The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

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The best TV theme songs and TV intros of all time will take you back to some of the greatest moments in TV. Television theme songs set the tone for the entire series, and for the beginning of each episode. We all have a special connection to what we think are the best TV themes. They get stuck in our head, we sing them without noticing, and we remember them fondly after a series has ended. These are the most famous opening theme songs from the most popular TV shows. 

What are the best TV theme songs? Vote on the best TV show theme songs here and make sure your favorite gets the attention it deserves. If you think The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song was the coolest or you loved the Friends intro song...by all means, vote! Help improve this list of the best TV theme songs of all time.

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    Cheers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

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    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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    The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

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    Friends is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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    The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl

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    Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

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    Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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    Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris

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    M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

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    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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    Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

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    Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

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    Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

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    Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Heather North

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    The Pink Panther Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

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    Paul Frees, Rich Little, Dave Barry

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    The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

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    The Beverly Hillbillies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

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    The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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    The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith

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    The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

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    The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

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    Batman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

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    WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

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    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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    Welcome Back, Kotter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo, John Travolta

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    The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

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    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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    Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

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    Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney

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    Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

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    The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach

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    The Greatest American Hero is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    William Katt, Connie Sellecca, Robert Culp

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    The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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    The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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    Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

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    Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

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    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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    The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz

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    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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    Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor, Tom Lester

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    Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

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    George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

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    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

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    Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo

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    James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos

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    Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker

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    Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

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    Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

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    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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    Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time


    Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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    Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago

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    Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange

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    John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

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    Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen

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