Don’t Touch That Dial

If there is one thing the vast majority of us have in common, it would be our love of television. Whether you’re tuning in to catch the latest sports ball game:



Or rushing home to bring up your DVR to see who got eaten this week on your favorite zombie apocalypse show.

Personally, I’m drawn more towards comedies, although I do love me some Sci-Fi (and yes, I’m still salty about Fox cancelling Firefly). “But Music Junkie, what does this have to do with music?” You may be asking yourself at this point, and I’ll tell you now you impatient degenerate (kidding).

To me, one of the best things about a TV show has always been it’s opening theme song. Some of these tunes are really great, and they stick with you long after the show has ended. Whether it be a long opening like that of the 1960’s live action “Batman,” or something short, sweet, and to the point, like “The Daily Show’s” quick little riff.

What I wanted to talk about was some of my favorite TV show theme songs. Most, if not all, of these shows have ended, mind you, but I still enjoy watching reruns or binge watching them on Netflix.


First up would be “The Office” (U.S. version) theme song. I was a fan of this show since the pilot episode, and own the majority of the seasons on DVD. I was very happy that the theme song never changed, despite the various cast alterations. Between the piano, the drum build up, and the everything else, this song will always remain my favorite TV show theme.


Next up is the theme song to my favorite TV show ever, “That 70’s Show.” I have lost track of the number of times I’ve watched through this show. It’s ridiculous, really. That opening song, heavy with guitar riffs and era-appropriate rock vocals only changed once, and that was after the first season. It was then re-recorded by the legendary rock band Cheap Trick, and their version was used as the theme for throughout the remainder of the series.


For time’s sake, and that of your attention span (again, kidding), I’m going to end with one last show: “Kids in the Hall.” Yes, Canadian, cross-dressing, sketch comedy at it’s finest. I adored this show as a kid. Yes, I realize it’s not exactly a kid’s show, but when you spend your summer vacation in the mid-90’s visiting family in rural Kentucky, TV quickly becomes your best friend. A bass-heavy tune with surf guitar riffs made this song stand out to me immediately, and remains one of my many favorite things about that show to this day. I strongly encourage you to look it up, even if you don’t end up caring too much for the show. I think you’ll enjoy it.

What are some of your favorite TV Show theme songs? Let me know in the comments below, and maybe we’ll find new favorites too!

One thought on “Don’t Touch That Dial

  1. I’m more of a TV junkie than a music junkie, but I do love the relationship between a good show and its theme song. When the song sets the tone for the show and just hearing it puts you in the right frame of mind for the story that follows. Two theme songs that do that for me are those belonging to Fringe and season 1 of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. If you haven’t seen them already you should really check them out.


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