Your favorite TV themes: Day 3

Previous installments: Day 1 | Day 2

I asked you to suggest your favorite TV themes. You responded with dozens and dozens of shows! Here’s the third batch, in the order they were mentioned. Come back tomorrow for more!

“The Twilight Zone” by Bernard Hermann. Chris Forbes suggested this classic. I didn’t realize it was written by Hermann, who is perhaps most famous for his long collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho, North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Vertigo). Hermann’s career lasted so long that he scored both Citizen Kane and Taxi Driver.

“Hill Street Blues” by Mike Post. This is Mike Post’s second entry on the list (he also wrote the Greatest American Hero theme). This tune gives me chills every time I hear it, and makes me immediately nostalgic for the 80s, even though this show was too adult for me to watch when it was on. That’s Larry Carlton on guitar, by the way. Thanks to Chris Forbes, Mike West and Andrew M. Ricker for this one.

“Battlestar Galactica” (“Gayatri”) by Richard Gibbs. Chris Forbes suggested this, the theme to the rebooted Galactica series. I’d never heard of Richard Gibbs, but it turns out I’ve heard him many, many times. He was the keyboard player in Oingo Boingo, and he plays keys on hundreds of recordings by everyone from Tom Waits to Robert Palmer to Aretha Franklin. He’s also scored quite a few films, including Say Anything.

“Breaking Bad Theme” by Dave Porter. As the only person in America who didn’t watch Breaking Bad, I’d never heard this tune before. Jim Heffernan plays the resonator guitar on the theme, which he recorded in Hoboken, NJ. Both Chris Forbes and Alison Wedding like this one.

“Homeland” by Sean Callery. Another Chris Forbes suggestion (in response to my comment that everyone I know stopped watching TV in 1985, based on their lists). The composer, Sean Callery, previously scored 24 and was nominated for an Emmy for his work as a sound designer on Deep Space Nine.

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