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I thought I'd care more deeply about it, but I find that I don't have anything to say about this -- although I'm sure somebody here will. smile.gif


"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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Whoever did this just isn't old enough!

What of the Lone Ranger? I Love Lucy? I Married Joan?


A foreign movie can't be stupid.

-from the film
Armin

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I married Joan? I was away from television for almost all of the sixties, but i sense that this is fifties. Explain.

P.S. A word of warning about Christian's link. Bawdy parody lyrics in a few places are not for the faint of heart.


"During the contest trial, the Coleman team presented evidence of a further 6500 absentees that it felt deserved to be included under the process that had produced the prior 933 [submitted by Franken, rk]. The three judges finally defined what constituted a 'legal' absentee ballot. Countable ballots, for instance, had to contain the signature of the voter, complete registration information, and proper witness credentials.

But the panel only applied the standards going forward, severely reducing the universe of additional basentees the Coleman team could hope to have included. In the end, the three judges allowed about 350 additional absentees to be counted. The panel also did nothing about the hundreds, possibly thousands, of absentees that have already been legally included, yet are now 'illegal' according to the panel's own ex-post definition."

The Wall Street Journal editorial, April 18, 2009 concerning the Franken Coleman decision in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race of 2008.

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I married Joan? I was away from television for almost all of the sixties, but i sense that this is fifties. Explain.

info including a bit of the theme song lyrics. (I'm not quite old enough to remember the shows 1st run, but I did see them in their syndication days.)

Also a link to .wav file of theme song

Edited by Darrel Manson

A foreign movie can't be stupid.

-from the film
Armin

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The lyrics to ST:TOS are incredibly lame. They must be expunged from this dimension immediately!


There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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Another oldie they left off: Gunsmoke.


A foreign movie can't be stupid.

-from the film
Armin

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I am going with The Monkees, All In The Family or Sanford and Son.


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"Dad, how does she move in mysterious ways?"" -- Jude (my 5-year-old, after listening to Mysterious Ways)

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I was about to get all bent out of shape that they didn't have The Streets of San Francisco on there but they do.

And the Little House on the Prairie theme song now has a soft spot in my heart.


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The same guy who wrote the Sesame Street and Electric Company themes wrote these lyrics: blink.gif

Come and knock on our door

We've been waiting for you

Where the kisses are hers and hers and his

Three's company, too

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IMO, the Cheers and X-Files themes should have ranked higher, but maybe I'm biased toward those shows.


"The most important thing is that people love in the same way. Whether they are monarchists, republicans, or communists, they feel pain in the same way, as well as hatred, jealousy, fear, and fear of death. Whether you are a deeply religious man or an atheist, if you have a toothache, it hurts just the same." - Krzysztof Kieslowski

"...it seems to me that most people I encounter aren't all that interested in the arts. Most of the people who are my age ... appear to be interested in golf, fertilizer, and early retirement schemes.... I will stop caring passionately about music, books, and films on the day that I die, and I'm hoping for Top 100 album polls in the afterlife." - Andy Whitman

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Far too much American bias to be a completist's list. Where is the incredible Mysterious Cities of Gold? The toe-tapping Maid Marion and Her Merry Men and the transendent Littlest Hobo?

Phil.


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"We don't do perms!" - Trevor and Simon

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Far too much American bias to be a completist's list. Where is the incredible Mysterious Cities of Gold? The toe-tapping Maid Marion and Her Merry Men and the transendent Littlest Hobo?

Where's the what?, the who?, and the huh?

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Did I miss it or have they left out The Greatest American Hero tune, Believe It Or Not. I must have missed it. Its use in Fahrenheit 9/11 is probably the best bit of that movie. A cheap shot but a funny cheap shot. I also have a soft spot for the old Grizzly Adams theme tune. And was the Moonlighting theme left out as well?

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The Captain America theme from the 60's cartoon (When Capt. America throws his mighty sheild, all those who oppose his mighty sheild must yield!) Also the Thor theme from the same series...

Welcome Back, by John Sebastian for Welcome Back Kotter. That trademark, breezy Lovin' Spoonful chord progression...

My all time fave-- hands down-- Good Times theme. w00t.gif


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Nice to see that somebody noticed there was no Little House.

It is rediculous for Lone Ranger to be at the very bottom.

Other neglected themsongs I think are Saved by the Bell and like it or not. . .FRIENDS. . . it was pretty revolutionary I think to have The Rembrants do the song and have it be on the top of the charts for as long as it did. The Monkeys obviously did it but it was a show about a musical band. . .Friends was different.

Price Is Right got slighted too. . .that should be higher. . .pretty long standing.

And what about the NBC News intro?

Just some thoughts. . .

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I think the Dr. Who theme music is probably one of the coolest ever to be played on television. Doesn't have any lyrics as far as I can tell. But that does not diminish its inherent coolness.


It had a face like Robert Tilton's -- without the horns.

- Steve Taylor, "Cash Cow"

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The recent trend of shows that are longer than a mini-series but shorter than a season may stretch the definition of a TV show theme song, but I thought the intro tune to Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital was wonderfully eeire, catchy, and memorable all at the same time.


Jesus is not a zombie...I shouldn't have to tell you that.

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Dear Thread:

Since instrumentals seem permitted based on those listed in the link, I have to put in a vote--futile as it may be--for Dallas, a piece of theme music my wife so aptly described as a cross between Aaron Copeland and 70s disco.  It's a perfect representation of both the show and its period in all its unapologetically excessive cheesiness.

Peace.

Ken

I'll second your vote for Dallas. I can hear it right now in my head.

What about Alfred Hitchcock Presents? Who could forget that music?

And all the Andy Griffith shows? (Makes me want to whistle right now...)

I wish there could be a CD of all the old radio show music (going back to things like the Jack Benny Show, the old quiz shows, and all those old soaps on the radio - "Lorenzo Jones and His Wife Belle" ) and the best themes from TV shows. Is there such a CD? There should be if there isn't.

Sara

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I have owned the first three volumes of Television's Greatest Hits -- and the related Commercials CD -- for years, almost decades. Hadn't realized they were up to seven now.


"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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