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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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The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach

Premiered: 1979

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Comedy-drama, Comedy, + more

The Dukes of Hazzard is an American television series that aired on the CBS television network from January 26, 1979 to February 8, 1985. The series was inspired by the 1975 film Moonrunners, ...more
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David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

Genres (Tv): Cryptozoology, Supernatural, Crime Fiction, Drama, Live action, + more

The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more
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Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo, John Travolta

Premiered: 1975

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Welcome Back, Kotter (ABC, 1975) is an American television sitcom. Gabe Kotter (Gabe Kaplan) is a sardonic high school teacher in charge of a racially and ethnically diverse remedial class ...more
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Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

Premiered: 1972

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Sanford and Son is an American sitcom, based on the BBC's Steptoe and Son, that ran on the NBC television network from January 14, 1972, to March 25, 1977. Known for its edgy racial humor, ...more
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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
YaSin added Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Medieval fantasy, Drama, Adventure film, Epic, Action, + more

Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more
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Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

Premiered: 1976

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to May 10, 1983. It starred Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, ...more
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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

Premiered: 1998

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Sitcom, Comedy

That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in ...more
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Green Acres is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor, Tom Lester

Premiered: 1965

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Green Acres is an American sitcom starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor as a couple who move from New York City to a rural country farm. Produced by Filmways as a sister show to Petticoat ...more
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William Katt, Connie Sellecca, Robert Culp

Premiered: 1981

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Comedy-drama, Comedy, Action, + more

The Greatest American Hero is an American comedy-drama television series that aired for three seasons from 1981 to 1983 on ABC. Created by producer Stephen J. Cannell, it premiered as a two-hour ...more
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WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

Premiered: 1978

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

WKRP in Cincinnati is an American situation comedy television series that features the misadventures of the staff of a struggling fictional radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio. The show was ...more
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The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo

Premiered: 1964

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Drama, Comedy, Fantasy

The Munsters is an American television sitcom depicting the home life of a family of benign monsters. It stars Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster and Yvonne De Carlo as his wife, Lily Munster. The ...more
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The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

Premiered: 1962

Genres (Tv): Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Science Fiction, + more

The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in primetime from September 23, 1962 to March 17, 1963, then later in syndication, with new episodes in ...more
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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

Premiered: 1977

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Three's Company is an American sitcom that aired from March 15, 1977 to September 18, 1984 on ABC. It is based on the British sitcom Man About the House. The story revolves around three single ...more
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Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker

Premiered: 1959

Genres (Tv): Western, Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Action

Bonanza is an NBC television western series that ran from September 12, 1959, to January 16, 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 430 episodes, it ranks as the second longest running western series, and ...more
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All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

Premiered: 1971

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

All in the Family is an American sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network from January 12, 1971, to April 8, 1979. In September 1979, a new show, Archie Bunker's Place, ...more
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Married... with Children... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1987

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Married... with Children is an American sitcom that aired for 11 seasons. It featured a dysfunctional family living in a fictional Chicago suburb. The series, notable for being the first ...more
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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more
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Mister Rogers' Neighborh... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
wiabux added Keith David, Fred Rogers, Don Francks

Premiered: 1968

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Educational television

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is an American half-hour children's television series that was created and hosted by namesake Fred Rogers. The series originated in 1963 as Mister Rogers on CBC ...more
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The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz

Premiered: 1983

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Military, Adventure film, Action, + more

The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series, running from 1983 to 1987, about a fictional group of ex┬ľU.S. Army personnel who escape and, while still on the run from the army, ...more
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Full House is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

Premiered: 1987

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Full House is an American sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC. The show chronicles a widowed father, who enlists his best friend and his brother-in-law to help raise his three daughters. It ...more
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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

Premiered: 1951

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, ...more
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I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily

Premiered: 1965

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy, Fantasy

I Dream of Jeannie is an American sitcom with a fantastical premise. The show starred Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie, and Larry Hagman as an astronaut who becomes her master, with whom ...more
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Jeopardy! is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire

Premiered: 1964

Genres (Tv): Game show

Jeopardy! is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin. The show features a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of ...more
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Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille

Premiered: 1993

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy

Animaniacs is an American animated television series, distributed by Warner Bros. Television and produced by Amblin Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation. Animaniacs is the second animated ...more
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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago

Premiered: 1984

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama

Miami Vice is an American television drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by Michael Mann for NBC. The series starred Don Johnson as James "Sonny" Crockett and Philip ...more