Okay folks, here we go.
Numbers ten through six,
Next time we'll do Five through One, and we'll be finished.
And then you can berate me for all the ones I've left out.
#10. "M Squad"
Count Basie's contribution to TV Themery. And was it exciting.
It made this fourteen year old want to be a cop and chase bad guys,
just like Lee Marvin did. I subsequently grew out of it.
#9. "Mike Hammer"
No, not the remake with Stacy Keach. The original, with Darren Mcgavin.
The show was very similar to M Squad in style and pace.
But the music was it's own animal.
It was kind of a knockoff of "Harlem Nocturne" which I thought
was an improvement on it.
You could just picture some down-on-his-luck trumpet
player keeping his neighbors awake in his third floor one-room flat, at two in the morning, wailing away on the theme.
When it was revived with Stacey Keach, they actually used a very on-the-nose
version of "Harlem Nocturne" that was completely devoid of character and style.
#8. "Victory At Sea"
Richard Rodgers' glorious, virtually symphonic capturing of naval battles in
World War 2. There may have been better documentaries about World War 2, but none of them came close to matching the music.
One of the themes went on to be a song used in one of Rodgers musicals,
"Me and Juliet" as "No Other Love Have I"
Perry Como had a hit record with it.
A great song, performed by one of the greats, Frankie Laine.
I suppose it was a second cousin to "Mule Train", but if that's the worst thing you can say, there are still no visible flies on it.
#6. "The Jeffersons"
From Norman Lear, the same man who gave us the theme for Maude, arguably the
worst theme of all time, was one of the best.
They recreated Sunday morning going-to-church gospel, and it was rousing and catchy, and almost made me want to watch the show.
But not quite.
But don't blame that on the theme.
Blame it on the godawful writing, acting, and loudness in general.
The Top Five, next time.
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