm Dec. 20, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.