- Published on Sunday, September 23 2012
- Written by Katie Marzullo
As you all know (or SHOULD know by now, sheesh!), the Primetime Emmy Awards are tonight, and so I thought would be fun this week to pay tribute to some of the memorable music in TV history!
Oftentimes, a TV show’s theme song can outlast the TV show itself. Sometimes, it’s a pre-existing song that the producers are able to get the rights to ("Friends", "Bosom Buddies"), making it a classic as part of the show where it might have been ignored as a stand-alone track; and sometimes, the song is composed specifically for the show, and becomes indelible with the story that the series tells ("The Brady Bunch", "Gilligan's Island"). And, occasionally, a show’s theme is written with lyrics that never actually make it into the final production (“M.A.S.H.”).
What you may not know, since it is never a part of the Emmys telecast, is that the TV Academy does hand out awards every year in at least 5 music categories, including Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score), and Outstanding Main Title Theme Music. The nominees in those two categories this year are:
Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Pan Am” (ABC)
“The Borgias” (Showtime)
“30 Rock” (NBC)
Main Title Theme Music:
“Great Expectations” (PBS)
“Page Eight” (PBS)
“Hell on Wheels” (AMC)
Here are just a few of the most memorable TV theme songs in history! Enjoy!
What are some of YOUR favorite TV show theme songs?
- Katie Marzullo, YH Staff Editor