I haven't seen a topic on TV themes, so I figured it might be fun to ask people about their favorites. Not very deep talk, but for nostalgia purposes it may serve to remind us of some TV we've missed or forgotten about.
This forum seems like the best match, since there's no "General TV talk" forum.
Here are my choices for original compositions done for TV only:
Best from the Past, w. lyrics - John Sebastian's "Welcome Back", the theme from "Welcome Back, Kotter"
Best from the Past, Instrumental - Theme from "The Green Hornet" (it's based on "Flight of the Bumblebee" but was adapted for this show by Al Hirt). Also high on my list, the theme music from the "Match Game" game show and the freewheeling theme from "What's Happening?" (which I bet you didn't know was written by Henry Mancini)
Best from the Present, w. lyrics (still airing new episodes) - undecided -- think as I might I can't really think of many good ORIGINAL lyric-based theme songs on current T.V. They all use songs from other media now.
Best from the Present (still airing new episodes), Instrumental - the scat-tastic "Boston Legal" (I'm counting scat singing as "Instrumental"). The theme from the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" show is also decent scat, although it's got a few lyrics.
Best International (past or present, lyrics or not) - Theme from "The Benny Hill Show"
Worst Theme from a Popular show (past or present, lyrics or not) - Theme from "Baywatch"
Funniest (past or present, lyrics or not) - Can't decide between "Fresh Prince of Bel Air", "Green Acres" and "The Addams Family"
What are your choices?