A great TV show is one thing–a great TV opening theme song is something else entirely, and today I thought I’d make the nod to a few of my favorites…
Firefly: With its Western air and refrain, “You can’t take the sky from me,” this opening song perfectly encapsulates both the style and the theme of the show, in the way that the best openings should. I just wish there were more verses (and episodes…but never mind that).
Big Bang Theory: This song crams the entire history of the universe into 20 seconds, and it’s fun and fast and a little bit frantic. Again–kind of encapsulates the show! Plus it’s really fun when you get a group of people who can spontaneously go through it in unison at high speed. It sounds very impressive to people who don’t know the song!
Star Trek: Enterprise, “Where My Heart Will Take Me“: I’m actually not sure this one is really in the right style for Star Trek, but on the other hand–I think it captures the “I can reach any star” theme at the heart of Trek better than the series’ episodes do.
Psych, “I Know You Know“: This is a fun, bouncy opening song, that fits a fun, bouncy show…but what I really love is whenever the show changes the opening to reflect a particular episode. Like sleigh bells for the holiday episodes, or Spanish lyrics when the plot involved a telenovela…(and I found a video with the different versions!)
And even though they’re not songs, honorable mentions to the openings of Star Trek and The Twilight Zone. It doesn’t get more classic than to boldly go, and Rod Serling is our perfect guide through the land of both shadow and substance, whose boundaries are that of imagination…
Your turn! What are you favorite television theme songs?